Rosen Class have settled back in fantastically this term. Their focused learning is really starting to show in their progress!
Our topic this term is ‘What can you see?’ For one aspect of that, we are looking at the work of famous artists and comparing them to each other. We have focused on Kankinsky and Van Gogh.
The children noticed Kandinsky’s work was ‘abstract’. They could each see different things in his paintings. We talked about the shapes and colours he used then recreated his ‘Concentric Circles’ painting. Here are examples of our efforts –
We used sugar paper and drew around circles of different sizes. We then layered them on top of a square. We also tried dipping circular containers into paint and placing on squared paper then painting in the gaps.
We then looked at the work of Van Gogh. He had a very different style to Kandinsky. He liked to paint portraits and landscapes. We went outside and, using watercolours, painted a tree that we could see.
The parents were invited into class to take part in their child’s learning. We are so lucky at St Mary’s to be supported by so many parents and we were inundated! The children loved showing their grown ups around their classroom and involving them in different activities.
What a great start to the term and the academic year. The new reception children have settled in well and are showing fantastic learning behaviours. They are building strong, positive relationships with each other and the staff and really integrating with the rest of the school.
For the Autumn term, Rosen Class are focusing on the topic ‘Who Am I?’ As part of this, we are exploring our immediate environment of the school and Brixton. The children visited the church to look at the stained glass windows and also went to Brixton Torre. This was described by Rosen Class as “the best day ever!”
This half term, we are exploring traditional tales. We read The Three Little Pigs and sequenced the story, exploring the repeating phrases. We discussed how we felt about the wolf and why we thought he had blowed down the houses. Just when we thought the wolf was ‘unkind’ and ‘bad’, we received a letter from him explaining that when he visited the houses he had a cold, sneezed, and accidentally blew them down! W
e wrote a letter to the pigs explaining what had happened. We even had a go at building the pigs’ houses ourselves.
We then explored where bacon came from and used our excellent chopping skills to make bacon and leek muffins. They were very tasty.
The busyness continued throughout March. The end of March saw the approach of lots of Easter activities. The children made decorative Easter Eggs, bunny masks and went on an Easter Egg hunt. In groups, they solved the clues so they could continue on the trail. Once they had found the eggs, they had to divide them equally between their group so it was fair. They used what they had learnt about sharing equally to complete this task and enjoyed the tasty eggs at the end.
We went on a school trip to Stover Country Park. The children explored the Nature Centre and learnt how to pond dip. They also learnt how to search for camouflaged minibeasts in the wood and talked about why some creatures camouflage themselves.
We’re very much looking forward to the Summer term and hearing all about the children’s holidays. Happy Easter everyone!
We are only in the first week of March but already we have done some exciting things.
Pancake Day introduced the start of the week with the children exploring how to make pancakes. They looked at the changes that happened when the pancake mix was added to a hot pan and got to taste their delights.
In the same week came World Book Day. The children loved dressing up as their favourite book characters. We read lots of books that day and talked about the enjoyment of reading. We read the book ‘Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo?’ Our very own class Blue Kangaroo then disappeared. We had to follow the clues to find him. When we did find him, he had a very special surprise for us – a picnic with also lots of books to explore in the sunshine. We even found Blue Kangaroo reading one sat in a tree!
February saw the arrival of Chinese New Year. The children learnt about what Chinese New Year is and about Chinese traditions. We learnt to say ‘Happy New Year’ in mandarin and the children were so engaged with this, we learnt more mandarin words.
We took part in Arts Week where we showcased the Chinese crafts we had made – including Chinese lanterns and drums. We learnt a dance to Chinese music and performed this in front of a large audience. We were all very brave!
We explored many elements of China but our biggest focus was on Chinese food. We tasted different dishes and talked about our likes and dislikes.
After this, we explored ‘instruction writing’. We talked about the purpose of recipes and came up with our own in groups for a Chinese stir fry.
It was fantastic to explore another culture and push our boundaries. We cannot wait to see what the next half term brings!