This week the children have been learning about worms. We began with a worm hunt in the forest during our Muddy Monday session. We brought the worms into the classroom and we put them into their own bug hotel! The children then examined the worms, learnt some facts about worms and they wrote, in their think writing, information about worms.
Some children made worms out of play dough. They made their worms different sizes and they used comparative language to talk about their worms.
Outside some children had lots of fun being worms! They crawled around in the play tunnels imagining what it would be like to slither along the ground.
Some children painted with string worms.
Some children counted spaghetti worms.
And some children made worms out of the construction logs.
The children have had lots of fun learning about worms this week and we finished our week by reading the story ‘Superworm.’ The children absolutely loved the adventures of ‘Superworm!’
This week we have been learning about snails through the story book ‘The snail and the whale.’ The children have learnt lots of facts about snails and they have had lots of fun exploring snails.
Some children enjoyed holding the snails.
Some children enjoyed pretending to be a snail.
And some children enjoyed having snail races!
The children have also examined the snail’s shell. They then explored making spiral patterns. Some children made spiral patterns from tiny pasta shells. This was quite fiddly and required lots of concentration. Other children tried to finger paint spirals and others tried to draw spirals in the sparkly glitter.
Lots of children put snails onto leaves and then they totalled the number of snails on both leaves, demonstrating an understanding of addition.
Lots of children also made their own snails at the play dough table. The children then took their snails to the writing table and they used their think writing to write some facts about snails.
This week the children have continued to learn about life under the sea. The children have learnt that there are lots of different types of plants and animals that live under the sea. They wanted to make sea creatures of their own. Can you guess what sea creatures they have made?
The children have also measured sea creatures using gems. This activity encouraged the children to count with one to one correspondence as well as encouraging them to use comparative language when they were talking about the different creatures.
The children were very good at understanding that a total was the combination of two groups of objects. They were able to give each fish a certain number of Rainbow Fish’ scales and then work out the total number of scales the Rainbow Fish had given away.
Some children chose to count underwater creatures on the computer and select the corresponding numeral using the mouse.
Other children chose to sort the sea shells. They looked closely at the patterns on the shells and wrote labels, using their think writing, for each sorting ring.
Some children chose to make mermaids and mermen at the play dough table. They independently shaped the mermaid’s and mermen’s tail and they decorated it with shells and buttons. The children then think wrote about their mermaids and mermen, and they were able to ascribe meaning to their writing.
Other children chose to make boats big enough to sit in using the small construction logs inside and the big blue bricks from outside.
This week we have been learning about what is under the sea through the story book ‘The Rainbow Fish.’ The children have enjoyed the story and as well as learning about sea creatures, they have been discussing the importance of friendship and sharing. We have learnt the phrase ‘sharing is caring.’
The children have been busy making their own rainbow fish at the workshop table. They selected their own resources, practised their drawing and cutting skills as well as counting with one to one correspondence. It took the children a long time to make sure their rainbow fish had 10 scales. The children were definitely stickosaurus’.
Some children have also learnt how to draw fish. They followed visual instructions. We think they did a fabulous job!
Some children made play dough rainbow fish. They decorated them with sequins and buttons to give the rainbow fish its sparkly scales. The children then took their rainbow fish to the writing table and they think wrote some sentences. We think the children are getting very good at think writing and at ascribing meaning to their work.
Lots of children really enjoyed fishing for numbered fish in a boat this week. Their number recognition skills are definitely improving.
Some children practised their fine motor skills at the funky fingers table. They carefully and skilfully used tweezers to give the rainbow fish colourful pom pom scales. The children then counted how many pom pom scales they had given the rainbow fish!
Today the children have been celebrating the upcoming royal wedding. During the week the children have learnt all about Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s big day. They have also made crowns at the workshop table and on the play dough table, made bunting, built Windsor Castle and even designed Meghan’s wedding dress!
Today the whole foundation stage came together to celebrate the royal wedding. The Owls and the Swans played in Nursery’s outdoor classroom. It was lovely to see the children from Nursery and Reception playing so beautifully together.
We all then had a street party in Reception’s outdoor classroom. We enjoyed eating lots of party food and it was fantastic to share our royal wedding celebrations with the Swans class. We are all looking forward to watching the royal wedding on television tomorrow!
On Monday the Owls went to Hatton to conclude our topic on farms. The children were impeccably behaved and we all had an amazing day. The children saw, learnt and did so much. Below is a video showing snapshots of everything the children experienced on our trip. A big thank you to Mr Sneddon for making the video for us. It really will be a fantastic memory keepsake for all of the children and their parents.
This week the children have been continuing to learn about growing. The children know, through our wake and shakes, that plants need water, sunlight and soil and because we have read the story ‘The Enormous Potato’ they have been busy planting potatoes all week. The children have been creative with potatoes as well. Some children have made their own Mr Potato Heads at the workshop table, selecting their own resources and being imaginative.
Some children have made play dough potato heads and they have written sentences about their potato heads using their think writing. The children are getting very good at think writing. Their writing now contains letter shapes and they can ascribe meaning to their work.
Some children decided to paint their own Mr and Mrs Potato Heads. We think their paintings are amazing!
Lots of children counted potatoes. The children are getting very good at recognising their numerals and counting with one to one correspondence.
The children were a little unsure about the importance of a potato. When asked about which potato foods are their favourite, the children simply said they liked normal potatoes! So we decided in Language for Thinking to show the versatility of a potato. We discussed mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, jacket potatoes, crisps, wedges and chips. We decided that we would cook two potato dishes.
The snowy owls cooked cheese and potato pie. The children really enjoyed eating this!
The tawny owls cooked potato, broccoli and leak soup. This was delicious as well.
The Owls are looking forward to concluding their learning on farms on Monday when they will be visiting Hatton Country World. We are very excited!
This week we have been learning about farms. We have based our learning around the stories ‘Farmer Duck’ and ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’ The children have been very busy in the classroom. Some children made farm animals out of play dough and others chose to make ladybirds.
Some children chose to navigate the Beebot around a map of the farm whilst other children preferred to play with the farm at the small world table.
Some children weighed farm animals with popcorn kernels and other children chose to put animals in pens and count them. Some children chose to add pom pom spots to ladybirds, practising their one to one counting correspondence and other children chose to add counters to ladybirds, labelling the spots with numerals and Numicon.
In the water tray the children had fun fishing out ducks, placing them in make shift ponds and they practised their counting, number and Numicon recognition at the same time!
The children have also been super stars at the mark making table. They all wrote about their favourite farm animal in their think writing, ascribing meaning and writing their own names. Some children even wrote about their play dough ladybirds that they had made.
Lots of children chose to paint farm animals at the creative station. The children were encouraged to paint from memory but to think carefully to detail such as number of legs, tails, eyes, ears, horns etc. Can you identify the farm animals from the children’s paintings?
Each week the Owls make up their own stories. We add actions to our stories and we have lots of fun acting them out. This video shows the story that the Owls made up today together. The children were only given a witch as a main character and the tree house as a setting. The children decided upon the magic mirror as the problem and the spider as the solution. We think the children are amazing story makers. What do you think?
On Tuesday the children met a guide dog called John. Mrs Hill’s friend Karen brought him into Nursery and explained to the children the role of a guide dog. John was very well behaved and was extremely gentle. The children loved stroking and cuddling John and thanks to Karen the children now understand how a guide dog can help change the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted safe.
In the outdoor area the children imagined what it would be like to be blind. They wore a blindfold and they tried to walk around our outdoor area without bumping into things. It was very difficult. The children were more successful when they had a friend to guide them. This activity emphasised to the children the role that a guide dog has – the importance of the dog being the blind person’s eyes.