Cygnets class have enjoyed so many Christmas activities this year it has been so festive and so exciting. To name a few we have loved joining in with our class advent calendar, having our Christmas party, doing some Christmas sports, making calendars for the new year, making reindeer hot chocolate, creating Christmas pictures and cards, making paper chains, playing Christmas games, wearing our Christmas jumpers, Christmas role-play, singing Christmas songs and of cause meeting Santa himself! It really has been as magical time of the year! Merry Christmas everyone from Cygnets class!
Cygnets class have enjoyed learning all about the Hindu festival of light, Diwali, and how it is celebrated. We learnt the story of Rama and Sita and how the special candles, diya lamps, helped them find their way home. We have loved making our own playdough diya lamps, washing the dishes outside to prepare our home for Diwali, creating rangoli pattern collages inside and rangoli drawings outside with chalk. We were even able to try on some beautiful outfits that had come all the way from India.
In Cygnets class, we are often found exploring our natural environment in our forest. We love being at one with nature: going on Autumn hunts, making animal shelters, creating leaf kebabs, building with natural resources and taking some risks (whilst remembering how to keep safe of course!) balancing on the logs and trees. Have a look at some of the fun things we have been up to!
Cygnets looked fabulous in their spotty and sporty attire for Children in Need this year. We enjoyed learning a little bit about the Children in Need charity and how it helps lots and lots of boys and girls. We also loved being active and joining in with Joe Wick’s 24 hour P.E. challenge. We joined in for the last 25 minutes - just that was exhausting!
Throughout the rest of the day, we also loved doing our own exercise routines and doing lots of Pudsey bear crafts including, creating pictures, masks and collages. It was so much fun. You were all superstars Cygnets - well done!
Cygnets have been learning all about Remembrance Day. To help us all remember the soldiers who fought to keep us safe, we each made a poppy for our own special remembrance ceremony. We then took them outside to create our own field of poppies just like in the animation we had watched. We stood beautifully and silently in a circle and took it in turns to plant our own poppy. We started off with just one poppy planted but before we knew it our soil had flourished into a field full of our beautiful poppies, a lovely symbol of hope. Whilst we were planting them, we took the time to reflect, remember and say thank you to the armed forces for keeping us safe.
Well done Cygnets, we were so proud of your beautiful behaviour and mature attitudes. It was quite a moving experience for everyone as we supported all of our friends in our class.
Cygnets class enjoyed learning all about Bonfire Night, why we celebrate it, who Guy Fawkes was and how to keep safe around fireworks. We enjoyed creating our own firework pictures and writing, pretending to make sparklers and bonfires, creating fireworks out of playdough, pretending to fireman and playing a firework counting game. As a treat, we even created a huge pretend bonfire with Goslings class and sat around it pretending to toast marshmallows – they were so yummy!
In the run up to Halloween, Cygnets class have been exploring the story ‘Room on the Room’. We knew this story really well and have loved listening and re-telling the story with our friends. It has been so much fun doing lots of witchy and magical activities. We have particularly enjoyed making our own magic wands, creating potions in the water tray and home corner, making pumpkin soup outside and re-enacting our story on the stage. Happy Halloween!
In Cygnets class, we have been exploring all things elephant as our adopted class animal is an elephant. We began by reading the story of ‘Elmer’ and have enjoyed talking about what it means to be ‘unique’. We loved making patchwork elephant collages, decorating elephants with cotton buds and paint, using repeating patterns, colouring elephant pictures and creating repeating patterns using our colourful linking elephants. We then moved on to learn all about elephants in the wild, learning all about what they eat and their magical trunks. We enjoyed stomping around like elephants outside on the pot stilts, exploring water tools that were like an elephant’s trunk, such as watering cans and pipettes, and completing some elephant writing where we filled in the missing letters of different parts of an elephant. Great work Cygnets class!
“Elephants use their trunks to hug” Mollie explained.“A baby elephant is a calf” said George.
In Cygnets class, we had a special visit from the Gruffalo himself so we have loved learning all about the story and doing lots of fun Gruffalo activities. It has been very exciting. We have helped Mouse make Gruffalo crumble, learnt and performed a Gruffalo song, acted out the story, been on a Gruffalo sound hunt, painted and drawn Gruffalo pictures and made the Gruffalo out of special chocolate playdough. We even had a special mission from Mr McGann to help find all the characters from our story, including the Gruffalo, in the deep dark woods after they had all got lost! It has been so much fun, can you spot the Gruffalo hiding in any of our photographs?
Cygnets have really enjoyed trying different P.E activities with Mr Dooley. We loved learning new games and exploring different equipment and what we can do with it. We have enjoyed rolling hoops, balancing balls and beanbags as well as throwing and catching. We tried really hard to follow all of Mr Dooley’s instructions – great job Cygnets!
“I love P.E., it’s my favourite!” Joel explained.
Cygnets class have had a great first week at school. They have come in beautifully, settled into routines very well, tried many new activities and made lots of friends. To name just a few things we have been doing, Cygnets have loved drawing pictures, practising our writing, building, counting, making faces using different materials and exploring our outdoor area together with Goslings class. What a fantastic start to the year!