Attenborough Class update

What a fabulous first week back we have had in Attenborough Class this week. It has been a really exciting week.
Firstly our 10 wonderful chrysalis have emerged as 10 beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies! They were very good and waited to hatch until they returned from their holidays at Mrs Betts’s house!
Our focus this week throughout the whole of the Infant and Junior school is farming in Norfolk. We have had a special week looking at all things strawberry!
We planted strawberry plants and reminded ourselves of the four things they need to grow – space, soil, water and sunlight. We talked about the best place to plant them outside so they had space and sunlight. We then talked about how we could give them water everyday and the children came up with the idea of using watering cans and a bucket of water so they were able to refill them. We have taken it in turns to make sure they have been watered everyday.
We also have been busy drawing strawberries to create an invitation for the MIJS Farm Shop – everyone’s strawberry was used to create a beautiful border around the invitation – we hope you liked it!
We have had lots of activities in class and outside based on our strawberry theme. We read the story ‘Supertato’ and decided to make our very own ‘Superstrawberry’ and the children used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most wonderful descriptive sentences explaining what they had drawn!

In Maths we have started a new phase ‘Find my Pattern’. This week we have been looking at doubling. Doubling is when you match the number you have and make two groups that are the same. We have been practising this skill by doubling strawberries on chocolate cakes!! The children have been amazing at this and can even recall the number a double makes. Double 2 is 4, double 3 is 6, double 10 is 20. I wonder if you can create doubles at home?

In Topic we have looked at how strawberries grow and looked at the different parts of the plant – the stem, the leaves, the white flowers, the unripe strawberries which are green and the juicy red strawberries you can eat. We discovered that the strawberry grows from the white flowers on the plant – it has been fascinating to watch it happen on a video.
Finally we had to make some produce for the MIJS Farm Shop. We decided to make Strawberry cupcakes. Everybody had a turn at weighing out the ingredients, mixing it together and spooning it in the cupcake cases. Next we had to mix the pink icing to decorate the cupcakes and then add a juicy slice of strawberry. We hope you enjoyed them if you managed to purchase one from the shop!

As the weather is getting warmer we will continue to spend a lot of our time outside. Please send a summer hat in for your child to wear whilst we explore the outside areas. As well as a water bottle containing water only.
Please could you ensure your child brings Wellies, an outdoor suit/coat with them and wear long trousers on a Wednesday as they will go out whatever the weather.

Please remember to write in your child’s reading record if you read together at home. It just needs to be the title of the book and your initials. Children are awarded up to 5 Mundesley Merits a week for reading at home, which they are able to spend in the Merit Shop on some amazing items including books!

We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.