During our muddy Monday Session we took advantage of the weather being icy and frosty and went looking for Jack Frost. The children were convinced that the footsteps they could see were his! As we walked around we found lots of places Jack Frost had been. Then we placed our warm hands on the frosty furniture and watched as it melt to leave our hand prints and patterns. We could see our breath in the cold!
This week we have talked to the children about the North Pole called the Artic and the South Pole called Antarctica. Our main focus has been about penguins that live in Antarctica.
During our language for thinking sessions this week we have learnt that Antarctica is very cold and is snow or ice covered for most of the year. Emperor penguins are the biggest. They have a layer of blubber to keep them warm under their feathers, they also have an oil on their feathers to keep them waterproof. It’s the daddy penguin that looks after the egg for 2 months on its webbed feet until it hatches and then the mommy penguin comes back to take over looking after the chick. There were various themed activities out during discovery time.
At the tuft spot Ms Andrews set up a cold winters scene for the penguins and seals. She made some play snow using bicarbonate of soda, silver glitter, peppermint essence and baby oil. It even felt cold! There was also some icy water for the penguins to swim in.
Mrs Horsley very kindly made some white playdough for us which we added peppermint essence and silver glitter to. It smelt really good. The children were making imprints of snowflakes and making snowmen.
In the water tray there were ice cubes, pieces of floating glaciers (polystyrene) and penguins.
On the creation station we made snowflakes using cotton buds and sequins.
At the painting station children were painting snowmen and penguins.
Children had the opportunity to dress up as a snowman, penguin and Elsa. We set up a winter scene by the book area.
There were other activities out too.
During our language for thinking sessions this week we have continued thinking about winter. Our focus being snow and snowflakes. There were various themed activities out during discovery time.
At the maths station children were matching the numbered snowflakes to the numbered winter scenes and counting out the correct amount of cubes.
At the tuft spot, funky fingers and light table children used loose parts to create their own snowflakes.
Ms Andrews made some snow dough for the playdough table. It was silky soft but became very crumbly. The children did manage to imprint snowflakes into before it had to be thrown away.
In the water tray there were ice cubes and some pieces of floating glaciers (polystyrene). The children had fun trying to balance the cubes on the glaciers.
In the small world there was a snowy scene set up. Children were encouraged to use the little play people to make snowmen, have a snowball fight and even make an igloo using sugar cubes.
On the creation station we continued with our cold colour theme and created triangular shaped cold colour collages. These will be going on display so don’t forget to have a look.
During discovery time this week we have been thinking about winter. We looked outside at the trees. At this time of year they have lost their leaves and look very bare. We used the sticks in the Tuft Spot to make bare winter trees.
We decided that blues, white, grey and black were cold, wintery colours. We used these coloured shapes to create repeating patterns on the smart board.
Other activities out during discovery time have included cold coloured gems on the light table. Children were encouraged to create a repeating pattern and some children even made the first letter of their name. There were various wintery coloured things in the tactile tray, painting and printing with cold colours and unifix cubes in the maths station to make cold coloured repeating patterns. The children have been very busy.
As we start a New Year and new term we welcomed some new faces to our class of Owls. Firstly, we welcomed a new member of staff Miss Yasmin. Then we welcomed three new children who have settled right in and have enjoyed joining in with our activities and making some friends.
This week we celebrated one of our owls turning four.