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 then made worms out of play dough. They made their worms different sizes and they used every day and comparative language to talk about their worms.
Other children made pasta worms. Again they made their worms different sizes and they used every day and comparative language to talk about their worms.
Other children measured the worms with non-standard units and other children built towers taller and shorter than our plastic worms.
Some children painted string worms.
And some children made worms out of the construction logs. The children couldn’t resist making some homes out of the logs for their snails too!
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 and holding snails. The children loved the snail races that we had!
Some children also enjoyed pretending to be a snail outside.
The children have been scientists and they have examined the snail’s shell. They then explored making spiral patterns of their own. Some children made spiral patterns from coloured gems. This was quite fiddly and required lots of concentration. Other children tried to paint spirals using corks and others tried to draw spirals on the chalk boards.
Some children transformed these spirals into pictures of snails. The children even did some think writing and wrote some facts about snails.
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 made some graphic representations of the number of snails they had made.
Other children made snails at the workshop table. They had to be a stickosaurus and a triceratops to make the paper spirals. It was quite tricky! The children then added on the snail’s eye stalks!
A great week learning about snails!
This week the children read the story ‘The Enormous Potato.’ This inspired their learning for the week. The children re-enacted the story in the small world area and they enjoyed joining in the repeated refrains in the story and planting potatoes in soil.
The children then became very creative with potatoes and they had fun creating their own Mr Potato Heads. Some children made Mr Potato Heads out of play dough and a selection of resources.
Other children made Mr Potato Head using real potatoes and a selection of resources.
The children were very imaginative and were quite independent in their choice of resources and in their creations. Afterwards the children were encouraged to think write about their Mr Potato Heads. The children are becoming much more confident with their think writing, ascribing meaning more independently.
The children were then asked what the farmer could make with the enormous potato. The children discussed their love of boiled potatoes, mash potatoes, roast potatoes etc. Each family group then decided upon one potato dish to make in Language for Thinking. The Tawny Owls chose to make chips out of their enormous potato.
The Snowy Owls decided to make cheese and potato pie out of their enormous potato.
The children enjoyed tasting both potato dishes. Yum! Yum!
On Monday (13th May) the Owls went to Hatton Country World to enhance their learning about farms. The children were impeccably behaved and we all had an amazing day. The children saw, learnt and did so much. Below is a slideshow of photos from the day and a video showing snapshots of everything the children experienced on our trip. The children were engaged, motivated, brave, curious and enthused all day. It was a pleasure to take them to Hatton and the staff at Hatton said they were the best group of children they had had the pleasure of meeting all year! Well done Owls.
This week the children have been reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. The children loved the clever way that the farm animals tricked the robbers and foiled their plans to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow.
The clever little ladybird who said never a word was our inspiration for discovery time this week. The children enjoyed making ladybirds of their own. They worked completely independently and they were all a Proudosaurus and a Stickosaurus!
Some children wanted to make ladybirds at the play dough table. Afterwards the children were challenged to do some think writing about their ladybirds. It has been lovely to see the children now ascribing meaning to their writing and to see how their writing has developed to containing letter and letter shapes rather than squiggles.
Some children wanted to give the ladybird spots. They then counted the spots on the ladybirds and matched them to the corresponding numeral and Numicon piece.
Other children chose to draw ladybirds on the iPads and everybody learnt how to use the BeeBot to navigate themselves around the route that Hefty Hue and Lanky Len planned to take in order to steal the fine prize cow!
The creation station has also been very popular this week and the children are now painting some lovely paintings of farm animals. Can you guess the farm animal? We are definitely looking forward to seeing the farm animals for ourselves on Monday when we go to Hatton Country World.