Monday, 25 March 2013

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time in a town called Aldershot there was a school called Belle Vue Infants and all of the children in Reception had been learning all about fairytales...
We learnt about the 'Elves and the Shoemaker' ... We even had some helpful elves come into our classrooms and help us to tidy up! We designed some shoes to help the Elves and we looked at the different materials of shoes and even tried some on!
We read the story of 'Hansel and Gretal' and decorated some houses using sweet wrappers and different materials around the classroom, we also used the sweets to do some simple adding and subtracting during our number times.
Then we read 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' Our role play areas were transformed into the three bears' cottage and we were able to act out the story. We also had great fun looking at porridge this week...(sorry for the extra washing of our uniforms!) We started to look at basic capacities and how we could make containers full, half full or empty. We had lots of
 fun filling and emptying bottles, spoons, bowls and cups.
Last week we looked at the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. We all measured, mixed and rolled the dough to make our gingerbread men and fortunately while our teachers were cooking them they didn't run away! We used icing and decorations to finish our gingerbread men and then we were all allowed to take them home and eat them one bit at a time just like the sneaky fox in the story!
This week we are learning about the 'Three Billy-Goats Gruff', we will be using the trim-trail in our playground to re-enact the story 'trip, trap, trip, trap...'.
We have had a great half-term and have learnt lots about the different traditional tales. We have been very busy building castles and making puppet shows.
Have a good rest over the Easter holidays...and don't eat too many chocolate eggs!


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Let's Explore!

In year 1 we have been exploring the world around us. We went to the Gordon Brown Outdoor Centre and learnt about woodland habitats and the creatures that live there.

We were super at finding our way into and out of the maze where we heard a story from Brown Bear.

We learnt about the four things needed for survival. These were Plants, Air, Water and Shelter, also known as PAWS. Using what we had learnt we built dens for our teddies using natural resources.

We used our sense of sight, smell, touch and hearing on a sensory walk around the woodland area.

We had great fun eating our lunch on our teddy bears picnic.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Go! Rhino visit Friday 15th March


This year at Belle Vue we are taking part in the Go! Rhinos project in partnership with Marwell Zoo.

On Friday we all enjoyed a visit from Francesca Smith who is the Marwell Outreach Officer and works closely with the endangered species at the zoo.

The children found out lots of interesting information about the animals and how we can help them.

We learnt that some rhinos have 2 horns and some only have 1.

Francesca told us how big the rhinos are, and how they would not fit into one of the Early Years quiet rooms!


 We looked at lots of animal artefacts including: skins, eggs and a skull and we had to match them to the correct animal.

We also learnt lots about the rainforest. We all pretended to be tall trees under the camouflage net, while Francesca sprayed us with water to teach us about the climate!

Here is our rhino which we will be painting during art week 2013!
Thank you for all of your design entries Miss Harris has over 100 to look at! As you can imagine making one decision was tough so we have decided to use a mixture of ideas from lots of children.
The design will be bright, colourful and fun using rainbow colours and every child will turn a fingerprint into their face.
Each class will be within a circle of colour based on the idea by David Fernando in Hazel class.
You can see the final design in the library alongside the rhino.
The visit has created a real buzz about the project and we can't wait to get started! Don't forget to check out the website for more details about the trail in Southampton during the summer holidays:   Click here to go to the GoRhino website.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Rushmoor in Bloom

Owen Durrett and Bob Anderson with John and Melody from Gardening Club.

Last year the children in the Early Years created a 'Bug Olympics' for the Rushmoor in Bloom Competition.  They were delighted to receive 3rd prize which was a selection of plants for the Early Years playground.  Last Tuesday Owen Durrett and Bob Anderson from Rushmoor Rotary Club came to help Gardening Club plant our new plants.