EY1 headed out for their first school trip to Ocean World. The bus journey was as adventure in itself, as children enjoyed looking out of the window and watching the world go by on the way to Siam Paragon.
When we arrived we were shown around by a guide who explained what was in each tank and who shared a few facts along the way. too. Our favourites were the spider crabs, octopus, stingray, eel, clown fish, turtles, penguins and of course the shark tunnel! We even had the chance to touch a starfish. The children ate their lunch whilst watching a diver feed some of the animals in one of the large viewing tanks.
The trip followed on from our 'ocean themed' dress up on World Book Day, and continued our learning about the UN’s Global Goal #14, 'Life Below the Water', so it really was the perfect trip for the children to enjoy. They were buzzing with ideas and inspiration for their active learning time and were full of memories to share with their families when they returned to school ready for home time.
This term EY2 children have been reading Handa’s Surprise which has inspired different classroom activities such as mask-making, fruit tasting, and art projects. They’ve also been developing their language by retelling the story to their friends using props and puppets.
Children also took a trip to Imaginia to develop their creative play and learn about working together, experiencing life outside the EY Garden.
The EY2 garden got a new rope ladder to help develop children's physical abilities, and they’ve been incorporating maths into this activity by timing their friends’ climbs. Children have certainly had a lot of fun exploring the garden and Bangkok with their friends.
Year 1 have had a wonderful term as they’ve settled into a more independent learning style and have been exploring topical learning. Term 2a saw them learn all about Africa in many different creative and historical projects which culminated in a trip to City Campus for “Africa Day”. Alongside their new friends, children created some African-styled art, learnt African Dances and tried the foods of Africa. The aim of this day was to help children gain an understanding of their topic through experiencing different aspects of the continents culture which also developing their physical development in guided dance.
Term 2b started with a bang when children found a spaceship had crash landed on the Year 1 balcony, and by coincidence, this just so happened to be the start of Year 1’s new “Space” topic! Throughout the term, children have continued to explore the galaxy and the far reaches of their imagination through collaborative exercises helping them develop their communication skills, rounded off with a voyage on the starship Montribus to Kidzania.
Year 2 explored different worlds through their “Time Travellers” topic. They learnt about the life of Rosa Parks, particularly focusing on a recount of the Bus Boycott. They then composed their own recounts about a day in the life of a Cave Man following a similar structure. As well as learning lots about our cave-dwelling ancestors, children also got to create their very own cave paintings on the balcony wall in the narrative style of the examples they had learnt about.
In term 2a students also learnt about multiplication and confidently learnt their 2, 5, and 10 times tables, which they have been putting to good use in their everyday lives in the classroom as well as at home.
After half term children moved on to the “Kings and Queens” topics which has seen them dress up, read books such as The Princess and the White Bear King which influenced their literacy learning and creative writing. Children learnt about different monarchies around the world past and present, designed and sewed their own coat-of-arms and rounded off this topic in royal fashion with a Royal Banquet.
In maths they’ve been learning about money, and took a trip down to the school shop where they learnt about how expensive different items were, calculated totals, and thought about the different combinations of coins they would use to make a purchase.