We went out to the Forest School area to look for signs that Spring is here. It was quite a warm, sunny afternoon and very dry underfoot.
The children found catkins, blue speedwell, dandelions, buds on the trees, blossom, pale yellow primroses and pink primulas and a few narcissus. We used our guide books to Britain's flowering plants to identify some of the flowers.
We have been listening to Mrs Edwards happy song this week, The Communards - Don't leave me this way and Mr Derbyshire's happy song - The Black Eyed Peas, I've got a feeling.
We have certainly been bopping away in Alps this week!
We really enjoying reading in Alps. We love spending time reading for pleasure. Here we are enjoying some of our own choice books in our reading session.
We read the book Dogger by Shirley Hughes in class and talked about how Dave's sister was kind to her brother, which made him feel so much better. You can find versions of this book online to share it together at home.
We talked about how we can be kind in school. In our table groups we created freeze frames showing acts of kindness. Can you see which ones are which?
Sharing school equipment.
Playing with a friend who looks lonely.
Helping someone who is hurt.
Reading to friends.
Helping someone when they've got stuck with work.
Sitting quietly whilst the teacher is talking.
We made our own posters to show how we can be kind to each other in school.
Finally, this morning the children were all really kind to me when they came to sit on the carpet and, without me reminding them, naturally left space around me; thus ensuring I had my Covid-free personal space. I was very proud of them all for being so thoughtful. Well done Alps!
This term in Alps, we have introduced 'music of the month'. We will be talking about various genre of music, where it has originated, the significance of the artist, the era, how music can evoke different feelings and the music's meaning.
Last month we listened to the reggae track 'Bob Marley, Three little birds'.
This month we are thinking about how music can affect how we feel, and what better feeling is there, than feeling happy! So, we are going to be listening to music that makes us feel happy!
This week we are listening to Mrs Humphreys' happy song - 'ELO, Mr blue sky' and Mrs Kavanagh's happy song - 'Deee - Lite, Groove is in the heart'. Maybe you can listen to these at home too!
What is your happy song?
Alps class joined Snowdonia around our fire pit in the Forest School area and watched as we set light to our Tudor House models. It took a while for the fire to catch but then it engulfed the models in the hungry flames. The houses were soon reduced to a pile of ash. Two houses that had been placed across a gap didn't burn, proving that the method of blowing up houses to create a firebreak would have worked to stop the Great Fire of London.
Well done to all the children for taking such care with making their Tudor Houses and for watching them burn so sensibly and safely in The Great Fire of Morda.
We all made a Tudor House from junk modelling, taking care to replicate the use of timber, whitewashing and have two storeys with a jetty, thatched or tiled roof, visible beams, a door and windows. Then we took our houses outside and lined them up alongside our cobbled road. It was a tight squeeze!
We would like to share with you our trip to Kenya.
After reading the story 'Handa's surprise' we were visited by a very important person called Akinyi. She was the project manager for a building company in Kenya who needed our help. She had asked us to build a school in Handa's village. How would the school look? What materials would we need? How are Kenyan schools different to our school?
Here we are building the school. But oh no! Disaster strikes! An elephant has trampled on the new school. What shall we do?
We made a documentary about our story and what had happened at Handa's new school.
Our African Adventure : A documentary,
with a respectful nod of appreciation to Sir David Attenborough who has inspired us all!
Fire Fire! The Great Fire of London
We travelled back in time to London in 1666. We met George, a young baker, who asked us for help. He was so worried about starting his new job at the bakery in Pudding Lane. He was worried he wouldn't be able to read the recipes and what equipment he might need. We wrote lists and instructions to help him.
But something awful happened....As George was leaving the bakery, he noticed the cinders in the oven still alight.
George discovered the fire in the early hours of the 2nd of September 1666. We imagined what would we do? What would we say? How would we help?
We must get the people of London to safety.
We received a message from King Charles.
CITIZENS OF LONDON, you are summoned to the Court of King Charles II IMMEDIATELY.
We had been asked to help rebuild the city of London. We got to work straight away. What shops might we have seen in London in 1666? What signs might have been outside the shop?
We wrote a report to the king, explaining the events leading up to the fire to ensure that it never happens again.
Enhanced provision in Alps
In Alps we have been enhancing our learning of the Great Fire of London through independent activities. Here are some of the things we have been getting up to!
We're going on an egg hunt...we're going to find a big one....