For the first blog post I thought it would be nice to introduce everyone to the Caterpillar Class 🐛! This week the children have been painting their self-portraits for our class display. We discussed all of the facial features that we would need to include in our portraits, and thought about how we these were the same for everyone, but a little bit different too. The children explored colour mixing to create the own individual skin tones and hair colour shades. Feel free to come and look at these in the classroom; the children are very proud of their work and would love to show it off to their families 🙂 If you could leave us a comment as well I am sure the children would love to hear you thoughts about their painting skills. 🎨
Betty the butterfly spent the weekend at Ruqayyah’s house. The weekend started with an adventure to the park where Ruaqayyah and Betty ate ice cream whilst playing on the swings and slides with her sisters.
In the evening, Ruqayyah taught Betty to play the guitar and learnt Ruqayyah’s favourite song.
On Sunday, they both went to Asda to help Riqayyah’s dad with the weekly shopping and even bought some more ice cream.
Betty has had a very fun weekend with Ruqayyah.
Reception are recording their very own radio show for Monty’s Voice! We will be presenting one of our favourite stories, treating you to an animal and insect quiz, and talking all about our best trips of the school year. So far we have done the recording; next week we will be editing, and the grand broadcast is coming up very soon… Watch this space for more updates! Many thanks to Shan for all of his fabulous help and support!
Betty butterfly was at the Madihah household over the weekend. Betty had an adventure with Madihah and her older sister.They went to town on the bus to do some shopping. After town Madihah took Betty to her local chip shop to get her some chips, they were delicious with lots of mayonnaise and ketchup. Betty had lots of fun with Madihah over the weekend as they played with all her toys and her new playdough kit.
Express day !
We had a lovely term learning about minibeasts. We started our topic by asking the children what they wanted to learn about, we then went on a bug hunt. Finally we enjoyed making our own clay ladybirds and painting them.
Curly the caterpillar came to stay at Iyad’s house. He has been helping Iyad and family in many activities. Curly has helped post wedding invitations, baked a coconut cake, played superheroes and read bedtime stories too.
We have all enjoyed his company very much. Thank You Curly!
Since our trip to Martineau Garden my class has been very excited to learn about bugs. Children used a range of different resources to create our very own bug garden and then tried to label their picture.😀
Our lucky Curly the Caterpillar has gone to spend the weekend at Saaliha’s house! It looks like he has been having lots of fun going out for food, dressing up and even playing games 🙂 Thank you Saaliha and family for having him to stay!
To start our new topic “why do ladybirds have spots?” and our new story “the bad-tempered ladybird” we went to Martineau Garden to look for some bugs. Juliett and Caroline helped us to learn about minibeasts and their habitats. We looked for minibeasts in the woodlands under logs and stones and also used nets to find minibeasts in the pond. We had an exciting day!
Curly the Caterpillar, our new class mascot has had a busy holiday at home with Mrs Minhas! He has had a great day out at Twycross Zoo where he saw some giraffes, a bird and even some penguins! He has helped Mrs Minhas to make the dinner and he has watched some Teletubbies while sharing some milk with Zaccy. What a busy caterpillar! You will all have your chance to take him home over the next few weekends too :). What will he do at your house? ?
Very excited for the parent workshop in Reception tomorrow! Miss Samad will be taking through new updates to our blog and our Twitter feed, and then parents are invited to explore various reading activities in the three classrooms with their children.
Here are selection of the activities to look forward to… See you there!
We have had a fabulous day at Ash End Farm for the Express part of our Are Eggs Alive Cornerstones topic!
The weather was great and the children were treated to a falconry talk and animal petting and feeding sessions. They also held chicks, and found their own eggs, which they have taken home with them to eat.
Tomorrow we will be making posters of our experience at Ash End Farm which we hope to show on the blog too. Many thanks to all of our parent volunteers today, you made the day go very smoothly 🙂 Here are some photos of the highlights of our trip 🙂
Today we experienced one of the highlights of our year; our class workshop with Montgomery’s Artist In Residence; Andrews Tims.
Andrew decided to link our art work to our recent story of the Little Red Hen, so the children made feathers using a traditional method for felt making. They had to stretch wool (fleece) , layer it, dampen it, flatten and smooth it, dry and then lastly cut it into the shape of their feather. That’s quite a lot of instructions to follow!
Look out for our feathery display coming soon around the school.
Over the past few weeks our Maths learning has focused on elements of Shape Space and Measure; looking at time, ordering events, weight and capacity. We have now moved on to doubling and halving and are going to bring it altogether in our upcoming cupcake baking Hot Task with the Little Red Hen.
To help us with this we have been looking at recipes in our Talk for Writing sessions. Here are some photos of us story mapping our new cupcake recipe. We will be writing lists of ingredients, exploring our new time connectives and bringing home copies of the recipe.
This week our Little Red Hen story has been innovated with a Mother’s Day twist! We now have the story of the Yummy Scrummy Mummy, complete with a cow, horse and a mouse who don’t want to help her plant her bulbs and pick her flowers. We have been having a lot of fun with this one!
The children have been drawing and writing about tulips, planting their own bulbs and painting pictures of their own mums. We will be describing our own mums too; look out for the finished results coming home at the weekend 🙂
Can you tell the story of the Yummy Scrummy Mummy using the innovated map below?
In our Maths learning we have been thinking about the language of time, and have been working on ordering familiar events. We sing this Days of the Week song every morning, and decided to make a video to share with you.
Do you know which day it will be tomorrow? What about what day it was yesterday? Which 2 days make up the weekend?
We are coming towards the imitation phase of our Talk for Writing Little Red Hen story; next week we will innovate it, changing the main events, characters and settings.
The children have been celebrating their learning by writing some fantastic Hot Writes, and exploring the use of technology on the tablets to record their Hot Tells with a voice recorder. We had a lot of fun listening to them when we played them back!
Here in Caterpillar class we have been having a really ‘Mathsy’ week so far!
We have been working on creating our own addition and subtraction problems during our Snappy Maths and Basic Skills sessions. Today the children have spent the afternoon using various maths resources to carry this on, with some great results!
Lots of different construction has also been available this week, to consolidate our previous learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have explored the faces and corners of 3D solid shapes, and one child gave the fabulous statement; ” I can stack all of these ones because they have faces, You can’t stack them on their corners, only their faces”, and then modeled this to his friend.
Our new block and building area still continues to be a big attraction. We have moved the learning on by changing the loose parts available to access, and asking children to draw and write about their constructions.
Take a look at some of the snapshots of our learning in the photos attached 🙂
Over the last few days we have had such a chicktastic time! The Living Eggs arrived and were placed in the incubator. They then started to pip and hatch and on Wednesday morning we arrived at school to find that we had 8 new, fluffy little chicks. We transfered them over to the brooder and the children gave them their water and chick food. In the afternoon we all had the opportunity to hold one too! Some great writing and speaking has come out of the chicks’ guest appearance!
We have also been linking our Maths work to all things Little Red Hen themed. Hens eat worms and caterpillars so we have been using this to support our work on measures. We all had a piece of string (worm) and had to compare its length to our friends’ strings using our new length vocabulary. We also ordered worms and caterpillars for our activity. This afternoon we will be thinking about height; look out for some corn and wheat ordering photos!
It really feels like Spring is just around the corner! Daffodils blossomed in our room today, along with the childrens’ wonderful writing. 🙂
We took advantage of Nursery’s Hens for Hire and went to meet the real life little red hens. Lots of children held the hens and they inspired lots of high quality speaking and writing this afternoon.
The Caterpillar class is full of very confident and independent children, and is was particularly lovely to see two of the boys working together this afternoon to order numbers 1-20 using our new wooden counters. Well done boys; great team work!
We hope you enjoy this snapshot of the learning and experiences taking place in our class.
Today Reception were lucky enough to have the CBSO pay us a visit and tell us a musical story! Bryony and Helen retold the story ‘The Way Back Home’ using their violin and cello and Reception joined in as the musical accompaniment. We used both our voices and instruments and explored pitch and volume. We even learned to speak a little bit of Martian 👽!
We had lots of fun with our new sound pebbles today; made for us my Mrs Minhas’ sister during the holidays. Children used them to practise name writing, Tricky Words and also to explore creating Phase 3 words. Children who would perhaps not have chosen to write suddenly appeared at the table 🙂
Our Spring table also generated some interest today. The children have enjoyed races with the wind up rabbits and chicks, and today moved to word building with the letter tiles.
3D shape sorting took place in the afternoon and then the children translated this into the new block and building area by describing their creations using mathematical language.
Well done everyone, another busy day in the Caterpillars.
Inspired to improve our block and building area today… we added some natural objects, mirrors and small world people. Take a look at one boy’s house with its pebble driveway, and a joint effort Lamborghini house. Lots of great communication and collaboration coming out of this, well done boys!
We have had a fabulous first day back after our holidays! We introduced our new story of the Little Red Hen and the children have really got involved with the story; painting the characters, retelling using the puppets, producing some great Cold Writes and even making and describing their shape hens during our maths.
Here is a sample of the work that has been produced today; we hope that you are as impressed as we are!
The classroom is all set up and ready for the children to come back fresh and rested after the holidays! This half term we will be looking at the traditional tale ‘The Little Red Hen’. This always proves to be very popular with the children and we are excited to see the improvement in independent writing that this story inspires. Look out for updates featuring the childrens’ work soon.
Our Cornerstones topic for next half term is ‘Are Eggs Alive’ and a Farm Shop has arrived in our role play area. Look out for some special guests visiting our room in a few weeks time! Our Maths work starts with 2D and 3D shapes and then moves on to measure; we are hoping to see some great links to be made in the role play area with this.
Here is a little glance at the environment and some of the activities that the children have to forward to in their first week back. Enjoy your holidays everyone 🙂
Today was the end point of our ‘Are we there yet?’ Cornerstones topic work. The children went on a train ride from Small Heath station to Birmingham Moor Street and back again. Everyone enjoyed the experience and we were especially proud of the children’s behaviour when out in public representing the school 😀. A big thank you to all of the teachers, teaching assistants and parent volunteers who made this trip come together. Who knows where our next journey will takes us…
Over this half term we have been working towards buying our tickets for our upcoming train journey. We have explored the language of size, estimation, more and less and also worked on our subtraction skills . The children have now successfully purchased their tickets ready to use on our trip. Congratulations; you have all worked very hard and we hope you enjoy the experience 🙂
The ladybirds class are really getting in the festive mood, by wrapping presents, making Christmas cards for their mums and dads, and making their Christmas hats for our Nativity show!We were really excited about putting up our Christmas tree! Next week, we will be ready to present our show and are very excited.