What a lovely week. We had Science Week and National Outdoor Learning Day on Thursday.
We kicked off science week asking the children what they thought science was all about. They blew us away. We introduced a song that covered gravity, hibernation, migration, metamorphosis, evaporation. Many of which the children have / are experiencing through their everyday play. Here is the link to the song on You Tube from The Learning Station.
Joshua knows all about gravity.
Most children could explain evaporation, they just didn’t know the proper scientific term.
Most children knew about hibernation. Migration was a new term to many.
Metamorphosis – We are learning about this ‘in the moment’ with our class caterpillars.
Science Week photos:
Gloop: The children were exploring two type of gloop, making it, then observing how it changed and what it felt like using their senses. They explored transporting it, putting it through funnels and sieves, trying to pick it up with their hands or utensils and trying to form it into shapes, just to see what would happen. We heard some lovely language, describing how it felt, looked and behaved in their hands.
Bubbles: Talking about how bubbles are made of trapped air, the colours the children can see, their shape, size and chasing them to try and pop them are all valuable learning opportunities. I sent a recipe home that we used for science week, it’s well worth it! Would love some pics if you are successful making even bigger bubbles.
STEM Challenge: The children (and many of the parents!) loved the STEM challenge. The children used toothpicks and sweets to build 3D shapes. We are taking a closer look at 3D shapes next week. Could you make a better one at home?
Child led learning at its best: How much water is needed to be added to make the perfect sandcastle? What is happening to the water when it is poured on the sand?
Jump Rope: What goes up must come down!!!
George P was amazing, gold medalist in the making. Think we’ll try double dutch next week…
Sorry, but my photos really don’t do the children justice, didn’t manage to capture many mid flight.
Imaginative Play: Mrs. Kimber and I managed to salvage some car seats and bumbers from the Car Body Repair Shop in Breakspeare Rd (Thanks Issy!). They were so popular with the children, lots of lovely language and imaginative play. At risk of turning the garden into a salvage yard we love open ended resources like these. We’d love a steering wheel or three!
Next Week: We are looking at 3D shapes. Take a look at your environment, can the children spot any 3D structures, cone, cube, sphere etc.
We are collecting interesting shaped boxes. There are some hexagonal chocolate boxes if you fancy treating yourself (just in the interests of your child’s 3D education of course!).
What shape is the football?
What shape is a toblerone?
What shape is a Swiss Roll cake?
What shape is a Battenburg cake?
On Wednesday Miss Boby and I are out of class for part fo the day each as we have an internal moderation which is a statutory requirement, but we are on site.
Our caterpillars continue to hold the children’s interest, which they have demonstrated through their art work, creativity and their daily interest in observing change, which has also led to measuring them. Most have been given a name too, lovely writing.
Last week we made observational drawings of plants and planted beans and sunflower seeds. We have been watching a bean germinate and it’s been lovely hearing the children use this new vocabulary as they talk about the changes they have observed.
We have observed some pirate play this week and will be developing this next week. I bought some lovely swash buckling swords in Tiger (what did teachers ever do before Tiger hit the high street?) and the children had already made swords for St. George’s Day play. We’d love some plastic bottles for messages in a bottle….
We have been reviewing 2D shapes this week. The children were encouraged to guess the shape from its description, number of sides, curved or straight and number of corners. They also went outside to look for the shapes in their environment and used shapes to create a picture.
A few more:
We have been working on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We are working on describing the giant using wow words and the oral retelling of the story. We hope to see the caterpillars begin to change into chrysalides.
Do you have any (clean) plastic bottles or pirate that you could donate?
Save the date: Sports Day June 20th.
Any spare dressing up costumes that could be donated to Reception are warmly welcome! We currently have a great interest in a Pirates! ☠ Arrrrrrrrrrr!
The Reception Team