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.