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Summer Term

Lions had a super day at Brackenhurst College. In the morning, we went pond dipping. We enjoyed looking at the different animals that we had caught. There was even a baby frog hopping about! Later on, we had a go at leaf rubbing, making our own leaf pictures and planting acorns. Then, we went on a tree hunt to try to identify trees by looking at their leaves. Lions loved learning about mini-beasts and the environment in a practical way. Have a look at some of our pictures from the day. 
Meerkat class have absolutely loved their trip to Brackenhurst today! In the morning we went pond dipping and managed to find flatworms, greater water boatman, water lice and more. The children worked sensibly with their partner, taking it in turns to dip their nets into the pond and then worked together to identify what they had caught. In the afternoon, we rotated in groups to complete different plant activities - leaf rubbing, making plant pictures using natural objects, planting our own acorn and identifying 14 different trees around the gardens. Today we were taught by Sue and Simon, both the teachers at Brackenhurst, and they were very impressed with our plant knowledge and enthusiasm! 
We had a fantastic trip to Brackenhurst in the Tigers' class. We thoroughly enjoyed pond dipping and managed to find bloodworms, greater water boatman, pond skaters and more. The children were so sensible near the pond and used their nets carefully to collect samples from the pond and then worked together to identify what they had caught. Luckily, we all managed to stay dry and nobody fell in! We enjoyed playing hide and seek in the long grass whilst waiting for the minibus and had a lovely picnic on the cricket field. In the afternoon, we had lots of plant activities to complete - leaf rubbing, making plant pictures using natural objects, planting our own acorn and identifying 14 different trees around the gardens. Simon, the teacher at Brackenhurst, was very impressed with our plant knowledge and how well the children had remembered some of the information we have been learning at school. What a great trip; the children had an amazing time and were heard saying 'this is the best trip ever' throughout the day!
The Tigers have been learning about fish this week. We learnt about the structure of a fish and what each part of it's body is for. We studied a fish carefully and located all of the body parts. Then we used chalk and charcoal to create an observational drawing of our fish. The children had great fun!
Meerkat class have loved Science week! We were given balloons to explore and thought about what we already know about balloons, to develop some ideas for possible experiments. We investigated which materials create static charge and tested if different materials could make balloons stick to the wall. We weren't sure of our results so retested the materials to see if the balloons could pick up tissue paper. We have so much fun exploring science!

Science Week in Tigers

We have been enjoying Science Week in Tigers class. We thought about what we already know about balloons and developed some ideas for an experiment using balloons. We investigated which materials could be picked up by static charge. We had lots of fun doing science!
We have been enjoying our learning about plants as part of our 'Eco-Warriors' topic! We investigated which plants grow in the different areas around the site; we know that the most common plant on our school site is grass! We also followed instructions carefully to plant our very own bean. We thought about where was the best place to keep our plants and ensured we watered them regularly. They have grown so quickly! We hope you enjoy watching your bean plant grown at home!
Meerkat class have had a great start to our Eco Warrior topic this term! Here we are investigating and observing different plants around the school site. The children loved identifying different types of flowers and shared alot of great knowledge already! Later, we investigated what type of plants grew in different areas of the school grounds.

Capacity fun in Tigers

In Year 1 we have been learning about capacity. The children in Tigers' class worked as a group to label different quantities of water using words such as full, empty, nearly full/empty and half full/empty. We then practised measuring the capacity of different containers using a non-standard unit - cups! The children were very good at comparing how many cups each container holds. Maybe the children can show you what they have been learning when they are playing outside or in the bath?!

Exploring Capacity in Maths

Year 1 have been learning about measurement this term, and with this has been lots of hands on experience. Practical lessons have allowed children to apply and develop their knowledge on length, mass and capacity. In this lesson Meerkat class were exploring capacity using water and cubes, and thoroughly enjoyed the investigation.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park has been a great experience this year. The children were able to see lots of African animals such as giraffes, tigers, lions, okapis and so much more! The children had a chance to explore the park in the morning before we visited the classroom to learn more about the animals, and also have the chance to say hello to a snake, African land sail and hissing cockroach. Many children said their favourite part of the trip, however, was definitely seeing the meerkats at the end of the day!
Lions had a great day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We saw lots of animals such as lions, baboons, squirrel monkeys, giraffes, polar bears, tigers and otters. In the Education Hut, we felt a snake, giant land snail and hissing cockroaches. There was real camel's fur which we thought was really smelly! We enjoyed finding out more about the animals and seeing some of the African animals we have talked about at school. Take a look at some pictures from our trip. 

Lions' African sunset artwork

Lions have started their new topic, A walk on the wild side, to learn more about Africa. We enjoyed painting African sunsets and thought carefully about the colours that we might see in the sky. After learning about some of the animals that live in Africa, we drew and cut out animal silhouettes to add to our background. Have a look at some pictures of us doing our artwork. 
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