Archive: Buttercups 2016-2017
On the 27th February it finally snowed in London. So the Buttercups class decided to make the most of it and get out in the snow during afternoon break. The children loved experiencing snow at playtime even though it was very chilly!
To finish the first week back of Spring 2 the children made and painted their clay sunflowers. The mixed yellow, white and brown to experiment with shades of sunflower colours. The children were really proud of the work they have produced.
To kick off Spring 2 in the Buttercup class we went to The National gallery. This half term our topic is The Potting Shed. We are focusing on plants and for the trip our main focus was ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh. The children went around the gallery and read their booklet clues to find the four different paintings they have been and will continue to learn about this half term.
In Spring 2 the children have made clay sunflower inspired by the Van Gogh painting. The children learnt how to sketch sunflowers and have completed observational drawing of daffodils and tulips. They have been writing about various seeds using their senses. The children tried tasting different seeds and dissecting them from their shell and seeing what the seed looks like once opened.
The Buttercups have been learning about the Arctic. they have been looking at animals from the Arctic. The children cut, rolled and shaped the clay into various Arctic animals using a variety of tools and techniques.
KS1 took part in World RE Day on Friday 19th January. The children visited each KS1 classroom, learning a different story with each different teacher from a different religion. The children contributed to a Tree of Serenity for the school library, baked tasty bread, designed helping hands coupons and created kindness crowns. What an exciting and busy day they had!
In Spring 2 we had an assembly presented by the NSPCC. They spoke to children about what they should do if they are feeling worried or nervous about something. The children came up with a good list of adults they can ask for help at school and at home. The children met buddy the mascot, he helps children to know that they should always feel safe wherever they are.
Its Spring 1 and Buttercups have already got stuck in. This half term the topic is ‘Posting & Places’. We have been studying the Arctic and London and comparing life in both places. We are writing letters to a school in the Arctic circle in Norway. We wrote questions and have composed a letter to send to the children at the school. We took a trip to the Post Office to post our letter and to the sorting office in Fulham. The children really enjoyed learning about how letters travel to different places, they were so well behaved they received some free chocolates!
In the last few weeks of term the Year one children were busy rehearsing for our Christmas Show ‘Christmas Around the World’. Below is a photo of the Year 1 children dressed up in their costumes ready to perform!
Buttercups Class performed their class assembly to the school and parents, showcasing all their learning around celebrations. Here they are in their party hats performance.
In Autumn 2 in the Buttercup class we have been busy looking at Celebrations as our theme. We have been learning about the story of Diwali and made little lanterns. The children have also learnt about Poppy Day and made a giant class wreath and their own ones.
This half term we bought our own Christmas tree and decorated it with tinsel and reindeer food that we made to sell at the Christmas Fair. We have also been learning about the differences between our Christmas now and in Victorian times. The children made their own Robin Christmas cards and leanrt about the significance of postmen being called a robin during that time.
We also made our own Victorian Christmas trees and looked at how they decorated their tree compared to how we do now.
In Art the children have been loooking at Artists that focus on Celebrations. We looked at an artist called Chidi Okoye from the USA, the painting we looked at was called ‘Jazz Time’. The children said his painting’s are very colourful and bright. The children learnt about primary colours and tested out how to make secondary colours using just red, yellow and blue.
This half term Buttercups have been learning the story of Cinderella through using Talk for Writing. The children drew this map of the story as a class and learnt story off by heart.
They also made little stick puppet characters and the setting of Cinderella, they then acted the story in their groups together.
As part of Harvest the children looked at signs of Autumn they could find. We went an a walk of our local area and drew what we brought back using chalks, pastels and pencils.
Here are some photos of the children learning about Nigerian food, locating the country of map of Africa and making Nigerian flags.