Today Class 1 and 2 went to Blackpool Zoo. We had an amazing time. We were so proud of the children who were very polite and behaved wonderfully. We saw many things and the sun shone!
Our New friends, who will be joining us in September, came to visit today and we had a Teddy Bears Picnic. The children brought their own bears and we sang songs, listened to a bear story, using the tapping sticks and parachute. We took part in a Bear hunt looking for different pictures of bears and writing down their number. We finished with a lovely picnic.
Today we continued with our theme "Safari Across Africa". We shared our learning with Class 2. Together we hunted for Safari animals, made binoculars, drew a map of the Safari and made sandwiches for our Safari picnic tomorrow.
This week we explored "Safari Across Africa" with Class 2. We looked at the story Handa's Hen. In groups we explored traditional African dancing, made African jewellery, made rain sticks and compared pictures of our homes and African homes by hunting for pictures and looking for the code.
This week we explored "Safari Across Africa" with Class 2. We watched a video about a book "Giraffe's can't Dance". We then split into groups and made animal footprints, animal masks, animal trump cards and animal movements and song. We all had great fun!
Today Mrs Callender brought a police van to show the children. We looked inside the van, Mrs Callender showed her uniform and equipment and we tried on her coat and hat. We looked at the siren lights and listened to it. The children really enjoyed the police visit. Thank you Mrs Callender.
Today Class 1 carried out a Traffic Survey outside our school in Carnforth. We had a tick list to complete which included cars, walkers, vans, lorries, buses, tractors and police cars. We noticed that there was a lot of cars, vans and lorries. Not many people were walking.
Today Debbie, a fitness instructor, came to visit Our Lady of Lourdes to carry out some fun exercise workshops with Class 1 and 2. She got the children to look at the benefits of exercise and we did an exciting warm up. We looked at "combat" and the children remembered the chants Debbie taught us. We did movements to a "Superman" song and the children showed how flexible they are during our stretching cool down. The children talked about how our bodies feel after exercise and how important it is for your muscles. We looked at our biggest body muscle! We can't wait till the next session!
Today we explored the Stations of the Cross on our school field. We walked to each Station and carried out a small task silently and thoughtfully. The children really understood what it was like to walk "The Way of the Cross" and did some amazing writing back in class.
Today we looked at Easter and shared our learning with Class 2. We started by looking at Palm Sunday and The Last Supper. We made Easter nests, Easter cards, tasted Hot Cross buns, made coats and looked at the Stations of the Cross through symbols.
Today we made Bangladeshi Crosses. We looked at the history of the cross and how the women in Shorbari village made these to sell so that they could earn money to help the poorer communities.
Today Harold visited Our Lady of Lourdes and the children, including our pre-school children, went into the Life Education Van and met Harold. They had a great time watching Harold get ready to visit his Grandad and play at the park. We laid down in the bus and looked up at the sparkly ceiling. The children got to stroke Harold.
Today we joined with Class 2 to explore the celebration of Diwali. We looked at a video, we made tea lights, explored Rangoli patterns, made an Indian sweet and looked at features and transport of India through QR codes.
This week we explored the story "The Great Chapatti Chase". The children retold the story and Mrs Saunders came into Class 1 and made chapattis with the children. They really enjoyed them.
Today Carol from Cafod did a Laudato Assembly with the whole school today. Then Class 1 and 2 worked together to explore how we can keep Pope Francis promise to look after God's world.
We explored being brothers and sisters with Class 4 today. We thought about all the people in the world that God made and how we can love and look after them all. We explored symbols and made "Thank you" cards and a large friendship bracelet.
Today we shared our learning with Class 2. We explored Mardi Gras in different ways. We looked at New Orleans on a map, we made beads using the colours purple, gold and green. We compared pictures of Mardi Gras from 1857 to the present day. We made instruments that we might play during Carnival time and tasted waffles.
We had a great day yesterday celebrating World Book Day. We dressed up as a book character and did some book activities in class. At the end of the day we chose which teacher we wanted to visit to listen to their favourite story.
This week we shared our learning with Class 2 again and explored Shrove Tuesday. We had a pancake race, made and ate pancakes, made daffodils for St David's day and took part in a Lenten liturgy. The children had a great time.
This week we began our new topic "Festivals and Celebrations". We joined with Class 2 and explored the Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur which helped us to think about preparing for being a better person and turning our hearts to God as we lead into Lent. The children looked at how Jewish people prepare for this by being good people, fasting and singing a special prayer in the Synagogue. We played a matching game comparing pictures from the Jewish faith and Christianity. We tried apples dipped in honey and made our Lenten promises. The children loved working together and had great fun!
Carol talked us about refugees. We thought about journeys we have to make and having a special place to feel safe. We made pictures for CAFOD to send to the refugees.
Today we went on an animal safari and spotted animals in Australia, South America and Africa. The children used ipads and scanned QR codes to reveal different animals. The children loved watching the different animals appear on their screens.
As part of Christian Unity week Class 1 visited Christ Church in Carnforth. They met Father Stephen and asked him questions. We went on a hunt for crosses, candles, Holy water, the font, the altar and statues around the church. We took photos with the ipads and sketched what we saw. We had a great time and we thank Father Stephen for welcoming us.
Today we walked down to Carnforth Station and decorated a Christmas Tree. The children made their own glittery baubles and snowmen baubles.
Today the children in Class 1 visited the residents of Hillcroft Nursing Home and sang some Christmas songs. We made oat biscuits for them and made hand print flowers. The elderly residence loved our singing.
On Monday afternoon we had our "open afternoon" for parents to look at our theme. In Class 1 Mr Dragon came to visit and asked the class to make baby dragons to care for. Mr Dragon is to return on Friday to ask the class if their dragons are ready for Dragon School.
The children made symmetrical Knight shields and used money to pay for items in the knight shop.
Today we visited Lancaster Castle. We pretended to attack the castle and dodge the arrows. We pretended to use axes to chop down the portcullis and then pretended to set fire to the large wooden door. We looked around the castle and then had our picnic lunch in the castle cafe. After we went on a picture hunt of features of the castle. The children were amazing and loved going on the train.
Yesterday we thought about all those people that are now in Heaven. We looked at a picture of Heaven and talked about what it would be like to be there. The children said it would be lovely. Billie said "It will be lovely because Mary, Jesus and God are there. Caoimhe said "Heaven is like staying in bed all day". Eva said "My Grandma will like it because God and Jesus are there".
We drew the people that are now in Heaven. We visited our church and lit a candle to remember the dead.
Today we went to Booths to donate food to the food bank . This was part of the Corporal Works of Mercy; Feed the Hungry. The children brought in their own tins to donate.
Yesterday the School Nurse visited Class 1 to show them how to wash their hands correctly. She read them a story and the children thought about all the times they would need to wash their hands. We looked at how germs spread using glitter.
This week we read "The Gingerbread man" and made Gingerbread men.
Today Class 1 joined the rest of the school to pray with 1 million others to the Rosary. Class 4 did a great job explaining all about the Rosary beads and we joined in with the prayers. We each made a bead for the Rosary with our face on and we joined our beads together to make 1 large school Rosary.
On Thursday the children did an assembly with Mrs Kendall all about Noah. They children made fab animal masks and were brilliant acting and speaking in front of the rest of the school. We are very proud of them all!
Today we made up a new version of "The Three Little Pigs" called "The Three Little Mice". The children added actions to tell the new story and we performed it too Class 2 who loved it.
Today we went on a local walk around Carnforth spotting homes and buildings. We had a tick list of pictures which we had to look out for and included the Spar and Carnforth High. The children were brilliant and we even spotted some ducks on our way back!
Today we became the "Funny Bones" and did a silly skeleton dance. We listened to the story and then explored the apparatus in the hall climbing, crawling, balancing and jumping just like the Funny Bone family when they visited the park.
On Tuesday we had a go building the "Three Little Pigs" homes out of straw, sticks and bricks. The hair dryer became Mr Wolf but the children were so good building the different houses that some did not blow down!
Today we celebrated Roald Dahl day. The children looked amazing as Matilda, Spiders, Witches and even a ladybird.
We listened to The Enormous Crocodile and played a game in the hall where the crocodile had to catch us and the villagers rescue us all. We collected sweets for Willy Wonker's Chocolate Factory and made Mr Twit's beard using wool. The children cut out food to glue to the beard; yuck!
We read all about Mrs Twit tricking Mr Twit by getting him to eat worms in his spaghetti. The children were blindfolded and had to feel for the worms in a big bowl of spaghetti!
We decorated biscuits using lots of treats and even tried a fizzy lifting drink. We closed all the doors so that we had no one flying to the moon!
Our New Reception Class!
We have had an amazing week in Class 1 and the new Reception children have settled in really well. We have done Finger Gym, Number time, explored houses and homes, got changed for PE and had a great time in Music and Movement. As well as this the class have made great friends.
A fab first week in Class 1
Today, Thursday 14th July, we went to Tesco to learn about how food fuels our body. We talked about healthy eating and what an athlete eats to keep fit and strong. We even had a go at finding all the items on an athlete's shopping list. We tasted different fruits and we were given a chart to record all the super fruit and vegetables that we eat.
Teddy Bear's Picnic with our New Starters
On Wednesday Class 1 and Class 2 enjoyed another Carnival afternoon. We worked together in teams and made drums, scanned QR codes to reveal Carnival pictures, took part in an Obstacle race which included dressing up and made Coconut Kisses originating from Rio. The children had great fun and so did the teachers!
Carnival Afternoon Part 2
On Monday Class 1 and Class 2 enjoyed a Carnival Afternoon together. We made samba shakers, created symmetrical patterns with bright paint , looked at Rio facts and made fruit kebabs. The children had great fun and we hope to have another Carnival afternoon next Wednesday.
Today Class 1 and Class 2 visited St Mary of the Angel's Church in Bolton-le-Sands. We had a little talk by Father John who told us a bit about the history of the church. We looked at the Sanctuary Lamp and the tabernacle. We did little tasks in groups which included finding objects in the church such as crosses, candles, the font, pews etc. We did rubbings, took pictures with out iPads and looked for writing around church. We noticed that the church has 4 altars.
We had our picnic lunch in the Church hall and walked back to Carnforth in the sunshine. We had a great day and the children were amazing, some even wanted to do the "mile a day"!
Our Visit to St Mary of the Angel's
Dads and Class 1 Rounders Match!
Our Adventure Day was a great success today despite the downpour just before our BBQ! The children took part in a variety of activities which included scanning QR codes to reveal camping equipment, packing a bag for an adventure, making sandwiches for our picnic and exploring compasses.
In the afternoon the children made dens, exploring orienteering , going on a rope walk and a treasure hunt.
We finished our adventure afternoon by eating our sandwiches, having a drink and pretend toasting marshmallows in the hall because of the rain.
Reception, Year 1 and 2 Adventure Day
Learning Log for 10th June 2016
Hello Class 1
This week we have been following our "Carnival" theme be making musical instruments, preforming on our "Carnival" stage and painting bright and colourful clowns. On Friday "Circusology" visited school and did a workshop with Class 1.
Preforming on our Carnival stage
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