The Story of Easter

Some of the Bumblebees have been learning about how and why Christians celebrate Easter. We read The Story of Easter and then the children re-enacted the story using our loose parts and small world people. The children made a cross and a cave using wooden sticks, shells, stones and wood.

The children were able to retell the story of Easter using the small world people.

Freddie ‘Jesus had lots of friends.’
Nancy ‘Some bad men put Jesus on a cross because they thought he did bad things.’
Julian ‘He sad.’
Laith ‘The bad men put nails in his hands and feet to make him stay on the cross.’
Alfie ‘Jesus died on the cross.’
Rosie ‘ Some men carried Jesus to a cave.’
Tommy ‘They put a rock in front of the cave.’
Phoenix ‘Mary went to the cave and saw a man.’
Ethan ‘Jesus said ‘I am alive again.”

Young Voices 2024

On Wednesday, some of KS2 attended the Young Voices Concert at Resorts World in Birmingham.

This concert is the largest children’s choir in the world, presenting a fantastic opportunity to sing songs and explore music from different cultures and genres. The children have been practicing very hard for months and performed amazingly on the night.
We were also lucky enough to see guest performances from Street Dance Crew Urban Strides, MC Grammar and 13-year-old Drummer and Musician, Nandi Bushell (who wowed us all!)

We all had a wonderful time and the children sang and danced their hearts out!
All children were extremely sensible and polite, and did St John’s proud (even receiving praise from an adult from another school.)

We can’t wait for Young Voices 2025 !

Ramadan & Eid

The children in Bumblebees have been learning all about the Muslim festivals of Ramadan and Eid. They enjoyed learning about why Muslims fast, when and what they eat during Ramadan and how they celebrate Eid.
The children were excited to see pictures of ladies and girls who had decorated their hands with Mehndi. Some of the children then made their own Mehndi hands with clay. Once dry, the children enjoyed painting them in bright colours, like the colours used to decorate houses for Eid celebrations.

Great work Bumblebees !

World Book Day in Bumblebees

What a wonderful World Book Day we had in Bumblebees.
We read lots of stories, did lots of role playing, we discussed our favourite book characters and we learnt about the parts of a book and what authors and illustrators do.

At the end of the day we joined Hedgehog Class and had a fabulous story session with the children’s author Teresa Heapy. The children really enjoyed listening to her story ‘Very Little Cinderella’. The children then joined in with a song and Teresa introduced her puppet friends Very Little Red Riding Hood and Foxie.

What an exciting day! The children are already deciding what they’d like to dress up as for World Book Day 2024.

Taking Risks

The children in Bumblebees have recently taken an interest in playing with our play tools. They enjoy pretending to ‘fix’ all of our toys and spend lots of time in our role play area fixing the table and chairs. We have recently extended this play by including hammers and golf tees with our playdough tools, and the children have been using ‘Tap a picture’ play kits.

Today we built on the children’s interest even more by using real hammers and nails. We discussed the risks with the children and they decided it would be best to hit the nail really gently, just in case !
Taking risks during play helps to develop children’s critical thinking skills and risk management, as they begin to understand simple ways of keeping themselves safe.

The children were all very sensible and really enjoyed taking risks, safely.

Laith – ‘ my best thing today was hammering’
Lottie – ‘I liked hammering the nails into the wood’
James – ‘The hammer was very cold and heavy’
Tommy – ‘My Dad use hammer’
Nancy – ‘ I put the nails in the logs’
Elsie – ‘I was banging the wood’

Cloud Gazing

The children in Bumblebees are enjoying the sunshine. Some of them decided to lie on the floor and gaze at the clouds. They saw lots of interesting shapes in the sky and some children even thought they saw a Rocket Ship zoom past !

Lottie – ‘I lay on the grass and saw a Crocodile cloud’
Elsie – ‘I saw a line in the sky’
Jasmine – ‘I was lying on the grass and saw a dragon pattern in the sky’
James – ‘I saw a line that was moving, it looked like a Rocket on fire’
Nancy – ‘I lay down and saw a Bumblebee cloud’
Cody – ‘There was a Rocket flying in circles
Oakley – ‘I was looking at shapes in the sky’
Tommy – ‘I saw the trail from a Rocket’


Indian Food Tasting

This week in Bumblebees we are learning all about India. Today the children tried some Indian food for their snack. They tried Poppadoms, Naan Bread, Vegetable Samosas, Pakoras and Coconut Milk. The children loved the taste of the food and most of them asked for seconds!

Lottie – ‘I liked the coconut milk, I will ask my mummy to get me some from the shop’
Tommy S – ‘I like coconut’
Laith – ‘I liked the big massive crisp because it was yummy yummy in my tummy’
Tommy M – ‘I didn’t like the food today because it was spicy’
James – ‘I liked the bread the best, it had raisins in it !’
Jasmine – ‘I liked all of it’
Cody – ‘I liked the bread because it was yummy’
Oakley – ‘I liked the Naan Bread and the Poppadoms because they tasted nice’
Nancy – ‘I ate the bread and the coconut milk, we have coconut milk at home’


Fruit Tasting

After reading the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ this week the children took an interest in the different fruits that appear in the story.
Today they got to taste some fruits from around the world . The children tried Pomegranate, Watermelon, Mango, Passionfruit, Grapefruit and Apricot. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the fruit and manged to finish every single piece!

The children said
Raya – ‘Raya eating fruit.’
James – ‘My favourite fruit was the watermelon because it was so yummy!’
Lottie – ‘I didn’t like the one with the spicy seeds in it.’
Nancy – ‘I didn’t like the Grapefruit but I liked the Pomegranate’
Jasmine – ‘I only liked the Watermelon’
Cody – ‘I liked all of them.’