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!
As part of our learning topic on farms the children have been focusing this week upon growing. We began the week by reading Jasper’s Beanstalk and the children planted their own bean seeds. The children are desperately hoping that the bean seeds will grow into an enormous beanstalk like Jaspers!
Jasper hoped that there might be a castle at the top of the beanstalk. The Owls decided otherwise! Some children wanted a land of spiders, others a land of princesses. Some children even wanted there to be dinosaurs at the top. Everyone think wrote their ideas down and drew a picture of what they imagined to be at the top of the beanstalk.
During the week the children were very busy in discovery time. Some children chose to play in the small world, pretending they were Jasper planting the bean seeds. Other children explored measuring in the soil. They loved exploringd how many scoops of soil fitted into different containers. It was very messy!
Lots of fun was also had picking up bean seeds with tweezers and planting them in flower pots. The children were encouraged to plant the corresponding number of seeds that matched the numbered flower pots.
Lots of children decided to make beanstalks of their own. Some children made beanstalks out of play dough.
Other children made them out of bricks.
And some children made beanstalks out of recyclable materials at the workshop table.
All the children who made beanstalks were encouraged to compare their beanstalks with a friend’s and we encouraged the children to use every day or comparative language to talk about the size of their beanstalks.
In the outdoor garden the children helped Miss Cass to plant some lovely herbs and flowers in our flower beds and in wellington boots. Our garden still needs lots of work but it is really beginning to take shape and it looks beautiful.
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?