We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class.
Our teacher is Miss Brown.
We worked with artist, Lucy Jackson, to make a 3D bear sculpture using recycled materials and paint, and also made bear paw prints and a scenery background for the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Our work is being displayed at Killerton House for an exhibition and will be in the bear Hut where a real bear would have once lived. We had to work as a group, use a range of materials to add texture and colour, and tried new techniques.
Whilst the country was having a General Election, a more important election was happening in Acorns Class. The children had chosen 3 cuddly toys that they thought were the most important in Acorns Class and wrote manifestos to persuade their classmates why the cuddly toy they were supporting was the best. There was a hustings event where they had a final push at persuading their peers to vote for their candidate, before everyone had a chance to vote in the secret ballot at our polling station. Once the poll had closed, there was a nervous wait whilst the votes were counted and verified. The winner was declared in Assembly to be... Muddles the Monkey! Mr Munchies and Daddy Pig tied for second place. Thanks to all the candidates for standing and to the supporters who wrote manifestos and took part in the hustings!
As part of our farms topic, we visited Pennywell Farm. We learned lots about a working farm and did some of the jobs that farmers often do. We prepared the milk and bottle fed the kids, collected the eggs and fed the hens and roosters, and fed the older sheep and goats with special pellets. We met a prickly hoglet, cuddled and stroked some miniature pigs and met lots of other animals including a huge shire horse named Fusilier. We also got to milk a nanny goat. We all experienced a tractor and trailer ride and had a fantastic time despite the wet weather. Some of us were so exhausted, we had to have a sleep on the coach back! Our Pennywell guide was extremely complimentary about our knowledge, behaviour and enthusiasm!
Here’s what some of us had to say about a fantastic day at the farm:
“I liked the tractor ride at Pennywell” JC
“I loved the horse wearing my hairband. He looked so pretty!” (JW)
“I saw so many animals. I loved the piglets and lambs.” (CW)
“We met a baby hedgehog called a hoglet and it was called Pepper. She was really prickly but it didn’t hurt” (EM)
Acorns Class joined the whole school in attending a concert by the Watoto Choir, from Uganda. As part of our topic, we have been learning about farms and comparing the UK to Africa using the story of 'Handa's Surprise' to support us. We all had a fantastic time joining in singing, dancing and clapping along to their music. We all came away feeling energised and ready for lunch! Here's what some of us had to say:
"I really, really, really liked them. I liked their clothes best. They were so colourful and bright." (LH)
"My favourite bit was jumping and dancing with all the children." (HF)
"I liked the music best." (MP)
"I liked high-fiving all the people when we came back." (JW)
I think it's fair to say that we would all love the Watoto Choir to come every Friday!
Here's a photo of us all enjoying the concert, plus some of us got to join the choir and learn to dance like them.
Over the past few weeks we have been developing strength in our upper and lower bodies through jumping, hopping, pushing and pulling. We applied all our skills we have learned by pulling our bodies with our arms up the bench and jumping off the platform, holding our landing still for 3 seconds. Everyone has become more confident at this and persevered!
We have been learning about this story this half term. We have learned the story by making story maps, painting scenes, describing the places on the journey using our senses and inventing our own hunt stories. Take a look!
Each week, we have some Busy Bee Challenges to complete. Take a look at some of the things we have been challenging ourselves with!
Acorns Class have decorated a tree for the Silverton Christmas Tree Festival. We used recycled cardboard tubes to make Advent Candles.
To inspire our Roald Dahl Week, the whole school, including Acorns Class, watched The BFG, performed by a Roald Dahl storyteller. He had the entire audience captivated and provided lots of laughs! We have been using this performance as a stimulus for the remainder of the week's Roald Dahl activities. Acorns Class have written Dream Jars and designed a giant that the BFG would not like. We had some very creative names and designs!
Acorns Class had a visit from a Dentist. We learned lots about how to keep our teeth healthy. We found out what foods are healthy and when we should eat treat foods. We also learned how we brush all of our teeth effectively with the help of Nashers the puppet. Here's what some children learned:
"Fruit and vegetables are healthy for us."
"We shouldn't eat foods with lots of sugar in all the time."
"You should do big circles brushing your teeth, not forwards and backwards."
"We should always brush our teeth twice a day."
"Brush your teeth for 2 minutes."
Thank you to Ellen from Pinhoe Dental Centre for visiting.
Acorns Class have been learning about Harvest using the Little Red Hen as a stimulus. We have learned the importance of helping others and where flour comes from. We have also made bread rolls and produced a collage of the Little Red Hen, which has been on display at the Church.