On Monday we travelled to Carlton Marshes to investigate the environment, exploring the marshes, dykes and bug homes for mini beasts. We found lots of different varieties to the ones we normally have in our woods. We tried to have a look at a spider , but he was a very fast runner. Our favourite was the dyke dipping - we found wonderful creatures, a nymph fly , water scorpion, and some so tiny we had to use a magnifying glass to see them. The volunteers at the centre were wonderful and supported the children's learning as well as making sure they had a safe enjoyable day. Thank you to all who helped on the trip we couldn't have done it without you!
Using a giant template of a butterfly we placed different shapes trying to create a pattern which is the same both sides. As you can see we created some wonderful symmetrical patterns.
This week we have been retelling the story of Jasper's Beanstalk, but creating our own versions. We have had hippos, Nanny's hamster, lions as well as other different animals planting all sorts of different items from roses to a present tree! We are very proud of the way the children have been engaged in the story telling and their ability to use their imagination. Please see the classroom display for some wonderful examples.
We have also been investigating capacity, looking at full half full, empty etc. We discussed the different size and shapes of containers to find out which one may hold the most or least. We also had lots of fun with bubbles.
We have introduced gym trail this week which is a program to improve balance and co-ordination. The children have enjoyed experimenting with movements travelling across the mats in their own unique way.
This week we have been reading the book Jasper's beanstalk by Nick Butterworth. It tells the story of an impatient cat trying to grow a bean stalk. Growing takes time and we have also been observing our own vegetables. We have planted our own beans as well and look forward to see them shoot. The potatoes are doing well and the strawberry plants are getting bigger so we are hopeful they will both provide some us with some snacks at a later date!
We have enjoyed lots of water play this week as well . We also used the brushes to try to stop the foamy water travelling down the hill. Next week we will be following the children's lead and using lots of water to learn about capacity! Be prepared for damp children!
To start our topic we used the book by Super worm. The worm was a hero, but captured by the Wizard Lizard he was held captive. We had to think how we could rescue him, and designed traps for the evil lizard. We used worms to measure for maths and dug for worms outside, discussing how they help the plants by making holes in the soil.