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Learning Lemurs (FS2/Y1 2017-18)

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STEM week and butterflies

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    • July 6, 2018
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For part of this week we have been thinking about water, where it comes from and how it’s made.  We made our own atmosphere in a bag.  We have been watching the water that we put in the bag being absorbed and then it evaporated in the sunshine but it came back again as water…is it magic or precipitation?


We have also been very busy getting to know our new class mates, Harry and Megan the zebra finches.

We have had a wonderfully warm week, watching our butterflies finally emerge from their cocoons too.


We have also developed a couple more of our outdoor spaces.

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Feeling hot, hot, hot, hot!

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    • June 29, 2018
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We had a fantastic time at Wentworth Farm and Gardens.  The weather was amazing.  We got to meet all the animals and play for a while in the new sand and water area.

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Watch out, there’s a dinosaur about!

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    • June 15, 2018
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This week we had a dinosaur invasion in our outdoor area.  We discovered huge footprints in our digging area.  We wanted to investigate these further so we took a plaster cast of the footprint.  We found out that it must have been a dinosaur that walked on two legs.  We measured the footprints and discovered that it had three toes.  Apparently this means it must be a ‘carnivore’!


The next day we discovered some dinosaur eggs in the sandpit.

But then something terrible happened!

We had to catch the dinosaur so we made some ‘WANTED’ posters.  Then on Friday we came to school and Mrs Braithwaite, Mrs Fenton and Mrs Needham had caught the dinosaur and it was trapped!  Hooray.


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Happy Days

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    • May 18, 2018
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Yesterday we celebrated the Royal Wedding by having a special ‘Royal Picnic Lunch’.

And today we were very lucky to be able to eat some wedding cake that had been made for us by Mrs Taylor-Dobson and Mrs Barnham.  It was delicious and the bouquet was beautiful too.

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    • May 18, 2018
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This week Sparkles sent a parcel.  It had come all the way from Africa.

We learned all about the Masai tribe.  We hunted for wild animals.  We had jumping competitions.

We made mud huts.

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    • May 18, 2018
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This week we have been in Italy.  We made our own Pizza and visited the Colosseum.

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Helping hands…

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    • April 15, 2018
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Next week we will be thinking about time and how we can measure it.

Look around your house and see how many different ways of measuring
time, you can find. Can you find a clock? …a watch? …a timer? …a sand
timer? …a stopwatch? What are these things used for? What numbers can
you see? Take some photos or draw a picture of some different ways to
measure time.


Try this game with you child, they will need you to read the questions and guide them through the answers but it’s a good introduction to time.


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Don’t forget that ‘What time is it Mr Wolf?’ is always a good game to play too.


I thought it might be helpful to list a few handy websites and apps to try they will help with reading and phonics.

Click on the image to be taken to the website


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Can be used on computers and soon to be made available on tablets/ipads.


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The website is free, just register! You can download the app on phones, tablets and ipads (costs around £4.99).


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Oxford Owl has free E-Books and linked games!


Or take a look at these.  We sing these in class too!


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A very egg citing week!

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    • March 16, 2018
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It has been a very exciting week in Lemurs. On Monday we had a special delivery from Debs at Eggucation. She brought some eggs for us to look after and also two special visitors, Wilma and Sindy the chickens. 

Debs brought us a special machine called an ‘incubator’ the eggs have to be kept in here to stay warm.

You can watch this years chicks hatch.

Although last years is really interesting as it allows you to see the chicks pipping and then emerge wet and freshly hatched!

On Wednesday morning we found two chicks in the incubator and by Friday we had six!

We have been listening to the story of The Little Red Hen’ too. We made some masks and then re-told the story ourselves. We also found out how flour is made and then decided to make our own bread. It was delicious.

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Whatever Next?

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    • March 11, 2018
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This week we have been in space.  We have been building rockets outside and in.  We even tried some astronaut ice cream and grapes.  We have been thinking about the moon and some of the other planets in our solar system.











We have been thinking about more than and less than this week.  Why not try playing this game at home.  Click on the link to play.


Have fun!

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