Following on from our interest in scarecrows this week, Robins and Wrens have been learning Harvest, with our story of the week being Little Red Hen. In the outdoor area we have explored the flour and grain using spoons and scoops and have even made our own real bread. On Wednesday Nursery adventure took the Little Wrens to visit the Artisan Bakery, where they were shown around the bakery and even got to see how bread was made. We then had some yummy bread from the bakery for our snack. On Thursday we began to make our St. Mary’s scarecrow, look out for our finished scarecrow next week! Many thanks to parents for the donations of clothes and straw to enable us to make the scarecrow. In our RE this week, we talked about how precious we are to God. Mrs T showed us her special suitcase that belonged to her Mum and we could see our unique selves and celebrate how precious and loved we all are!
Larks have had to keep a very close eye on some naughty peas this week! Thankfully, Supertato and our Larks superheroes got mashing, sieving and scooping to make sure they didn’t get up to anymore mischief! They escaped from Mrs Hickey’s freezer, as we predicted from our text ‘Supertato’ and even escaped home with some of our children and found their way to their water bottles…dear me!!
This week, the Swifts have been studying and observing paintings showing different interpretations of Jesus’ family and his life. The class recreated the painting, Millais the Carpenter’s shop and brought them to life, performing what they thought the people in the painting said. I was so impressed with the links to biblical stories the children were able to say involving the nail in the carpenter’s workshop and John the Baptist carrying the water… WOW!
The class also began to progress with their understanding of number ordering and missing numbers on a number line. The children even managed to try missing number problems to develop their understandings of what to do if there are no interval lines on the number line. They have made a wonderful start to their learning of estimation.
Owls have created some beautiful pieces of artwork today as part of the Together for Short Lives Project, twinned with Butterwick Hospice in Stockton. Our friends from the project asked us to get involved after visiting the hospice last month, sharing that ‘ it is a wonderful, child friendly haven with each child’s room having a large window out onto the garden area. I plan to send some of the decorated butterflies to the hospice so that they can also be hung in their windows for the children to enjoy and the rest will be hung in our store window as part of the “pushing it to the limits” theme we have been given for these two weeks.’ It is wonderful that the children of St Mary’s can get involved to help make the children smile.
Some lovely work in science, linking also to art where the children are exploring the human skeleton too. Well done Owls, another very busy week!