This week we have been making medals and designing mascots for the Olympic games. When we have painted them we will put some photos on the website.
We have also been in training as Olympic athletes in preparation for sports day. We have been running, practised shotput, obstacle and the long jump.
We had a fantastic time this week at the 'Tower of London.' We went by coach to the tower, and saw the River Thames, Tower Bridge, the Shard and the Gherkin. We took packed lunch and saw the crown jewels and had our photo taken with a Beefeater/Yeoman Warder. We were all really tired when we got back to school but had a fantastic time.
The butterflies have hatched! We released the butterflies after watching them grow from tiny caterpillars. We fed them sugary water, fruit and flowers for 3 days.
Our new topic is 'Rio Olympics' and we started last week finding out how the 5 Olympic rings represent the 5 continents that take place in the Olympic games. We printed the rings in the right order.
The Queen has been!!!!!!!!
Queen Elizabeth came to visit us yesterday and we were able to show her how we have been preparing the wildlife area and raised bed for her. She was very impressed! We were able to ask her lots of questions and she enjoyed answering them for us.
This week we have been 'cleaning for the Queen.' We took it in turns to go to the wildlife area and put the rubbish in the bin. We dug up the weeds and put them in the compost bin and we planted a raised bed with flowers in preparation for the 'Queens' visit next week!
This half term our topic is London and the children have celebrated the Queen's 90th Birthday. They have been exploring the Royal family and landmarks that can be visited in London. They have loved playing in the Buckingham Palace roleplay area. This week we have explored Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
In maths we have been finding out how to double and halve an amount of objects. Everyone has really risen to the challenge and shown excellent understanding! Well done RSW!
This week is 'National Science Week' and the whole school are involved with scientific experiments and enquiry. RSW started their science week making and testing parachutes. They had to find the best material for keeping their person in the air for the longest period of time. On Friday they will visit Mr Youngs classroom and explore static electricity and volcanoes, and in the afternoon they will visit Miss Cunningham and explore bubbles and shapes and a lemonade and raisin experiment.
We have been exploring recyclable materials this week in Reception. We sorted materials that can and can't be recycled and made posters to promote recycling in school. We visited the compost bin to recycle our left over fruit and found out about how it decays and can be used for compost when mixed with other materials. We made recycled names and used junk modelling to make models. Next week is science week and we are looking forward to trying out different science experiments!
We will get our homework on Tuesday when we need to collect unwanted clothing to recycle and earn tokens so that we can buy new science equipment for our school.
Last week we explored renewable energy and looked at solar, hydro-electric, and wind power specifically. The children were brilliant and by the end of the week had a fantastic understanding of how energy is created and used in a clean way. We had wind powered cars and a balloon experiment. We also had an experiment to explore wind resistance and looked at the amount of energy we could create using helicopters.
Also, our beans have started to grow and we are able to see how the roots are developing.
Welcome back after half term and I hope you all had a good break.
This half term our topic is 'Save the World' and we have started to explore this week how plants help to look after the environment. We planted cress seeds and are going to try to look after them so that we can make egg and cress sandwiches next week. We also planted runner and dwarf beans so that we can watch how a seed develops into a plant.
We have been finding out about Chinese New Year this week. The children have had the story of how each year was named after a different animal and we discovered that this year is the Chinese New Year of the monkey. We made a dragon and performed a dragon dance and in class we made puppets, retold the story, learnt a song and on Friday we are having Chinese New Year food. Some of the children have been sewing and some chose to make monkey characters
We also made and ate pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Phew, what a busy week!
We have been to the library! Yesterday it was RSW's turn to visit Westbourne Library on Sherrington Road. The children enjoyed the walk to the library and when we got there we were warmly welcomed. The children were read a story and then had three lovely activities to carry out - colouring, making a bookmark and a character hunt. Some of our children had signed up to get a library card and were able to borrow one book. We were shown how to use the checkout system and stamp the return date. Don't forget, if you have borrowed a book you will need to return it to any Suffolk library!
Reminder that we will be visiting Sherrington Road library next Wednesday 3rd February!!
We had a fantastic day today. The children went on their 'coach trip' around Ipswich to see the sights and were very excited to see the River Orwell and the Orwell Bridge. We then made our way back into Ipswich past the ski slope and Shotley Marina. We travelled past Ipswich docks and the train station. We saw Ipswich Town Football Club, the Wolsey theatre, crown pools and then we were dropped off at Christchurch Park where we went for a walk around and saw Christchurch Mansion, the duck pond and the war memorial. We had a lovely time and the children were very well behaved! During this week we will follow up with paintings, drawings and writing about what we saw and what we would like to go back and visit!
The children have had a very exciting week. On Tuesday premier sport ran an archery session which the children really enjoyed and they all joined in and were very good at aiming! We also finished writing our letters and postcards to send home and put them in the homework envelopes and took them to the local postbox on Thursday, so hopefully they should arrive home at the weekend! We baked currant buns from the bakers shop today. They smelt delicious. Lets hope they taste as good as they look!
The children have had a fantastic start to the new year and have come back with a very positive attitude, ready to learn. Our topic this half term is'Ipswich through our window.' Last week we went on a walk around the local area to look for different house types. We learnt the names of detached, semi-detached, terraced, bungalow and flat and have been practising recognising them. See if you can remember their names as you walk to school!! We have been busy learning our address this week and brought stamped address envelopes to school for homework and we have written a letter or postcard to put inside to send home. We will be posting them next week.
Later on this half term we will be exploring the local library and taking a coach trip to spots the sights of Ipswich.
We have been exploring our topic 'heroes and villains' through traditional tales. We have looked at 'Little Red Riding Hood,' 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff.' The children have been fantastic at using the active story telling actions to retell these stories and know them really well. They have used puppets to retell the stories and have used art work to record what they have found out. Your homework on bridges linked to the 'Three Billy Goats' was very impressive, and it looked like you had lots of fun with this!
We had our reading cafe this week. Thank you to all the parents that attended, it was a very enjoyable session. This really helps to nurture the children's love of books!!
We have have been learning about the importance of washing our hands during the topic of Doctors and Nurses. We explored when we should wash our hands and why and discovered that you can't actually see germs on your hands, they are invisible! We carried out an experiment to see if we had germs on our hands. We used bread. If we had germs on our hands then the bread should turn mouldy quicker than the bread that we didn't wipe our hands on. Nothing has happened yet..........what do you think will happen?
We had a fantastic day on Monday when Kimmy's Zoo came to visit. Kimmy brought meerkats, Stanley the chinchilla, Mr Squidgy a pygmy hedgehog, Flower the crested gecko, Shere Khan a royal python, Shrek the tree frog, Turbo an African Land Snail and a leaf insect. The children were very excited to see how they move, where they live in the wild and the kinds of food they eat. They were able to pet, stroke and handle the creatures and had a fantastic hands on experience. For more photos you can view the animals at http://www.kimmyszoo.co.uk/our-animals/
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We have begun the term by thinking about ourselves and our families and have painted self portraits and made jigsaw puzzle faces. We also used cereal boxes to make a model of our home.
Last week we started a new topic 'On Safari.' The postman accidentally delivered a crate to our school and we have been trying to work out what was in it! Yesterday the crate door was open and whatever was inside had escaped!!!!
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