Our current topic is transport. Elephant class came up with a great idea – why don’t we make our own transport out of recycling?!
Vivi made a taxi; just like her Daddy’s taxi that he drives. Finley has high expectations so made a plane to rule the airways. Harry was the driver of a train, he had two carriages with his friends Jack and Ryan. Caleb was speeding ahead in a racing car. Livai was ready in his ambulance and Tyler and Thomas were keeping everyone in order; Tyler in his Police car, Thomas with his lollipop.
We then had an opportunity to share our creations with the rest of school because Nicola did an assembly on recycling – perfect! Elephant class zoomed around in their vehicles to the music of ‘Chasing Cars’. They loved it!
Elephant class have been getting to know what goes on the Road, Rail and now in the air. We have been out to our local park and concentrated on how to cross the road safely. We all know to “Stop, Look and Listen”, we hold our hands with the staff and find a safe place to cross.
Our last vehicles to look at will be transport on the sea. Hopefully we can have a trip out on the water somewhere?
Elephant class have really had ‘Fun on the Farm’ this term. We’ve been learning all about farm animals and have been focusing on one animal every fortnight. We have loved using masks and making the sounds of the animals. We have also been reading books galore! One of our favourite books has been Cock-a-Moo-Moo where the cockerel had forgotten how to crow, but he still saved the day in the end. Caleb especially liked crowing Cock-a-doodle-doo, showing the cockerel how to do it properly! Jack has loved every book and is able to answer any question because he has listened and joined in so well.
During this term Elephant class really embraced their animal instincts and we have continued our trips in the school minibus every week to go horse riding with Nicola. All the children are now on the horse with no extra adult holding their hands! Ryan has loved meeting up with his favourite horses and the adults that lead them.
One day when horse riding couldn’t happen Elephant class went to Canoe Lake in Southsea instead. We fed the swans, who were very pleased to see us. Everyone had a go on the slide, swung on the swings, and flew on a zip wire. Livai and Vivi were very fast indeed. It was a little muddy and cold but the hot chocolate soon warmed us all up.
Elephant children have been learning some new games in the afternoons, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ was a real favourite. Tyler has giggled lots as his friends pick him to run after them and Thomas seems to be uncatchable; he is certainly the fastest ‘goose’ in town!
What a busy term it has been. We even squeezed in making Mother’s Day gifts. Our handprints in red made a perfect bouquet of flowers. Then we added some writing and printing to the cards for all our well deserving Mums! Harry loved covering his hands in paint, it was a lot of messy fun.
We then had an action packed Arts week when Elephant class were given the number 6 for our theme. We used our sculpture time to turn all the boxes we had in class into a bright orange, giant number 6. The children also loved spinning a plate with paint on which then produced a circle, and with a quick flick of a brush or hand there appeared a number 6! We also produced six sided hexagons, acrostic poems 1 to 6, 6 boxes with people inside - so much amazing art! Families loved looking at all our creations when they came in to view the gallery.
Not to forget World Book Day! We all dressed up and took part in a sponsored walk. There was Harry Potter, Tigger, Horrid Henry and all the adults thought they were from Alice in Wonderland. It was a little rainy but that didn’t put us off. Some of us even walked 10 times round the whole school, well done Finley and his Mum!
Elephant class finished the farm topic with a brilliant trip to a real farm. Zoë drove the bus to Staunton and we saw all kinds of animals. The sheep looked snug in their woollen coats and the chickens were running everywhere finding the food they had dropped. Elephant class have really enjoyed the ‘Fun on the Farm’ topic and seeing a real farm was a great way to finish up the term.
Elephant class are really embracing our topic of Fun on the Farm. It all started off with the Farm coming to Cliffdale! The children were able to get into pens and up close to different animals, they could even touch them if they were brave enough. They could feel lots of different textures such as feathers, fur and wool. Elephant class have sung about all the animals, read about them and really studied sheep and chickens. The topic has only just started and the children are excited about all the learning there is to come.
Elephant class have welcomed our new classmate Thomas, so they are now a group of 8 boys and 1 girl. Thomas has settled in brilliantly and made lots of new friends in Elephant Class and other Cliffdale classes. They are really pleased Thomas came to Cliffdale!
Horse riding has been one of our highlights this half term. We are especially proud of Caleb who got on the horse for the first time ever! He was very cautious in previous years but February 2018 was his moment. Since then he has progressed even further, getting more and more confident, what a start to the year Caleb well done! The horses, Dandy, Fru and Timmy, have been great at letting all of Elephant class sit on them and ride around. They have even been able to step over poles and pick up and drop off hoops and beanbags. Lisa and the team at Fort Widley have been really great!
Back in class the children have loved reading lots of different books. They especially loved reading from one of their favourite authors, Julia Donaldson. Last term was ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, this term was ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. There are plotting thieves and cunning animals and the children have loved it, they even acted it out! We’re hoping to focus on Julia Donaldson for World Book Day in March!
This half term has also been great for getting to know other classes around school. Elephant class teamed up with Koalas and they have been playing together, taking turns and learning with their new friends. The older Elephants have set a fantastic example showing the others how to play successfully and have lots of fun.
There is still so much to fit in before Easter and Elephant class have lots planned for the next half term.
Elephant Class have had a fun filled half term. So many things have been happening it’s hard to know where to start!
Elephant Class have really enjoyed the topic ‘Knock, Knock, Who’s There? They’ve learnt lots about different homes and enjoyed some great stories. The week they studied ‘Squash and a Squeeze’ by Julia Donaldson was very memorable; that song is so catchy it never left our heads! You can check it out on YouTube if you want to sing along.
Last week the children went on a trip around Southsea. They noticed lots of things from their treasure hunt; houses, flats, balconies, post boxes, a museum and they ended up in the park.
The children have also continued to enjoy swimming, it’s a firm favourite with Elephant Class and will be missed in the Spring Term.
The Christmas show is nearly ready and the children have been getting lots of costumes and props ready. They are all looking forward to showing off their singing and dancing! Then it will be time for a fun Christmas break and everyone will be back for an even more exciting Spring term!
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