Week of May 16th

We have had a fabulous Science Week!

Our Sensory bottles were a big success. We heard lots of lovely observations and explanations about what the children could see happening.

“I put beads, sticks and glitter in the water but when I turned it over it made a pattern. It’s like a glittery fire ball. The beads go to the top, they are floating. I can go on my back and float in the sea too. Some are going down because they are sinking.” Layla

“I put beads and alphabet and big shapes in it. The balls aren’t sinking but the tiny things did, like the numbers and pasta. The sprinkles sunk but the other things floated.” Ava H

” Some bits are heavy and they stay down because they are heavy”. Maya.

“They floated down to the bottom. The beads are tiny so they go to the top because they are light. Look!, the sparkles are going down.” Aliza shook the bottle and said it looked like a snow globe.

“I added marbles, shells, sand, jewels and a cork. The cork is too light so it floated. The beads floated but the marbles sank. Cork is light and beads are light but shells and other things are heavy so sink.” Max W

 

We also had a visit from Jungle Jo, and met lots of huge mini beasts.

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The children have been painting butterflies. I wouldn’t normally use a template to paint on in Early Years but my focus was on the visual symmetry, which the children clearly began to understand. We heard language such as ‘the same, matching.’

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Look how these young girls worked together to create a symmetrical butterfly on the light table.

The children are still observing the changes in our tadpoles daily, so they were given a life cycle to cut out in Busy Fingers time to demonstrate their understanding, whilst practising their scissor skills.

 

A few more:

Next Week: We are still encouraging the children to represent their understanding of mini-beasts and will provide transient art resources to create their own bugs.

However, from discussions about floating and sinking this week, and reading ‘Who Sank the Boat, many children are keen to build their own boat and put things in it to make it sink! We are collecting containers for our junk modeling for this purpose.

  • Please keep practising oral counting with your child, at least to 20, and count anything and everything supporting accurate counting.
  • I’d love feedback on the syllable  sheet I sent home.

Save the date: Sports Date is June 21st. Please let me know what colour team the children’s siblings are in.

June 17th/18th are National den building days. I would like to do something for this with you and the children, so keep the date and more details to follow, dads too!

  • I have had two parents out of 53 express an interest and willingness to help develop next years reception area. Anymore?????

Mrs. Quinn

 

 

 

Science Week

Next week is Science Week. I would like to introduce the children to Sensory bottles.  It would be great if each child could bring in a 2L bottle  that I hope to fill with a variety of resources.

There will be opportunity to develop language about floating, sinking, density, colour changing, magnetism etc.

I hope to give the children lots of choice to create an individual sensory bottle

Can you help resource:

Food colouring, baby oil,   which will form the basis of the sensory bottles.

Also: Water beads (used for flowers), coloured stones (kind used in fish tanks),

sequins, stones, shells, buttons, small saped pasta, pom poms, small alphabet, loom bands, marbles, googly eyes, plastic numbers, beads, tinsel, corks, shopkins, the list is endless, so anything  that can fit through the neck of the bottle and won’t perish in the water.

Mrs. Quinn.