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Welcome to

Mice Class (2021-2022).

We will be celebrating some of our fantastic learning each half term. 
 

Week beginning 16th May 2022

In Mice and Year R this week has been Art week. We have been investigating what happens when you mix the prime colours, we talked about what emotions the colours made us feel. We then made different marks in the paint to create different effects and we used a piece of paper to take a print. We will stick all the prints together to make a large piece of art.

Week beginning 9th May

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This week we had a very exciting visit from a steam engine! Throughout the morning we had 5 different activities to complete - car track painting, hat making, tricycle racing, observational drawings at, asking questions to an engine driver and sitting on the steam engine!
On the steam engine, we looked inside the living van and Mrs Hughes told us all about it. We then had a chance to climb up onto the steam engine and look at the fire which heats the water to produce the steam that makes it move!
Then it was time for our special picnic lunch, which the rain didn’t stop us enjoying inside.

Bee-bot train

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This week we had to help get the train ready to take the passengers on their journey. The children could remember what fuel a steam train needed. We talked about an algorithm and that it meant instructions for a computer. The children worked together as a team to use the instruction cards to work out the algorithm for our Bee-Bot train to follow. We then carefully programmed the Bee-Bot following our algorithm and watched to see if it was correct.
Our first attempt didn’t quite travel far enough so we had to go back and de-bug the algorithm and tried again.
Success, great team work, we all had a turn at following the algorithm. 🚂

Week beginning 2nd May 2022

In Mice Class and in Year R we learnt all about Steam engines and thought of different questions we would like to ask the Steam engine driver on our visit.

Week beginning 26th April 2022

This week in Mice and Year R, we explored different objects and material. We started by learning three new words to help us explain why a material would make a good boat - dense, absorbent waterproof/water resistant. We then all chose a different object from around the classroom and predicted if it would sink or float, we then tested our prediction. We created a sentence to explain why it sunk or floated e.g. it sunk because it was a dense material. We then explored a variety of material. We talked about if we thought the materials would be absorbent or waterproof. We placed all the materials in the water and watched carefully to see what happened.

Finally we used all the information to sort the material into ones that we best to build a boat from, the children worked out the material has to be less dense, not absorbent but waterproof. Great investigating.

Good Friday

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Breaking news!!!! Year R, 2 of our butterflies have emerged from their chrysalis' this morning.

Week beginning 4th April

Today we had the exciting opportunity of working as a whole school to create our own design for our Hampshire Hare. Each child placed their fingerprint on different parts representing our classes and school. We hope you agree the children have done a fantastic job.

 

Glow worm poem

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This term we have been learning a poem called ‘I wish I were a glow worm’. The children have been learning a few facts about glow worms and the importance of why it glows.

Week beginning 28th March

In Mice class and Year R, we have been looking carefully at daffodils. We used the information we learnt and a range of different techniques to create our own model, making sure we had all the correct features.
We learnt a new technique of decoupage (covering a shape with coloured paper) and used this to decorate an egg box for the trumpet, we folded paper and cut out all six petals at the same time and we used tape to stick the stem on the back. We are very proud of our models.

Week beginning 21st March

In Mice Class and Year R, we have been exploring the life cycle of a butterfly following reading the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carl. We introduced scientific language to extend our knowledge ~ egg, larvae (caterpillar), pupa / chrysalis and adult (butterfly). We talked about the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis - then watched a time lapse video of a caterpillar shedding his last caterpillar skin to form the chrysalis. We then used all this information to create our own representation of the life cycle using different pasta shapes and glue.

 

Week beginning 14th March

In Mice class and Year R we have used our computational thinking skills to solve the challenge of programming our Chicken (Beebot in disguise) to travel to the different objects e.g. chicks, corn or hen house. We learnt what each button did and how it made the chicken move, then we worked together to create our own algorithm to achieve our challenge.

 

Our chicks have hatched

Year R have been watching intensely at the eggs that arrived on Monday. When will they hatch? What colour will they be? What shall we name them? the children all asked. Much to their delight the little chicks have hatched overnight! It's been a very exciting morning and the chicks have been welcomed by lots of little faces peering in through the window and have had lots of drawings created for them. We look forward to helping the children learn how to care for the chicks over the next 7 days before they are taken back to the farm to live their life with their friends.

 

Week beginning 7th March

In Mice class and Year R we have been working on our independent writing inspired by the excitement of our chick's arrival. The children have been working hard to use their phonics and creative writing skills.

 

Christmas Pudding

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This week we have learnt the poem Christmas Pudding and then created our own puddings artwork.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Autumn poem

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This half term our topic has been "How do we make bread?"
During our investigation of the topic we have learnt about the cycle of growing wheat and how this links with the seasons. We extended our language by learning the poem 'Autumn Leaves'.

The Little Red Hen

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This week the children have continued to explore their topic of bread (How do we make bread?). We have read the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and painted a picture of the characters. We looked carefully at the shapes and features of the animals. We hope you enjoy watching our video retelling the story.

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