A visit from PC Ransom!

As part of our Superheroes topic we have begun thinking about real-life superheroes who live and work in our community. This week we invited a Policeman into class and interviewed him about his super job! Everybody wrote a question, complete with a question mark and PC Ransom answered them all fabulously. He also brought in lots of police equipment for us to look at and try on, and he even let us sit in his police car and turn on the siren!! The pictures speak for themselves….

 

 

 

Trip to Ogden Water

Reception class had a fabulous (if a bit chilly) trip to Ogden Water yesterday, looking for signs of Spring! First we made a tree, with each child forming a different part:

Then we set off into the woods and found different, natural objects to make beautiful colour palettes:

We went on a hunt for different signs of Spring, including moss, lichen, sticky buds and seedlings:

Finally we used our excellent listening skills to listen to the sounds of the woodland, drawing pictures of everything we heard – birds, the wind, the leaves rustling, a pheasant (or possibly a T-Rex – the jury is still out!). A wonderful morning!

Pow! Thwack! Wham! Biff!

Oh my goodness! On our return to school this week we were met by a terrible calamity! Our much anticipated superhero topic had been scuppered by the villainous Joker. He had kidnapped all of our small world superheroes and hidden them in his lair. The children were outraged, scandalised and appalled. They immediately set about designing ingenuous schemes and traps with which to capture The Joker and get back our superheroes.

The next day that wretched Joker teased us all with further letters and a poor, sorry-looking Spider-Man, dangling from the classroom door. The children decided that enough was enough and wrote letters to the Joker to lure him back to the classroom. At the same time they used all the junk modelling equipment they could lay their hands on to create the traps they had designed.

This morning we found final note from our evil foe, the Joker. Our trick had worked! The Joker had been expecting an amazing Superhero tea party but had run into a nasty surprise. Aalayah’s terrifying scary face had frightened him so much that he had dropped all the Superhero toys and ran away, leaving our toys in the traps. Hurrah!

A Trip to Manchester Museum

What an exciting adventure we had on Wednesday! Our visit to Manchester Museum was action packed and full of adventure. We began by donning our dinosaur explorer pith helmets and setting off on a journey to the prehistoric gallery. We came face to snout with Stan, the fabulous and renowned T-Rex skeleton and drew portraits of him in wax crayon and pencil:

IMG_3696[1]We followed a trail of clues around the gallery, spotting giant lizards, a bison skeleton, ammonites and a plesiosaur. We used special stamps to complete our hunt and found out all sorts of interesting facts along the way!

Next came the dinosaur explorer workshop. We carefully excavated under layers of grass, sand and rock, uncovering all sorts of fabulous fossils:

IMG_3709[1] IMG_3712[1]We found a Tricerotops’ horn, a fossilized egg, a T-Rex foot and a T-Rex jaw, complete with some pretty menacing teeth!

IMG_3724[1]We discovered all sorts of facts about the fossils we uncovered – did you know, for example, that a T-Rex grew a new tooth every time he lost one, which is why they were all different sizes! We also had the opportunity to show off our comprehensive dinosaur knowledge and astound the adults in the room with our expertise.

After lunch we had an hour to explore the museum, taking a whistle-stop tour through millennia and even making time for a visit to the vivarium to meet some real life snakes, frogs and lizards. After a narrow escape from this tiger:

IMG_3727[1]we all decided that it was time to head home. Everyone was totally exhausted and many slept all the way! We will certainly be visiting again!

A Visit from the Dog’s Trust

Today we met the beautiful Winnie, a friendly education dog from The Dog’s Trust! LJ, her human, told us all about the work of the trust and talked about how we should care for our dogs.

 

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We learned about healthy food for dogs to eat and things that are poisonous to dogs; we looked at some gruesome roundworms, some ticks and some fleas and discovered ways to protect our canine friends from these pests; we looked at a microchip and even practiced picking up a pretend dog poo in a poo bag!

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We also talked about what to do if we encounter an unknown dog when we are in the park or out and about and how to stay safe. At the end of the session we got the chance to give Winnie a stroke (after introducing ourselves with a hand sniff of course) and everyone has had a leaflet to take home to share with their families.

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The Great British Birdwatch

This week we have spent an awful lot of time bird-spotting!

IMG_3431[1]Undeterred by the horrible weather we ventured into the wildlife garden to check up on our bird feeders. We discovered that all of our fat balls had been munched, and there was further evidence of bird activity when we inspected our apple feeders:

IMG_3436[1]We were excellent twitchers, moving very quietly so as not to scare any birds away. We saw all kinds of birds, including magpies, jackdaws, sparrows, collared doves, woodpigeons, a blackbird and a chaffinch (possibly). We kept a record of all the birds that we saw to send to the RSPB and will be using our data to make a class graph next week!

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Dinosaurs, Birds and Dragons

Over the last fortnight, we in Reception class have been continuing with our prehistoric adventures, this time looking at Dino fiction. We have read and discussed dinosaur stories, comparing information texts with works of fiction. We have discussed goody and baddy characters and designed our own good and bad dinosaurs. We are currently writing our own dinosaur stories, each with a beginning, a problem, a solution and an ending. Our stories are absolutely fantastic (if we do say so ourselves) – we have some fabulous imaginations in Reception class!

We have also taken a rather gigantic leap through the evolutionary continuum to think about the plight of our feathered friends during Winter. We have decided to take part in the Great British Birdwatch this year and in order to attract as many birds into the school wildlife area as possible, we have begun work on our Bird Café.

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We have thought hard about the kind of things that birds need to eat in order to be healthy and the problems that many birds have finding food sources in Winter. We have been overcome our squeamishness and squished seeds and sticky lard into pinecones and yogurt pots. We have speared apples and we are planning to make bird kebabs (with fruit on, not birds). We have spent two afternoons in the wildlife garden spotting birds – sparrows, jackdaws, blackbirds and woodpigeons so far – and hanging our birdfeeders on trees.

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The end of this week will see us exploring Chinese New Year. On the agenda are dragon dances, giant roosters (2017 is the year of the rooster), sampling Chinese food and making Happy New Year cards….

A prehistoric welcome back!

Its great to be back after the Christmas break, and what a dinotastic fortnight we have had! On our return we learned of a mysterious creature that had been lurking around the polytunnel over the holidays. We donned our adventurers’ boots, hats and coats and set off to explore the garden. To our great surprise we found a gigantic and very unusual coloured egg in the corner of the tunnel! After much speculation as to who could have laid the egg we brought it back to class..

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The children made a warm and comfortable nest to keep our egg safe, and everyone wrote a sign to put around the egg to make sure that visitors to our classroom did not damage it. Every day we have checked the egg to see if anything might hatch. Watch this space for updates….

Meanwhile, Mrs Harper felt that to give our classroom a more Jurassic feel, we should make some scenery to add to our small world area. We researched prehistoric landscapes on the internet and compared them with our own. Then the children decided to make a tree, helped valiantly our new teaching student, Mr Ormorod.

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In other exciting developments, Science club has started! This week we were given a problem: The dinosaurs are stuck in the ice, how can we get them out? We split up into small groups and brainstormed different methods for solving the problem. We voted on our favourite strategy and then found all the equipment we would need. We carried out our experiment, recorded our results and then came to a conclusion! We found that hot water, a hairdryer, a hammer, the microwave and the oven were all effective ways of rescuing the poor dinosaurs!

IMG_3167[1]Come and have a look at our class science book if you would like to find out more!

Christmas madness!

Tis the season to get glittery! This last fortnight has seen a flurry of festive activity, with our Nativity forming the piece de resistance! All the YR/Y1 children worked so hard and put on a fabulous show – we are all super-proud of them.

Nativity 2016We have been busy with Wintery/Christmassy crafts in class too – here are some of the things we have been up to:

Making reindeer/unicorn attracting powder:

IMG_3121[1]Building Santa’s sleigh:

IMG_3125[1]And of course meeting the man himself!

IMG_3149[1]IMG_3148[1]All the Early Years Team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous New Year! Thank you so much for supporting your children and ourselves this term, they have all made a great start and we are very much looking forward to 2017!!

Chill Factore Visit!

What a fabulous day we’ve had at the Chill Factore! Everyone had a go at sledging, snow tubing and played in the snow play area, even Mrs Harper, Ms Fisher-Ives, Miss Gibson, Mr Frankland, Mr Marr and Mrs Kimber. All of the children were very stoical in the face of soggy socks and chilly fingers and all coped masterfully with the change of outfit! Here are some photos of our day:

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