Welcome to Duckling Class!
We have loved learning different art techniques from different artists. We have learnt new skills from Vincent Van Gogh, Pat Hutchins and Petr Horacek!
First, Van Gogh taught us about colour mixing to create different colours and we used this technique to paint our own sunflower paintings.
We used these colours again when we looked at the pictures in the story 'Rosie's Walk' by Pat Hutchins. This time we added extra detail with a whiteboard pen.
We have just finished looking at artwork by Petr Horacek and used his video of 'How to draw Suzy Goose' to draw our own Suzy Goose. He likes to cut out his pictures and add them to a background so we did the same. I love how every goose looks different! The speech bubbles tell you what we are good at as the story tells us that everyone is different and special in their own way. Rroarrhonk!!
Countdown to Year 1!!
We are very excited as some countdown balloons arrived in our classroom ready for Year 1. Every Friday afternoon we can do our transition activity and then pop the next balloon for our treat.
Today we found out who our Year 1 teacher is going to be! We had some fun photos and videos to watch as a guessing game. When we popped our number 6 balloon it was cosmic kids..... perfect for a rainy Friday afternoon.
I wonder what it will be next Friday!!
What a lovely surprise when we came back to school..... our butterflies had emerged and were in our butterfly net. We have had them in our classroom to watch but today we set them free ready to lay their own eggs and start the life cycle again.
Last day at Portway
Today we said goodbye to our ducklings so we had them over to our outdoor area for a 'play date'. We have loved having them but the good news is that we will be able to keep in touch with them and we know that they have moved to wonderful 'runaround homes'.
We have had the best time at Forest School today and the sun was shining at last!
We have been learning about different bugs and spent some of our time bug hunting in different habitats. We found slugs, woodlice, snails, centipedes, worms and even some ants.
Then we went to our Special Time. We had some new activities this time including 'story bags' and and the soft toys, as well as our old favourites.
Did you know........ ants can lift 20 times their own weight, that would be like a 7 year old lifting a small car!
Did you know...... if you accidentally cut an earthworm in half, the half with a 'saddle' will still live!
Did you know....... a woodlouse has it's skeleton on the outside. It is called an 'exoskeleton'!
Our four ducklings have been busy growing and have been outside every day. They love to paddle and explore in the grass.
Our caterpillars have also been growing and eating so much that they have turned into cocoons. We are very excited for when they emerge as butterflies!
The ducklings have safely hatched and we now have four very excited ducklings at school.
Let me introduce you to Ellie....
Last of all, the youngest, Eric.
They were very excited to move into their cage!
The ducklings came for a visit to our classroom too. We were able to meet them properly and see them running around.
New Life at Portway
We are very excited! During the Easter holidays we had a special delivery of a strange parcel...... inside were 4 duck eggs.
The eggs are now in our incubator. They have to incubate for 28 days and this weekend the time is up. We have our fingers crossed that there will be four runner ducklings very soon.
This week we another parcel that arrived and that was full of new life too. We have some caterpillars to watch in our classrooms as they change into butterflies and we can learn about their life cycle.
Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers
We have been finding out about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and how he liked to paint pictures of sunflowers.
We then had our own turn at painting in the style of Van Gogh to create our own sunflower pictures and they are absolutely beautiful. We mixed colours to match the ones in the original paintings and then used different sized brushes to paint the flower heads, thinking carefully about the shapes and details that we needed.
We have started to borrow books from our Portway library. It is a lovely place to visit with displays and lots of books to choose from.
Red Nose Day
Today we all wore red in support of Red Nose day for Comic Relief.
A huge thank you to the kitchen for making our Superhero Day super special and giving us our own lunch to match our learning. We even had Superhero cupcakes to match our costumes!!
We had a great time at Forest School this week out in the sunshine. We put out our Hazard Flags and then learnt how to make a fire by collecting 'tinder' first and then building it up with bigger and bigger twigs in a pyramid shape. We also found out that it is a good idea to snap the twigs to check whether they are dry enough to burn. We then had a real fire together with our adults. After that we had Special Time in the forest....... come and see what we did!
We have had a lovely day today, it was such a treat. We all got ready for Christmas Dinner and wore Elf hats to lunch. When we got to the Hall, the tables were decorated and we even had presents from the PTA!! Thank you!
The grown ups brought our Christmas Dinner and we all ate together.
In the afternoon we even had a Pantomime and popcorn….. oh yes we did!!
We have been learning about birthdays and today we gave Hubble his first ever birthday!
We stapled paper chains to decorate the classroom, made him cards and made our own hats. Then we played ‘Musical Chairs’ and finished with cake! What a great day.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Bear Hunt Forest School
We went to Forest School this week and made our own Bear Hunt ‘camouflage crowns’ using things from the environment. We were very proud and wore them for the rest of the morning! Then we had lots of fun finding hazards and marking them with flags, building dens and marble runs and moving earth to the vegetable plots. Some of us even went on a Bug Hunt!