We have been reading 'Katie in London' - a story about a girl and her brother who visit London and go sightseeing with one of the Lion statues in Trafalgar Square. We have been learning about famous London landmarks, such as the London Eye. St. Pauls Cathedral, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace. We have been drawing, painting and making models in provision. We have also been thinking about The Queen and getting ready for the jubilee celebrations.
We have had visitors in class - ducklings! We loved watching them move around. They seemed a little nervous and liked being together; we think that made them feel safe. They felt very soft but were a bit fidgety.
An important part of our day is being active outdoor. It's important for our physical and mental well-being. This week we have also been planting tomato plants to learn about growing.
We do Read Write Inc every morning in Bear Cubs, just like KS1. We learn sounds, we learn to read sounds in words and we learn to spell using sounds and write sentences. A lot of our work is done with a partner - we learn skills such as following the text as a partner reads. Reading at home is key for extra practise too.
This week we have continued our learning about the story 'The Tiger Who came to Tea.' We have learnt how to make a cup of tea and use good manners to serve it to our friends. We learned that a teapot has a spout, a handle and a lid so you can pour hot water in and it stays hot. We used a teacup and saucer to drink our tea and even dunked a biscuit in! However, we learnt that the biscuit turns soggy when it's wet.
We have also been practising our independent writing to write invitations and take orders in our tearoom.
Elsewhere in provision children have been extremely creative - making, singing, building - showing us their interests and skills.
This week we have read The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We have been using new vocabulary to describe the tiger's behaviour, such as polite, rude, considerate. We have been using these words in class to reinforce the language and understanding. We have also been thinking about which other animals might come to tea and how they might behave - we thought a giraffe would be too tall and knock the chandelier off the ceiling! The children have been using some stuffed animals and resources in the construction area to make houses and tables so the animals can have tea. Also, we have been learning about the work of artist Steven Brown - he paints animals in colourful ways. We have discussed his work and then we have painted tigers - we have learnt how to use a thin paintbrush to make careful strokes for the tiger's fur. Imagine a tiger who comes for tea looking like ours!!!
We have been learning a little about Easter this week; learning that it is an important celebration because it is when we remember Jesus and we have read a story about a family who enjoy visiting church on Easter Sunday. We have been painting and decorating eggs shapes, making Easter egg and chocolate factories in construction, writing lists, Easter numeral hunt and competitively egg rolling (comparing the effectiveness of different ramps). Have a lovely Easter Break everyone!