Swans Class Page
Welcome to Swans class page at Greenleas Derwent Road. The Swans team are pleased to welcome you to our class page. Please come and talk to us to discuss your children's celebrations, achievements and we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please find below a photo learning journey that shows some of the exciting activities we have been getting up to.
This half term we are following the children's interests. We began our topic with a visit to Woburn Safari Park and a look at animals and their habitats.
After weeks of preparation and practice Sports Day was finally here. Children took part in a variety of team activities including; beanbag toss, long jump, high jump, goal kick, javelin, balance beam, egg and spoon and sack race. After a short break children competed in their teams in running races and hurdles. Mums, dads and sibling all had the chance to compete in a race too, thankfully there were no acrobatics this year! All children showed excellent teamwork and sportmanship throughout the afternoon.
A Visit from a Vet
As part of our learning about animals we had a visit from Mrs Dunsby who is a vet at a local vets. She explained what her job as a vet entailed and brought along lots of interesting items for children to look at and use. We had great fun learning how to use a stethoscope, looking at animal teeth and trying on masks and hats. Mrs Dunsby kindly left lots of resources for us to use in our vet role play area which are being put to good use.
This half term we have been following our new topic of 'The Wonderful World of Eric Carle.' We have been watching caterpillars develop and form their coocons, just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We should not have long to wait until they emerge after their metamorphosis.
Spring 2 Half Term
This half term we have been enjoying our People Who Help Us/Superheroes topic. We began by learning about the role of the RNLI and had a visit from a member to help us understand what the job entails. We then took a look at firefighters and the different roles of the police. We had a visit from a sniffer dog, Hollie, and her handler Neil. He told us all about Hollie's skills and we hid her special ball around the classroom but couldn't catch her out! More recently we have learnt about dentist and doctors, thinking about how to keep ourselves healthy.
We then moved on to superheroes. We used the book- Supertato by Sue Hendra to introduce this. The Evil Pea has written us letters and visited our classroom. Luckily we were able to rescue the vegetables with our own Supertatoes.
A visit from a police sniffer dog
PC Neil visited with his sniffer dog Hollie to explain her role to the children. We learned that Hollie was trained from a small puppy to sniff out explosives. We found out how important a sniffer dog can be and got to watch Hollie in action as she used her nose to sniff out her ball which we had hidden around the classroom.
World Book Day
For World Book Day we focused on the 'Underpants' books by Clare Freedman and Ben Cort. We designed our own underpants, junk modelled space rockets for aliens, made alien hats and enjoyed many of the stories. We also had the opportunity to share our story clues and books with children in other classes.
We have been enjoying Forest School activities with Mr Norris. We have been exploring the Woodland Walk and have collected a stick to make our own journey sticks, collecting objects to add to our sticks like the Aboriginal people. They used journey sticks to more easily recount their journeys to other people upon their return. They found a large walking stick, collected materials found along the way, and tied them to the stick in chronological order.
Children in Need
On Children in Need day we brought our favourite teddy to school in return for a donation to charity. We learnt about the charity and how the money raised would be spent on children less fortunate than ourselves.
On November 14 we opened our classroom to parents, inviting them to share our phonics learning. Children participated in a phonics lesson and activities with parents to show how we teach letters and sounds at school.
British Values Day
On November 13th we celebrated British Values Day. The whole school voted for their favourite books to be purchased for the school the school library after listening to year four children canvas their ideas for joke, fantasy, sport and biographical themes. We then had a visit from Chief Inspector Loveless who explained the role of the police and his role in the British Transport Police. The children got to see Miss Bligh handcuffed and look at the different pieces of equipment an officer carries with them. All the children got to try on his hat and had a turn at sitting in a police car and testing the sirens!
We took part in different activities throughout the day linked to our values and gained a good understanding of the voting process and the role of a police officer.
On Thursday 19th October we celebrated Diwali Day. The children wore bright colours to school in honor of the celebration. Throughout the day the children were able to participate in many activities including; food tasting, sparklers, making Diva lamps, henna designs, Rangoli patterns and making cards. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about another culture and traditions.
On Monday 16th October we welcomed grandparents into our classroom. The children were delighted to share their learning and explore the activities with their grandparents and honorary grandparents. We finished off the visit with some songs including a traditional one that grandparents could join in with! It was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet the special people in the children's lives.
Edible Shape Robots
As part of our literacy learning we shared the story of 'Harry and the Robots.' We also explored 2d shape in the same week which presented an exciting opportunity to build our own shape robots using crackers, fruit and vegetables. Best of all we got to eat them at the end!
Walk to the post box
We walked to the post box to post our invites to grandparents and special visitors. On the way we looked for signs of autumn, numerals and writing in our environment. We learnt how our invites would travel to their destinations with some going as far as Poland!