Zebra class have been having lots of fun learning about our new science inspired topic, ‘Batteries not included’.  We have learnt about space and the planets of the solar system. We have investigated light and dark, which was fun as it meant we could take part in a blindfold trail in the environmental area and found a tree to hug blindfolded; it was so hard to try and find the tree that we hugged with our blindfolds removed!

A favourite part of our topic so far was our learning about toys, those that have batteries and those that don’t. We were very lucky to investigate this further by visiting a local toy shop. We were so well behaved in the shop that we bought a toy for our class – a battery operated cash register to help us in maths!

We really enjoyed our topic ‘Made in Portsmouth’. We learnt about the key features of the local area where we live including the famous buildings and landmarks, shops and shopping centres. We also investigated popular things to do in and around Portsmouth including visiting Queen Elizabeth Country Park. We investigated different modes of transport we could use including the ferries and hovercraft and of course, we learnt all about the beach. We particularly enjoyed exploring and hunting for a variety of objects hidden in a number of different sensory trays created to replicate beaches and rock pools.

Following our kayaking sessions during the first half term, we were lucky enough to go climbing at Fort Purbrook in the underground climbing walls and all grew in confidence each week trying to climb higher than we had managed previously.

During friendship week, we shared all our favourite toys and pieces of equipment with each other in our own classroom. We also joined with many other classes to participate in a range of fun activities including visiting the environmental area and the park.

Lion class loved working with Crocodile class and members of Leopard class in the Christmas show creating a performance based around travelling by bus to perform our own version of ‘Cinderella’ at the Kings Theatre! We all played different parts dressed as reindeer, princes, a bird and a mouse!

We are all really looking forward to learning about our new topic ‘Batteries not included’ next term. We will be learning about batteries and electricity with an emphasis on safety. Learning about space and planets as well as investigating light and dark, forces and movement.