Toys old and new

Looking at toys old and new was the focus of our work this week. We started the week with Dogger by Shirley Hughes, a firm favourite of many children. We heard the story, and watched the video clip as a reward for some excellent writing.
Tuesday saw the arrival of parents and grandparents toys and there were some great finds. Thank you so much. Careful handling and ‘good looking’ meant that hopefully all will be returned in good condition next week. The non-fiction writing was certainly inspired by the items.
The children watched the BBC program ‘Magic Grandad’ who went back in time and introduced toys from the past. In art the toys were drawn and in ICT the remote control cars were out racing down an obstacle course. All groups will have had their turn by next week.

On Wednesday our trip to Stevenage Museum on the train was very exciting. With plenty of guards to ensure a safe journey we arrived for our 10 o’clock workshop without too many incidents! Divided into four groups the children looked at old and new toys seeing how they worked and how they compared to their modern equivalents. After eating packed lunches the children looked around the rest of the museum and enjoyed sitting in the stocks! You can see the photographs that Mrs Butler took as you wait to see me on Parents Evening next week.
Our class museum shop saw some action in maths as the children found the correct coins to pay for toys. We will continue with this next week. Make a toy shop at home and practise selling and buying toys to provide experience of adding coins to pay for items.
We have some exciting plans for next week’s lessons but please look at the letter sent home today detailing what your child will need on Monday. It said: The money box your child made for collecting coins for Samali. We will be sorting the coins and counting the money in maths on Monday. An old sock (to make a puppet from) An old cardboard box (any size, shoe box size ideal) A toy bus if they have one. Please write a name on all items as the children continually deny that anything belongs to them!
Next week is of course parent consultations. Come ten minutes or so before your time to have a look at your child’s books. Please remember that these meetings can only be ten minutes and hopefully a timer will keep me on track! If more discussion is required another appointment will need to be booked. Have a great weekend and have  fun with the ‘Talk Topic’ inventing a secret life for me!