Welcome to Elephant Class!
Welcome to the Elephant Class page! Here you can find important information about what is coming up and also see all of the exciting things we have been getting up to!
If you have any questions please feel free to write in your child's reading diary or ask the teacher at the end of the school day.
A few reminders:
Forest School - We take part in Forest School activities outside every Thursday afternoon. Please can all children have a change of clothes for this (that you don't mind getting muddy) and also a pair of wellington boots as it can get very muddy down in the woodland.
P.E. - Our P.E. day is a Tuesday each week. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school all week and that all items of clothing including shoes are labelled with a name. The children will also need clothing suitable for outdoor P.E. e.g. tracksuit bottoms. Thank you.
Library day on Monday!
Spelling Test will take place every Tuesday
Number Bond Quiz will take place every Friday.
Great Fire of London Day - 29/11/19
We celebrated all of our topic learning on Friday 29th November with our Great Fire of London Day, where the children recreated Pudding Lane on the school playground! Each child designed and made their own tudor house, complete with black 'beams' and thatch roofs, which were lined up alongside the bakery on Pudding Lane. In the afternoon we set fire to the bakery, recreating the Great Fire of London in 1666. The children helped to recreate the event by carrying buckets of water in a 'water chain' and firing water out of water squirts to try and put the fire out. However, this did not work so a fire break had to be made to create a gap to stop the fire from spreading....and it worked! The fire gradually burnt out and the rest of the houses were saved. The children really enjoyed the day and showed how much they have learnt in history this term.
Trip to Basing Woods 14/11/19
We had a great time at Basing Woods and we were very lucky that the weather held and we enjoyed a lovely bright afternoon. However, the recent damp weather had meant that we were able to see lots of different wild mushrooms! The children were very interested to see the different shapes, sizes and colours of the mushrooms that grew all over the woods. We also had a safety chat about wild mushrooms and the importance of not eating or touching wild mushrooms as they may be poisonous to humans. We discussed how trees help use by absorbing carbon dioxide and in turn releasing oxygen that we breathe - and we played a funny game where we had to hold our breath as we ran from tree to tree. Finally we collected some sticks and twigs to take back to the school site ready for us and other classes to use for whittling in our next Forest School Lite session.
Arts Week! 04/11/19 - 08/11/19
This week was arts week and the children have been learning lots of new artistic skills and enjoying some exciting activities. We worked together as a class to make own junk-model rocket and also imagined we were astronauts that had landed and were walking on the moon! We learnt new skills such as marbling, collaging, flick painting in the style of Jackson Pollack and using pastels to create a new planet.
Forest School Lite - Basing Woods 26/09/19
This week we visited Basing Woods as part of our Forest School Lite sessions and observed some of the changes taking place in nature now that Summer has come to end and Autumn is here. We found an oak tree and the children noticed that some of the leaves have already begun to fall! We also noticed a wild blackberry bush nearby and discussed that blackberries are a Autumnal fruit, which mean they grow and become ripe in Autumn. We also had a safety discussion about not eating wild berries that you do not know!
As part of our Science topic of seasonal change, we will be observing our oak tree on each half-termly visit to Basing Woods to see what has changed throughout the year as a result of the seasons.
Tempus Fugit visit - The Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys
As part of this term's topic of The Great Fire of London, we were very lucky to have a special visitor come to Marnel Infants to see Key Stage One last week. Tempus Fugit put on an excellent performance that engaged our children and really got them excited to learn all about the Great Fire and Samuel Pepys! We found out that the fire started in Thomas Farriner's bakery in Pudding Lane and that people worked together to create 'water-chains' to try and put the fire out.
During our history lessons over the next couple of weeks we will be learning more about Samuel Pepys, who wrote an eye-witness account of the events of the Great of London in the form of a diary.