Autumn Term Foundation 2
Meeting Rebecca Adlington
We were very lucky to meet Mansfield Olympic Hero, Rebecca Adlington. She presented an assembly on water safety. The children then got to ask Rebecca Adlington questions about her amazing swimming career and the children got to see her Olympic Gold and Bronze Medals.
This week, the children got to take part in a martial art taster session. The children loved meeting Sensei Paul and having a go at some key skills!
This week, we have been getting ready for Bonfire Night. We have been discussing how to stay safe including how we wear gloves when holding sparklers, keep pets indoors and how to stay well back near a fire. We have even had our own small bonfire where we remembered our fire safety skills. We had a roasted marshmallows on the fire and enjoyed tasty hot chocolate. We read Fiery Fox learns about fire safety during our daily assembly times. At the end of our week, we created our own fire work art using scratch paper.
Today, we have celebrated Halloween. To begin, we discussed how we celebrate with our families. We discussed how we all celebrate the tradition differently. We discussed how we can stay safe during trick or treating, how we can decorate our houses including pumpkin carving and how we can dress up.
We then completed a science experiment ‘Are All Pumpkins Orange?’ First, we looked at four different pumpkins and spoke about differences. We then introduced the word predict and predicted what colour the pumpkins would be on the inside. All the children had a go at predicting what would be inside the pumpkins and if they were all the same. Have a look at what we found out!
For Forest Fun this week, we created our own potions. We had to work in forest friends to create a potion with a purpose!
We have been busy celebrating Harvest Festival! In our daily assemblies we have learned how to sing ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’ along with the sign actions too. We have discussed that Harvest is a time to say thank you for the fruit, vegetables and wheat we’ve been able to harvest, and that some people use this time to give their thanks to God. The children learned that some people go to church to give thanks and the church also does a harvest display. Today we read ‘Little Red Hen’ and discussed why it is important to work hard and to help our friends. In our small groups we baked some bread, discussing how the bread is made from flour which is made from the wheat we harvest! We used flour, water, salt and yeast to make our bread and said how important the yeast is to help the bread rise. Lastly, we made some beautiful harvest baskets, colouring them in and then cutting out the fruit and veg we wanted to put in our baskets. The Caterpillars and Bumblebees have worked so hard on this - we are very proud teachers! ☺️ 🐝🐛
The Very Hungry Worry Monster
This week, we have been reading ‘The Worry Monster’. We have been talking about different emotions and how they make us feel. We have discussed the words emotions, excited, worry, embarrassed and angry. We have made a worry monster for the class so that he can eat up all our worries. We have also talked about who can help us is we feel worried.
Our first Forest Fun was lots of fun! First we went through our Forest Fun rules. Then, we got to explore a part of our Forest Fun area. The children were all very busy looking for minibeasts, playing restaurants and playing trains. We also completed outdoor art by creating out families with natural things.
The Tour of Britain was an exciting day in the unit! We were getting ready for the Tour of Britain to travel around our local streets.
We discussed the race and watched highlights from previous legs. We watched the cyclists race against each other, show they showed resilience when they fell and in tough weather conditions. We talked about bike safety and why it is important to have a helmet, light and a bell. We looked at safe places to ride our bikes. The children also spoke about the bikes they had at home too.
We then completed activities to get ready for the event. We used our fine motor skills to create a flag for the race, our gross motor skills to have a go at riding the bikes and balance bikes and we used our creativity to make a medal and a trophy.