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Welcome to the Sunshines

2021-2022 Gallery

 

Keep looking out for all of the exciting learning that is taking place in Sunshines this year.

 

Forest School

Sunshines had a fantastic time at Forest School. The children could explore a range of activities within the forest area. The children used tools, explored climbing ropes, created their own stories using wooden fairies, made their own wands and enjoyed making mud pies in the mud kitchen. 

Tadpoles

We have enjoyed reading the story 'Tadpoles promise.' We have discussed the events in the story which has led us to learn lots about the lifecycle of a butterfly and a frog. We are especially excited to have real life tadpoles in our classroom that we scooped from our school pond! We are excited to observe the changes over the coming weeks. 

 

Planting

 

 We are taking part in the Sherburn in Bloom project. We have been provided with lots of sunflower seeds and our job is to plant them and take good care of them. We have learnt all about what plants need to grow, so know that our seeds need lots of sunlight, warmth and water. We are excited to see the first shoots appear. We will record our sunflower journey to share with the organisers of the competition. We are hoping for some really tall sunflowers to grow!

 

Easter and Spring

We had lots of fun taking in part in lots of Easter themed activities. We made chocolate nests, decorated eggs and learnt all about the season of Spring. We painted some fabulous paintings of daffodils and bluebells.

 

Sponsored Walk

Sunshines were amazing walking around our school grounds on our sponsored walk.

 

The Gingerbread Man

We have been enjoying reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have looked at the characters, events and setting and have loved retelling the story as a class. We have created some amazing collage Gingerbread Men and painted some. We have also loved making Gingerbread Men in the Malleable area with ginger scented playdough. We have iced our own Gingerbread Man but something very unusual happened... One Gingerbread Man ran away! We have tried very hard to find him... no such luck just yet...!

 

Little Rotters

We were lucky to have a visit from the North Yorkshire Little Rotters team who came into school to talk to us about ways we can use up all of our left over food and waste in lots of different ways. We made fruits smoothies using a bike and we each made our very own wormery. We took a fantastic goodie bag with lots of top tips on how to build a compost bin and ways we can waste less. 

 

World Book Day

We had a fabulous day wearing our Pyjamas and sharing our favourite stories! We talked about all of the amazing stories we love to listen to and took part in lots of super book related activities. 

 

Pancake Day

We had lots of fun learning all about Shrove Tuesday and why it is important to Christians. We tasted pancakes and read the stories Mama Panya's Pancakes and Mr Wolf's Pancakes. We then all a pancake race! 

 

Science Week

We had a great week during Science week learning all about bees. We learnt about the different types of bee and their role in the hive. We made our own bees out of card and wool and we also painted bees. We learnt about their lifecycle and lots of interesting facts. We also took part in lots of different Wow experiments. We watched raisins dancing and saw how magic milk can be! 

 

Tigers

We have been reading the story of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea.' The tiger came to visit us in our classroom! It was a big surprise. We have painted pictures of tigers, made masks, written shopping lists and made our own teapot designs.

 

National Storytelling Week

We have taken part in National Story Telling Week. We have all brought in our favourite book from home to share with our friends during our group reading sessions and talked about why we love our book so much. 

 

Chinese New Year 2022

We have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. We have found out how people celebrate and shared the Chinese Zodiac story. The children have loved taking part in lots of different activities linked to this in our areas of provision. The children have practised their cutting skills to make lanterns, painted pictures of dragons, listened to the story of 'The Runaway Wok' and had a go at writing in chinese.

 

Lost and Found

We have enjoyed reading the story Lost and Found. We have painted penguins, decorated penguin biscuits, made a lost poster and labelled a penguin. We have learnt interesting facts about Penguins and the South Pole. We have compared the South Pole and the North Pole.

 

The Great Explorer

 

We have enjoyed reading the story of The Great Explorer by Chris Judd. We launched our Winter Wonderland topic with a letter from Tom, who has lost his Dad whilst his Dad was exploring the Arctic. Tom needed our help to track down the items that he needed to take with him. We explored our school grounds to find his belongings. Then we solved a clue which led us to a tent and inside the tent was our story. We loved listening to Tom's adventure. The book has inspired lots of activities such as, ice painting, exploration of ice, floating and sinking experiments, colour mixing with shades of blue to paint hot air balloons and weaving. We have found out about animals that live in the arctic and how they keep themselves warm. 

Forest School

 

 Sunshines children had a great time in our school orchard. The children made mud maps using mud paint, whittled wood to make whistles, sat in a hammock, built dens and toasted marshmallows. 

 

Christmas in Sunshines

 

We have enjoyed taking part in lots of festive activities in December. We have made Christmas Cards, Calendars, decorations, bird feeders and performed a Christmas concert. It has been busy but lots of fun.

 

Fizzy Finn Finds His Feet 

We had the theatre company Riding Lights come to perform a Christmas show for us in our school hall. We all enjoyed it very much and got us into the Christmas spirit. 

 

People Who Help Us

We really enjoyed learning about people who help us in our local community. We read the story A Superhero Like You which inspired our topic. We learnt about people who help us in school and in Sherburn in Elmet. We looked at the role of a vet, police officer, doctor, nurse, firefighter and dentist. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Tadcaster Fire Service. The firefighters talked about their job and how the different parts of the fire engine work.

 

Children in Need

We had a great time raising money for BBC Children in Need. We had a non-uniform day, took part in lots of fun Pudsey activities including making spotty biscuits, Pudsey themed fine motor activities, making Pudsey and Blush masks and joining in with Joe Wick's workout.

Remembrance Day

On November 11th we remembered the brave soldiers who have fought in wars to help our country. We made poppies and held them during our 2 minute silence at 11am. We watched the Cenotaph live for the silence. We then made poppy biscuits to take home. Mrs Allenby brought some World War 2 medals to share with us and an old ration book. 

 

 

Diwali

 

We have enjoyed learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We read the story of Binny's Diwali. We made clay Diva Lamps, decorated Mehndi patterns on hands and used powder paints outside to create Rangoli Patterns. Mrs Singh brought her wedding dress in to school to share with us. 

 

Bonfire Night

 

We have been learning about how people celebrate Bonfire Night and why it is celebrated. We listened to the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, which we found fascinating. We loved exploring lots of Bonfire Night activities. 

 

 

Pumpkins!

As part of our work on Autumn, Harvest and Halloween we looked at the story of Pumpkin Soup. 

 

Pattern

As part of our Maths work we have been looking at repeating pattern. The children in Sunshines have loved this and had lots of fun creating their own patterns using sticklebricks, cubes, bears, felt tip pens and printing. We have looked at 2 step and 3 step repeating patterns and tried hard to correct mistakes in patterns.

 

Black History Month

 

Sunshines looked at the artist Alma Thomas and her picture 'The Eclipse'. We looked at the skill of tearing paper to recreate her famous picture. We learnt about the life of Alma and looked at some of her other work.

 

 

 

Supertato

We had lots of fun reading the story of Supertato! We printed with mashers, used tweezers to pick up the Evil Pea and retold the story using puppets.

 

The Colour Monster

 

This week we have been reading the story, The Colour Monster. We have talked about the different feelings that the monster has throughout the story. We have then discussed when we might feel happy, sad, angry, scared and calm. We have enjoyed making our own monsters from playdough, junk modelling and painting. We have explored colour mixing and retold the story with our friends using the Colour Monster story stones and puppets.

Phonics Time! Sunshines have started learning the phonemes s,a,t,p,i,n

Our First Week in Sunshines

Sunshines Classroom 

We wanted to share with you some of the lovely displays that we have in our classroom. We are so proud of how hard the children in Sunshines are working.

Never Tickle a Tiger

 

We have enjoyed read the story, Never Tickle a Tiger. We thought the main character Izzy was very funny. The story inspired some some creative activities. 

 

What The Ladybird Heard

We have loved reading the story 'What the Ladybird Heard'. We have painted pictures of ladybirds, written sentences about the story, looked at the lifecycle of a ladybird and found out lots of interesting facts.

 

Frogs 

We have enjoyed reading the story 'The Frog Prince' and an Aboriginal story called Tiddalick. We explored the lifecycle of a frog and have written sentences, painted pictures and looked at aboriginal art. 

 

Multi Skills PE Sessions

Sunshines loved their first week of Multi Skills with Premier Sport. They learnt lots of new games and had lots of fun in the sunshine. The bean game was a favourite! We enjoyed playing this back in our outdoor area. 

 

 

Forest School Days- April 2021

We had the best time in our school orchard learning lots of new skills during our forest school days with Sally. We learnt to use a vegetable peeler, tie knots, get in a hammock. We played on the swing, hunted for minibeasts, made our own stick wands and hunted for woollen hats! 

 

Miss O'Neill

We would like to welcome Miss O'Neill to Sunshines. She will be joining us between now and Easter as part of her teaching placement. Miss O'Neill will be posting some learning videos for you to watch at home. Miss O'Neill  is very excited to get to know you all. 

 

Sunshines Christmas Sing along 2020

We hope that you enjoy watching a short singing performance from the children in Sunshines. We have chosen a selection of some of our favourite Christmas songs to share with you. The children tried really hard, we were so proud of them all. 

 

Merry Christmas

 

 Christmas Dinner Day! 

 

Sunshines enjoyed their Christmas dinner!

 

Christmas In Sunshines

We have enjoyed taking part in lots of different Christmas activities. 

 

Elf on the Shelf

We had a surprise visit from two Elves sent from Santa in the North Pole. Our job is to name them and hope that they don't cause too much mischief! We have named one Elf Buddy and one Elf Teeny. They are already being very cheeky! 

 

                  Purple Party   

 

We finished our Space themed topic with a Purple Party. We helped Janet and Bill (Smed's and Smoo's) celebrate the birth of Baby Smoo-Smed. We made purple alien badges which we cut out to practise our scissor skills and mixed our own red and blue powder paint to make purple. We played games, ate jam sandwiches that we had followed instructions to make and had purple juice! It was lots of fun.

                           Balance Bikes                             

We had great fun practising our balancing skills on the balance bikes and scooters!

 Children in Need

Sunshines children went spotty for Children in Need. We had lots of fun wearing our spotty clothes and taking part in lots of different Pudsey bear activities. 

 

Space Landing!

Today we received a letter from two aliens named Janet and Bill. They needed our help. Janet and Bill had crash landed on our playground. We carefully followed a map to find where their spaceship had landed. We looked for clues to determine where the spaceship was and searched hard to find their missing belongings. We found sleeping bags, T shirts, parts of a rocket, slime, bowls and moon rock. We are excited to find out more about Janet and Bill in the coming weeks. It was certainly an eventful start to our week! We are so proud to hear that some of the Sunshines children have continued their space excitement at home!

Diwali and Bonfire Night Celebrations

Sunshines have enjoyed finding out about Diwali and learning all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. We have made firework pictures using cotton buds and paint, painted Mendi patterns on hands, created chalk firework patterns outside and retold the story of Rama and Sita using the Diwali puppets.

Orchard Visit

 

We had a lovely time exploring our school orchard for Autumn treasures! 

Funnybones

We have really enjoyed reading the story of Funnybones and The Pet shop. The children have acted out the story, measured skeletons using cubes, labelled the different parts of the body and learnt the song and dance 'Dem Bones'. All of the Sunshines teachers are so proud of their lovely work.

Elmer

We have enjoyed reading lots of different Elmer stories as part of our Magical Me theme. We have talked about similiarties and differences between ourselves and others. We have thought about the reasons we are special and unique. We have enjoyed joining in with lots of different Elmer activities in our provision areas.

Magical Me

We enjoyed using the mirror to look carefully at ourselves before using black pen to draw what we could see!

Our First Week in Sunshines- September 2020

We have had great time exploring our new classroom and making lots of friends. 

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