While the World is Sleeping
On Tuesday night as part of our new night time topic Discoverers came back to school at night wearing their pyjamas. We all brought a teddy, a torch and a mug to help us with the activities that Mrs Howarth had planned. We learnt all about nocturnal animals. First we played a game where we had to guess the nocturnal animal sounds. Then we went on a scavenger hunt looking for nocturnal animal facts with only our torches to light the way. When the children entered the hall they couldn't believe their eyes! There was a hug inflatable planetarium waiting for them. We all went inside to learn more about night time before snuggling up with a hot chocolate and biscuits whilst they listened to a bedtime story - "While the World is Sleeping". We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed seeing what school was like in the evening.
Rochdale Fire Museum
Discoverers class had a great time at Rochdale Fire museum thanks to Bob and his team of volunteers. We took part in a Great Fire of London workshop to start with then had a tour of the museum. The children were able to see historic fire engines and learn about fire fighting in Manchester throughout history. They had a very hands on experience, being able to hand pump some of the old fire engines, try helmets and fire fighting equipment on and some even got to try to slide down a replica fire pole.
Discoverers Class Assembly
The children performed their story of the Great Fire of London through drama and song. They were fantastic and I hope you all enjoyed the performance especially the bacon/sausage sandwiches afterwards!
Our Amazing Tudor Houses!
On Monday we had a great DT day making Tudor houses. The children used the TASC wheel to design, make and evaluate their model. There was glue, cello-tape, paper, boxes and straw everywhere but our finished products were fantastic! They are now ready for us to make our very own Pudding Lane. Will ours set on fire? Watch this space...
A Fantastic introduction to our new topic - The Great Fire of London
We had a special visit from Katherine, a maid from 1666, She brought our topic alive by bringing in artefacts that the children could touch and study from this period. The children became archaeological detectives finding out what the things were used for in everyday life. They were able to handle investigate and draw the artefacts and even got to write with a real quill and ink.
Our Trip To Blackpool Zoo
It was fantastic to meet our adopted tiger Alyona at last! Her stripes were no longer green and she was relaxing in the sun in her enclosure. We gave the zookeeper our healthy eating plates and she was going to give them to Alyona to show her at feeding time. Our name will go on the adoption plaque and the zoo will keep us updated of her progress. We also get an educational visit from the zookeepers at school which we will do in the Spring Term. Thank you to all the children and parents who donated money to our adoption fund. Perhaps you will go to the zoo to visit her and see our plaque too.
Lunch at the Zoo
We enjoyed our lunch at the zoo whilst watching the seal ion show. They performed lots of tricks and entertained us whilst we ate. We did have a few unwelcome visitors though. The seagulls were extremely tempted by our sandwiches and tried to pinch them which was very funny. We had to get Mrs Hill to be on seagull patrol!
Adopt the tiger fund raising day.
Thank you to all parents who came to join us for our forest school activities today followed by the tasting of our delicious homemade tomato soup. The children had a great afternoon and enjoyed having lots of parents joining them. We raised £100.00 towards adopting Alyona our tiger.
As part of our healthy eating topic this term we are taking part in 'Fruity Fridays'. This involves the children tasting different fruits each Friday. This week we tasted pineapple and used our senses to describe what it tasted like, smelt like, felt like and looked like. We also looked at where in the world pineapples come from. Discoverers are looking forward to trying lots more exotic fruits over the coming weeks. I wonder which ones will be their favorites?
A warm welcome to all Discoverers
Mrs Howarth, Mrs Williams and Mrs Witts hope that you have all had a great summer. It has been lovely to see all of your smiley faces in the last couple of days full of excitement for the year ahead. We can’t believe how much some of you have grown over the holidays. We are all looking forward to the fun things we have planned for this year and seeing your minds grow too!
Our first topic this half term will be based on the book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We will be looking at healthy eating, how to stay healthy and where our food comes from. We will be studying an Italian artist called Giuseppe Arcimboldo who is best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of fruits and vegetables. I hope we can create some amazing ones ourselves!! We will be tantalising our taste buds by trying some exotic fruits on ‘Fruity Fridays’ and we are going to adopt our very own tiger at the zoo then pay him a visit later on in the term.
So get ready for an action packed half term full of exciting activities and remember always try your best and never give up . If you do this you will get off to a 'Roaring' start in Discoverers Class.
CHOCOLATIER VISIT FOR DISCOVERERS
As part of their ‘From Bean to Bar’ topic Discoverers had a visit from a real Chocolatier. Oliver came into school to talk to the children about how chocolate starts as a bean and the process it goes through to end up as tasty chocolate. The children learnt lots of new language reated to the process including- tempering, winowing, nibs harvesting and fermenting. The children had fun turning the melted chocolate into different shaped chocolates adding detail by piping different coloured melted chococolate through a piping bag. They took their chocolate home to enjoy!
Discoverers Class had a lovely time on their visit to Hopwood Woods on Wednesday. They enjoyed cooking sausages for lunch and marshmallows as a treat. They learnt how to pitch tents and set up a base camp.
They took part in a Treasure Hunt and made some shelters with natural materials. They all had a wonderful time!