This week we spent several sessions working on our old toy adverts. Some of the finished adverts were even shown in assembly. Take a look at some of our videos below.
Week 2 - Now and then
After a fantastic trip to Belton house we used all of new knowledge, and our imaginations, to help us take a trip back in time through a magical hoop. Once we stepped through the hoop we walked around Belton house (the classroom) looking at all the things that were different in the past (we used photos of Belton house). This really caught the children's imaginations and they used some wonderful descriptions, explanations and comparisons to talk about life now and then.
In maths we learnt how to solve problems, in Understanding the World we used our imaginations again to take a trip on the story bus and discover what Paddington had found on the Dirty beach. This story taught us all about litter and how this can hurt animals and the environment. We also created our own dance moves in music, practiced our races ready for sports day and started to talk about our wonderful homework creations.
Week 1- Visiting Belton House
What a wonderful day! We compared the rooms in the house with our own houses, we played with a range of old fashioned toys and dressed up as both servants and rich children visiting Lord Brownlow. All of the children were beautifully behaved and lots of adults commented on this and how polite they had been.
Week 6- Preparing for the toy sale.
At the beginning of the week we spent some time doing the final preparations for our toy sale. We did this by making signs, writing name labels, creating purses and sorting the pretend money we would need for our sale. We also had a little practice at selling our toys so that we would all know where to stand.
On Wednesday the children did a fantastic job selling their toys, demonstrating how they worked and explaining what they were and what they did. Thank you to all of the grown-ups that came and helped to make this a wonderful afternoon for the children.
Week 5 – Preparing for the toy sale.
In literacy this week we learnt about posters and created shared posters as a group before making our own individual or paired posters at the end of the week. The children produced some wonderful work with all of the information their grown-ups would need to come to our toy sale. Some of the posters that we looked at offered free gifts for all customers so our children decided that we should offer free drinks and biscuits to make more people want to come.
In maths we learnt about volume and capacity. To begin with we learnt how to describe the volume of the containers by talking about how much was in them. Later in the week we learnt to talk about the capacity of containers. We compared which containers could hold the most and which could hold the least. We then measured the capacity of a range of containers using cup fulls of blocks, sand or water.
At the end of the week we also created our final moving toys. We used our designs to draw our creations on to cardboard. We then cut out the shapes and attached them together using split pins.
Week 4 - Moving toys
This week the children began by creating a design for their own moving toy. We learnt how to use a ruler when labeling our design and everyone thought of their own unique idea. The next day we used i-pads to explain our ideas.
In maths we used moving toys when learning how to measure seconds. When counting seconds we used the words Ellie Elephant to help us to count slowly enough. Later in the week we practice counting how many seconds it took our friends to do different races on the playground. By the end of the week we were able to compare lengths of time, in seconds and decide which toy was the fastest and which was the slowest.
We also finished working on our dance in PE. Each week we have been learning different ways to move to different types of music. Some of the music was quiet so we tip-toed, some of the music was fast so we skipped. This week we made up our own movements to go to our final piece of music 'The dance of the elves'. We thought this music sounded funny so our movements were funny too and we worked hard in pairs to do these to the music.
Week 3 - Moving Toys
We started week 3 by talking about the types of toys that we would ideally like for our classroom. We used catalogues to help us make our decision. The children agreed that they would like more vehicles or outdoor toys. We then used the ipad skills and apps that we had learnt about over the term to record the type of toys we would like to buy for our classroom. Over the next few weeks the children will create moving toys to sell in a pretend toy sale at the end of term to earn enough pretend money to buy these toys. More information will follow shortly. The first moving toy that we learnt to make was a split pin robot.
We also finished our learning about healthy living by watching some of the video ‘Sid the science Kid’s Healthy day’ and making fruit smoothies. The children had asked if we could make these as a healthy snack. All of the children enjoyed doing this and everyone was brave and tried the smoothies they made. Watch the rest of Sid the Science Kid’s video at home with the link below.
Week 2- Our Favourite Toys
This week we started by finding out information about the toys we had when we were younger. The children learnt that they could search for toys using technology, by looking at websites and using search engines, or they could use books and catalogues.
Next we talked about how the different parts of our toys might be joined together. We came up with lots of different ways that we could join materials in our classroom. We then did our own investigation to find out what worked best to join the materials we would be using to make our toys. Most of the children thought that staples were the best way to join materials as they were the strongest.
In maths this week we have been learning about solid shapes. The children have loved this new challenge and have had lots of fun singing solid shape songs, playing with bouncing bubbles to help us to remember the shape name sphere and taking part in team based games and competitions.
Week 1 - Our favourite toys
This week we have started our new topic by learning about our favourite toys. The children brought these into school throughout the first week and we learnt what type of toy our toy was and what materials they were made of. Later in the week we began to test a range of materials to see if they were flexible or solid and whether they would float or sink. We have also be working very hard in maths where we have been learning to half a number of objects and in PE we played a range of team building games. The children were particularly good at working in pairs to transport a dinosaur egg to its nest without using their hands. We had to listen to the instruction and to each other very carefully so that we would succeed.