Sunday, 3 February 2019

People who help us

Over the last two weeks, we have started learning about different people who help us in our community. As a start, our role play turned into a hospital where the children enjoyed treating our class toys and each other!




Bumblebees also had fun learning the Miss Polly Had a Dolly song and acting it out:


Our class also had a mobile hairdresser and police officers wondering around keeping order.



In Maths, we have been learning about separating objects in different ways and police officers were keeping their beady eyes on that, too, to ensure nothing was amiss. 

Sometimes, the children chose more than one job to do at once. Just look at this doctor turned baker in his lunch break!


The highlight of the last 2 weeks was our visit to the Mini City, where the children enjoyed even more role play!

They tried their hand at building...


...had a go at performing surgery...


...bought their dinner...


...and even enforced the law.


Some of us, however, were not very lucky!


And after the drama of several adults being arrested, a trip to the hairdressers' was in order...


Thank you to all the parents and carers for helping to make the trip memorable!







Sunday, 20 January 2019

Exploring the Artic and Antarctica

Over the last two weeks, we have been learning about the polar regions. Last week, we looked at the information book, The Emperor's Egg, written by the scientist, Martin Jenkins.



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The children enjoyed looking at globes and Atlases and learning about the different animals living in freezing cold conditions.


We have also been learning about polar explorers: Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton and Ann Daniels. The children had a good time pretending to go on expeditions, with some taking on a role of a husky pulling the sleigh!

They also kept their fingers busy by counting snowflakes and dressing little explorers and preparing them to climb snowy mountains.





In Maths, we have been learning to count and represent numbers as pictures, tallies and numerals.





Outside, Bumblebees have been taking the fitness test to get ready for all those expeditions! They are now well prepared for the cold weather coming our way!












Sunday, 16 December 2018

Snowman

This week, we have been learning about The Snowman story by Raymond Briggs. 

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The children enjoyed listening to the story and watching the film with the famous piece of music, We're Walking in the Air. They also had fun playing with the small world toys, depicting the story.


Some Bumblebees were very busy mark-making what the main characters in the story were saying to each other inside speech bubbles.


The children loved making snowmen from plasticine and a variety of other materials.


Moreover, they made Christmas dinner, wrapped Christmas presents and put them under the Christmas tree in Santa's workshop.



The children loved wearing their Christmas jumpers on Thursday.


They were also were very excited when their parents came to visit for The Stay and Play on Friday.

Together, they made some Christmas cards...


 


...did some patterning...


… and made patterns in baubles with masking tape and wet chalk.


They also made some reindeer food for Rudolph and practiced building some superfast cars to help Santa deliver all those presents!


Outside, the children were very excited to try out the sleigh and a ride on Upland's own reindeer.


One of the grown-ups tried out a very different form of transport...


Thank you to all the parents and carers for coming. We hope to see you back again next year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the Bumblebees and their families!!!







Monday, 10 December 2018

Christmas

This week, Bumblebees have been learning about the Christmas story and getting ready for their Christmas performance!


 
                                                 
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They have been working very hard to learn all the songs for the play and were very excited to get dressed up in their costumes for the dress rehearsal on Wednesday and then for the actual performance on Thursday.


The role play has changed to become Santa's workshop and the children had a go at decorating the Christmas tree when they came to school on Monday.




They enjoyed fixing toys before putting them in Santa's sack. They also had fun being Santa: ho, ho, ho!




And just look at the boys using stencils to draw different characters from the Bible story...


Meanwhile, the girls were playing Christmas bingo!


The children also enjoyed writing letters to Santa and practicing to post them before the trip to the post office on Friday.


Unfortunately, it rained heavily on Friday morning so the morning nursery children took their letters with them to post them after school when the rain stopped. The sun came out later in the afternoon so the afternoon Bumblebees walked to the post box to send their letters to Santa.




Let's wait and see what Santa does on Christmas eve...

THANK YOU to all the parents and carers who volunteered their help!













Sunday, 25 November 2018

History week


This week, we had a fabulous time learning about our family history. The children brought in photos of their grandparents and talked to us about them. It was also fantastic to see grandparents coming in to talk to Bumblebees about their childhood, their time at school and teach us some games and songs from the good old days!




The children looked at lots of black and white and sepia photographs and compared them to colour photos we have today.


They also compared old books with yellow and slightly torn pages and faded pictures to books we have today. Moreover, they learned how to differentiate between old and new toys and had lots of fun along the way. 



Bumblebees also loved playing Snakes and Ladders with one of our visitors! They were interested to learn that when she was a little girl she had milk in bottles and had to take cod liver oil at her school!




Thanks to Karen, who brought some old style bottles in, the children could compare the packaging of milk in the past with today's packaging. 

We also had a visit from one grandma who has been working at our school for 19 years and whose children came to Upland Primary School. She shared some photos of the old buildings with us.



The children noticed that the old building was made of bricks and that the new building is made from wood. They told us that the roof of our new school doesn't have a chimney and that the windows are a different shape. 

The children enjoyed getting messy with Granny's soap flakes and learned how to play hop scotch! 




A big THANK YOU to all our visitors for making this week memorable and exciting!