We are starting the year with a theme all about the woods. The children have asked lots of interesting questions for us to investigate, for example:
What lives in the woods?
Why are leaves different colours?
Why do trees grow so tall?
We will spend this term finding out the answers to these and exploring the woodland theme.
This week we have been reading the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert. During our Forest School session we looked for different shaped, sized and coloured leaves. We’ve then used them to create brilliant leaf man pictures.
Rainbows were tasked with helping to find Pirate Frank’s treasure. They were left clues to follow and then when they could finally see the treasure chest…. they had to work out a way to cross the shark invested waters to the treasure island. They worked really well as a team and helped to solve the problem, their reward was a treasure chest full of pirate cakes and a few treats to take home. They even hoisted the Jolly Roger on our flag pole.
Rainbows enjoyed listening to the Year 5 children read them stories about pirates and treasure hunts.
Our theme this term is ‘Ahoy there!’
We are learning about pirates and the sea. Today we dressed as pirates and travelled to Bristol harbour to sail on The Matthew ship. What an exciting experience! Everyone had a super time exploring The Matthew Ship and sailing around the harbour. We went on the poop deck, had a tug of war, shouted ‘Ahoy there’ to people on the harbour side, climbed the ladders down to the galley and rang the ships bell.
Rainbows planned and organised a teddy bears picnic to celebrate our theme. They planned the food and games they wanted and wrote invitations to their bears. On Tuesday we had our teddy bears picnic. We chased bubbles, played games, ate honey and jam sandwiches, sang songs and listened to a story.
We found out about the habitat of black bears and created pictures that show the forests they live in. To inspire our art we looked carefully at paintings by Emily Carr, a Canadian artist who paints the North American forests . The children chose colours to represent the features of the forest from oil pastels, chalk pastels, wax crayons and pencil crayons.
This term we are finding out about bears.
We have started the term with the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen. The children have been busy acting out the story, creating collages, using pastels to make make pictures and taking part in a bear hunt in our Forest School session.
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!