Sewing Puppets

Today we have been designing and making our own puppets. We could choose whatever we wanted to make.

First we designed our puppets and then thought about what we’d need to make it.

Then we drew around a template to get the shape of our puppet. We had to choose the right colour thread and thread a needle. This was tricky and we needed a bit of help to get this job done.

We used an up and over stitch to hold our two pieces of felt together. This took time and we couldn’t rush it.

Once we had finished our sewing, we were able to decorate it.

We used a technique called Critique to help us to assess our friend’s work half way through.

The 3 main points of Critique are:

1. Be kind – don’t be unkind about anyone’s work.

2. Be helpful – give useful advice.

3. Be specific – don’t be vague.

After we had critiqued each other’s work, we were able to finish our puppets.

We are very proud of them, what do you think?

What we have been learning?

– How to use scissors and needles safely.

– How to cut around a template

– Following a design.

– Adding decorations.

– Being critical of each other’s work

What you could do to support your child at home:

– Give your child opportunities to practise their sewing skills

– Retell or make up a story using the puppet

– Write a story including the puppet

Eggs… to Ducklings…

We have also been learning about the life cycle of a duck as well in Science and we have been glued to the incubator in class watching and waiting for a small change in the eggs.

image1Eggs need to put in an incubator to help keep them warm and needs to be kept at a constant temperature of 37.5 degrees. We made a calendar to keep track of the eggs but Miss Varley miscalculated the hatching of the eggs by a week, getting them confused with chicken’s eggs.

Duck eggs take around 26-31 days to hatch whereas a chicken’s egg is much shorter at 21 days. We made sure that we put water in the incubator every 3 days to keep the humidity at the same level.

After a couple of days of being in the incubator, we used a special egg torch to shine a light through the eggs to see if the egg had fertilised yet. We saw a small red spot underneath the shell and veins had started to appear. We had baby ducklings on the way!

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After a few weeks, we noticed that one of the eggs had started to crack and hatch out of the egg. It is a tiring process, hatching out of the egg but eventually we had our first duckling. We took a class vote and named the first duckling ‘Puddle’. The class decided that the rest of the names has to follow a theme and they chose water related names.

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It wasn’t long until we had duckling number 2 and 3 to join Puddle. They were named Bubble and Splash and enjoyed meeting the children and exploring the water for the first time. They need to be kept warm in a special hatcher to help their soft, downy feathers to dry out and stay fluffy.

image4Miss Varley managed to catch duckling 4 and 5 hatching out of their egg. The blood that you can see is the veins from the eggs and not from the duckling at all. We named the new ducklings Raindrop and Pearl.

Do you notice that not all the ducklings are the same? Some are yellow and some are a lot darker in colour. This is because they are two different kinds. The children were set the challenge in researching for their homework what kind of ducklings we had. Have you found the answer yet? Check the comments section for the answer in a couple of days. image5Which duckling is your favourite?  We have loved having the ducklings in class with us. Some of the class keep chickens at home and have offered our ducklings a home so we hope to keep you updated with their progress soon.

What we have been learning about:

  • How to handle ducklings
  • How to care for ducklings
  • The life cycle of an egg
  • Keeping a calendar to track progress
  • Different parts of a duckling

What you could do to support your child at home:

  • Research the type of duckling we have
  • Visit a farm or zoo to see different life cycles in process

Caterpillars to Butteflies

In Science we have been learning about life cycles. We have learnt that a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly after a few weeks and we were lucky to see that transformation for ourselves!

image11After the caterpillars were in their chrysalises for around a week, they began to emerge and they were no longer caterpillars. They had turned into beautiful butterflies. They are called ‘Painted Lady Butterflies’ and they have symmetrical patterns on their wings. They are red and black.

We released them around our school grounds and we hope that we see them fluttering around the school garden and hopefully they will lay some eggs eggs so that the life cycle can start again!

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FS2 and KS1 Sports Day

On Friday, we had a FS2 and KS1 Sports Day.

First we went to the hall and we were put into teams. Each team had a mixture of FS2, Y1 and Y2 children in. Then we went to the MUGA pitch where the activities were set out. Some of the Y6 children came to help us out as well.

Some of the activities that we had to complete were:

  • Running Race
  • Egg and Spoon Race
  • Sack Race
  • Penalty Shoot Out with the Y6s
  • Bean Bag Throw
  • Zig Zag Race
  • Hurdles Race
  • Skipping Race

Some of the races were easy and some of them were tough but we didn’t give up and continued to show perseverance throughout the morning! We cheered our teams on to help keep everyone going.

We had so much fun and even the rain held off until we were back inside. The winning team got a special medal and everyone took a certificate home to say that they took part in the morning.

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We love to do sports and are looking forward to next year already!

Thanks to everyone who took part – it was a great day!

New Play Equipment

At school, we have had some new play equipment installed that we can use at play times and at lunchtimes. It was brilliant and we had so much fun trying it out.

The AstroTurf (grass) is really soft and parts of the ground is made of recycled tyres. It is bouncy so it will protect us if we fall.

There are some rules that we need to follow to make sure that we stay safe on it.

  1. Be sensible on the equipment and use kind hands and feet.
  2. Tell an adult if something is wrong.
  3. Wear sensible shoes.
  4. No other equipment can be taken on it.
  5. It can only be used during the school day – not before or after school.
  6. Only children aged between 3 and 11 can use it.
  7. Have fun!

We are so looking forward to play times and lunchtimes!

What we have been learning:

  • Climbing skills
  • Balancing skills
  • Cooperation
  • Sharing
  • Taking turns

What you could do at home to support your child:

  • Visit a local park with play equipment
  • Play outside in the sunshine
  • Play other games that you need to take turns with.