Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Enormous Potato

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!

Video: Hatton Country World

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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.

What the Ladybird Heard

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.

Farms

This week we have been learning about farms. We have based our learning around the story of ‘Farmer Duck.’ The children have been very busy in the classroom. Some children made cows out of play dough, placed them in a field and counted them. These children then matched the number of cows in the field to the corresponding numeral and Numicon piece.

Other children chose to put pigs in pens and count them. They then also matched the number of pigs to the corresponding numeral and Numicon piece.

The children have been super stars at the mark making table this week. Some children think wrote about their favourite animals and other children wrote labels for their Lego pens and houses that they made for their chosen farm animal. The children are now beginning to think write with letters and letter shapes, ascribing meaning to their work as well.

Lots of children chose to paint farm animals at the creation station. The children were encouraged to add detail such as number of legs, tails, eyes, ears, horns to their paintings. Can you identify the farm animals from the children’s paintings?

This week the children have also loved making tractors. Some children made tractors at the workshop table using recyclable materials. Other children enjoyed making tractors using the resources in the outdoor classroom. All the tractors were superb and the children gave their choice of resources and creativity a lot of thought. A great start to our learning about farms.