What do we love about our woodland?
This half term, we will be exploring our wonderful woodlands and all that they have to offer. This includes finding out about the animals that make their homes in our woodlands and the habitats that they need to survive. We will learn about simple food chains and how animals rely on each other to survive. We will also learn to identify and name different trees that are native to our woodlands. In Art, we will explore the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and use his ideas to create our own natural woodland sculptures.
In the final week of half term, on Wednesday 3rd April, you will be invited to join us at the Hawley Community Gatden to the children's fantastic learning. They will talk to you about their learning, as well as share experiences of planting, digging and naming trees. We hope that you will join us.
What do we love about our woodlands?
On Wednesday 3rd April, we had a wonderful afternoon at the Hawley Community Garden for our Great Work. We were very fortunate with the weather; bright sunshine, and the snow held off until we got back to school! We enjoyed the opportunities to plant beans, water the plant beds as well as getting stuck into weeding and digging. We were such busy bees! Thank you so much to those of you who were able to join us; we hope you enjoyed hearing all of the wonderful things that we have learnt as we come to the end of our enquiry 'What do we love about our woodlands?'.
Squirrel Class Assembly
What a treat we had this morning when Squirrel class shared their learning enquiry knowledge with us all. They have clearly enjoyed discovering new facts about the Woodland; we are so lucky to have such a wonderful woodland area right outside our school. Thank you Squirrel Class for sharing your knowledge of squirrels, Andy Goldsworthy, music, singing and woodland information, you have really set a high standard for the rest of the classes. Thank you also to all the parents who made this such a wonderful experience for the children by coming in to watch and support them
How do we keep ourselves safe from fire?
On Wednesday 27th March, we had a visitor in from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service to help us to think about how to keep ourselves safe from fire. We know how to get ourselves out and keep safe, who to ring and what to say. Please help us to learn our address at home as this is so important!
What lives on a farm?
Year R had a visiting farm in on Tuesday 26th March and we couldn't resist going out for a little peek at the animals - we were so excited! This helped us to think about how woodland animals have different habitats and needs to those animals living on a farm, and we were able to talk about this together. We also enjoyed holding the chicks before they went to live their free-range life on the farm.
How can natural objects be used to create scupltures?
We have really enjoyed exploring the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy, considering the natural objects that he uses to create his sculptures. We have explored the different shapes that he makes and noticed that many of his sculptures are spiral shaped. On Friday 22nd March, we went out into our own woodlands and worked in teams to make our own natural scupltures. We used a variety of natural objects and arranged these in a variety of shapes. What a wonderful learning experience!
What natural objects can we find in the woodlands?
We are beginning to explore the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and we found out that he makes wonderful sculptures out of natural objects. We went on a hunt around our woodlands to find different natural objects such as pebbles, twigs and leaves. We were amazed to find that leaves can be all sorts of different shapes, sizes and colours! We sketched and labelled what we found and we will use these to create our own sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Check back on here to see our super sculptures!
How can musical instruments represent different sounds in the woodlands?
In Music, we have been exploring the different sounds that we can hear in the woodland, and different instruments that can be used to represent these sounds. We started off by naming a variety of instruments and exploring the sounds that they make. We then chose instruments to represent the woodland sounds. For example: a triangle for birdsong; a cabasa for crunching leaves; a rain stick for raindrops; claves for snapping twigs.
What were the main events of the Easter story?
In RE, we have been learning about and exploring how Christians celebrate Easter. To begin our learning on this important Christian celebration, we worked in groups to act out the main events of the Easter story. We then had to watch each other's and work out the sequence of the events.
Where do we love to read?
We had an amazing World Book Day! We found our favourite places to read which included outside on the climbing frame. We loved dressing up as our favourite book characters and were able to talk about which story we were from. Enjoy the photos!
What can our senses tell us about our woodlands?
We used four of our senses; sight, hearing, smell & touch; to explore our wonderful woodlands. We will use this experience to help with our setting description writing. What an amazing woodland we have!
How can we use a variety of coins to make amounts?
In Maths, we are beginning to use coins to make different amounts of money. We started off by exploring the coins, describing them by shape, size & colour. We then put the coins into order from the smallest value to the largest value, before then using the coins to make different amounts of money. Perhaps we can pay for the shopping when we are at the supermarket!
What does it mean if two words rhyme?
In English, we are beginning to explore rhyming words, focusing on rhyming couplets that Julia Donaldson used in her story 'The Gruffalo'. To get us thinking about words that rhyme, we played some games outside to practise hearing and saying words that rhyme with each other. We passed the ball across the circle, starting with a base word and coming up with our own e.g. stream, dream, cream, scream; face, grace, space, case. We then had a go at finding words that rhyme with our names e.g. Sonrisa, pizza; Lily, silly. We are now ready to start writing our own poems!
How can we care for our wildlife?
On Monday 4th March, we had a visiting speaker, Graham Cornick, from Hydestile Resident Animals. This is our Partner in Learning for this half term and has really helped to bring 'What do we love about our woodlands?' to life. He brought lots of his resident animals with him which included a hedgehog, rabbits, rats, a guinea pig, pole cats and some tiny baby squirrels. We were so excited to see these animals up close! We learnt about some of the things that are threatening these animals in their natural habitats, and we thought of lots of different ways to care for them. We are now woodland wildlife experts!
What have we learnt about hedgehogs & squirrels?
This week at school, we have been learning lots of facts about our new class animals. We have been reading information texts & picking out the key features and we have written our own fact file. On Friday afternoon, we worked in small groups to make an informative poster all about hedgehogs & squirrels which we then presented to each other. What a wonderful first week we have had!
What signs of animal life are there in our woodlands?
We have been exploring the different animals that we might find in our woodlands, along with signs of their habitats. We went for a woodland walk and sketched the different animal & habitat clues that we found. We were lucky enough to see nests high up in the trees, along with many squirrels!
What natural objects make good collage materials?
To start us off with our new class names, we made our own collage hedgehogs. We went outside into our school grounds to find leaves of different shapes and sizes and we then arranged these onto our hedgehog outline to make our own leafy hedgehog. What a mess we made, how fun!