Ruspini House News - Summer 2017
Find out what has been happening at Ruspini House over the Summer Term 2017........
Yellow Class - Number Walk
As the weather has been so lovely this week, the children in Yellow Class tool the opportunity to go on a number walk. Miss Lambert had hidden some numbered beanbags under the trees in the grounds of the school and they had to go on a hunt to find them. All of the beanbags were found in super quick time and the children enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine!
Red Class - A very busy week!
This week has been a very busy week!
The children have been experimenting with colour mixing, determining what colour would be made if they mixed different coloured water together.
This week's team challenge was to obtain an object from the middle of the floor without touching the spiders web. The children found ways to get there both over the web and under it.
Another challenge was to draw a picture to illustrate a story that the children were listening to.
As the weather got hotter, the children wanted to take advantage of the lovely drying weather and decided to wash the doll's clothes and hang them up to dry on a washing line. Great thinking Red Class!
After all that work the children deserved a rest and as the sun was out the outdoor area became a beach hut to relax in!
Blue Class - Suncatchers
Blue Class made heart shaped sun catchers for their shape of the week.
Yellow Class - Rocket Competition
This week we held a rocket competition for the children in Yellow Class. They were asked to bring in a rocket made from junk modelling resources. They were then given the opportunity to speak about their rocket and show it to their peers.
All of the children took part in the project and they all received a treat for participating.
And the winner is:
Red Class - Maths Challenge & Hopscotch
We had a great new maths challenge for the children this week. We had "forgotten" to put in all the numbers on the line and they had to find the right peg to fill in the gap.
We have also continued with our space topic by exploring different shapes of the moon. We were very excited to use Oreos for this task.
Yellow Class - Searching for the letter 'a'
Our children were searching for the sound of the week 'a' in a sea of balls this week.
Red Class - Making moon craters
This week we were visited by staff from the RMS Science Department. They were demonstrating to us how the craters on the moon were formed. The children then had a go at creating their own by dropping marbles into a tray of sand.
Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Week - 8th May 2017
This week Ruspini House joined in with the Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save The Children.
We have been baking cakes, dressing up as 'Peppa Pig and Friends' and going on a sponsored walk to raise money for the campaign. All of the children have joined in over the week and so far we have raised over £200. Thank you to everyone for their support.
The children also completed many other activities such as making Peppa pig masks and sharing Peppa Pig stories from home.
Red Class - Planetarium and Car Races
Red Class have had a very busy week. They have been learning to make predictions during their car races, predicting how far the car would travel and where it would stop.
They also had a visit to the RMS Planetarium and learnt about the stars and constellations from Mrs Black. They were very excited to lie on the floor and look up at the stars! Thank you very much Mrs Black for taking the time to let us visit.
Blue Class - Fishing for stars
After a very successful visit to the RMS Planetarium along with Yellow Class on Monday, Blue Class continued learning about stars.
One of the activities was to fish for stars in our water play area.
Yellow Class - Stars and the Planetarium
The children in Yellow and Blue Classes visited the RMS Planetarium near the Science Block on Monday. It was very dark in the Planetarium and the children were very excited to be able to see so many stars on the domed ceiling. The Head of Science, Mrs Timoney, spoke to them about the stars, helping them to spot some of the constellations that they could see on a dark,clear night. They really enjoyed the session and we would like to thank Mrs Timoney for taking the time to teach us.
Following on from this visit the children have been creating moons using puffy paint which is made from shaving foam, glue and grey paint.
They continued on the theme of stars to create their own star constellations using marshmallows and skewers.
Visiting the ducklings in the Quad
Our duck family has returned to the Quad and all of the children have been to visit them.
Blue Class - Practising cutting
This week Blue Class have been practising cutting. They practised cutting in straight lines and also cutting around a circle.
Red Class - Chalk blending and whittling outdoors
This week the children in Red Class have been very busy learning about planets and the solar system. They blended chalk to create their own planets.
They also visited the Forest School and were listening to stories and whittling carrots. Fortunately the weather held for them, but they did have to brave a little bit of hail on the way back to Ruspini House!
Yellow Class - Using Globes
This week we have been learning about planets. We examined a globe and learnt that the blue areas are water and the green areas are land. We then used coffee filters to create our own planets and sprayed them with water to smudge the ares together to make them look as they would from space.
Red Class - Space
Welcome back to the summer term and we are flying into our new 'Space' topic. We have created a space station in our home corner and the children have been making their own jet packs to add to the astronaut costumes.
Yellow Class - Space and Numicon
Yellow Class have been reading the story 'Whatever Next?' by Jill Murphy as an introduction to our 'Space' theme this half term. After listening to the story the children have created a display in the classroom based on the front cover.
They have also been using the Numicon shapes in their messy play to reinforce counting and shape recognition. They have been counting the marbles as they fill the holes in the various Numicon shapes. The cornflour and water makes it fun!
Blue Class - Rockets
This week the children in Blue Class created their own rocket from various shapes. Firstly they painted the background and then stuck down the shapes to create the rockets. Here are some photos of the process and examples of the finished artwork.