The Rainbows were very excited today to arrive at school and find a tractor parked outside their classroom. We all went out to explore the tractor, looking carefully at all its features.
“It’s wheels are bigger than me!”
The Rainbows had a chance to sit in the driver’s seat and pretend to drive the tractor around their farm. We used information books to find out more about tractors. It has inspired tractor building with our outdoor construction, tractor drawings, making marks with the tractor wheels in the play dough and creating our own tractors in the ‘workshop’ in the classroom. What an exciting start to the week!
We are very excited to welcome all our new Rainbows into their newly painted and decorated classroom. Huge thank you to the St James’ Place community work teams for their hard work in the summer holidays, they painted the whole classroom and snack area in just 2 days!
Our theme is ‘Farmyard Hullabaloo’ and the children have chosen these questions to investigate:
What do pigs eat?
What do cows eat?
What do farmers use tractors for?
How do farmers milk cows?
When it rains do cows sit down?
How do farmers grow apples?
How do you make bread?
Stay tuned to find out what we learn!
Today we had a fascinating visit from Peter and Pat to tell us all about Honey Bees. We even had a visit from a honey bee hive! The children were really interested in learning about the bees and how they make honey.
Watching the bees inside the hive caused particular excitement. We are going to plant some bee friendly plants in our ‘Wild Classroom’ to help the bees to continue to make their honey.
Exploring our pond!
The children had an exciting afternoon exploring the wildlife in our pond. We learnt how to stay safe when we are near water and how to use a net to pond dip. The children found lots and lots of tadpoles, pond snails, leeches and even a newt!
Our theme this term is all about the wonderful world of minibeasts. We have started our learning with some very hands on experiences the first of which was a visit from some wild mini-beasts.
The children got to handle and look closely at some very exciting creatures. They asked questions and learnt facts about the different types of insects and reptiles.
Rainbows are learning all about bears this term and our theme is…
We have started the theme by learning about different bears and where they live. The Rainbows are finding out about bears that hibernate and we read the story ‘Bear snores on’
Here are some pictures of our Forest School session where we listened to the story, made bear dens and lit a fire to try to pop corn on. The corn didn’t pop but we did enjoy the fire.
The Rainbows worked hard to create some super vehicle models.
“I made a fire engine and I painted it red” – Rory
“I painted my hot air balloon rainbow colours” – Noah
“I builded my combine harvester” – Thea
“On my combine harvester it has scrunched up tissue paper for the corn” – Josie
“I made mine out of a weekend cereal box” – Charlie
“Mine is a bit floppy because the super sticky glue didn’t work very well!” – Seth
“Mine is a police car and it could open up to see the police man inside” – James
“I used mine out of boxes, then I painted some paper green, then stuck it on” – Isabella
“I made a big train, I used boxes. My mummy helped me” – Harry.M
“I made a tractor with glitter on” – Meredith
“My tractor has me driving it and I painted it red and green” – Ellie-Mae
“I used little milk bottles to make a combine harvester” – Summer
“I made a steam train. I used cardboard boxes with glue” – Toby
“I builded a combine harvester from apple juice boxes” – Tommy
The Rainbows then were inspired to continue their building and creating at the Creation Station in the classroom.
Wishing you a very warm welcome to the Rainbows class blog!
This year in Rainbows Mrs Barwell and Mrs Edwards will be our class teachers, along with Mrs West and Mrs Hale who will be supporting our learning throughout the week.
The children have all settled into school wonderfully and all of the Rainbows staff are very impressed with how well they are coping with school life so far.
Our theme has kicked off this week by beginning to learn about all things Autumn. We read the fantastic story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert and then went on a welly walk to find autumn leaves to use in our own leaf pictures. Lots of fun was had by all.
What an exciting day! Today we visited Copsegrove Farm near Bisley. When we arrived we found a letter from the Woodland fairies, imps, elves and nymphs inviting us to have a woodland party. However the letter said we could only go if we had a Woodland crown, a magic wand and a hungry tummy. Well, we all had hungry tummies but we didn’t have crowns or wands. Luckily the woodland creatures had left out some resources we could use to get creative. We spent the morning making our crowns and wands and eating s’mores. After lunch we had a fairy parade around the woods to show off our creations and we played fairy party games in the field. We had a very exciting day.