Welcome Back Pears Class!
We're all back together at last!!!
What a fantastic week back. I am always so impressed by the resilience, love of learning and adaptability of Pears Class and you have all, once again, shown me all of these qualities and more!
We've had a wonderful week of seeing our friends again, getting back into our learning, painting galaxies and planets, making Mother's Day cards, exploring the garden, going to the woods, splashing in the puddles and being intrigued by the hail stones and so much more.
We are so pleased to have us all back together again, and we're very excited to see what the rest of this year has to offer us!
Miss Archer, Miss Porter and Miss Wilson 🍐
As it's Spring Time, we decided to do a bit of gardening to make our flowerpots look beautiful! We got rid of all of the weeds, planted some bulbs, seeds and flowers and made our garden very colourful and exciting.
The children loved getting their hands mucky, each planting some plants and bulbs, and using all of their strength to dig up some of the very stubborn weeds and roots!
Our inquisitive gardeners asked lots of questions. "What is a bulb?" "Where to flowers come from?" and "Why do they have these long wiggly bits (the roots)?".
They also knew that our plants needed to be planted in soil, have lots of sunshine and be watered so that they all grow healthily!
World Book Day!
This year for World Book Day we looked at the book 'The Darkest Dark' by Chris Hadfield. We did a bit of research on the Author and found out that Chris Hadfield is an astronaut, that he's been to space and was the first Canadian to walk in Space! The book was all about Chris when he was a little boy and, despite having some fears, he overcame them to fulfil his dream!
We read the first few pages before we stopped and had a think about our biggest dreams... then we went off to have a think about our biggest dreams. The Pears had a lot of fun filling in a dream bubble. Their dreams are really imaginative, from being a 'fighting princess' to 'going to space' and even 'having a pet dinosaur'!
Later on, we came back together and read the story together with our friends who are learning from home who also loved the book.
Throughout the day we had a go at using our artistic talents to recreate a giant version of the books' front cover!
We had a wonderful World Book Day and can't wait for the next one!
Our Very Own Galaxy
We explored the mediums of paint and chalk to create our very own galaxy pictures.
We used our finger to smudge the chalk into a spiral, swirling effect and then splatted paint over the top. It was such fun and we created a gorgeous effect!
We then went to our woods and collected a lot of textures by using crayons and paper to take rubbings of textures. We learned how to take rubbings of leaves, trees and wooden planks and we discovered that moss was very hard to take a rubbing of because it was so soft.
We cut our rubbings collections into space-themed shapes and put them up on our wall, on top of our galaxy pictures.
In our Busy Bee time some of us decided to make our own rockets, split pin astronauts and planets - so we've added those too!
I'm sure we'll be adding more as we learn more about space, but I think you'll agree it's looking amazing already!
The Pears have chosen to learn all about Space! We entered this project by climbing aboard our space shuttle and watching a space shuttle launch. It was very exciting - our chairs started shaking as the space shuttle got ready to launch, then our bodies moved backwards just like the astronaut in the video!
Our Science Experiments!
Throughout this week we've had a real focus on science experiments and using our scientific thinking to come up with questions, predictions and evaluations.
Have a look at some of our experiments:
We've been exploring the author, Caryl Hart, in the Pears Class.
They have thoroughly enjoyed looking through her books, listening to the stories and discussing the magic on each page. They asked questions, commented on the stories and made comparisons to themselves in the stories!
The Pears noticed how bright and colourful the illustrations were, spoke about the adjectives in the story and all the rhyming words the Pears heard - they even had a go at trying to guess the rhyming pair!
Whilst the world is a bit different at the moment, we're still finding the joy in every day! Today's joy was thoroughly helped with a treat from the school kitchen when they surprised us with pancakes with our lunch for Pancake Day! Yummy!
We discussed our favourite pancake toppies as we tucked into our delicious treats. We had toppings ranging from chocolate spread, strawberries and lemon and sugar!
The Pears Class were SO excited when it started snowing today. We tried catching the snowflakes in lots of different containers.
We had a look at the different shapes of the snowflakes when they landed on each others clothing. We thought they looked so interesting. The Pears thought it would be an amazing idea to look at the snowflakes under the digital microscope, but by the time we took the snowflake inside it had melted and turned into water!
This caused our curious scientists to ask lots of questions about why it was snowing instead of raining and why the snow melted!
Adjectives in the Woods
How exciting! After all the rain we've had, our school woods had got a bit flooded. That wouldn't stop us though!
The Pears Class put on their waterproof clothing and their wellies and we went out on an adjective hunt - as we've been learning all about adjectives.
We explored in the deep muddy puddles, crossed slippery wooden logs and had a fantastic time!
Some of the fantastic adjectives we thought of were - "wet", "mucky", "muddy", "gooey", "sticky" and "dirty".
Our Clay Models
This week we had a go at making our own clay models. The first thing we had to do was to make a plan. We had a think about the different animals we might like to make, and different ways we could make them. Then we made a list of items we needed to make our creatures.
The next part was the fun part, we got our clay and equipment and started sculpting our models! We used feathers, matchsticks, googly eyes and paint to enhance our clay models.
It was a lot of messy fun and we can't wait to have another go at using clay!
Mrs Needham's Safari Adventure
This term the Pears Class chose to learn all about animals and Mrs Needham was kind enough to come and speak to us about her adventures on the Safari she had been on.
She showed us pictures, told us about her exciting experiences and really inspired the children to learn more about animals.
We've been learning all about repeating patterns in the Pears Class. We've found them in our woods, in our construction area, our learning garden, our drawings and even in our PE lessons!
Can you spot the repeating patterns we've found?
We then had a go at making some paper chains, but Miss Archer set us an extra special challenge - we had to make them into repeating patterns! We took on the challenge and here is the outcome:
Children in Need Day
We had a great time learning about Children in Need Day today. We learned all about Pudsey Bear and all of the amazing work he does each year.
We worked interdependently (together) to create some Pudsey Bear collages and then worked independently (on our own) to create some Pudsey-esque spotty hats before going on a catwalk around our class garden showing off our new fashionable creations.
We had a fantastic day!
Within the Pears Class, we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We watched a short, gentle, video clip about Remembrance Day that sparked a conversation all about why we celebrate it and decided it's so we can remember all of the soldiers and service people who fought for their country. We also had a conversation about poppies, and why some people wear poppies and why we might see poppy decorations around this time of year. We then decided to have a go at making our own poppies for the display in our school hall. We hope you like them!
At Orchard Infant School we will be remembering all those who fought for their country, those who died and those who came home.
As a school community, we all have a connection to someone who has given their lives to ensure we can live in peace and happiness.
For this reason, we will be celebrating Remembrance Day at 11 am on the 11/11/20 where a 2 minutes silence will be respected for the fallen.
Our children will learn the importance of Remembrance Day and will create a poppy display in our school hall in honour of all service men and women past and present.
Lest we forget.
Wow, Autumn is definitely here! Look at all these gorgeous, golden leaves that have fallen all over our Orchard! The Pears Class loved exploring them. We ran through them and listened to the crunchy, rustling noises it made. We scooped them up and threw them in the air – it looked like it was snowing leaves! It was very magical and lots of fun.
Our Class Tree
This week we all worked together to create a display in our Pippins Shared Area for everybody to see! We went on a walk around our woods and collected some natural objects like small twigs and leaves to stick onto some paper leaves. Each child decorated their own paper leaf and I think we can all agree that the end result looks amazing!
Exploring the Woods
We went to explore our woods for the first time this morning! It was such a lovely time. We went investigating, bug hunting, looking at all the different colour leaves, collected leaves and sticks. We played catch around the trees, pretended to be witches and wolves and even had a bit of a read in our lovely sheltered area. We are so lucky to have our woods!
Hide and Seek
Here we are playing hide and seek in our lovely Orchard. Everybody had a turn at being the seekers. The children carefully counted up to 10 before running off to find their hiding friends! We really are so lucky to have such wonderful outside spaces to do some of our learning each week!
Exploring the Role Play
This week we explored the Role Play for the first time. We had so much fun!
Our Listening Welly Walk
We went on a walk around our woods to listen for lots of different noises. We heard birds, the wind, children playing, loud noises, quiet noises and even a bus driving past outside the school!
Our Golden Rules
Over the last few weeks, we have learned all about our golden rules for in school, and our safety rules for outside in our learning garden. Here we are creating some posters for our school rules!
Welcome to the Pears Class!
We have had an amazing first few weeks in the Pears Class. From day one the children have come into school and adapted to the new routines exceptionally well! They come in beautifully each morning, hang up their coats and put their water bottles and book bags away - they truly are amazing!
Well done Pears Class, you've truly blown Miss Archer, Miss Porter and Miss Wilson's socks off with your independence, resilience and eagerness to learn!