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Autumn Term First Half
We welcomed eleven Penguins in September. It has been wonderful to see how well they have settled in to life in school. This half-term we have been busy exploring our topics 'Amazing Autumn' and 'Magical Me'.
We have spent as much time as possible outside and we are so very lucky that we have such a great outdoor environment in which to play and investigate. The Penguins have worked hard in our garden and have enjoyed planting bulbs ready for the spring, using our wonderful Percy the Park Keeper hut as a base. Indoors, the Penguins have enjoyed playing in our doctors' surgery and exploring our fantastic classroom.
The Penguins had great fun picking blackberries from our school field, which we used to make apple and blackberry crumble, which was delicious! We are beginning to cook our way 'through the alphabet'. We have also made cracker faces, and 'hedgehog' biscuits. We hope you enjoyed the food we brought home with us!
The Penguins particularly enjoyed mixing autumn colours in school, which we then found during our visit to Wrest Park with Greenfield’s Robin Class. The children participated in a number of activities in the gardens to complement the learning we had been doing in school. We are looking forward to returning to Wrest Park in the Spring Term.
Over the half-term, the children have collected conkers, acorns and autumn-coloured leaves and really liked making and then flying spinners, which replicated the tree 'spinners' they found outside.
You might have noticed the hedgehogs, which the Penguins have made in many ways, using a variety of materials and demonstrating many different skills. We have also produced ‘Penguin Class’ displays, a values display, an 'Owl Babies' display and our 'SATPIN' letter displays are dotted around the classroom. These displays all looking amazing! We also hope you like our paint ‘hand print’ colour mixing and 'mark-making’ displays.
We have loved participating in the PE lessons hosted by Premier Sport.
We have really enjoyed learning some French, which we practised most days in school.
Autumn Term Second Half
This half-term the Penguins have had great fun learning about ‘Fabulous Festivals’ and ‘Terrific Toys’! They enjoyed finding out about Bonfire Night, Poppy Day, Diwali, Eid al Fitr, Chanukah, Birthdays, oh and Christmas of course! This was alongside exploring toys in many different ways.
Our work on the Gingerbread Man was super and we now know where lots of towns and cities are in this country and further afield - the Gingerbread Man travelled far and wide!
We have continued to cook ‘through the alphabet' making golden granola, gingerbread men and (shape) jam tarts. We hope you are given the occasional taste of the food we bring home with us!
We have produced ‘Bonfire Night’, ‘Diwali' and 'Gingerbread Man' displays, which all look fantastic!
The Penguins’ Christmas celebrations were fantastic! They worked with the Swifts and Skylarks to produce some wonderful performances of our Christmas musical ‘Christmas with the Aliens’. Every performance was magical! The Penguins formed a lovely nativity tableau for our school nativity service at St. James' Church. Our Christmas lunch and party in the hall were also real highlights.
We have continued to enjoy participating in PE lessons hosted by Premier Sport and learning French, which we practised most days.
Spring Term First Half
The Penguins really liked finding out about the many and diverse people who help us. We learnt about health care professionals, police officers, fire fighters, vets, dentists, postal workers and so many other wonderful people who help us. We enjoyed many stories, songs and craft activities and we created some fantastic new displays in our classroom!
Finding out about Chinese New Year was great fun. We enjoyed dancing in our fantastic lion costume and sharing a delicious Chinese New Year feast with the Puffins. We made finger-print and tissue paper blossom trees and dancing lions and dragons using paper cups, paints, ribbons and pom poms. We painted numbers in Mandarin, decorated lions, dragons and the Chinese New Year animals in computing and made concertina paper dragon puppets, with which we loved playing. We also painted each of the Chinese New Year animals between us.
One of the highlights this half-term was the visit of Eden’s aunty, who is a teacher in New Zealand. We loved the story of the Taniwhá and produced some wonderful art work linked to the story.
We are continuing to cook our way through the alphabet and have now made eggs and toast soldiers, noodles and vanilla Valentine’s Day biscuits.
We had great fun in PE with Premier Sport. The skills we demonstrated are definitely impressive!
We really enjoyed learning some Spanish, which we practised most days in school.
Spring Term 2
The Penguins really enjoyed this half-term’s topic during which we explored many different animals. We particularly enjoyed our ‘Elmer the Elephant’ and ‘The Great Pet Sale’ weeks, during which we became experts on elephants and komodo dragons respectively. We all loved playing in our animal role-play areas.
We created many different animals using different techniques. We were delighted to see the amazing results of our hard work and we hope that you enjoy looking at the different displays, which we created.
The Penguins made fantastic Mother’s Day photo frames and cards, which were well received.
We really enjoyed our dancing lessons with Premier Performing Arts and continued to love our PE lessons with Premier Sport.
The Penguins have continued to cook their way through the alphabet, making delicious pancakes to celebrate Pancake Day.
We have continued to learn some Spanish. We are looking forward to learning some Japanese next term.