Our teacher - Mrs Lawns
Wow! Look what we have been learning in Butterfly Class!
We received a mysterious parcel that came all the way from Africa!
Inside was a letter from a young girl called Handa; some fruit; pictures of some animals and a book. She had heard that we like to learn new things.
In the letter ,she told us that a very funny thing had happened to her whilst visiting her best friend Akeyo. She said, “I had put seven delicious fruits in a basket for my friend to surprise her. I wondered which fruit she would enjoy the most but the answer turned out to be an even bigger surprise! Can you guess what happened?”
As well as learning about her surprise, Handa thought we would like to find out about the fruit and animals that live near her village in Africa. She wondered which fruit we would like best. She said she would be excited to hear all about the wonderful learning that had taken place and would look forward to sharing our work with her best friend Akeyo.
Here we are smelling, feeling and tasting the fruit from the story. Some of the fruit we are familiar with but others were new to us but we did try a little even if it was just a lick!
Hunter said, “This papaya smells just like Africa”.
In the story, we were amazed how Handa could carry a big basket of fruit on her head without it falling. We decided to experiment and try to balance different items on our heads. We got really good at it, with a little help from a quoit!
Then we decided to build models like the traditional homes we saw in the story.
We used 3D shapes, blocks and natural resources like mud, straw and sticks.
Here we are exploring our creative and imaginative skills by dressing up as some of the characters in the story. We chose different fabrics and skilfully designed how we wanted them to look. We attached pegs to hold them together. During our English lessons we are able to retell the story of Handa’s Surprise using a story map and a sequence of actions.
We had a great time investigating in the Forest School area. We are learning a few rules which will keep us safe.
Here we are exploring and climbing trees. We found our first ladybird of the season, it was incredibly tiny!
In Butterfly Class, we have been learning the actions and words to some new stories. We were very excited and invited our adults into the classroom to show off our acting skills.
We enjoy writing anywhere.
Here we are outside drawing a story map of one of our favourite stories this term, Augustus and his Smile by Catherine Rayner.
Lily-Elsa remembered, “He looked under a cluster of bushes but his smile wasn’t there.”
“I’m going to have a dinosaur world”, roared Bentley.
We write messages to each other.
Play at being teachers.
We had great fun making traps to catch tigers roaming around our garden.
RE, over the term, we have been learning and thinking about Jesus and the stories in the Bible. We talked about some of the miracles he performed and of course we acted them out.
We remember how Jesus changes the water into wine at the wedding in Cana, through role-play.
Harry. “My favourite, pancakes”.
We even had pancake races and competitions to see who could flip the pancake the most.
Sometimes we make our own pancakes in the mud kitchen. “I’m making pancakes with strawberries and chocolate”.
We used natural resources help us understand maths.
Jenson made a pattern of shells and accurately counted the amount used. “You count slowly it makes it right”, he remembered.
Sometimes we copy the patterns on the objects around us. Or play games on the computer.
We are always very excited when Billy from Team Theme comes in to teach PE.
This term we have been learning to play cricket. Here we are learning to work together in small teams to score runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while learning about bowling and fielding. We got very competitive and cheered out team mates on, it was great fun!