On Thursday 9th July we took the children to Foxburrow Farm to enhance our topic on Wildlife Watch. We were able to pond dip and found all sorts of pond life. We went to the meadow and played games to help us find out how bees collect nectar and pollen, discovered all the things a seed needs to grow and then found insects under the logs. We also found lots of large black newts under the logs! We made homes for woodland creatures in the woods and looked for signs that they had been there. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would recommend you all try it!
We watched our caterpillars grow into very fat caterpillars, they made an exciting chrysalis and last week they hatched. We took them to the wildlife area just after lunch when it was very warm and watched them fly away. We all found it a very fascinating process!
This half term our topic is Wildlife Watch and we have started the term with Jack and the Beanstalk. We planted cress seeds and runner beans. We made a pirate scarecrow to look after the runner beans! Lets hope they grow!
Summer Term - 1st Half
We have had a very exciting start to the term. We began by exploring the jungle and the type of climate and animals that you could expect to find there. We made comparisons between our environment and the jungle envionment and pretended to be explorers. We made collage animals. Last week we found out about Australia. There were lots of differences between our country and Australia, especially the animals. We made didgeridoos using Australian art as our stimulus and painted sticks to decorate the outdoor area. This week we are finding out about space and air flight. We are currently designing and making space rockets.
Mary from Eastfeast visited again on the 18th March. She spent the morning with year 1 making paper pots from newspaper and the afternoon with Reception planting out seeds in preparation for our feast at the end of the summer.
We are really enjoying our superhero topic. Last week we explored real life superheroes - Doctors, nurses and paramedics. This week we have found out about fictional superheroes and have made masks, painted pop art superheroes and made identity cards.
We really have enjoyed the Kings and Queens topic and have spent this week making shields, swords, and hobby horses. To finish our week we have had a jousting competition!
RSW are really enjoying finding out about Kings, Queens and castles. We have found out some fantastic facts about castles - did you know they never used to use a fork to eat with and that the water was too dirty to drink so that they mostly drank beer and wine!
We visited Colchester Castle this week and had a brilliant time. We looked around the gallery displays, had a guided story tour which included a roof top view and invesigated objects from when Colchester Castle was lived in.
Our dinosaur topic has been lots of fun!!!
We had a visit last week from a 'stem ambassador' who talked to us about fossils and brought some with him for us to handle. We finished our topic by having a dinosaur trail around the School and lots of parents and grandparents turned up to see what we have been learning about.
RSW have had a lot of fun with dinosaurs over the past 2 weeks. We went outside to measure how long and tall a triceratops and brachiosaurus used to be.
We really enjoyed making dinosaur eggs and their nests.
We have been pretending to be visitors to a dinosaur park in our 'Jurassic Park' area. We even have a souvenir shop.
RSW made autumn shakers as part of our topic on weather and seasons.
RSW have made a rememberance wreath to commemorate the 100 years since the First World War.
This is RSW's Read o saurus' challenge. Can you be the first to read 30 times? Make sure you try to read every night and get an adult to write in your diary. Every time you read, and Mrs Baker sees it written in your diary she will put a spot on your dinosaur.
This week we began a new topic called 'Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble.' We read a really lovely rhyming book by Julia Donaldson called 'Room on the Broom.' The children have made puppets to act out the story, they having been practising counting how many characters will fit on the broom, writing their numbers to 20 and finding out how many more and less they can fit on the broom. They have practised recognising rhyming words. We have set up a 'potions lab' for the children to explore and they have really enjoyed pretending to be wizards and professors.
Welcome to RSW
We have had a very busy start to the term!!
The children have all settled in exceptionally well and have quickly adjusted to their new routines.
We began the term with a short topic on Ourselves. The children enjoyed exploring their interests and painted fantastic portraits of themselves. They made jigsaw puzzles of their faces and practised how to cut accurately using scissors. They used 2D shapes to make pictures of people and then moved onto exploring their families and their homes. They chose whether to make a house using junk modelling or lollipop sticks and represented their family through drawings and family trees. They explored objects using their senses.
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