Jeffers Class got off to a flying start to the term as we explored the book 'Journey' by Aaron Becker.
In 'Journey', a girl uses a magic crayon to draw lots of different things that spark her imagination. One of her special objects was a kite, so we made our own and carried out a science experiment to see which kind of kite tail would help it fly best.
Did you know we are called Jeffers Class after the author Oliver Jeffers? When we first joined Jeffers Class, we really enjoyed reading some of his books, including 'Lost and Found', How to Catch a Star' and 'A Little Paper Caper' We like it that Oliver Jeffers is an author, as well as an illustrator. His books teach us about feelings and friendships- things we think are very important in Jeffers Class.
Spring Term started with a shock! Our Forest School area was closed!
Someone wanted the land to build houses on. We had one day to send the land developer good reasons to save our Forest School!
We had to work together, like Ronnie and Rosie to think of reasons why the Forest School Area should be saved. Then Mrs. Walker pretended to be the property developer so we could practise using our persuasive language and explain our reasons. Luckily, it worked!
We e-mailed our reasons to the property developer and he said he was convinced. Our Forest School Area was SAVED!
Jeffers Class realised that forests around the world are in danger, so we made it our mission to learn about forests to help us to teach others to protect them.
We spent a lot of time in Forest School, looking at all the microhabitats within our Forest School area and the minibeasts that live there. We learned about how some creatures use camouflage to protect themselves from predators. We created our own habitats in Forest School for different creatures, making sure the creatures' needs would be met to help them to survive. We also used our whittling skills to make a bug hotel for any creatures needing a home.
Using the 'Into the Forest' theme, we explored our Forest School area using our senses and created Forest Poems. Our first focus text this term was 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Brown. We looked at how we could use descriptive adjectives and powerful verbs to write our own journey story through a rainforest.
After half term, we wrote an information report about Chimpazees, because their homes are threatened due to deforestation. We had to use our research skills in computing to collect facts about Chimpanzees. We also read some books about Jane Goodall. In 'The Chimpanzee Family Book', Jane Goodall wrote about her experiences observing chimpanzee families in the Gombe National Park. Jane Goodall's research with chimpanzees taught the world about how alike chimpanzees are to humans.
We’ve had a fantastic start to the year in Jeffers Class. I’m really proud of how well all of the children have settled and how fantastic they are at remembering and talking about our 5 golden rules.
In English, we have been exploring the book The Magic Porridge Pot. Jeffers Class have so enjoyed writing their own version of the story and changing the porridge to a different food. We’ve had some lovely descriptive phrases in our stories such as ‘rich, velvety chocolate.
In Forest School, we have linked our Magic Porridge Pot text to our outdoor learning. The children enjoyed making their own magic wands, just like Pippa, using sticks, feathers, flowers and just a sprinkling of glitter! We also used things in our forests school area to make scenes from the story. Jeffers were so amazing at using their imaginations to think of what they could use to, for example, a stone to make a cauldron or a stick and a leaf attached to make a tree for the forest. We have also been learning how to light a fire safely to develop our forest skills. I am so proud of how sensible and safe Jeffers class have been when using a fire striker (flint and steel).
Jeffers Class had their class assembly this half term and I thought they did and amazing job! Everyone was really determined to learn their lines. I felt all of the children delivered a confident performance and should be very proud of themselves. Can I also say huge thank you to all of you who came to see our assembly for supporting your child in learning their lines.
Our 2017 Ofsted inspection commented - that we still provide good quality education & a stimulating & caring environment. Individual needs are well met & children quickly grow in confidence. There is a positive culture for safeguarding & pupils said that they feel happy & settled in school.
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