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Curriculum Newsletter 2023 - 24

Welcome back to school everyone! Beavers have had a very busy start to the year. We have been busy beavers in Maths learning about number, sequencing and place value. We have also been super busy in English reading books all about volcanoes to start our exciting 'Volcanoes' topic. In PSHE we have been learning about rules and turn taking and learning how to help out in class with class responsibilities. Well Done Beavers!

2022 - 2023

The children have been to visit pets at home. They enjoyed looking at all of the different animals. This linked to our topic in French

The children have been joining in with activities in class to celebrate the King's coronation

The children have been to ASDA. This linked to our maths topic of measurement of money. This supported their knowledge and understanding of exchanging money for items in a practical situation. We also had our snack in the cafe.

The children have been joining in with a range of activities for Eid. They made and decorated biscuits, had an Eid party and tasted some delicious food.

The children have been celebrating St George's day. We have been creating a fact sheet all about St George. We also decorated biscuits with the St George's cross.

In Art this half term we are focusing on the topic of light and sculpture. We have been using the sun as our light source to create shadow art. We used wild animal resources to create our shadows and also our bodies.

The children have been celebrating Earth Day. We have been reading the story 'Somebody swallowed Stanly', which links to ocean pollution. We went litter picking around the outdoor area at school and also joined in with activities based on recycling.

The children have joined in with a range of activities based on frogs and the life cycle of a frog. They especially enjoyed it when Mrs Belshaw brought her frogs into school for us to look at.

For Science day we have been thinking about human life cycles. We measured ourselves and compared our heights to other children and staff. We completed life cycle work and thought about keeping ourselves healthy.

For world book day, the children have been involved in activities based on their favourite stories. We shared our favourite books with Herons class.

In PSHE, the children have been joining in with activities based on recognising feelings and managing our feelings. We used the mirrors to express different feelings and spoke about what makes us feel this way. We read the colour monster story and focused on identifying emotions and helping the monster not have 'mixed up' feelings.

The children have enjoyed joining in with activities for St David's day. They made daffodil cookies, decorated Welch flags and joined in with traditional Welch folk dancing

The children have enjoyed joining in with activities based on 'French Day'. They made Croque Monsieur's' for snack and we had our own 'tour de France'. The children enjoyed receiving their trophies.

The children have been joining in activities to support their counting and fraction knowledge. They cut up apples, counted the pieces and we used language of halves and quarters.

The children have been making their pizza's in food technology. They spread the tomato puree and cut the vegetables themselves.

In food technology the children have been tasting different foods and designing their own pizza ready to make next week.

The children have been thinking about different ways to communicate. We made telephones using paper cups and string, recorded our voices on the communication buttons and used walkie talkies. The children also looked at photographs through emails, this introduced them to communicating with others online and online safety.

The children have been joining in with activities based on healthy eating. Some of the children have been to ASDA to buy fruit and then we all made our fruit salads together.

The children have joined in with activities about Chinese New Year. The especially enjoyed opening their fortune cookies.

The children have been using colourful semantics to support their sentence building and their understanding of the poem 'The Owl and the Pussy Cat'.

The children in Beavers class have enjoyed joining in with activities in English and Maths based on 'The Owl and the Pussy cat'.

The children have been making Christingle's today for our assembly

The children have been joining in with a range of Christmas activities and have enjoyed our Christmas party.

We are exchanging money for items from the Baker's Shop and practicing counting backwards by singing 5 Currant Buns in the Baker's Shop.

In Maths we are counting out amounts made up of 1p coins and also working hard to find and match coins.

Today we celebrated Children in Need. We wore our spotty clothes and made our own Pudsey Bear Bandanas. We then went on a spotty trail around school before popping into Robins to try out their spotty photobooth.

We have been reading about Vikings and their belief in dragons. We made our own dragons and used them to act out myths and stories.

In French we have been visiting a French cafe and practicing our numbers and vocabulary for different French foods.

In R.E we are learning about types of celebrations. This week we looked at birthdays and made our own playdough birthday cake and role played parts of a birthday celebration.

Remembrance Day - the soldiers fought to keep us safe. Our rainbow solider silhouette pictures look wonderful.

Remembrance Day - our poppy sensory tray was a big hit and we used the coloured rice and cupcake cases, to make our own mini poppies.

Remembrance Day - We learnt the significance of the poppy and what it represents and then made our own poppy pictures.

I've been completing lots of mark making activities and try my best to pay attention to the marks that I make.

Our write dance session this week had us practicing our up and down strokes as well as our curved movements. This will support our development of writing any letters with vertical lines or curved lines such as the letter 'm'.

I'm using symbols to communicate my choice in number song.

Our number song this week is 10 Pairs of Knickers, on the Washing Line. We have been counting forwards and backwards and acting out the song.

We have been learning how to keep ourselves safe on Bonfire Night. We have also explored the ways in which fireworks move and created our own interpretive firework dance.

Noisy counting. I have been rolling the balls down the ramp whilst an adult counts and getting them to bang into the drum at the bottom.

Counting out amounts and making groups of 2.

Using numbers lines to support or learning of counting in 2s

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt - we collected specific types of leaves and brought them inside to do some leaf rubbings.

We have been ribbon dancing and doing some excellent walking, in P.E.

In R.E, we have been learning about Christian Baptisms. Here we are recreating our own Baptism in class.

We used straws to blow paint around the page and make our volcano look like it had erupted.

We have learnt that inside a volcano is lava. We explored what this might look like by creating our own lava lamp sensory bottles.

In Geography this week, we have been learning about Volcanoes and how they erupt. We then made our own salt dough volcanoes and created our own eruptions using baking powder and vinegar.

Grouping objects by size, shape and colour and then finding the total amount.

We've been exploring division by sharing amounts into equal groups.

Applying our number knowledge to different games. Our favourite was snakes and ladders.

In DT we are designing and creating our own electrical installation projects. We've decide to incorporate light and this week, explored the different ways we can change the colour of the light in our projects. We also made mini lamp shades using plastic cups and different coloured tissue paper.

I have been controlling electrical devices, with a switch, in Science. My favourite electrical item was the hairdryer.

We've been using balloons to explore static electricity, in Science. We looked at the effect static electricity has on our hair!

Creating our 'Reaching for the Stars' display to celebrate all of our successes throughout the school year.

Wake Up Shake Up, to start our school day.