Welcome to Thunberg’s Class Page. The adults working in the classroom daily are Cathy, class teacher alongside T.As Becca and Ines.
For our last week of term, we have been looking at journeys. We read the book, ‘You Can’t Take an Elephant on a bus’. We have enjoyed talking about the different ways we can take a journey and where they are taking journeys to in the holiday. The children have written about their favourite animal’s mode of transport. They have also drawn pictures and given clues to the class to guess each other’s special journeys they are taking. During planned play, we have also enjoyed a spot the difference jungle activity, colouring animals from the jungle and making their own jungle scenes. In Attention Autism, we also enjoyed making our elephants and monkeys as characters from our story.
We have continued our theme of woodlands this week in Thunberg. We began our week with a trip to Mote Park. On a lakeside walk, we enjoyed exploring the range of tree types as well as using our senses to hear and look for different mini beasts as well as birds and animals. During planned play the following day, we matched trees to their leaves and wrote some descriptive writing about what we might see in a woodland. We created our own woodland pictures and found woodland related words in a word search. In Attention Autism, we also enjoyed making our own trees.
On Wednesday, we also enjoyed a visit to our new class and meeting our new teacher and T.As.
Today we went on a trip to Mote Park. We enjoyed a Lake side walk, exploring the different trees in the park and spotted lots of wildlife, including dragon flies and a squirrel. We also had fun feeding the geese and a trip to the park.
This week we have started our final theme of the term, woodlands. We have discussed the different animals we saw on our school trip last week and looked in more detail at the types of habitats they like are best suited to. The children have chosen their favourite animals to write fact files on and written about their favourite parts of the trip. In Planned Play, the children have worked on labelling otters and wolves in more detail as well as creating their own woodland scenes and comparing the mass of different animals. In Attention Autism, we made our own wolves and in cooking time, we made smores, which we enjoyed eating afterwards.
On Tuesday, we enjoyed a builder’s themed art day and enjoyed taking part in a variety of STEM based challenges such as using different materials to make a stable structure as well as making our own Pixel art designs and our own clay tiles.
Today we enjoyed a class trip to the beach to WildWood. We had a great time finding out about the habitats of animals from a variety of countries as well as trying to find the animals as they hid and camouflaged themselves. We were also all very brave and walked across the bear bridge.
This week we have continued our theme of under the sea. We have explored the storybook ‘The Rainbow Fish’, discussing the different emotions of the characters at different points in the story. The children have described the underwater scene in their writing. In Planned Play, the children have cut out and created their own underwater scene and enjoyed creating their own mixed up sea creature with the book ‘Flip Flap Ocean’. We have also created our own colourful rainbow fish. In Attention Autism, we sequenced the story of Rainbow fish independently. This week in cooking time, we made tuna pasta, exploring the texture of tuna and some of us even tasted it.
Today we enjoyed a class trip to the beach at Minnis Bay. We explored what we could see and hear around us and looked at the beach environment as a habitat. We had lots of fun in the sand and exploring the water.
This week we have started our new theme of under the sea. We have explored the poem book ‘Commotion in the Ocean’, discussing the different types of sea creatures and animals you might find in and around this habitat. The children have described under the water scenes, created their own sea creatures and written their own fact files on a particular sea creature. In Planned Play in Maths, we have worked out the coordinates of the sea creatures, counted sea creatures in a picture and generated addition calculations. We have also coloured sea creatures and read instructions to colour the sea creatures as the instructions describe. In Attention Autism, we made our own under the sea pictures and cheerio octopus. This week in cooking time, we made our pizza themed under the sea creature.
We have continued with our theme of mini beasts through the book, ‘Flip Flap Mini beasts’. The children have enjoyed creating their own mini beasts as well as their own muddled mini beasts, labelling them and describing in sentences the mini beast they have created. We also listened to clues to help guess the mini beast. In Planned Play, we have continued with our shape recognition of 2D shapes by making our own ladybird and spiders. We have also sorted mini beasts by their features. The children have looked at the habitats of different mini beasts, identifying where we might find them and creating their own bug hotels. In Maths, we have continued working on representing calculations in different ways using ten frames and other pictorial representations. In Attention Autism, we made our own snail and butterfly creations. This week in cooking time, we made our own spiders from a cupcake. In creative and sensory time, we painted our mini beast stones and had a go at more observational drawings but of mini beasts this time.
We have started this term by looking at our new theme of mini beasts through the poem book, ‘Mad About Mini beasts’. The children have drawn and labelled their own mini beasts as well as written several descriptive sentences about a mini beast of their choice. We also wrote our own class poem about a mini beast. In Planned Play, we have created our own repeating patterns with mini beasts and recognised our 2D shapes by making our own bees and butterflies. We also have matched parts of a mini beast to make a whole one. In Maths, we worked on representing calculations in different ways using ten frames and other pictorial representations. In Attention Autism, we made our own bee plates and spiders. This week in cooking time, we made our own fruit mini beasts and enjoyed eating them. In creative and sensory time, we painted our fruits we made from clay the previous week. We also enjoyed a mini beast hunt in messy textures.
Thank you so much for joining us at our first Sports Day. The children did amazing. Below are just a few photos to remember the day by.
We have had another very busy week. We have continued looking at growing through the story, ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. The children have written about their favourite parts of the story and continued working on identifying in their writing the setting and main characters. In Planned Play, we have continued working on our measuring by using rulers to measure vegetables and worked on our skimming and scanning skills by finding words in a word search. In Maths, we continued working on our understanding of the term difference in word problems. In Attention Autism, we sequenced this week’s story and followed the instructions of the mat to make a prop from the story with play dough. On Tuesday, we had a visit from some snakes and learnt about where they live and what they eat, as well as how we take care of them. This week in cooking time, we made a fruit salad after reading the story ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’. In creative and sensory time, we also explored a range of vegetables and did some observational drawings.
We have had a very busy week. The children have continued looking at growing through the story, ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’. The children have written about their favourite parts of the story and identified in their writing the setting and main character. In Planned Play, we have put beanstalks in the right height order and used rulers to measure them and the children have sequenced the story and made props to retell it. In Maths, we have been working on our understanding of the term difference. In Attention Autism, we created our own beanstalks and made a maze for Jasper, our story’s main character to escape. On Wednesday, we visited our local park, working on how we keep safe when crossing the road. We have also planted seeds, recapping on what plants need to grow and the children’s understanding of the lifecycle of a bird. We have also explored how to brush our teeth to keep them clean. This week in cooking time, we have decorated biscuits with beanstalks. We have also enjoyed a walk.
This week we have continued looking at growing and the conditions plants need to thrive. The children have explored this through the story, ‘The Tiny Seed’. The children have written about what happens to the seed in each season of the year. In Planned Play, we have cut and created our own flowers and labelled plants. In Maths, we have been working on our understanding of number bonds and recalling them in our mental maths. In Attention Autism, we created our own flowers. In sensory and creative time, hand printing flowers. This week in cooking time, we also made our own fruit based flowers.
This week we have starting looking at growing, beginning with planting seeds. The children have explored this through the story, ‘How a Seed Grows’. We have ordered each step of how to grow a seed and then written instructions on how to do this. In Planned Play, we have enjoyed creating our own creative gardens, measured and ordered the size of plants, created repeating patterns and ordered the parts of a flower, naming its parts. In Maths, we have continued working hard on our Maths targets too. In Attention Autism, we finger painted our own trees. In sensory and creative time, we had fun making our own coronation decorations. This week in cooking time, we also made fruit and seed bars.
We have continued looking at birds this week, focusing particularly on the similarities and differences between birds as well as what the term migration means. The children have done this through the story, ‘Little Home Bird’. We have written our own fact files based around our favourite bird as well as writing about our favourite things like the little bird in the story. In Planned Play, we have enjoyed matching different animals to their habitat, exploring different types of birds through information fact cards, finding the name of British birds in a word search and working on our counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s. In Maths, we have been working hard on our Maths targets too. In Attention Autism, we have made our own seed birds and birds in nests. In sensory and creative time, we had fun making our own bird feeders and bird balloons. This week in cooking time, we had lots of fun making breakfast egg muffins.
We have started the term by looking at the life cycles of birds. The children have enjoyed the story, ‘The Odd Egg’. We have been writing about what creature we would like to have come out of the egg, as well as how the main character felt at different parts of the story. We have also written speech bubbles for the egg. In Planned Play, we have enjoyed making our own 2D shape crocodile like the one in this week’s story, using our observational skills to spot the differences in the eggs, identifying the features of a duck and putting pictures of the lifecycle of a duck in the current order. In Maths, we have been working hard on our Maths targets. In Attention Autism, we have made our own chick pictures and crocodile paperchains. In sensory and creative time, we had fun making our own parachutes for an egg. In cooking time, we had lots of fun making scrambled eggs. On Tuesday, we also enjoyed sharing books in our library.
We have been looking at the theme Easter this week. The children have enjoyed the story ‘We’re going on an Egg Hunt’. We have recapped on what an acrostic poem is and written our own one on Easter. In ‘Planned Play’, we have enjoyed colouring and writing our own Easter cards to our family, decorating our own eggs and thinking of vocabulary to describe them. The children also completed an Easter themed word search and addition, subtraction and multiplication maths pictures depending on ability. In Maths, we have worked on symmetry and made symmetrical Easter patterns and Lego constructions. In Attention Autism, we have made our Easter wreaths and Easter chick pictures. In sensory and creative time, we had fun making colourful bread and enjoyed a colourful messy tray. In cooking time, we had lots of fun making Easter nests. On Wednesday, we also enjoyed our colour run and on Thursday an Easter egg hunt.
Thunberg have continued the theme of superheroes, but changed this slightly to look at animal superheroes. This week we have looked at the story ‘Superworm’. We have created our own superhero animals as well as acrostic poems based around worms. In ‘Planned Play’, we have enjoyed looking at fact cards related to worms, drawing our own worms and using positional language to describe where the worms in the pictures are. In Maths, we have worked on using a ruler accurately measure different size worms. Some of us have also been estimating where numbers might sit on number lines. In Attention Autism, we have made our own cheerio worms and made repeated patterns on our own Superworm. In sensory and creative time, we have made our own Easter hats for the Easter fayre. In cooking time, we enjoyed making our own edible worm garden.