The Little Red Hen
This week’s text, The Little Red Hen, emphasises the importance of helping each other and making bread, so this has also been our weekly focus.
We have encouraged the children to help each other, to take turns, cooperate and show kindness to everyone as well as helping the adults to tidy the unit; the latter was quite a challenge! Some of us worked in partners to make a model together and you can see us looking really proud in the attached photos.
In the home role play area we have even had and used play dough to make a variety of dinners, cakes and biscuits. We have also made and eaten around 80 bread rolls; enjoying watching the dough rise and stretching and pulling it. For Sports Relief today, football shaped rolls were made for our snack.
We have had many discussions around the reasons for having Sports Relief and who we can help. The Sports Relief charity published a pack about a five year old girl from Bangladesh and we have discussed the differences in her life compared with our own. Even the youngest of our children were thoughtful and compassionate.
Sports Relief day has been great fun. We have taken part in many physical activities from obstacle courses, dancing and participating in an aerobics session created by the Year 6 children. Well done guys!
Just a few reminders:
Outdoor Toys/equipment after school.
The outside equipment at the side of the building are not to be used after school, thank you.
As we are in a period of assessment there will be no home learning this week.
Please do continue to practice counting on and back to 20 as well as reading and writing the tricky words.
The REACH group recently entered a competition run by a national Physics association, SPIE. The children were invited to think about what they already know about light and come up with some questions that they think they might be able to answer via scientific experimentation.
Mrs Cronin was thrilled to be informed that six of the group had designed questions that the Physics Department at Exeter University thought they would be able to help the children to answer using some of the University equipment.
The winning questions were:
Can moonlight be as strong as sunlight? by Haidee
Can light be made to go around solid objects? by Daria
How do you measure the speed of light? by Vakare
Why are so many things that produce light also warm or hot? by Faith
How and why does light shone at a triangular prism produce a rainbow? by Hannah
How does light create the colour spectrum on a CD or DVD? by Mia
On Wednesday 16th March these six children along with Lucas, Zack, Raghav and Mrs Cronin went to the Physics building on the university campus. We all had the most wonderful day. We performed experiments, had a tour of the department and were given a talk about the different areas of Physics being studied at the University. And, as an extra treat and finale to a fascinating day, the children watched strawberry ice-cream being made: not with an ice-cream maker or freezer but with liquid nitrogen! The resultant ice-cream was delicious.
We’ve been Cooking Round the World again. This time one of our parents from Egypt showed us how to make traditional Egyptian pastries filled with cottage cheese and dried mint. We’ve also made delicious aniseed biscuits and watched a very interesting presentation about Egypt.
To round off our China topic we have made spring rolls and linked it to our work in English writing instructions.
We have enjoyed using the topic books to increase our knowledge of China.
We have used chopsticks to pick up buttons, objects and to try and eat fruit! It took a lot of practicing!