Room 14 have been looking at various stories and songs this month and then doing a variety of activities connected to these stories.
This week we were listening to road safety songs and considering how to cross the road safely. We followed this up with some science exploring cars moving down ramps. We also coloured some pictures of our favourite cars.
We have looked at the Story of St George, using CBeebies to support our understanding. We explored riding horses and saving people from dragons.
We have also been reading stories relating to summer such as ‘Jaspers Beanstalk’ written by Nick Butterworth, and ‘Little Grey Rabbit’s May Day’ written by Alison Uttley.
Room 5 have been on a very exciting class trip to Aberdeen Airport.
We all have a fantastic time! We got to go through security, go onto a plane and sit in the pilots seat, drive down the runway, visit the fire station and spray the water hose and of course see lots of planes and helicopters take off and land. George and Ali at Aberdeen Airport were brilliant tour guides!!!
Room 18 continue to expand their horizons with new work experience opportunities. We now have a young person working in the kitchen on Thursday mornings, supporting the catering team with food preparation and serving at lunchtime. We have young people working with our Janitor, and we continue other jobs around the school including watering the plants and recycling. Our Sandwich Enterprise continues and we provide a great service for staff on Tuesdays, making and delivering sandwiches.
Aside from hard work, we do enjoy opportunities to relax during break and lunchtime. Finding the balance in life is good!
Room 9 pupils appreciate our natural world.
They have observed Spring daffodils growing and produced these wonderful paintings depicting our class’s daffodils.
We have all looked at the paintings and commented on them. We all agree they are fabulous pieces of art.
As a reward raising our first £1000 through ragbag for the school fund, the class had a day trip. We went bowling then for lunch, followed by a short walk along the prom. As we ate one pupil signed “It’s nice here!” A great day out for all. Well done Room 16!
Remember if you have clothes or bedding to be recycled, there is a Ragbag container in school reception. Many thanks for your continued support in our textile recycling fundraiser.
One of the pupils in Room 13 found a poem, The Owl, by Alfred Lord Tennyson. As he was reading it and showing interest, the class followed up with some additional learning around owls. They have used mixed media to create some lovely art work. This has included natural materials and textures such as bark.
Some pupils from Room 7 enjoyed a walk in the countryside today. We headed along the countryside path towards Kingswells and saw lots of exciting things. We took pictures of some of the animals and when we got back to school we used our Pixon and core vocabulary boards to talk about what we saw. We also practised our maths skills by counting aloud the number of animals. We saw 3 deer and 7 brown and white horses and far too many sheep and crows to count!!!
The pupils in Room 4 have been very busy exploring maths in a range of fun and practical ways. They have been exploring water and different coloured foams, and enjoyed working on measuring, weighing and comparing them as well as sorting by colour.
Follow us, Room 8, into an amazing journey through our world of rights along with Handa, from “Handa’s surprise” by Eileen Browne.
In the story, Handa, a girl from Kenya, took a surprise bowl of fruits on a journey to her friend Akeyo. Different animals pinched the fruits without Handa’s permission. There were many interesting animals and fruits to find out about, making the journey really fun. As Handa’s journey was about to end, a goat bumped into a tangerine tree, and filled up her empty bowl with tangerines. When she arrived at Akeyo’s village, that was a happy surprise for both Handa and Akeyo. Handa was amazed by the loss of the other fruits, and the presence of tangerines. There was a happy ending because Akeyo’s favourite fruit is tangerine and Handa brought them to him.
What made this story so wonderful was the beautiful describing words. It also introduced the theme of friendship and its importance, which is another positive asset to this story. The surprise at the end of the story added a comical twist that brought the happiness.
Altogether, this was a really engaging and entertaining book that was wonderful to listen to and made us smile. Furthermore, the book has given us the opportunity to learn about children’s rights, to explore and taste the fruits from Handa’s basket, and to speak about our uniqueness and importance.
However, our journey is not finished yet, so be ready for other adventures along with Handa and her friend, Akeyo.
In Room 16 we have been working on our John Muir Award all year. This focuses on Outdoor Education.
In order to achieve our Bronze Award, we have to do 4 days work in our chosen outdoor space. We chose our playground, as we felt it was a bit bare and it was readily accessible to us.
Our plan was to blur the boundaries between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
- Learned about the Scotsman John Muir and his work protecting natural spaces in North America.
- Explored our playground in different seasons and from different perspectives.
- Planted lots of bulbs, seeds and seedlings in science lessons.
- Experimented with flowers in science lessons
- Used natural and recycled materials in craft projects.
- Been for lots of walks in the local community, to the shops, duck pond, parks and outdoor fitness area.
- Fed the birds (ducks, robins and sparrows) at the local duck pond.
- Decorated milk bottle plant pots for house plants in our classroom, which the pupils look after.
- Made a sound sculpture with pots and pans in the playground, for pupils to play with.
- Hung up a large thermometer in the playground for everyone to use.
But we are not quite finished yet. We are in the process of making some more interactive and noisy sculptures for the playground.
We would like everyone to be able to enjoy using the outdoor spaces in school more, so here’s hoping for some dry weather!