We had a brilliant time on our trip to Beaumanor Hall! After our exciting journey on the coach, we were greeted by two stinky and mischievous pirates who told us that we needed to complete some pirate challenges in order to join their crew. These challenges included solving tricky maths problems, firing stink balls at pirates, finding matching pairs of treasure and balancing along a trail whilst carrying pirate grog. We then hunted for some clues which led us to a real pirate cave! We found out some interesting facts about pirates and their treasures, and even got to eat some yummy ginger biscuits. Did you know that ginger was one of the spices that pirates stole and treasured the most? They sold it on for lots of money, which they then spent on pirate grog! We were thoroughly exhausted but had a wonderful time being pirates...aargh!!!
Autumn Term 2nd half 2018
Just before Christmas, Foundation Stage had a wonderful time learning all about The Nativity. First, we visited Holywell church where we heard all about why Christians celebrate Christmas and how they do this. Joseph, the pastor at the church, then answered some of our questions. After that, we sang some carols and then had a tour around the church. We then did some activities including making puppets and dressing up and acting out the Christmas story. Our visit finished with the Christmas story being read from the Bible and the presentation of wreaths made by the children as a gift to the church. In the afternoon the fun continued with a visit to decorate the woodland! We also made stables for the baby Jesus. Back in the classroom, the Post Office was very busy with Christmas post and deliveries to organise, and we enjoyed some craft activities.
Foundation Stage Topic Day - Retelling the Story of Zog
We had so much fun learning the story of 'Zog' and retelling different parts.
First, we listened to Mrs. Bryer reading the story to us in the woodlands, then we found some sticks to turn into wands. The children loving casting spells on each other and making up new magic words! We then found natural materials such as leaves and sticks to put onto our 'magic' sticky shields.
After break time we went to 'Dragon School' on the field and had a go at four key skills needed to become a fully fledged dragon. First, we learned to fly with fabric for wings, then we tried our best roaring with both our voices and instruments (we were especially good at the roaring!) before breathing fire with fabric. Finally, we practiced our balancing and climbing skills along the trim trail to rescue the princess at the end. It was so much fun!
We regained our strength with some delicious dinner and then reminded ourselves of the story we had learned. By looking at pictures of the different parts of the story and putting them in order, we were able to retell the story. Our dragon teachers were very impressed by how well we were able to sequence the pictures!
Next, we set about making some dragon paper chains and decorations for our dragon party, as well as making and tasting some yummy biscuits - for some dragon energy of course!
Our day finished with some party games and Dragon Graduation where we received our certificates for passing Dragon School with all of our new skills!
Well done for dressing up and getting fully stuck in with our Topic Day Foundation Stage, you made fantastic dragons!