Gretton Tower

Another extremely busy week in Kingfishers; sometimes we wonder how we fit it all in! The children helped to decorate tiles for the Gretton Tower bake sale, and were very pleased to see their efforts snapped up so quickly. Mr Woolston was working with them, thinking about noticing people's facial expressions to understand how they are feeling! In maths, we have been continuing to investigate faces, edges and vertices of a variety of 3D shapes and making repeating patterns with them. In English we have been working in Santa's Workshop - creating an alphabet of toys; some letters have proved to be rather tricky! We are continuing to learn our songs for the Christmas play - we're quite sure many of the children must have been practising them at home - they have picked them up so easily!!

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The weeks are passing by so quickly, it's amazing how much we fit in! This week we have been finding out about the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hannukah. We heard the story of Antiochus and Judah and learnt about the importance of the oil. It was fantastic to have Mr Major back, to put the children through their paces in P.E. In Maths we have been creating 2D shapes using lolly sticks, whilst learning about faces and vertices on 3D shapes. And then there was Forest School! We had decided to go along a different path this week - possibly less muddy?! We had a really exciting journey, up- hill and down dale, learning how to negotiate stiles and using our listening skills to locate each other as one group disappeared into the distance. It was, by no means, quicker, less muddy, or less steep; but we had a whale of a time slipping and sliding our way to the hot chocolate station! Maybe next week, when we return, we won't be quite so …...brown!

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This week has flown by, and it hardly seems a moment since last week's contribution! We have tentatively begun learning the Christmas songs for our play; the children have been enthusiastically reminding themselves of the Babushka story from last year. We also learnt a little about the symbols that are used during the Festival of Lights, 'Diwali'. We used coloured food to make Rangoli patterns, on the paper and on the carpet - a little too successfully in some areas! At Forest School, we made a special effort to look at the Oak tree, and note how it looks in its autumn colours. Later we planted some Wild Cherry and some Rowan tree saplings; working together to dig the holes, plant and support the trees and protect them from being eaten by small hungry animals. Whilst some of the children used the mud kitchen, and played an enthusiastic game of Hide and Seek, Lottie built an impressive structure for the birds. During our hot chocolate break it was fantastic to see a robin checking out her handiwork, leaping form branch to branch. It'll be great to see if more birds have used it next time!

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Continuing our How and Why do we Celebrate topic, we then learnt about Remembrance Day. Not only making poppy wreaths to join in with the school Act of Remembrance on Monday, but also visiting the War Memorial in Gretton, and thinking about the men who left from this area. We made poppy field prints for Art, and also learnt to use hammers to make leaf prints at Forest School. These were, on the whole, very successful!
The children were very pleased to take part in No Pens Wednesday, honing their acting skills whilst performing the story of ............ they were enjoying it so much, they were 10 minutes late for lunch!!!

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