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w/e 13.5.22

This week we read Jack and the Beanstalk. We discussed that this is a traditional tale which has been retold by the author so there will be different versions. There was a lot of discussion about the costume that Jack was illustrated wearing. The children thought he was wearing a dress and tights therefore he must be a girl. We looked at medieval clothes and also the photos of John the shepherd and Katy at Gressenhall and discussed that clothes have changed throughout the ages. The children were intrigued that the giant was called an ogre in this version. In Phonics we have been learning new sounds; oe, au, ey, and the split digraph i – e and blending these sounds for reading new words. We practised our listening skills when we went for a walk around the field to listen to the birdsong. One of the children brought an interactive book The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs to share. We had fun playing the sounds and listening for them. While observing the birds we realised to our delight that there was a pigeon nesting in one of the trees. We were able to see it through the newly sprouted green leaves.

We planted mini pumpkin seeds which we had saved from a pumpkin we had at Halloween. This prompted lots of discussion about the children’ memories of celebrating Halloween. We looked in our carpet book and recalled making pumpkin soup and reading Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. We are learning about how to plant seeds and look after them.

In our SCARF lesson we have been thinking about how we can help our friends. We role played different scenarios about how we can help our friends such as when they are sad, hurt, alone or not wanting to share. We thought about possible solutions. We talked about how it makes us feel when we are helpful.

We have been listening and responding to The Big Bear Funk in our Charanga lessons. We enjoyed learning a new action song called Things for Fingers.

In Maths we have been learning about rotating 2D and 3D shapes, matching shapes and copying shapes and models. We have been using language such as rotate, bottom, middle, top, on top, right and left to describe where the shapes are placed.

In PE we learned 2 new rolls; the barrel roll and the straight roll. We learned that we needed to hold each shape right through the role and to keep our bodies strong as we moved. It was tricky at first but we all worked hard and improved during the lesson.

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The big highlight of the week was the opening of the trim trail. The youngest Cygnet child and the oldest child in the school held the special red ribbon for the countdown. The children had lots of fun trying out their balancing skills on the new trim trail. Everyone enjoyed having their turn and they soon mastered the skill of turning round at the top of the A frame and reversing down. In PE we are doing gymnastics and we learned to jump off apparatus and land safely. We did straight jumps and star jumps. We finished off with doing a sequence of a shape, jump and balance.

The children enjoyed listening to Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins. They really enjoyed the visual humour of seeing what happened to the fox as he tried to catch Rosie. We reread the story several times. We also read What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and then used the ideas we gathered from our visit to Gressenhall, and from reading farm themed stories, to start making our own farm books. We finished off the week with another funny story which we enjoyed called Chickens Can’t by See in the Dark by Krystina Litten. The children enjoyed the alliteration of the carrot feast; “carrot cookies, crispy carrot crunchies…”

In maths we ordered numbers, looked for missing numbers, played number track games involving counting on from numbers within 20 and matching number representations with numerals in bingo. We used our number skills when working in the egg shop and filling different sized boxes with eggs and adding up all the eggs at the end of the day into the egg tray.

There was a lot of creativity with the playdough this week. Volcanoes was a theme which the children revisited. There was a lot of careful mark marking using tools to add details to the models.

We started our learning about growing by planting potatoes. We started by digging out the daffodils and discovered that they grow from bulbs. We dug deep holes and carefully planted the sprouting potatoes. We planted the runner beans which we found from last year’s pods and put the pots in the mini greenhouse. We learned that we need to water the seeds to help them grow.

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w/e 29.4.22

This week we continued our learning about Spring on the farm. We have thoroughly enjoyed watching the miracle of new life by observing the hatching of chicks in Mrs Goodson’s incubator. We learned about the life cycle of the the chicken by listening to the information book, Life as a Chicken by Vic Parker. One of the children wanted to know why we can eat eggs but they do not have chicks in them. We learned that if the female chickens are kept apart from the cockerels their eggs will not grow into chicks. We listened to the story “Something Wonderful” by Jenny Nimmo which has the message that we can do things that are helpful and important even when we do not feel special. This tied in with our SCARF lesson about the things we can do to help our families. We enjoyed looking closely at the the beautiful tulips, which are growing in the outside area, mixing paints to make green and purple and recording what we saw. We observed lots of yellow pollen in the middle of the tulips. Some of the children made models of birds during their independent learning time. A group of children used their folding and cutting skills to make snowflakes which they enjoyed opening out to reveal the cut out shapes. Some of them decorated their snowflakes with pictures and messages for others. This was a theme which they returned to during the week.

In phonics we recapped on our learning of the graphemes oi, ir, ue and aw and reading tricky words Mr, Mrs, looked, called and asked. We used our phonics to write about our trip to Gressenhall. We enjoyed listening to the story Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and we acted out the story.

In our maths learning we have been building the numbers from 11-20 using 10s frames, blocks and number tiles. We compared, matched numbers and played some fun games using numbers to 20.

We did our first gymnastics lesson and learned to squeeze our muscles to hold strong shapes and balances. We learned about the tuck, star, pike and straddle shapes.

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w/e 22.4.22

Welcome back to school Cygnets. It is a short week this week but we have been busy. The children have enjoyed spending time with their friends again and sharing stories about what they did in the Easter holidays. We had a super trip to Gressenhall to see Spring on the Farm 150 years ago which was enjoyed by all. One of the highlights was, of course, the trip on the coach with Swan Class. The weather was just right and we were able to spot signs of spring on the journey including pigs and birds. When we arrived we were met by John and Kate who took us to the chapel so that we could leave our lunches there. Then we went down to the farm. Cygnets went on the tractor ride first and enjoyed seeing the Suffolk Punch ponies grazing in the field and the Norfolk Horn sheep with their newly born lambs. We then went into the barn and did a craft activity by making a horse. We then went to see the piglets who were lying sleeping in the sun with their mum who was a Large Black pig. We learned that pigs are intelligent animals and the mum had been trained to press a lever to release the water when she wanted a drink. Shepherd John showed us his shepherd hut and the root chopper for chopping beets and mangelwurzels to feed the sheep. He taught us about the different products we get from sheep; wool for clothes, woolen dusters and insulation, meat, lanolin for soap and skin cream, halloumi and feta cheese. We all enjoyed having a picnic lunch outside on the grass. Afterwards we headed back down to the farmhouse and learned about Spring cleaning. We dusted the palour with woolen dusters and polished the furniture with beeswax. We swept the kitchen floor and then learned about using salt and a little water to scrub the table. We then used a carpet beater to beat the dust out of the rug. Lastly we learned about how people used to wash their clothes before electric washing machines were invented. Kate showed us how to draw water with the pump, how she heated water on a copper in the wash house and how she used carbolic soap, a dolly, a scrubbing board and a mangle. We then pegged the clothes onto the line with old fashioned pegs which were hard to press down. By the end of the day we were all tired and walked back up to the hall ready to rejoin the 21st Century for the bus journey back to school.

Hemblington Primary School

Interim Leaders: Mrs Clare Fletcher and Ms Tina Jarman

Telephone: 01603 713243

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