Owls and Hedgehogs had a lovely morning reading with their families. We really enjoy our weekly reading mornings every Friday and look forward to sharing stories with our parents and carers. We look forward to seeing you next Friday.
Welcome back to Autumn 2. We hope that you have a lovely half term and are ready for another busy term. We kick start our new story, Owl Babies, with an exciting beginning! Real life owls came to visit us. Bob brought 3 of his owls; Spike the Eagle owl, Gizmo the Transformer owl and Archie the Barn owl. They flew around our hall and knew their names when we called them.
Some of us even had the opportunity to experience an owl land on our arm, with the help of an adult! Miss Funnell was so brave and an owl landed on her leg! We listened to how quietly they flew and learnt lost of interesting facts. That we hope the children can remember and share some with you. The children thought of some amazing questions for Bob, for example, how does an owl stay in the air? How do owls see in the dark? Who is the oldest owl?
We continued an owl filled day, with a visit from Andy the potter. We sculpted our very own owls, remembering the details of their flat faces, beaks and sharp talons. Andy is going to fire them in the kiln and on his next visit we will be able to paint them with his special paint before we take them home.
On Friday Owls and Hedgehogs had a lovely day celebrating black history. They used paper plates to make patterned African necklaces and were really excited to wear them into our whole school assembly. They also listened and created dances to music from different cultures. Everybody in Foundation had a great day.
It was a lovely atmosphere in Foundation this Friday as the Owls and Hedgehogs enjoyed sharing books with their families before the school day started. We love to share stories and non fiction books and really enjoy our relaxed Friday mornings. All members of our Foundation families are welcome and we look forward to seeing more of you next Friday.
On Tuesday this week the Owls and Hedgehogs went on a walk through Great Linford to look for signs of Autumn. The children were really interested to look at the different colours of the leaves in the trees and we discussed that some trees will lose their leaves and some are evergreen. We went into the manor grounds and collected lots of autumn objects, such as conkers, twigs and leaves. We also had great fun seeing how many people it took to form a circle round the different sized trees. The Owls and Hedgehogs had a really great time and upheld the values of Great Linford Primary beautifully.
Today in Foundation we started to learn the story of Elmer the patchwork elephant. We read all about how he is different to other elephants as he is all the colours of the rainbow rather than normal elephant colour. The children enjoyed making their own patchwork elephants as well as working together to paint a huge jungle. We were also busy creating playdoh animals such as elephants, tigers and cheetahs. Outside the children were creating a path through the jungle and building aeroplanes to fly to the jungle which is very far away.
This week Owls and Hedgehogs had their first forest school session with Miss Smith. The children were very excited to get dressed into their waterproofs and wellies ready to visit the secret garden. The children found base camp and sat in a circle listening sensibly to the rules they have to follow to keep safe during forest school. They then had the opportunity to explore the forest and find one item to talk about with the other children. The children had a great time exploring and were very excited to tell Mrs Gardner and Miss Funnell all about it when they returned to class.
We welcomed our new Foundation children into school this week and what a week it has been! The children settled into their new classes Owls and Hedgehogs really well. We have been so busy getting to know each other and making new friends. The children enjoyed using the bee bots in the technology area, creating dinners in the role play area, balancing on the beams outside as well as reading in our new tents. They also ate their lunch in the hall with the other school children. On Friday they also enjoyed their first reading morning with their parents and carers as well as their first PE lesson with Mr Lines. They have been amazing and we cannot wait for all the exciting learning they will do this year. Well done Owls and Hedgehogs.
This week the Owls and Hedgehogs were very excited to dig up their potatoes we had grown in the garden. We thought about all the different ways we could use the potatoes. We decided we would make potato salad as this was the healthy option! We looked up the recipe and decided we would use crème fraiche, mayonnaise, spring onions and obviously potatoes! The children watched as we boiled the potatoes and then all had a turn at mixing the ingredients together. Everybody had a try and we all decided it was delicious!
Last week the Owls and Hedgehogs were very excited to visit Woburn Safari Park. We saw all kinds of animals during our visit and learnt all kinds of interesting facts about each animal. We saw tigers chasing the keepers jeep, monkeys trying to escape on our coach, a baby elephant and giraffes crossing the road in front of us. We were very lucky to also be able to feed the birds in Rainbow Land and one even landed on our heads! We learnt all about how different animals camouflage themselves either because they are predator or because they are prey! We were all very tired when we returned to school. Mrs Gardner was so proud of how everybody behaved and followed the values of Great Linford school.