Blog 6th December

Well, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Plum Class!

It has been full steam ahead this week as we’ve put some polish on our Sleepy Shepherd production – we’ can’t wait to share our singing, dancing and acting with you next week.  We know that you’re going to love it!  Plum classroom got the Christmas treatment earlier in the week as our Cosy Café was transformed by Mrs Vicky into our Christmas grotto.  As part of a long standing Plum Class tradition, each child hung a decoration on our class tree. We’ve listened to the Christmas story this week and we’ll be doing some further work on this next week.   Within our free play, the children have enjoyed decorating trees with loose parts and they have also been making elves and writing lists for Christmas preparations.  Our Reception children had such an exciting time on Monday as we posted letters to Santa-Claus. The children were very sensible as we walked along Swansfield Park road.  Look out for replies winging their way to your home address!

We’ve continued to explore the ways in which Hindus celebrate Diwali.  This week, the children have made and painted their own Diva lamps using clay and compiled lists of things to prepare for the celebrations. We’ve looked at traditional outfits that children might wear to celebrate and all of the children have designed their own celebration outfit. We learnt two new words as we did this – waistcoat and tunic.  Our Diwali work culminated in our celebration on Friday morning.  We prepared rangoli patterns, sang our special Diwali song, lit our Diva lamps and enjoyed some spicy crackers.  What a great time we had!  This work has helped the children to learn that not everyone celebrates the same things but has also shown that there’s commonality between the ways in which different cultures and religions celebrate.  Maybe you could make a list of your family’s top 5 ways to celebrate Christmas.  This means that we can compare the ways in which different families celebrate and look for similarities and differences.

In our mathematical work, we’ve continued to subtract.  The children have made pictorial representations of subtractions and then recorded these as calculations using – and =.  Maybe you could have a go at doing some Christmas bauble subtractions over the weekend.  Could your Christmas elf pinch a few? In their free work, the children have subtracted with jenga blocks, numicon and diva lamps.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the story of the Snow Queen told by Northumberland Theatre Company on Tuesday morning.  Maybe you could read a version of this over the weekend or encourage your children to tell you the story that they saw and heard.

Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday.