Chinese New Year

This week we celebrated Chinese New Year.  We watched a video and learned a little bit about the preparations that are made and the celebrations that take place.  We tried some noodles, rice, sweet and sour sauce and prawn crackers.  We had the opportunity to try some Chinese writing and learn a few Chinese words.

 

We had a lot of fun dressing up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Burns birthday

We celebrated Robert Burns’ birthday by trying some haggis, ‘neeps’ (turnips) and ‘tatties’ (potatoes).  We listened to some Scottish music and performed the Scottish song ‘Coulters Candy’ to an audience in the hall.  We made a graph to show which of the foods we tasted, were our favourites.

Trying out some vegetable printing with the turnips and potatoes.  Some of the children said “potatoes grow in the ground”.   They make chips”.

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Polar animals and ice

This term we have been learning about polar animals and where they live.  We have explored ice, how it is formed and what causes it to melt.

We wondered how we would make ice.  some children thought that you put water in the fridge.  other children said “you put water in the freezer”.  We put some water in the freezer, some in the fridge and some outside to see what would happen.

The children told us about the different clothes they wear to keep warm when playing outside in the winter.  They were not sure how animals keep warm so we did an experiment to find out how polar animals keep warm in the ice and snow.  The children put their hand into a bowl of icy water.  They put their other hand into icy water with the protection of ‘blubber’ (lard in a plastic bag).

Some Christmas pictures

Enterprise

The school has a money and enterprise project every year where the children create Christmas decorations to sell at the school fair.  In the Early Learning Classes, we painted our hands and created snowman families on baubles.  We sold them for £1 each to try and make a profit.  We have sold most of them and have made £41 profit.

Talking Boxes

The children were asked to bring in up to five items of interest to them from home to talk about to the rest of the class (Talking Box).  The purpose of the activity is to build up confidence in speaking to an audience and learning to listen to others.  The other children are invited to ask questions at the end of each talk, developing the children’s questioning skills.  The children were delighted to show their classmates their Talking Boxes and we really appreciate the efforts the parents went to, to help their children create their boxes.  Thank you.

Animals in the Red ELC

The boys and girls in the Red Early Learning Class have been learning about animals.  We have been learning about where animals live and  what they eat.

Dinosaurs

The children in the Green ELC chose to learn about dinosaurs.  We wanted to find out how big a dinosaurs foot is.  It took 26 pairs of our shoes to fill one dinosaur footprint.  It measured 100 centimetres.  Wow, that is big…

Post Office

As we have been learning about money, we went on a walk to the Post Office to buy some stamps and post our letters to Santa.




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