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'Down in the Garden', as you can see...

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  • The Lovely Bug Club

    Published 23/05/22

    This week we read the wonderful story 'The Ugly Bug Club' by Gail Abbitt.

    This led to a fascinating debate over which bug would make the best pet....

    "I would choose a spider because it would tickle me"

    "I would choose a woodlouse because I don't like slugs or snails because they are slimy. A woodlouse isn't scary or slimy, and it wouldn't bite me."

    "I would like a stick insect because I'm scared of spiders and I would keep it safe and put another stick next to it so the predators would get confused."

    "I would choose a spider because then I could use it to scare people."

    However, knowing that we couldn't take an actual bug home, we made our own minibeast pet to look after and play with...

     

     

    We all agreed that the Ugly Bug Club should be renamed 'The Lovely Bug Club' and here they are having their very first meeting...

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  • Beautiful Bugs and Butterfies

    Published 12/05/22

    As part of this term's topic 'Down in the Garden' we have been looking at the wonderful bugs that inhabit our environment.

    Creating our own bugs and butterflies in the woods gave us the opportunity to observe and talk about the different body parts of the creatures, count and check we had the correct number of legs and explore symmetry...

     

     

     

    We also have some new additions to Darling Class...

    We will keep you posted on how these furry creatures are getting on. We have already learned a lot - did you know caterpillars only have six legs? The others are called prolegs and help to move the caterpillar along, but they are not the caterpillar's actual legs!

     

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  • Another busy week in Darling Class!

    Published 06/05/22

    Despite it being only a four-day week we have certainly packed a lot in...

    Chopping up our favourite fruit to make a healthy fruit skewer...

      

    ... Finding and sharing new hiding spaces now Spring has well and truly sprung and investigating the new flora and fauna in the woods and pond ...

       

    ... Flexing our muscles on the tricycles and scooters, and making sure we stick to the speed limit to avoid fines from the police while we did it...

     

    ... Making our own family of worms, ordering them by size and using our mathematical knowledge to work out how much shorter and longer one family member is in comparison to another... 

      

    ... Taking inspiration from outdoors for our painting...

    ... Cleaning the doll's house ready for some small world play...

    And finally, making and baking delicious cinnamon twists...

     

    ... And eating them of course!!!

     

     

     

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  • First week of our Summer Term

    Published 27/04/22

     

    We thought we would give you a little insight into what we have been getting up to this first week back.

    We have begun our new topic 'Down in the garden' finding out about the incredible world of worms. We decided to make a wormery to be able to watch them at work...

     

    ...which inspired some instruction writing, as we wanted to share with our buddies how they can make their own wormery at home ...

     

    We have washed, preened and pampered pets in our pet parlour...

    ...made some wiggly but very friendly caterpillars...

    ...enjoyed solving some mathematical problems...

     

    and having a game of snakes and ladders...

    We have opened up a Garden Centre, selling the most delicious mud pies...

    ...and planted a sunflower circle beside the woods...

     

    oh, and climbed a few trees too...

    A fantastic first week back!

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  • Farm Visit

    Published 30/03/22

    Today we had a very exciting visit from Chloe's Mobile Farm where we met some beautiful animals...

    Including seven day old Rusty...

     

    Daisy the duck, who layed an egg especially for us...

    and her feathered friends...

     

    Nellie, a seven month old spaniel...

    and the softest rabbits and guinea pigs you've ever touched...

     

    Thank-you Chloe, we can't wait for you and your animal friends to visit us again soon.

     

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  • Little Red Riding Hood

    Published 22/03/22

    For the past few weeks we have been working around the fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood.

    We started by orally learning the story, through the Talk for Writing approach, adding actions for connectives to support our story telling language....

     Once upon a time

     After that        Suddenly

     Finally

    We added our own actions for the main characters...

     Grandma         Wolf

     Little Red Riding Hood

    Learning to tell the story was a lot of fun, and it helped us to create a story map...

    Bursting with our own ideas we took to creating our own versions of Little Red Riding Hood. First we talked through our ideas, then we altered our story maps with our innovative ideas...

    After rehearsing our own story orally, using our story maps, we had a go at writing our very own story ...

    Finally, we received a letter from a family of wolves, who were very upset that they were always the bad guys in stories and asking for our help...

    Together, we created a Little Red Riding Hood story that they would enjoy listening to, and it went something like this...

    Once upon a time there lived a girl called Little Red Riding Hood. One day her mum asked her to take a basket of fruit to Grandma's house because she was poorly. As she was leaving her mum called out "Don't talk to strangers and stay on the path".

    Little Red Riding Hood skipped along the path but became distracted by some beautiful yellow primroses underneath an old oak tree. Little Red Riding Hood wandered off the path to pick some. Just as she was bending down to pick the primroses, she heard a voice behind her "Where are you going to on this fine day?" Little Red Riding Hood replied "I'm taking this basket of fruit and flowers to my Grandma who is poorly" "Can I come with you?" asked the wolf "I am very friendly".

    So, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf set off down the path to Grandma's house. When they got to the house they knocked on the door and a voice called out "Come in my dear". Grandma was in the kitchen boiling the kettle and when she turned around she saw the wolf!

    "This is my friend, wolf" said Little Red Riding Hood.

    "Oh, wolf, what hairy arms you have" said Grandma. "All the better to be stroked with" replied the wolf.

    "Oh, wolf, what sharp claws you have" "All the better to scratch your itches with".

    "Oh wolf, what big paws you have", "All the better to give big hugs with" said the wolf smiling, and they all had a big hug.

    Finally, they sat down together for a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake.

    The End

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