To one small step for man, one giant leap for Herons Class...
On Friday, we had a visit from Space Odyssey. It was a very exciting afternoon! We got to go inside the space dome where we learned a lot about life on a space station, astronauts and space history. After this, we were taken on a tour of the planets and stars and looked at their sizes in relation to our sun and the earth. It was really amazing to learn that there are other stars in our galaxy which are 6 billion times larger than our own sun! Finally, we looked at the phases of the moon and some of the constellations in the night sky. So in one hour, we traveled millions of miles and made lots of discoveries along the way.
Paignton Zoo visit March 2019
What an exciting day at Paignton Zoo! We had a super time and got to see lots of animals, some relating to our Rainforest topic and some some extra ones too. Some of the highlights of the day were the giraffes and elephants, the rhinos, the cockroaches in the Reptile house, the red panda and, of course, the wobbly bridge (which was so much fun that we had to go on it twice)!
Thank you to the children for their great behaviour, and thank you to staff and parent helpers who supported our visit.
World Book Day 2019
Which characters can you spot?
We had a really lovely day on World Book Day. Everyone came in wearing a costume to represent a favourite book character. Clearly a lot of thought and effort had gone into the children's outfits. During the day, we had a story-sharing assembly and later Herons Class read The Great Kapok Tree, which links with our Rainforest theme this term. The children listened very well and demonstrated a good understanding of the book's messages about why rainforests are important to us all. They each wrote a super book review, some of which are on display in the classroom.
Messy Maths Week!
What a fun week! We have learned a lot about geometric shapes through some outdoor, messy (muddy) activities. Herons Class have been naming 2D polygons, focusing particularly on quadrilaterals and triangles, and learning about the properties that these shapes have. We have created some shape art using natural materials to stain fabric, created shapes with sticks and identified symmetry in nature. These activities have also helped us to use some of our core learning skills - perseverance, collaboration, noticing and absorption to name a few!
Tidying up the school environment
Saving the world one playground at a time! This afternoon, Herons Class and Swans class went out into the school grounds to clean up the environment. In 20 minutes, we collected a big bag of rubbish - mainly plastics - from around the playground and forest school area. The children were really observant, noticing even the smallest pieces of litter. Well done everyone!
Creating comic strips
In Herons Class, we have been creating our own comic strips. We have planned out our stories collaboratively, which had to be linked to the rainforest. Then we used "Storyframethat" to bring our comics to life! We have had to drag and drop backgrounds, characters and other objects into each frame; rotate and resize objects accordingly; and add text boxes and speech bubbles. Many of the children also learned about why it is important to save your work regularly! During our lessons, we have also discussed the importance of logging off when you have been using things such as apps, email or programs such as Seesaw.
Herons Class have been taking part in Forest School with Mrs. Harding on a Monday afternoon. This term our learning has been focused around the theme of "Play" which links with our playground development. We have been developing some ideas about ways to use our outdoor space whilst enjoying the mud and fresh air!
Our Forest School afternoon with Miss Drabwell - making fire!
Our trip to Morwellham Quay
Learning about Victorian and contemporary toys
Herons have been learning about Victorian toys and comparing them to the toys of today. The children looked at pictures of some of toys and had to work in teams to decide whether they were authentic or modern day toys. They also looked at the materials used to make them, presenting their findings back to the rest of the class
To understand that a skeleton is needed for support, protection and movement
'Fantastic Mr Fox'
In Herons the children have started a new Literacy unit about Roald Dahl's 'Fantastic Mr Fox'. They have been familiarising themselves with the story, using drama to get to know the characters, focusing on expression and the projection of their voices.