For Arts Week we have looked at Van Gough’s famous painting of the Sunflowers. We had a go at painting an observational painting of the sunflowers. We had to look closely at the colours used and the shapes of the flowers. We made sunflowers using straws, paper plates and tissue paper. The Swans also worked collaboratively to create a large collage of the sunflowers. It took us a long time to roll up bits of tissue paper to cover the picture. We were all stickosarauses as we worked.
On Wednesday the Swans went to Birmingham Airport. First, we went by coach to the international train station and caught the monorail. We all managed to get in to one car. The mono rail zipped along the track and we were able to see into the distance.
When we got the airport we had to walk up lots and lots of stairs to the flight school. From there we could see for miles. The airport was very busy. We could see planes taking off, landing, refuelling and being cleaned.
Next we went for a walk to the outside viewing area. We could see and hear the aeroplanes taking off and landing. It was very noisy!
Then we went back to the flight school. We drew pictures of the airplanes we could see from the windows.
When we had finished our pictures it was time for lunch.
After lunch we had a quick game of duck, duck, goose as the adults tidied up. Then we went on a scavenger hunt. We had to find a pilot, an air steward, passengers, escalators, baggage/ check in, the arrivals board, a bus and the airport sign to name just a few. We ticked the things we found on our sheet.
We also found Brum the car at the airport.
Before long it was time to get back on the monorail to the coach and then on the coach back to school. It was a tiring day, but we had fun!
Today was the early year’s sports day. We were split into teams and went round participating in different activities. Each team member scored points for their team. Then we had some running races. Even the mums and dads had a race! The team with the most points came first, then second and finally third.
I was lots of fun.
When Ms Andrews came to school on Monday she noticed that one of the chrysalises had turned into a butterfly! By Friday we had five butterflies! We went onto the field to set them free.
Our five caterpillars have turned into chrysalises. Miss Jones and Mrs Parton very carefully transferred them into the butterfly net. We now need to wait for them to turn into butterflies.
This week we started our topic on transport. We began by brainstorming what the children knew and they came up with lots of different forms of transport.
We are concentrating on air travel this week. Children have made aeroplanes, helicopters and hot air balloons at the creation station. We made paper planes and flew them outside to see how far they travelled.
Children made their own passports and travel tickets so they could board the large scale aeroplane that was made outside. The children have been very engaged in the activities.
Every day we join in a silly movement song to get our bodies moving and wake our brains up. We have lots we participate in but this one is one of our favourites.
We also like to play games that encourage us to work together and follow rules. One of the games we like to play is called ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ we even like to get the adults to play and think it’s funny when they are chasing us. We made Ms Andrews run around the circle 5 times this week. She’s glad there’s no photographic evidence of that!
This week we said happy birthday to another one of the Swans.