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Term 4

Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots

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We're  Going on an Egg Hunt

This week we have been thinking about the theme of Easter and New Life. Barn Owls have been very creative making Easter cards, chocolate nests, and masks.

Children have been busy planting and looking after the seedlings in our new greenhouse. Thank you to FOSCS for our greenhouse. 

We have enjoyed the story of We're Going on an Egg Hunt and going on our own egg hunt around the nursery garden. We wish you all a very restful and enjoyable Easter holiday.

Week 5 Farmer Duck and beginning the Easter Story

This week our book was Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury. The farmer is very lazy and stays in bed. The poor duck has to do all the jobs on the farm, until his friends come up with a plan to help him. In the story the farmer keeps calling out;

"How goes the work?" and the duck replies "Quack!". These phrases were repeated several times by the Barn Owls as they acted out the story in the Wendy House, which had become the farmer's bedroom this week!

We have started to learn the story of Easter this week and we will continue to next week.

On Tuesday a coach from the Abingdon Tennis Centre came to teach a taster session of tennis, which we all enjoyed and followed the instructions carefully.

Some Barn Owls had the opportunity to visit the Robins class at Forest school this week. We had lots of fun exploring the swings, digging, looking in the pond and toasting marshmallows.

On Friday afternoon EYFS had their science afternoon of activities to celebrate National Science week. We worked in small groups with some children from Robins class. We had to use our senses to identify different smells. We worked together to build a bridge that we could walk across, and we had to identify what we can do as we grow up, and describe the connections as we change. A busy but fun afternoon for all!

Week 4 The Enormous Turnip

This week we read the story of the Enormous Turnip and explored root vegetables. Ask us all about how a seed grows at home as we have lots of knowledge to share. We had an exciting time in the wind at the beginning of the week, in the middle of the week we had a day at school with no year 1-6! We explored the big outside of the school grounds and had lots of fun on the daily mile, the tyres and even had some PE lessons on the playground! The kitchen had two big boxes for us to explore in the garden - they had two freezers delivered. We turned these boxes into tunnels, houses, dens, pieces of artwork with felt tip pens. We looked carefully at the colours of our vegetables and started to do observational paintings. We explored turnips and looked at the difference between a swede and a turnip and then learnt how to cut one up. 

Week 3 A Seed in Need 

This week we have been learning about the plant life cycle by reading the  book A Seed in Need by Sam Godwin. We have practised planting our seeds in playdough and then using the playdough to be the plant as the stem grows.

Barn Owls were able to sequence the pictures and paint their own plant cycle. Our class display is looking beautiful with all their creations. We used the magnify glass and microscope to look at different types of seeds

We are always outside exploring, whatever the weather and this week we have experienced lots of changes from the snow on Wednesday to the rain on Thursday.

You can see that the weather does not stop us from having fun outside!

Some Barn Owls were lucky enough to go and join the Robins at Forest school today, where they made different potions, climbed trees, and toasted marshmallows on the fire.

The other Barn owls will get to join in on another session.


Week 2

This week we have read the story of Jasper's Beanstalk. We realised Jasper had to wait a long time for his bean to grow into something. Jasper was not very good at waiting. We planted our own seeds to see how long we will have to wait for something to grow. Last week we had planted cress and this week we can see it is growing! There was a lot of excitment on Thursday when we all came in dressed up as characters from stories. We even had a visit from PCSO Sue who had her photo taken with us dressed up as caterpillars. All the Barn Owl adults were butterflies too! We have been on a walk around the school grounds looking for signs of Spring and hanging up the bird feeders we have made.Have a look at all the photos to see how busy we have been. 

Term 4 Week 1

Well, what a super busy first week back!

Our story this week was The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The Barn Owls have been very creative making their own caterpillars and butterflies with a variety of materials. 
Everybody had fun making and tasting pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

Outside our Wendy house has been a garden centre and cafe. The Barn Owls have been taking turns to serve and to be the customers. We have also made our own birds feeders. 

During group time this week we have tried different fruits, just like the Hungry Caterpillar!
At snack time we now take it in turns to be the shopkeeper and children come to choose their snack at the shop to take back to the table to eat with their friends. There has been great turn taking and very polite manners shown too. Well done Barn Owls!