RE Autumn Term 2019

Year 1 learnt about the celebration of Harvest and why this is special for people around the world. They read the story of the Creation as told in The Bible, and learnt that Christians celebrate all the things that God made when he created the world, and are thankful for what they have received. They also explored some fruit and vegetables to see what they felt like and smelt like, and learned about where our food comes from.

Year 2 also learnt about Harvest festival, and about the biblical The Creation story. They found out that this is a story that is special to both Jews and Christians and their Harvest celebrations are about thanking God for the good things he has given. They retold the story, and made their own version of it.

Reception had a great Harvest activity morning with lots of different activities related to our food and the season of Autumn.

As part of their work about Celebrations Reception have been learning about the celebration of Diwali; the Hindu Festival of Light. They have experienced some cultural aspects of Hinduism, for example they designed their own Mehndis, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps. They also had a dance workshop with Miss Helen who taught them some dance moves and told them the story of Diwali. The children learnt all about Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the Monkey King! Everyone enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. In class the children have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos.

During the second half of the term the whole school celebrated Christmas and learnt about the Christian concept of Incarnation – God coming to earth through the birth of Jesus, as told in the Nativity story in The Bible. 

The Reception classes talked about Christmas and how and why it is celebrated by so many people around the world.  The children watched a short clip about a family preparing for Christmas and compared it to some of the things they do in their own family homes.  They read the Nativity story and were also given opportunities to retell the Christmas story through play.  

Reception classes then watched a video of an artist creating the Nativity story through sand art. The artist used his hands to shape the sand on a light box into the characters from the story. Children then tried this for themselves and created angels and stars using sand. 

Year 1 discussed how people around the world celebrate Christmas.  They talked about why this celebration matters to Christians and why Jesus is so important to Christians. They were given the opportunity to retell the Nativity story in different ways and took part in various Christmas crafts linked to the Christmas celebration and accompanying tradition of decorating homes. Children also had a go at making traditional mince pies!

Year 2 learnt about Advent and about the symbolism of the Orange celebrated in the Christingle  service. Children were able to explain that for Christians the orange represents the world, the candle is the light of Jesus, the red ribbon is the blood of Jesus, and the sweets are God’s gifts to the world.   Year 2 also read different versions of the Nativity story and used their knowledge to compare each version. They also learnt about the Christian concept that Jesus’ birth shows the Incarnation of God in our world.  Classes made their own Stop-Motion animated versions of the Nativity story using puppets. 

In Christmas Club children made a Christmas Wreath which was displayed at the Baptist Church in Dereham as part of the Christmas Wreath Festival.  Our wreath represented the federation well and demonstrated the team effort of all involved.

Nursery Summer 2 2019

Our visit to Church Farm, Stow Bardolph

We had lots of fun visiting Church Farm, Stow Bardolph. During our animal encounter session, we stroked lots of animals and asked questions about them. We went on a tractor and trailer ride and fed the pigs some carrots. We enjoyed exploring the play areas, including the massive sandpit and climbing wall.

Nursery Summer 1 2019

As part of our topic ‘Holidays,’ we listened to the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. We talked about the places the snail and whale visited. The children enjoyed stretching, squashing and moulding the (snail) slime. We created snails using wax crayons, CDs, paint and buttons.

The children have enjoyed PE activities linked to the seaside theme. This included going on an adventure in a speed boat (hoop), moving at different speeds and in different directions and taking care not to crash intothe islands! We also used the parachute for making waves and pretending to swim and paddle in the sea and for a pirate treasure game.

Nursery Spring 2 2019

Our topic for the half term was ‘Roots, shoots and muddy boots.’ We planted carrot and pumpkin seeds. We have been watering our seeds and plants and observing the changes over time.

We have been looking after our fairy garden and making new items for them. The fairies have been writing us letters and we have written back to them.

We looked at the journey of bread, using the story The Little Red Hen. We made our own flour and bread.

The children have been painting sunflowers in pairs. They used bubble wrap and forks to create the flower heads.

Nursery Spring 1 2019

Our topic for this half term was dinosaurs. We found a nest of icy dinosaur eggs. We had to think of ways to try to get the dinosaurs to hatch.

We made dinosaur footprints with the toy dinosaurs.

We have been finding out about dinosaur bones.

Nursery Autumn 2 2018

Our topic for this half term was food.  We read the story Pumpkin Soup and made our own pumpkin soup.

We enjoyed making and decorating reindeer cakes.

Nursery Christmas Activity Morning

The children did a brilliant job with singing songs to tell the story of the first Christmas to friends and family. They also enjoyed participating in a selection of Christmas activities including decorating the Christmas tree, making decorations and wrapping presents.

Nursery Autumn Term 1

The nursery children have had fun getting to know their classmates and exploring the nursery environment, including the toad stools, storytelling chair and fairy garden.  They have also visited other parts of the school, such as the hall for parachute games and the library to select books.

Our topics for this half term were colours and harvest.

The children focussed on colour and pattern linked to the story ‘Elmer’.

They explored fruit and vegetables as part of the harvest topic.