Welcome to Holly Tree Class!
Dear Parents and Carers of Holly Tree Class,
We would like to thank you for following the government's advice on handwashing, social distancing, and other measures they have put in place to protect the people of this nation. These are difficult times as we are all trying to understand this unprecedented situation but please know that you are not alone and that as a community, we will get through this together.
In the meantime, we will be posting various things on our class page that will help your child continue their learning at home. Please check back regularly as we will post links to websites or suggest fun home projects to complete. We are committed to providing the best educational experience for your children, whether on school premises or not.
We wish good health for you and your families during these times!
Holly Tree Class
Science experiments are integral in fostering curiosity and love of learning. They promote questioning and discovery which children naturally do on a regular basis in the world around them. So let's encourage the scientist in your child by conducting science experiments at home! It is a wonderful learning opportunity where children can write a list of materials, instructions, labels and results -without it feeling like a writing exercise. More importantly, have fun and get messy
Here is a link to a website that has many child-friendly science experiments to do at home. Please follow instructions carefully and ensure that an adult is always there to supervise and conduct the experiment with the child/children.
Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Please continue reading on a daily basis with your child!
To help expand your at-home library since the public libraries are closed, we have included a link to an award winning children's literacy website where stories are read aloud. Research has shown that: "Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading."
Please have a discussion after reading the story asking questions such as these:
1. Did you like the story? Why or why not? What did you like about it? What didn't you like about it?
2. Who was your favourite character? Why? Who was your least favourite character? Why?
3. What do you think happened after the story ended?
4. What happened if...
5. How was this character feeling? How do you know?
Harold – our happy, healthy giraffe mascot, will be posting a daily blog: Harold’s Daily Diary – starting next Monday, 23rd March at 9am!
Each day he’ll be giving children positive, fun messages about what he’s doing to stay happy and healthy while he’s off school, separated from his friends. He’ll invite the children to join in activities which will be family-friendly, varied and tailored to all ages, follow his Daily Plan and download and fill in their own version.
Topics will include:
· Taking regular exercise
· Being creative
· Helping others
· Connecting with others – in ways that are safe
· Mindfulness – learning to enjoy the moment, here and now.
Harold has already put a little message on the website:https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/harolds-daily-diary
Unfortunately, it was pouring down with rain so we had to have gardening inside however it did not dampen our spirits at all! Ms Kerner taught us how to plant cress seeds as it was different than planting bulbs like we did in the Autumn Term. We watered our plants everyday and watched them sprout very quickly over the next week. Some children were even brave enough to eat some! One child said: "It tastes spicy!"
We are all paleontologists!
After Baby Jack and Mama Minnie left, we did a workshop learning all about fossils. We learned how fossils are created and the job of a paleontologist to discover them. We were taught to use brushes to gently uncover the fossil underneath the dirt and sand. It was a lot of fun!
A special visitor came...
This was a very special day indeed! Many children were looking forward to meeting our ancient dinosaur friends Baby Jack and Mama Minnie. As ferocious as they may have seen, they were very gentle and all of the children who wanted to pet Baby Jack got a chance too! No fingers were lost that day
*World Book Day*
What an incredible day! The children were beyond excited to share their costume during our parade. Everyone wore their costume with such delight and shared with the class who they dressed up as and what book they were from. The entire day we celebrated our love of reading by reading many books the children brought it, made bookmarks, designed book covers of our favourite books and did independent reading throughout the day!
From gardening with Ms Keaner, we have learned that plants need water to grow but we were wondering what would happen if the water was a different colour. We did a class experiment to see what would happen if we changed the water red. Our class hypothesised that the flower would turn red because "flowers drink water." We poured food colouring into the water and waited. The next day, the petals had red colouring! We wanted to see if there would other changes so we also smelled and touched the flower petals. We observed that the only thing that changed were the colour of the petals!
People who help us!
This term we explored all about the people who help us in our community. The children learned about police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and builders. We learned about what their jobs entailed and then the children were able to act out their duties during role play. We also learned about what makes an emergency (when someone is in danger and needs help right away) and what number to call. When I ask the class, they always reply: "9-9-9!"
Balance and coordination are skills we learned with Coach Taggert when using the climbing frame! This has been the class' favourite unit so far
Holly Tree Class learned all about the Starling bird. We learned facts about the starling bird such as that it may look like a black bird but does in fact have a green and purple sheen to it's feathers. It is a small but fast garden bird, and is very common in the UK. We also went into the garden to look for birds with Ms. Kerner and learned how birds make nests: "They use sticks, leaves and mud." -L. The children's favourite day was when the birds came into school! The children got to go up close and personal with many different types of birds: "The owl was really big and had big wings."-O.
Hello and welcome to Holly Tree Class 2019-2020!
It has been a fun, exciting and busy start to the new year! We are certainly exploring what it means to be in Reception. In just these few weeks of school, the children are learning how to settle on the carpet, learning how to write their names, learning how to make friends and play nicely while also attending PE and music lessons! We have also had visitors come in to read us stories and visitors to show us real bugs. This is only just the start as we will be doing many more fun and exciting learning this term!
Holly Tree Class 2018-2019
The caterpillars have changed into a butterfly! The children could not believe the change happened in our classroom. They were mesmerized by being able to see the full life cycle of a butterfly. The children were so excited to release them into the garden but also sad to see them fly away. All together, the three reception classes sang our Caterpillar song as we watched them fly away.
Our Trip to Odd's Farm
Holly Tree Class went to the farm! The children were so excited to learn all the different things that happen at the farm such as cow milking! The children saw many animals such as pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, and rabbits. We had the opportunity to stroke rabbits, feed the goats, and milk kids. The children could not contain their excitement. At the end of the day, many children said their favourite part was the tractor ride!
Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Holly Tree Class is delighted to have new life in our classroom and in our school! We have caterpillars and chicks who we watch daily to see them hatch and grow. We are learning all about their life cycle and what they are at each stage and how they change. The children are fascinated by how quickly the caterpillars are growing and are eager to release them when they become butterflies!
RE Topic: Growing
Holly Tree Class spent two weeks learning all about the Easter Story. We learned everything from the beginning (Palm Sunday) to the end (Jesus' Resurrection). The children were able to retell the story and write about the story in order. As a special treat for all of their hard work, we made chocolate nests for Easter! We wrote out the recipe and ingredients and got right into making it. The children all said it was delicious!
RE Topic: Gathering
During the topic of Gathering in RE, Holly Tree Class has been learning about the Eucharist and what it is. The children had many learning opportunities to explore how the church gathers for mass, what the Priest does through role play and what concepts such as host and chalice. A child said during her learning that at church, "We sing and we listen to the Father in Church. We also eat bread for Jesus' body and win for Jesus' blood."
PE Lesson: Using the apparatus
Holly Tree Class was so excited to start using the apparatus with Coach Andrews! We first learned how to safely use the equipment and then Coach Andrew's taught was the importance of balancing. We balanced walking along the benches, we learned how to jump and land properly and safely, and we learned how to climb up and down safely. The children were all very brave and all tried to climb to the very top!
To start off the Spring Term, Holly Tree Class enjoyed the snow! Many children had not seen snow before and it was very exciting for them to see it fall from the sky and stay on the ground. We made snowballs and explored the feeling of snow using our 5 senses. The children noticed the snow melted in their hands and it turned to water and so we had a discussion in class of what snow really is! We also learned that no two snowflakes are ever the same!
Holly Tree Class
Our Christmas Play
Since the end of our Christmas Play where we spent time learning about Advent and the Nativity Story, we have been exploring the famous book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The amazing illustrations have enabled the children to focus on the skill of ‘describing.’ We have looked at describing the environment, the character’s feelings and what they are thinking, and how to describe their own feelings about the story. The children have learned a lot of rich vocabulary from the story and each other, which will enable them to tell and write their own detailed stories in the future!
The children were so excited to enact the ‘Hot Chocolate Scene’ in our classroom! They all came to school dressed in their pyjamas and could not contain their excitement about the hot chocolate. Our class did a survey of who liked marshmallows in their hot chocolate and who didn’t! After the survey, the class was set to look like a train and the children were ready to board with their golden ticket!