Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl. They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth. Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet. Imagine you’re a palaeontologist (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts. We will create a dinosaur museum and make some dinosaur artefacts. We may even do a dinsaur stomp! Which is your favourite dinosaur? The Tyrannosaurus, the Brachiosaurus or the Micropachycephalosaurus? Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes, he did. Run!
Class 1 found a dinosaur egg that hatched on Friday! There was a lot of chaos as “Blue” searched for his mummy. We are pleased to say, that with Class 1’s help, we managed to reunite them both and they are safely back at the museum!
Week 3 – Having had “Blue” hatch and sent back to the museum, peace can prevail this week (we hope!). Class 1 will be doing lots of archaeological digging and finding out more about the different types of dinosaurs that lived. We will be completing our fossils and putting broken skeletons back together again!
We will be comparing the lengths of dinosaurs and sorting them in as many ways as we can. We will also try to make dinosaurs using shapes. How many triangles will we need? Did we use any circles or squares?
We dug for fossils…
Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Why are there stars in the sky at night? Does everyone go to bed at the same time? It’s time to find out more about night time.
What happens when I go to bed at night?
This half term, we’ll be entering the celestial world of a mobile planetarium. We’ll listen carefully to a presentation about the patterns of the stars, and ask questions about the universe. Snuggling up with comfy cushions and blankets, we’ll listen to bedtime stories and nursery rhymes. Zzz… Wide awake once more, we’ll learn about people and services that work at night, the Hubble Telescope and nocturnal animals. We’ll also find out more about how good bedtime routines can have a positive impact on our health, and take part in a series of bedtime challenges. Ready, steady, brush your teeth! In our mathematics lessons, we’ll play with the shape and size of star patterns, and create moons of different sizes out of sparkly play dough. Getting creative, we’ll make constellations out of battery-operated tea lights, marshmallows and blunt tooth picks and star mobiles out of silver sequins and glittery pompoms.
At the end of the project, we’ll share and reflect on what we have learnt, and we’ll use our knowledge and creativity to write a bedtime story to take home to read. We’ll also hold a lullaby sing-along.
Help your child prepare for their project
The night is all right! Why not do some stargazing together after dark, either from your garden or, even better, a rural location with minimal light pollution? There are apps you can use on your phone to help you to identify stars and constellations! You could also keep a dream diary, noting down and comparing dreams with each other. Alternatively, talk to people in your family who have worked at night. What are the similarities and differences between working in the day compared to at night?
It was lovely to see our new parent last night at the first of our reading evenings. As promised, I have attached some useful websites and games that would support the children and yourselves when sounding out and learning new sounds.
The caterpillars have all now turned into a chrysalis. They will be moving into the large net home now so that they can emerge as butterflies…keep watching!!
As we left school last week, the caterpillars were all very busy spinning and learning how to make silk. Look now! Today is Monday 23rd March. There are some caterpillars that are already hanging! They will soon be ready for their new home. When they have all turned into a cocoon, we can move them carefully so that they have a home large enough for them to become butterflies. Keep watching!
23.03.20 So, I replanted my bean over the weekend and it seems to really have enjoyed spreading out! My bean now measures 24cm. I hope yours are doing well? I hope I have sent you a photo of my bean. Try clicking on the “Bean Day 24” title…fingers crossed!
Yesterday, Class 1 had a fabulous visit to Brooksby College to see the lambing. We had such fun hunting for moles, badger holes and squirrels on our trek up to the farm. When we arrived, we tiptoed through the barns to see “The Three Little Pigs”, lambs (of which some of us saw one born!) and cows with their calves! Thank you to Farmers Rose and Carol for making it so special!
Class 1 are looking forward to another fun-filled half term entitled “Will you read me a story?” with an added visit to Brooksby College to see the lambing. We will start off the topic dressing as our favourite traditional story characters and having a Wow Day!
Will you read me a story?
Welcome to the magical world of fairy tales! Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Let’s find out more about our favourite stories, and discover some new ones.
This half term, at school, we’ll play imaginatively with a model castle and small world characters. We’ll look at different character types, and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’! Using different materials and shapes, we’ll build castles and bridges. We’ll read lots of stories and look at the ingredients that go into a fantastic fairy tale. We’ll be brave explorers and hunt for missing items from fairy tales. Reading The Elves and the Shoemaker will encourage us to be busy elves and decorate shoes in our workshop. Contemporary versions of fairy tales will inspire us to write stories, and we’ll create story maps to retell familiar tales. Our mathematical skills will help us to count the buttons on gingerbread men, and estimate how many beans Jack has got! After reading The Enormous Turnip, we’ll plant seeds and learn how to care for them. We’ll also test the right materials to make a bed for a princess, and houses for the Three Little Pigs.
At the end of the project, we’ll look back at photographs of our amazing experiences.
Let’s put on our coats, pop up our brollies and investigate the weather.
This half term, we’ll take a walk outdoors to find out about different types of weather and to look for signs of the seasons.
We’ll study TV weather reports, make weather symbols and learn about the life and work of Sir Francis Beaufort. Creative opportunities will allow us to explore weather in works of art, make season trees and create seasonal music! We’ll compose weather poems and write postcards describing the weather in different places. Our thinking skills will come in handy when we experiment with thermometers, investigate the effects of the Sun and compare weather around the world.
When we are weather experts, we will share our knowledge with you. We will record and broadcast weather reports, perform weather songs and music and describe our ideal holiday destinations.