Welcome back to school and happy new year!
Fir Class spent their first week back at school working really hard to create masterpieces for Art Week on the topic of Winter Lights. We picked ‘Cold Colours’ as our theme and set to work investigating. First we looked at what a cold colour is and then found how to make shades by mixing with white on a paper plate. These became snowflakes. We made stained-glass windows using cold colour tissue paper and pva glue to make winter skies and added a wintery silhouette before putting them up on the windows. We looked at the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe, and American artist who painted flowers as though she was looking at them through a magnifying glass. We had some real flowers (chrysanthemums, gerberas and roses) to look at in the same way. Then we drew them on a big piece of paper and painted them in shades of one cold colour. It was very hard to draw something so big! Our artwork looked amazing when it was displayed and we are all really proud of it. If you came to visit the exhibition we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Today Fir Class wrote some lovely letters to Santa using success criteria they had chosen. They addressed an envelope and the elves have been busy sorting letters into the correct envelopes. Tomorrow the children will put a stamp on their letter and go to the post box to send them on their way to Santa!
There are some interesting things in the role play corner at the moment – kinetic sand, green sparkly liquid, playdough that disappears when you touch it and a foamy dough with interesting coloured speckles. The children have been exploring different materials in science and topic work and in choosing time have been experiencing some very different materials in the ‘science lab’. What happens when they add the green liquid to the sand? Will the foamy dough or playdough go through the sieve? What happens when the liquid is added into the different colour test-tubes? There have been real science goggles, gloves, dishes and test tubes too, to do some experiments safely with!
In RE we have been investigating symbols and what they mean to Christians. Today we went to St John’s Church and Reverend Simon showed us some of the symbols and talked about what they mean. The class remembered a lot of them – the cross made us think of Jesus’ death, the poppies were to remember people that had died in the wars. Logan and Amelia remembered that a white dove symbolised peace and they found some lilies which stand for peace too. The class looked at the stained glass windows which told stories about Jesus with bright colours and found fourteen silver pictures on the walls which told another story about Jesus using images. Lots of the children knew that candles symbolised Jesus the light of the world.
Today the children of Fir Class were scared, frightened, angry and sad – but only because they were acting out a scene from traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’! The children were imagining what would happen if they had been the pigs at the point when the wolf was about to try and blow down the house of bricks. We made a ‘freeze frame’ and then they had to describe how they were feeling and what they would be saying to each other. It didn’t help when the ‘big bad hairy wolf’ threatened to chase them across the classroom…
A huge thank you to all the children and parents who have spent so much time over half-term creating some amazing carnival floats for Fir Class’s very own procession. We had a carnival queen, a collection float, carts with music and lights and different themes. Mrs Priestman and I were amazed at all the detail and we wanted to say how brilliant you all were on the Class blog. We have also made a video of the carts on a ‘procession’ – unfortunately it’s too big to upload here, but the children will see it in class. We secretly think it was better than the official Burnham carnival…!