Snail Week

What RW don’t know about snails is not worth knowing!

Snail Facts

We loved being able to observe real life snails and then try and represent them… Sometimes accurately but mostly with some creative flair a la Monsieur Matisse:

Things also spiralled to the edge of control with the biggest game of duck duck goose the playground has ever seen:

Happy Holidays Everybody!!!

Forbearance: for our bean

These past two weeks, we’ve been considering the value of forbearance. For us – we concentrated on the idea of patience, and showing restraint. With Mr Woolley as their teacher, RW have grown adept in this particular virtue. With Mr Woolley’s less than green fingers, tolerance might be wearing thin.

Mrs Shipley’s class kindly offered to share their bean with us. Our bean must’ve been lonely. A shoot sprouted! Suffice to say, we were slightly excited:

We also visited our class tree and marvelled at the blossom bellowing above us:

In PE, we explored different ways of moving, and imagined how big our hearts might be in our chests:

It was a busy week of writing. We innovated the story Jasper’s Beanstalk to include our class (pup)pet, Jelly the Elephant:

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Lyra)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Lyra)

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Alisha)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Alisha)

On Monday, Jelly found an apple seed.

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Ethan)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Ethan)

On Tuesday, she planted it.

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Eva)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Eva)

On Wednesday, she watered it.

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Albert)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Albert)

On Thursday, she stuck a bamboo stick into the ground.

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Charlie)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Charlie)

On Friday night she picked up all the caterpillars and ants.

Jelly's Apple Tree (by William)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by William)

On Saturday she even stomped on it!

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Edith)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Edith)

On Sunday, she waited and waited and waited. This apple will never make an apple tree.

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Ola)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Ola)

BUT! A long long time later, it did.

Jelly's Apple Tree (by Callum)

Jelly’s Apple Tree (by Callum)

Now Jelly’s looking for apples.

Our writers in action

Eid Mubarak to all who celebrated! We look forward to learning about your celebrations next week. Have a good weekend everybody!

Still waiting, and waiting and waiting

We’ve just waited and waited and waited our way through week 2 of our runner bean’s existence. Unlike Mrs Shipley (who must’ve headed to Homebase for extra help), we haven’t yet seen a bean shoot unfurl through the soil. We’ve been doing all the right things, organically (Mrs S!), so hopefully we’ll see something other than soil on Monday.

We’ve been adding actions to our story – Jasper’s Beanstalk. Here’s Matthew demonstrating the passing of time as we wait:

We’ve certainly been busy exploring nature this week: fetching eggs (making protective egg cups too), and seeing how much our tadpole is growing:

It’s been great talking to parents in consultation meetings this week. A frequent topic of conversation is how much the children are enjoying skipping. Not only is it keeping them fit, but it’s also exercising their creative learning and resilience. They are showing that they’re enjoying the challenge of skipping as well as the result of skipping. Delightfully, they’re sharing the successes of others too (speaking of which, we’ll have to print quite a few more gold certificates to celebrate the children’s perseverance!!!)

Waiting in the fast lane

Last week, we all planted some runner beans with the firm intention of finding giants.
This week, our feet are still firmly on terra firma and our hearts slightly despondent as shoots are yet to be seen from our plants. With the burst of hail on Thursday, we questioned whether the giants were taunting us. So…

To keep track on our progress we’ve planted a class bean and started a diary to follow its growth. I wonder what we’ll see when we’re back at school on Tuesday. To paraphrase Jasper’s Beanstalk, we’ll wait and wait and wait…

On Monday, we found a bean, planted it, and watered it (tasks that took Jasper 3 days! I think this says a lot about teamwork (and maybe even fictional cats))
Jasper’s Beanstalk certainly planted a lot of creative seeds this week

On Friday, our hearts began to leap: our first day in our PE kits! We explored the school’s playing fields, ran laps of the football pitch and played a quick game of tag. As we warmed down we felt for our heartbeat, noticing the rhythm had definitely sped up!

ouR(W) Wonderful World

This term we’re exploring our natural world alongside the book Jasper’s Beanstalk. And what weather our wonderful world gave us this week to do so!

It’s our first week back after the holidays, but we didn’t rest on our laurels. We had some serious work to do… including:

  1. plant 30 magical beans to take us all the way to giant country
  2. plant a humongous potato that will, by far, harvest more potatoes than RS and RWC can manage (combined)
  3. enjoy and observe the changes of our class tadpole
  4. y-e-s: phonics + maths = also present

There’s no fooling this lot. Despite throwing a toy potato into the mix (feely bag), RW knew straight away it wouldn’t grow if we planted it. It wasn’t heavy, it rattled, and above all: it was plastic!
So we returned that suspicious spud to the home corner and planted an actual tuber. We needed to get that right because we’re in competition with the other classes to see which class could grow the most potatoes. Devious tactics could be at play by the other class teachers though, so we’ll have to have our wits about us over the coming weeks.
But thankfully RW had more wholesome methods of farming: we placed our potato next to the other plants so they could help our spud grow!

It was the class’s idea to write their names on a flag with our class colour to help show which potato is ours.

What can you see? How can you represent it? Our indoor pond, fit for a frog??

Checking for changes in our class tree:

  • more leaves
  • future flowers
  • slightly too much shade and breeze for a picnic

Looking forward:

Next week our wonderful world might be watering our potato for us!
Have a good weekend!

Easter Week

Our focus in Holy Week has been on the Easter story.

We shared what we remembered about Jesus from our Nativity, and learnt more stories of Jesus as he grew up. We shared stories Jesus told his disciples in our story time, and learnt about the last week of his life and the sacrifice he made.

We spoke a lot about the food we get to enjoy around Easter – and the significance of Easter bunnies and chicks (as well as chocolate!) At snack time, we noticed the crosses on our hot cross buns, before enjoying the buns’ fruity deliciousness.

We made Easter cards, and crafty chicks and loved spending time in the sunshine whenever we could.

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Easter break. Thank you for all of your support this term.

‘The whistle’s blowing, quick – jump aboard!’

In the classroom and outdoors, we have been boarding the Magic Train each day to imitate Sally Crabtree’s story, which you can sing along to at home if you would like. We took turns at being the station master (which presented the opportunity to punch holes in tickets and practise our number bonds to ten) and we ‘blew’ the whistle to send the train onto its next destination.

The children worked collaboratively in teams to see who could sequence the settings correctly first.

They then thought of a sentence, said the sentence, remembered the sentence, wrote the sentence and checked the sentence before adding some beautiful illustrations of their favourite or own imaginary setting. We had a lot of trips to fairy land – we even tried to find it on our globe.

Enjoy any imaginary adventures you explore over your weekend!

The world outside our window

This week we have been thinking about people around the world, who are less fortunate than ourselves. 

We learned that our classroom toilet is twinned with a latrine in Uganda, Africa. We learned that our toilet twin was over 5,800 miles away, so far away it was near what William recognised as “the equator”. We also noticed that their flag has a repeating pattern. We wondered how hot it might be in Uganda, and loved learning about Ugandan wildlife.

We also heard a story about an African girl called Rachel. She was very poor and her village had neither bins nor toilets. Consequently, the villagers were often sick. Some kind visitors came to the village and helped to build toilets. Rachel and her friends no longer suffer with tummy bugs and they can concentrate on their school work, which they love. We talked about how lucky we are to have indoor toilets in our school and homes.

To support Comic Relief, we all shared jokes. We also spent time thinking about how important it is to help others whenever we can. Thank you for your generous donations.

Sharing jokes and a smile for Comic Relief

Do you believe in magic? This week, we have watched magic tricks, witnessed dickie birds flying away and had a magic light in the classroom. The children had some wonderful ideas about what they might do if they were magicians. We then started to explore ‘Magic Train Ride’ by Sally Crabtree. The train took us into the jungle, underwater, outer space, a magic wood, the land of cakes and fairyland.  Next week, we will be thinking about where our magic train ticket might take us.

The weather has enticed us all outside this week and with the coming of Spring and Nowruz – Persian New Year – soon upon us, we went to visit our class tree. We saw leaves!!

Let’s hope for a sunny weekend – and a very happy Nowruz!

Science Week

Well done everyone – you’ve all settled back into school so happily this week. It has been lovely to see the children renew friendships and explore their classroom again. 

This week we have been learning all about our senses and how they help us to understand the world around us. We turned our noses up at smelly pots and tried to guess what it contained.
Bravely, we dipped our hands into a feely box to discover objects, which the children described as soft, squidgy, spiky, rough, bumpy, hard and silky. Crayon rubbings enabled us to capture the textures of materials we found outdoors.
We tried to identify our friends just by their voices and shared the story of ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?’
Our eyes were used to spot the early signs of Spring.
We tested our taste buds and considered if we preferred sour, bitter, sweet and salty flavours. 

March like a lion

…and hopefully we’ll go out like a lamb!

Here’s a selection of school and home learning we enjoyed this week.

Happy World Book Day from all the invited children and teachers of RW
We’re going back to school! More advantages than disadvantages!!!!!! See you all soon