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Term 2: Incredible Changes

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Week 5- Green event - Our Easter Celebration

Thank you Class 2 for making our dot art into wonderful mobiles for us to take home!

Week 4 -


This week we started to talk about Easter traditions and wrote lists of the things we would need to celebrate Easter in school.  In maths we learnt how to double using objects and numberlines and in Physical Development we continued to learn about how to make healhty choices by learning about foods in the fats and sugars food group. At the end of the week we enjoyed learning about the solar eclipse with torches in a large tent. We enjoyed it so much that we did our maths and phonics in the tent too.


Picture 1 Our tent for the solar eclipse
Picture 2 Looking at shadows
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Picture 5 then we made shadow finger puppets
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Picture 7 At playtime we spotted our shadows...
Picture 8 ...and tried to jump on them
Picture 9 We made tong shadows
Picture 10 We made wide shadows
Picture 11 We made small shadows
Picture 12 Doubling using blocks and numberlines
Picture 13 Working independently
Picture 14 Working in a group
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Picture 17 reading in our tent
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Week 3 - How tractors have changed


This week we looked at how new tractors are different from older tractors and what farmers used to do the same jobs before tractors were created. The children became experts at spotting the differences and explaining what made the newer tractors better. At the end of the week the children were then able to use what they had learnt to talk about the real old and new tractors and ploughs that visited school. We loved sitting on these tractors and using our new words to talk about them with the other children in the school. We are very grateful to our visitors who lent the tractors to us for the day and spent their time answering questions and sharing their knowledge with us.


We have also been learning about healthy eating, we learnt how to do some bangra dancing for Comic relief, we practiced estimating in maths and were very excited to recieve some wonderfully decorated invitations from Class 2 asking us to attend their Wow event and learn how to do dot art.

Foundation Stages Wow event - When tractors came to Gipsey Bridge Academy

Class 2 invited us to their wow event! We can't wait to learn how to do dot art.

Class 3 shared their learning with us

Painting our model tractors

Week 2 - Different types of tractors

We have been creating our own non-fiction book about our learning this week, to celebrate world book day. Every child has their own page in the book and the children came up with and voted on a title, "Working tractors" and also helped to make the front page, the contents page and write the blurb.


We started the week by learning to name and label the different parts of a tractor.  Later in the week we then learnt about different types of tractors and machinery. Lots of children liked the tractor with a bailer best!


We then had a go at making our favourite tractor out of junk. We looked at a picture to remind us of the parts that we would need to include. We loved scrambling through the pile of junk to find the perfect piece for our model.  Thank you to everyone who donated their recycling! Our models look fantastic and we will be painting them next week.


We have also been reading "What the lady bird heard" and describing the characters, we have been learning to compare the weight of objects and measure them using blocks, as well as continuing to work hard during phonics, PE and learning about the festival of Holi during circle time.



Picture 1 Heavy and light
Picture 2 Can you make the scales balance?
Picture 3 They are the same weight
Picture 4 Our non-fiction book pages are nearly finished!

Week 1 - Farms and farm vehicles


As some of the children have shown an interest in farms and farm vehicles, this term we have started to learn about farms and the the changes that can be seen, including how aninmals change and how farming has changed over time. This week we learnt about the things we might find on a farm and how farms can be different. We also read farmer duck and learnt to describe the behaviour of the farmer and farmer duck.


In maths we learnt how to continue and create repeating patterns and in music we began to use instruments to create animal noises.

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Picture 4 Creating repeating patterns
Picture 5 building farms
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Picture 9 Making wheels for our combine harvester
Picture 10 Can you tell what it is yet?
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Picture 14 Our farm small world
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Picture 16 Checking whether it works with our check list.
Picture 17 choosing musical instruments as animal noises.
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Week 6 - Chinese New year and Weather reports


What an amazing end to this half term. This week we have been busily preparing for  and having our Chinese New year Celebration with the children from Spilsby Primary School as well as preparing to present, film and produce our own weather forecasts infront of Class 2, who did a fantastic job of sharing their learning with us in mini presentations. Please take a look at the fantastic things the children have done this week. Once again they have made us all very proud!

Our Chinese New Year Celebration with the Reception Children from Spilsby

We shared our weather forecasts with Class 2 and Class 2 shared their learning with us in mini presentations!

We really enjoyed making Valentines Day hearts

We shared Chinese New Year songs on Skype with the children from Spilsby.

Week 5 – Ice and snow. Why does ice melt? How does it change?


We began by talking about unfrozen ice poles this week. We had to look really carefully and tell our friends what we could see. We used lots of fantastic words to describe them. We then decided we would put them in the freezer because that would change them into ice pole that we could eat.


When the ice poles came out of the freezer we spent a long while looking at them, holding them, tasting them and talking about how they had changed. We were very excited to notice how our ice poles were changing while we were eating them! Lots of children said that their mouths and hands were melting the ice because they were warm. We then did an experiment to see what objects would melt ice cube the fastest.


We also enjoyed watching Percy the Park keeper this week. We learnt to order the events using Story Mountain and we had a go at using the words the characters used to retell the story. We learnt how to describe 2D shapes in maths and how to use instruments to make different weather sounds.

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Week 4 - How does the weather change?

Before Christmas some of the children had asked if we could learn about the weather during our new topic  and what an exciting week it was to start learning about it.  We have had sun and clouds, rainbows, hail, sleet, snow and frost and the children have loved recording it everyday in their own weather diaries.


We have also watched lots of weather forecasts to discover how weather changes and is different in different countries, we dressed up in different costumes and pretended it was raining or sunny, we created our own weather studio and became weather presenters,  we created weather pictures using lots of different creative materials and took photos of the different weather as it changed.

Picture 1 Dressing up for a sunny day
Picture 2 What will we need for a rainy day?
Picture 3 We took some pictures of the weather on Monday.
Picture 4 It was a sunny and cloudy day.
Picture 5 Throwing and catching in PE
Picture 6 What is the weather like in different countries?
Picture 7 We chose a place on the map....
Picture 8 ....and watched the forecast to see the weather
Picture 9 We created our on weather station too.
Picture 10 On Thursday it hailed!
Picture 11 We took pictures of the hail outside
Picture 12 We watched the weather from the window...
Picture 13 ... and held the hail stones in our hands
Picture 14 "it's freezing!"
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Picture 17 We planned a craft to make for chinese new year
Picture 18 We thought of all the things we would need.
Picture 19 We decided that we would need a map & a tv screen.
Picture 20 and a remote control to change the channel

Week 3 - How can plants be changed into other things?


This week we started off by looking at how grains of wheat grow and change.  We then read the story of the Little Red Hen and had lots of fun acting out the story. Later in the week we had a go at grinding grains to make flour and making bread. We talked about how the ingredients changed as we added water to make dough and how the bread changed once it had been baked.


In maths we learnt how to find the total of two groups and then three groups and we also enjoyed moving under and through the large equipment in PE. We are getting very good at showing how we can be safe when using and putting away the equipment.

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Picture 2 going through
Picture 3 moving over
Picture 4 moving accross
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Picture 7 What do the ingredients look and feel like?
Picture 8 How is it changing?
Picture 9 "It's getting hard to stir"
Picture 10 What has happened to the dough?
Picture 11 "It's all gooey"
Picture 12 "it's sticky"
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Picture 14 How has the bread changed after it has baked?
Picture 15 Finding the total of 2 groups
Picture 16 We have started to learn about chinese new year
Picture 17 Nian the dragon
Picture 18 cleaning for Chinese new year
Picture 19 Gung Hey Fat Choy
Picture 20 Our chinese dragons
Picture 21 busy things has lots of chinese dragons too.
Picture 22 Some of the bread is rising, some is baking.

Week 2 - Why do plants have roots and stems?


This week we have continued to look at plants and their changes, but we have also started to name their different parts and talk about why they are needed to help the plant grow. We even had a go at making our own stems with noodles, straws and dry pasta. We discovered that the noodles were too floppy and the pasta was too short. We thought that the straw made the best stem as it could carry water to the rest of the plant, it was strong enough to hold the plant up and it was tall enough so that it could reach the sun light.


We also learnt how to order objects by lenght this week and began to learn how to measure them using non-standard units such as blocks. The children particularly enjoyed helping Miss Munden to solve a mystery. A muddy footprint had been left on the floor and we needed to know which Mr Men had done it.  We measured each one carefully to find out if it was the same length as a muddy footprint.


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Picture 3 longest to shortest
Picture 4 We enjoy reading in our new reading garden
Picture 5 Our music session
Picture 6 changing the sound of instruments
Picture 7 Can you make the sound faster?
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Picture 9 Why does a plant have a stem?
Picture 10 How many roots can you find?
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Picture 13 What makes a good stem?
Picture 14 Measuring with nonstandard units
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Week 1 - How do plants grow and change?


This week we have been looking at how different plants grow and change. Before Christmas the children had planted some bulbs and we were very excited to see how much they had changed. After learning about how bulbs grow we then had a go at predicting how they might change next. We also planted some cress this week. Some of the children noticed that it was growing very quickly. We can already see lots of tiny shoots.


We have also been looking at changes in music as we are starting to think about how we can change the sound of instruments. This week we learnt to change the volume. The children enjoyed making their instruments very loud and  then very quiet.


It has been wonderful to see how enthusiastic and excited the children are about our new topic. What a fantastic start to our new term.

Picture 1 walking backwards carefully
Picture 2 Moving around the room
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Picture 5 moving across equipment safely
Picture 6 jumping off equipment safely
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Picture 9 We learnt how to use our bodies to jump safely
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Picture 11 planting cress
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Picture 13 Our new reading garden
Picture 14 What will happen next?
Picture 15 Drawing pictures of our daffodils
Picture 16 Playing in our garden centre
Picture 17 planting seeds in our digging tray
Picture 18 Look at how my flowers will grow.
Picture 19 wonderful mark making
Picture 20 "That is £1 please"
Picture 21 Look how big our daffofils have grown.
Picture 22 Tiny shoots are already starting to grow.

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