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.
Today some of the children from Foundation went to visit the residents at Fulwell Court in Great Linford as part of our intergenerational project. The children retold the stories The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Little Red Hen to the residents. They then spent time chatting and getting to know each other. The children even taught some of the ladies to floss! We all had a lovely time learning about each others lives. Everybody had a fabulous time and had big smiles on their faces. We are very excited to be visiting every week after half term and learning new things about each other.
Today we released the butterflies out into the big wide world. The children watched as Mrs Gardner very carefully and gently encouraged the butterflies to come out of the net. We made sure we released them near the hedgerows so the butterflies were in their natural habitat. When we came back inside the children became very busy drawing and writing about the butterflies and their life cycle. We have really enjoyed looking after Simon, Crumble, Michael, Boris and Jade!
The Owls and the Hedgehogs had a fantastic surprise when they came back to school today. Our butterflies have emerged from their chrysalis'! Two butterflies were already fluttering around the net and we were able to watch one emerging right in front of our eyes. After some investigation into different British butterflies we have discovered that we have red admiral butterflies. On Wednesday we will be releasing Simon, Jade, Crumble, Boris and Michael into the big wide world.
We had another very successful reading morning today in Foundation and the children loved sharing books with their grown ups. We look forward to these mornings every week and are so pleased that so many of take part in them. They happen every Friday from 8.30 - 9.00. Thank you to everyone who came this morning and we hope to see lots of you here next week.
The Owls and Hedgehogs were very excited today to receive a parcel through the post. 5 caterpillars have come to join our class and help us learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. We have named them Boris, Simon, Jade, Crumble and Michael. The children were very sensible and thought up rules to help us keep the caterpillars safe. They are very small at the moment and we are very excited to watch them grow and change. Watch this space to see what happens .......
Today the Foundation children joined the rest of the school on the big playground for lunch. They were so excited and followed all the values whilst they were out there. The children then joined in the community circles at the end of lunch. They were very excited to learn they will be doing this everyday from now on. Mrs Gardner was very proud of them!
Today the Owls and Hedgehogs turned into their alter egos and became superheros for the afternoon. The children put on a fantastic fashion show for the families and show cased their masks and capes that they had designed and made. The children all got on stage and showed their best superhero pose! After the show we then had an Easter egg hunt in our garden and the children were allowed to each have a chocolate egg. We had a fantastic afternoon and everybody went home with a huge smile on their face. Well done Foundation!