Turtles Trips, Special Events and Visitors
On Tuesday 2nd April Turtles took part in an Archery competition. All of the children put in a fantastic effort and were excellent representatives of the school. Well done Turtles!
Our Trip to Stratford Upon Avon
On Monday 1st April, we visited Stratford – Upon – Avon. We visited the Holy Trinity Church where William Shakespeare was baptised and buried, Next, we walked around the historic town and looked at the different buildings and saw Shakespeare’s birthplace. Also, we had a lovely picnic by the river. It was such a fun day and we had lots of fun.
English Inspire Workshop
We enjoyed sharing our learning with our parents and carers for our English Inspire workshop. We shared some our Speech and Language games and even some of our parents joined in too! We then created our own magic potions using lots of different ingredients.
On Thursday 7th March we celebrated World Book Day and World Maths Day.The children came to school dressed as their favourite book characters. We had been reading Alice in Wonderland in English and decided to link some Maths activities to the story. The children enjoyed matching patterns on tea cups and saucers, playing board games and sequenced numbers on caterpillars.
Turtles have spent the past eight weeks discovering how to look after the fish in our aquarium. They have been very enthusiastic about the task sheets each week and learning about all the different fish.
This week we had some more new fish called Gouramis. Also, we learnt about what happens to the food that the fish eat and the three types of diets that fish can have.
This week we had some new fish called Bronze Cory. We also discovered how the fish’s gills work and why water in ponds is green.
This week we had some more new fish called Harlequins. Also, we cleaned the gravel and changed the water in the aquarium.
Our task for this week was to learn how the filter works in the aquarium and how to get ready for the holiday. Also, we discovered where in the world our new fish come from.
Our task for this week was to think about what fish give plants that they turn into oxygen and what else the plants in the aquarium need to survive. Also, we thought of some names for our new fish.
Turtles visited Shirley Aquatics for the morning. The children had great fun looking at all the different fish. They had some incredible aquariums with some beautiful fish and even sharks!
Our task for this week was to think about why it is important to test your aquarium water. Also, we discovered where pollution comes from and where bacteria lives.
Our task for this week was to set up our new aquarium in the classroom. We discovered the difference between water in the sea and lakes, where to put our new fish aquarium and why we should never tap on the glass.
Turtles have been selected for a fantastic learning experience to follow an eight-week programme to become fish keepers. They will be given tasks to complete each week on how to take care of the fish and one child will be awarded Fish Keeper of the Week.
The children visited Notcutts in Shirley to collect their new fish aquarium. The children were very excited and enjoyed looking at all the beautiful fish.
Our Trip to Lego Discovery Centre
We had a fantastic day at Lego Discovery Centre. We explored Mini Land and recognised most of the landmarks from Birmingham. We even rode in a chariot in the Kingdom Quest to rescue the captured princess from the trolls and skeletons. Then we went to a workshop and created our own superheroes and villains from Lego.
Maths Inspire Workshop
The children enjoyed sharing their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes with their parents and carers. We had a variety of activities such as making 3D shapes with polydron and playdoh. We also made superheroes capes from 2d shapes and explored shapes using the computer.
Our Trip to Birmingham Hippodrome
Refugee and Geography Week
Turtles had great fun learning about Africa. We learnt about African animals and created stories using musical instruments. The children also created some fantastic art work. We also learnt about what a refugee is, why people become refugees.
The children were very busy and together as a team we created new areas in our sensory garden. We planted lots of new plants to make the garden look beautiful and lay some logs and bark.
Colourscapes at the Mac
Across the lake, nestled in Cannon Hill Park, we visited Colourscapes. It was an amazing walk-in labyrinth of intense colour and light. The children loved it as they entered a new world where views of intense colour opened up in every direction. The colours radiated as we made our way through 25 interlinked chambers including a large silver dome filled with musicians. We loved experiencing all the different colours and our guide gave us lots of interesting information about how the sun light reflected on the chambers to create all the different colours. It was such a fun morning and we all behaved beautifully making our teachers very proud.
Trip to the supermarket and picnic in the park
We were busy bees today. In the morning we went to the supermarket. We had to find lots of items from our shopping list. We were mainly buying exotic fruits and vegetables that we had never tasted before. We took note of the prices of each item as we put it in our trolley as we had to keep within our budget. We were very polite and courteous to all the members of the public that were also doing their shopping.
Once we returned back to school we worked as a team to wash, chop, peel and prepare our fruits and vegetables for our healthy picnic. We were very excited to taste all the fresh fruits and vegetables. We went to Canon Hill Park in the afternoon. We had a lovely play and enjoyed our delicious picnic in the sunshine.
Turtles wrote some fantastic dinosaur adventure stories during Discovery week. We were given a sentence starter “A dinosaur walked into my classroom” and we had to continue the story. Some of the dinosaurs in our stories were nice and friendly, but some were very scary and fierce. We tried hard to make our stories exciting and adventurous by using lots of adjectives and conjunctions.
Poo from the Past
We also became archaeologists this week. We made some Aztec “Poo from the past”. We got our hands dirty by mixing together a range of ingredients to make our ‘poo’. We added some Aztec dietary evidence to our poo too. We added things like popping corn, maize and pumpkin seeds. These are parts of the foods that Aztec people ate, which might not have been fully digested. We made sure to roll our poo to hide the evidence inside it! We then challenged our partners to try and find different food particles in our poo.
We also made toy cars using toilet rolls, home-made wheels and balloons. We decorated our cars and then our challenge was to make them travel across the ground. It took a while to make our cars move and we had to alter our models slightly, but we got there in the end. We enjoyed racing our toy cars and even tried making them move outside too.
Lemon Fizz Experiment
One of our Science experiments included making lemon volcanos. But don’t worry these were not giant volcanic eruptions but rather bubbly small eruptions we made by engaging the chemical reaction of citric acid, found in citrus fruits like lemons, and baking soda. We also added washing up liquid and food colouring. This made our reactions very foamy and colourful. We then made the reaction even bigger by stirring it to create lots of frothy fun!
On Tuesday 6th February we visited Hatton Country World. We got to explore the countryside and saw lots of different animals. We fed the sheep and goats and even held snakes and Guinea Pigs. After lunch we got to play in the indoor soft play area. We had a fantastic day!
Literacy Inspire Workshop
The children enjoyed playing literacy games, writing stories and even shared some our fun Speech and Language games with their parents and carers. We also shared one of our favourite stories and had lots of fun acting out parts of the story.
On Tuesday 30th January we visited Birmingham City Centre which was linked to our topic Bright Lights, Big city. We travelled by train which was very exciting! When we arrived at Birmingham City Centre we saw lots of landmarks such as Grand Central, The Bullring and Selfridges. We had great day out!
Turtles and Terrapins enjoyed a trip to Birmingham Hippodrome to see Cinderella. It was an amazing show and the children had a wonderful time.