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Winter Wonderland 2013

What a start we have had to 2013!
The children have enjoyed their first two weeks back at school after the Christmas break with lots of exciting things going on. We had a fantastic Superworm week with the children dressing up as their favourite superheroes and writing character descriptions about their super powers.
In PE, we were moving like the superheroes and looking at both beat andrhythm as we created our own marches and dance sequences. 

The surprise arrival of snow started off our winter wonderland topic perfectly with the children enjoying investigating the flakes of snow that fell. We hope that there will be more snow to come as we continue learning about places in the world that are cold.
You may have noticed two new faces in our classroom. We are very lucky to have two PGCE students that have joined us from the University of Cumbria for a 5 week teaching placement. Miss Young and Miss McKenna have been working with the children as we have been learning all about Emperor Penguins who live in The Antarctic. Using our new laptops, we have been researching the life of Emperor penguins. We found that Emperor Penguins are 1.3metres tall so we have been creating life sized penguins which you may see appearing around school.
In literacy we have been looking at information books and using texts to answer questions about polar animals and people that live in both The Arctic and The Antarctic. We have been working together in small groups or pairs to create posters and short presentations about these places. Next week, we are very excited to be having a visit from an Arctic explorer. The children are busy creating their own questions which they are going to ask the explorer.

During the week, our class target is to try and get Jack up to the top of the beanstalk in order for us to receive a special Friday treat. We have had a fantastic two weeks and have managed to get to the top of the beanstalk by the end of each week. The children decide which treats they would like to be put in the castle at the top of the beanstalk. After much discussion, our treat for the next few weeks if we continue to get to the top of the beanstalk is watching Happy Feet and thanks to Sienna, sharing popcorn as we watch the film. 
We are all looking forward to learning more about cold places and animals that are typically in these areas. 

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Nursery – Miss Roberts
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