We all had a great time on our visit to the Tower of London. We enjoyed seeing the Crown Jewels, the Queen's guards, Yeoman Warders, the Gherkin, Tower Bridge, the Shard, the River Thames, Ravens, armour and a glimpse of the London Eye! It was a fantastic day and the weather was great too! Thank you to all of the staff and parents who came with us on the trip - you helped us to have a great time! Have a look at some of our photos below.
The class have enjoyed learning about the Olympics. We have found out that the Olympic Rings represent the five inhabited continents in the world. The rings are inter-linked to show unity between all of the competing countries and athletes at the games. The children have also learnt about healthy food and what kind of foods athletes need to eat so that they can train to become Olympians. They have all enjoyed making and eating fruit kebabs!! The fruit they used was apples, grapes, water melon, oranges and strawberries. The children said that they were very tasty!! Have a look at our photos!
The children were very excited to release our Butterflies!! They had been very interested in seeing the Caterpillars grow and then form a chrysalis. The children were amazed when the butterflies emerged from their cocoons!! They were very happy to see the Butterflies released!!
The children were all very excited today because the Queen visited us! The children were all very polite when greeting the queen and were very impressed by her Crown! The Queen answered a range of questions from the children and gave some interesting answers. Have a look at the photos and videos below. I am sure the children will all remember the day the queen visited us!!
This week all three classes have been working in the Wildlife area in order to tidy and clean it ready for the visit of the queen (A.K.A. Mrs Moseley!). The children have been busy tidying and weeding the raised beds. They have enjoyed planting some red, white and blue flowers ready for the Queen's visit. They also had a lot of fun looking for mini-beasts in the wildlife area - they found: worms, snails, slugs, butterflies, ants, ladybirds, beetles, earwigs and newts! Have a look at our pictures to see how much fun the children had!
Our Union Jack Pig is now finished! He has now been varnished and is ready to go to the Suffolk Show. Thank you to everyone who helped with sanding, drawing the flag, painting, re-painting and adding the finishing touches!! If you are planning to go to the Suffolk Show see if you can spot him!!
Each year group has had the chance to decorate a pig in order to raise money for St Elizabeth's Hospice. We decided to create a 'Union Jack' Pig, as this fitted well with our current London topic and also our next topic (the Olympics). The children in all three Reception classes have enjoyed helping to paint the pig. Mrs Moseley very kindly drew the Union Jack design on our Pig's back and also created a Union Jack face mask. Thank you to Mrs Staff and Mrs Mortimer (parent volunteers) for their help with painting the Pig. Have a look at the photos of our pig (below) - at different stages of being completed. Our Pig is almost complete - we only have the trotters to paint and then he will be varnished (Thank you to Mr Marshall for doing this!). The Pig will then start his journey to the Suffolk Showground. Our Union Jack Pig will be displayed at the Suffolk Show on 1st and 2nd June. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot him! The Pigs created by Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 will also be on display. After the Suffolk Show all of the Pigs will be auctioned to raise money for St Elizabeth's Hospice.
The children enjoyed experiencing some different Olympic events (Javelin, Shot put and standing long jump). They had a lot of fun attempting all three of these events and were brilliant at watching the demonstrations and listening to the instructions. Have a look at some of our photos.
What a fantastic start to the Summer Term! So much has happened! We have started our London topic by learning about the Queen and the Royal family. We have created our very own Buckingham Palace in the classroom. Did you know that there are 775 rooms in the Palace! The children have really enjoyed using the Palace and have been excited when taking turns to sit on Her Majesty's throne! Last week the children celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday in style by dressing up as Kings and Queens for the day! (Have a look at our fantastic photos below!) The children enjoyed making sandwiches and scones during the morning and then in the afternoon they had fun playing a range of traditional playground games, including: skittles, skipping, hopscotch, hula hoops, ring-a-ring-a-roses and Oranges & Lemons!! After the games they all enjoyed eating the sandwiches and scones that they had made. All of the children took home a 90th birthday coin to celebrate the Queen's birthday. This week we have started to learn about some well known London landmarks, including Big Ben, the London Eye, Nelson's Column, Tower Bridge, the Gherkin and the Tower of London. The children have had fun making some of these landmarks using a range of construction materials. Next we will be learning about the range of different types of transport that can be used to travel around London.
This week has been Science week at school. The children were all very enthusiastic and excited to take part in some different science activities. The children had a lot of fun experimenting with Static Electricity - using balloons. They were amazed to make their friends hair stick up (using the balloons), without touching their hair! They also thought it was great that they could get a balloon to stick to the wall, a cupboard and the windows. Some children were also able to get their balloon to stick to their clothes too! We also went outside to see Mr Youngs add some Mentos mints to a bottle of Diet Coke and then watch it explode like a volcano!! To see the amazement on the children's face when it exploded was brilliant (have a look at some of our photos). On Friday the class also were excited to make and test parachutes with Mrs Wesson and to make bubbles with Miss Cunningham. The children also did a raisin and lemonade experiment with Miss Cunningham too!
On Tuesday afternoon the children in all three reception classes all enjoyed taking part in a Tennis taster session. The children were excited to play tennis (some of them for the first time). The tennis coach did some warm up games with the children and then taught them some tennis skills. All of the children really enjoyed themselves! Have a look at some of our photos.
It was fantastic to see so many parents and grandparents at our Reading Café this week. The children are developing a real love of reading, which will really help them as they get older. Most of the children in the class read at home on a regular basis, which has had a significant impact on the progress they have made! The children loved reading and listening to stories at the Reading Café. They also loved eating the biscuits too!! Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who gave up their time to come.
We are now two weeks into our new topic, which is 'Save the World'. This topic will be focused on Science and Geography. The children have been thinking about what a seed needs to grow and have had fun planting some cress seeds and bean seeds. The class told me that for a seed to grow it needs water, sunlight, warmth and soil/compost. We have also been learning about how important plants are to us in the world. The children have been learning about renewable energy sources, such as wind power, solar power and hydro-power. Next week we will be thinking about why it is important for us to recycle as many different materials as we can, such as paper, glass, cardboard, metal and clothing.
This week the children have had a lot of fun learning about Chinese New Year. We found out that 2016 is the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. Mr Youngs was born in the year of the Horse! You could find out what Chinese New Year animal you were born in? The children were interested to listen to the story of the Chinese New Year - in which thirteen animals had a race. The winner of the race was the rat. Although the rat was not very kind to the cat because he pushed him in to the river! This meant the cat finished last (13th)! Each year is named after one of the twelve animals that took part in the race. The children found what people do to celebrate Chinese New Year - they share food with family and friends, put money in Red envelopes, watch a lantern festival and have fireworks (firecrackers)! We enjoyed listening to some music and had a go at doing a Chinese New Year dragon dance! The children also really liked making their own Chinese New Year lanterns. All three classes came together in Mr Youngs' classroom to share some Chinese food! They tried some egg fried rice, prawn crackers, spring rolls, prawn toast and Wontons! Have a look at our photos below of the children enjoying the food. Earlier in the week the class also enjoyed helping to make and then taste some pancakes to celebrate pancake day!
Visit to the Library on Sherrington Road
The children enjoyed our walk to Sherrington Road Library. The librarian was very friendly and explained to the children that if they are a member of the library the books are free to take out and that they could take out up to 20 books at a time! The children listened to a story being read to them and then they were divided into three groups. Each group had the chance to complete a character hunt around the library, make a bookmark and to do a colouring activity. At the end of the session the class had the opportunity to go and choose a book they would like to take home. Remember to take your book back to the library once you have finished looking at it! A big thank you to the parents who came with us to the library (we would not be able to go without your help). I hope the children enjoy reading their library books!
Tour of Ipswich - 26th January 2016
We had a great time on our tour of Ipswich. The driver took us both ways over the Orwell bridge. The children absolutely loved seeing the boats on the River Orwell and sitting up high! We then drove past the ski slope, went past the Marina and saw Ipswich Waterfront. After this we saw Ipswich railway station and then drove around Ipswich Town Football Club. From here we made our way along Civic Drive and Crown Street. The children were very excited to see Crown Pools. We then stopped at Christchurch Park and had our photo taken in front of Christchurch Mansion. Next we saw some ducks and geese on the ponds before we walked up lots of steps - the children said that this was very hard work! Finally we walked back down the hill and got back on the coach. The children walked 1,500 metres around the park, so they might be tired tonight, but they all had a great time! Thank you to the parents who came with us on the trip today. I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as the children did! Next week we are visiting the library in Sherrington Road on Friday 5th February (in the afternoon).
Archery - Tuesday 19th January
It was very cold (2 degrees!!) and the children put on their coats, hats, scarves and gloves and went out onto the playground to do some archery. All of the children really enjoyed having a go at doing archery, with some of them managing to hit the centre target! By the end of the session a lot of the children were using the bow and arrow independently! Mr Youngs had a go as well and thought it was great!!
Ipswich - Through our window.
The children have made a brilliant start to the new term. Our topic for this half term is Ipswich through my window. In the first week back we enjoyed going on a walk around the area around school. On the walk we were thinking about our homes and how they are all different. We spotted some terraced houses, semi detached, detached, bungalows and town houses. Some of the children were very excited when we walked past their own house. We also saw Springfield Juniors school, the Post office and the Co-op. Have a look at some of our photos below. Next week we will be going on a coach tour to see some of the well known landmarks in Ipswich and will also be visiting Christchurch park. Mr Youngs is looking forward to seeing Ipswich Town Football club, as he is a season ticket holder! The children have really enjoyed trying on Mr Youngs' football shirts! In the first week in February we will be visiting the library on Sherrington Road.
Christmas Nativity Performance
All of the children should be extremely proud of themselves for how well they did in our Christmas Nativity. We had a cast of about eighty children! The cast included: Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, Angels, Stars, Shepherds, Inn-Keepers, Wise men, sheep, donkeys, children and the Narrators ('Mum' and 'Dad'). The singing, dancing and acting was all superb! The children loved performing to an audience and they hope that you enjoyed coming to watch it! All of the children's mum's and dad's should feel really proud of their child's performance! I thought both performances went very well. I am very proud of all of them!!
Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 11th December
All of the children got in the mood for Christmas by wearing some fantastic jumpers. We had a lot of different types of Jumpers, including Reindeer, Father Christmas, Snowmen, Christmas trees, Robins and Christmas puddings! All of the children laughed at Mr Youngs when he wore his funny Christmas hat!! The class also enjoyed going to the School Christmas Fayre once Christmas Jumper Day had finished. Have a look at the photos of the children (below) in their great Christmas jumpers!
Children in Need
The children all came to school on Friday dressed in a range of different costumes. We had some Spidermen, Hulk, Captain America, Elsa from Frozen, Princesses, a cowgirl, Mike from Monsters Inc, Superman, Batman, Sleeping Beauty, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles, a knight and some children came dressed in their favourite party clothes! Thank you to all the parents for the donations that came in to school. Have a look at some of our photos below.
Art Solutions - Safari displays
The children all really enjoyed helping to create a Safari display. The artists from 'Art solutions' helped the children to create a baby elephant, an adult elephant, a tree, a moon and some rocks. It was amazing that this was created using only: glue, bin liners, tissue paper and animal templates made from cardboard. A massive thank you to all of the parents who came in to school to help the children with this art project. We literally could not have completed this project without your help!! Have a look at some of the photos below - the project partly completed.
Safari - display photos
See photos of the completed work below. I am sure you will agree the elephants in particular like amazing!! Wow!!
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