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Drumming Workshop

 

On Friday, we got the chance to play some drums and percussion instruments! We learnt how to play three different instruments and we tried our hardest to stay in rhythm and in time!

The Raptor Foundation

 

This week is 'Science Week'! We have been learning all about animals and their lifecycles and we were really lucky because today we had a visitor come in from the Raptor Foundation to teach us all about their birds of prey. We learnt all about their habitats and also how they hunt to find food. 

After learning lots about the different birds, we were allowed to hold Goliath! We had to wear a thick, brown glove on our left hand and we could give him a stroke if we wanted to. He was really small and loved being tickled on his tummy. We were all really gentle and careful when holding him smiley Even the teachers wanted to have a go!

After we had all had a hold of Goliath (some of us didn't want to), we got to have a go at pellet dissection. We learnt that when a bird of prey eats it's food, it can't digest all the fur, feathers and bones so it brings up a pellet. We had a key to help us to identify the bones we found inside our pellets and some of us even found some skulls! It was really interesting and we all got stuck into finding as many bones as we could. 

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After our workshop, the whole of KS1 and all of us in Reception gathered in the hall to watch the birds fly. We had to be really quiet so that we didn't frighten them. They swooped so close to our heads! 

Some of the teachers had a go at having the glove so that they would fly to them!  

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We really enjoyed learning all about the birds of prey and seeing them fly all around the hall!

 

We love Science Week!

 

Love, 

Amethyst Class

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Our Trip To Whipsnade Zoo

 

On Monday we were super lucky to go on a trip to the zoo! We went as part of Science Week and also as an exciting way to start our new topic of Fairy Tales. We were so looking forward to seeing all of the animals that we actually arrived to the coach early!

 

When we arrived at Whipsnade, our class headed straight to the Butterfly house for our first workshop on 'Lifecycles'. This is where Science Week fitted in and we learnt all about the lifecycle of a butterfly. 

Egg -> Caterpillar -> Pupa (cocoon) -> Butterfly!

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We then got to have a look around the Butterfly House. It was amazing because the butterflies were actually landing on us! Mrs Blatch even had one on her hand smiley We went on a hunt around to find eggs, caterpillars and pupas. We were all so sensible and quiet and looked really, really carefully. 

Next we went over to start our Fairy-tales tour. We talked about the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and we were really good at remembering the order of the story. The lady asked us what we thought Brown Bears might eat and Lennon confidently said "children", which made us all laugh frown. We learnt that bears actually like to eat meat, fish, berries and honey! Ellis said he thought that bears might like to eat "gammon". Sadly the Brown Bears both were hiding so we didn't get to see them, but we went to somewhere really exciting next...

 

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After we had had lunch (we all reeeeeaaallly wanted lunch!), we walked over to the Asia section of the zoo. At first we couldn't see the tiger, but then we wandered a little further over and we found him basking in the sunshine. We shouted "wake up Tiger!" to him lots of time, and he stirred, then rolled over! 

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Finally, for the last sight of the day, we went to see the elephants. They really were beautiful animals and all of us loved them. 

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WE HAD THE BEST DAY EVER! frown

 

Love, 

Amethyst Class

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Dancing Fridays

 

In Reception, for the last couple of weeks, we have been working on our dance moves! We have been learning to work with our friends to put routines together to different songs. This week, Miss Brace and Miss Barber showed us 5 new dance moves and they even named them to help us to remember. They were: 'night fever', 'side clicks', 'hip circles', '80s' and 'waves' (don't judge the names surprise). Ask us to demonstrate what they look like- we are all really good at them!

 

We hope that you enjoy watching our dance in the video below. See if you can spot our different moves!

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We hope you've loved watching our dancing to 'Uptown Funk'.

 

Love, 

Amethyst Class

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Stop Everything and READ

 

On Tuesday we were eating snack as usual when Miss Brace told us to STOP! We had to put everything down and go and find a book to read. We sat so quietly and enjoyed the peace and time to just read. Miss Brace and Mrs Sarson also stopped what they were doing and had brought their favourite books in from home to enjoy. This happened everywhere in the whole school at the same time! All children and grown-ups had to 'stop everything and read' no matter what they were doing! 

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Some of us enjoyed this experience so much that we decided to go into the Reading Area during choosing time. Miss Brace spied us with her camera surprise

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Reading is so important for our learning. It help us to improve our imagination, our vocabulary and even our spelling!

 

Love,

Amethyst Class

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Pirate Party

 

We had our super exciting school trip today where we went to Soft Play dressed as Pirates! We chased each other around and we slid down the huge slide, we jumped into the ball pit and we played hide and seek. Miss Brace and Mrs Sarson even joined in and they had loads of fun too!

There were so many action shots of us having heaps of fun that some of the photos are quite blurry! We hope you enjoyed looking at them anyway!

 

Love,

Amethyst Class

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Snow!

 

We had a super exciting day in Reception today because it snowed! We all came to school wrapped up warm in our coats and we had our wellies on so that we could go out and play in it. Some of us tried to catch the snow with our tongues and lots of us cheekily threw snow balls at Miss Brace! We had such a lovely time outside and we wish that it would snow more (and maybe give us a snow day?! surprise

Love,

Amethyst Class

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Yoga Advent Calendar

 

To make the run-up to Christmas super exciting Miss Brace found a Yoga Pose advent calendar for us to do. Every day before the end of the half term, we learnt a new pose. It was so much fun and so relaxing to learn all of these moves. Sometimes Miss Brace would forget, but we loved it so much that we made sure that we reminded her!

 

 

Each day Miss Brace chose one Yoga Superstar who really tried hard to perfect their Yoga position. Here are the winners of the Yoga Pose of the day:

We hope that you enjoyed looking at our amazing Yoga moves!

 

Love,

Amethyst Class

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Ramadan

 

As part of this half-term's topic of Festivals and Celebrations, this week we have been learning about Ramadan and Eid. We found out that during Ramadan Muslim adults don't eat or drink whilst the sun is in the sky. We also learnt that when Ramadan is over they have a big celebration called Eid where they feast with their families and donate food to the poor. 

During the week we did some fun activities. With Mrs Tsuman we made Mendhi patterns with a pipe cleaner so we could be really precise, and with Mrs Bennett we made lovely necklaces as gifts we could give during Eid.

 

It's been such a lovely week and we cannot wait to start Cultural Week next week!

 

Love, 

Amethyst Class

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Diwali

 

In Amethyst Class, as part of our Topic 'Festivals and Celebrations', this week we have been learning all about Diwali! We have had an amazing time trying out lots of different traditional activities and learning about the ways in which Hindu's celebrate the Festival of Light. 

 

In our Literacy lessons this week we learned the story of Rama and Sita. Lots of us asked interesting questions about the story such as "Why aren't they wearing any shoes?" and "How did Hanuman call all the monkeys in the land?" which Miss Brace found very amusing to try and answer! We all created our own Diwali cards, sequenced the story and even re-told the story with our friends using puppets. 

 

We learnt that Hindus often draw colourful Rangoli patterns outside of their homes to welcome the goddess Lakshmi into their homes. Lots of us created our own Rangoli patterns outside on the playground with chalks, and even using different coloured rice! 

 

As well as this, we were lucky enough to make our own Diwali sweets using a mixture of coconut and condensed milk. It was an extremely sticky and messy process, but we did a great job and enjoyed tasting them when we got home (well, some of us! surprise). We also got to taste some popadoms, naan bread, vegetable samosas and onion bahjis. We all loved the popadoms and the naan bread, but the vegetable samosas and onion bahjis were more of an acquired taste! 

 

We really enjoyed learning about the traditions of Diwali and we look forward to learning all about Ramadan and Eid next week!

 

Love,

Amethyst Class

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Village Walk and Picnic

 

Today we all went on a walk around Brookmans Park village. Before we left Miss Brace spoke to us about how to be safe and we were given a partner to walk with and a high-vis jacket to wear. We had to hold our partner's hand really tightly and not let go the whole way around! On our walk we saw a dog getting his hair cut and we waved at the people working in the estate agents! Louisa helped us to cross the road safely and we were all so sensible.

When we got back to the classroom we were all so excited to eat our picnic. We sat in a circle next to our friends and we enjoyed the delicious snacks which our Mummys and Daddys had sent in for us. 

After we had finished our snacks we tidied up the carpet very sensibly and put all our rubbish in the bins. Then Miss Brace played some party games with us! We played 'Musical Statues' first and we had a lot of fun. Then we played 'Musical Bumps' which was very funny and we were very good at. 

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Alexander, Lexi and Lilah won our 'Musical Bumps' competition.

George B, Lois and George C won our 'Musical Statues' competition. 

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We had the most wonderful afternoon and we would like to thank all of our lovely parent helpers for coming along with us!
We hope that you enjoyed looking at our photos and video. 

 

Love, 
Amethyst Class

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Big Art

 

Today in Reception we all had a lot of fun working together to create some 'Big Art'.
Miss Brace and Miss Barber put all of the tables together in a long row and covered the tables in paper. We all came in from lunchtime and were excited to see what we were going to be doing.

 

On the carpet we found out that we were going to be drawing our faces. We talked about the different features we have on our faces and we talked to our partner to find out what colour our eyes were and what colour hair we had. We then went to sit at the long table ready to draw our faces nice and big! Once we had drawn the outline we used ‘Paint Pens’ to add colour and wrote our name in our best handwriting above our picture.

Tomorrow morning Miss Brace and Miss Barber will be displaying our amazing piece of art work on the outside of our classroom. We can't wait to see what you think!

 

Love,

Amethyst Class
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Fire Service

 

Yesterday we were extremely lucky to have some very exciting visitors to school. The Fire Service came to visit us and they even brought their Fire Engine along too! They spoke to us about fire safety and how important it is for us to have smoke alarms in our house. We also got to see all of the things that they bring with them in the Fire Engine when they go out to an emergency- including 5 ladders!

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Then the Fire Fighters let us have a go at squirting the water out of the hoses from the Fire Engine! The water was extremely powerful and we had to be really strong to turn it on and off. Some of us squirted our water at the trees, the fence, the staff room and some cheeky children even tried to squirt Miss Brace!

We really enjoyed our morning with the Fire Service. We want to say a big thank you to them for coming and teaching us all about their exciting job. 

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Love, 

Amethyst Class

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Moving and Balancing

 

This week we have been experimenting with different ways of moving and we have also been practising our balancing. We started by trying to stand on one leg and we were actually very good at this. To make it harder, Miss Brace asked us to stand on one leg and lean to the side. This one was much trickier! We then got into partners and tried some balances together. 

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Next we decided to have a go on the apparatus and we practised moving safely and carefully across. Parts of the trim-trail were tricky to move along and some of us thought about inventive ways to get across. Most of us stretch out our arms to help us to balance. 

 

After that we tried out different ways of travelling around the playground. We tried walking, jogging and skipping around, making sure we stayed within the lines and we didn't overtake the person in front of us. 

 

Finally, we had a go on the obstacle course which Aquamarine class had made. We were all very good at balancing on the wooden blocks and on the thin planks of wood! After we had finished, we worked as a team fantastically to tidy away all of the blocks and planks from the playground.

We hope that you have enjoyed seeing what we have been up to this week!

 

Love,

Amethyst Class

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The Enormous Crocodile

 

Last week in Amethyst Class we read the story of 'The Enormous Crocodile'. We all listened to the story so well and some of us even predicted what we thought might happen! We talked about how the crocodile tried to trick the children so that he could eat them for his dinner! 

 

Here is a photo of us enjoying watching a video of The Enormous Crocodile.

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We even did some activities based around the book including designing a plate of food for the enormous crocodile and counting how many teeth the enormous crocodile had!

 

We hope you have enjoyed finding out what we are up to. 

 

Love,

Amethyst Class

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Welcome to Amethyst Class!

 

We have made a fabulous start to our year in Reception and Miss Brace has been so impressed with all the lovely smiling faces she has seen coming in in the morning! smiley

 

This week was our first week staying for lunch at school and we have been so sensible and polite when making our choices. We are all learning how to use a knife and fork and how to put away our dinner trays once we have finished. 

 

We all hope that you come back often and check out the wonderful things that we are doing here in Reception. 

 

Love,

Amethyst Class

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