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Week Beginning: 03.05.21

We have enjoyed participating in a variety of challenges this week linked to the story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. We started by reading just the first page, where the boy gets an unexpected visitor at his door, a penguin! We found out all about penguins, creating our own information booklets and we used non-standard units to measure different sized penguins. We loved painting pictures of penguins and some of us followed instructions to draw our own. We then continued reading until the boy found out where penguins come from, the South Pole! We found out about Antarctica, what it is like there, what animals are there and what people may do there. We then thought about how the boy and penguin might get there. We had some great imaginative ideas, including boats, planes, helicopters, submarines and rockets! Some of us enjoyed writing about how we would get there, some drew pictures and others created models using junk and construction. At the end of the week, we finished reading the story to find out how the penguin got home, and had lots of fun mixing paint colours and using the musical instruments to represent the weather they experienced on their journey.

         

       

 

Week Beginning: 26.04.21

We have been exploring the story ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy this week, linked to our topic of Space. After listening and beginning to talk about the story the previous week, we continued to explore it, enjoying re-enacting the story using props and using it within our writing activities. We sequenced pictures in the correct order and retold the story in our own words. We had lots of fun making new helmets for baby bear, thinking about which material to use so that he wouldn’t get wet. We loved testing the helmets to find out if they were waterproof or not! We enjoyed talking about what food or drink we would take with us for a picnic on the moon, thinking about what our favourite snacks are and worked hard to write shopping lists. We have also been busy exploring shapes in maths; continuing to talk about their properties in order to describe them, and being able to match shapes when they are rotated.

 

    

         

 

Week Beginning: 19.04.21

We have continued to explore Space this week, investigating how craters are formed on the moon. We used flour and cocoa powder as the moon’s surface, then dropped different sized rocks on this to find out what happened. We then tested the rocks from different heights. We found the bigger the rock and the higher the height dropped from, the bigger the crater formed on the surface.
With Spring upon us, we have been busy in our outdoor area this week planting. We have planted sunflowers, wild flowers, turnips and broad beans seeds. We have discussed what plants need to grow and have enjoyed making signs to go alongside the planters, so visitors know what is growing.
We have had a busy maths week, using the part-whole model to help us break the ‘whole’ in a variety of ‘parts’ and talking about what we have found, such as “3 and 4 makes 7”, “6 and 1 makes 7” and “5 and 2 makes 7”. We also enjoyed using the bean bags and hoops outside to find different compositions of 5 or 10; explaining how many were in the hoop and outside. We enjoyed this so much, we even started playing the game during play and learn.

     

 

Week Beginning: 12.04.21

To begin our topic 'What an Adventure', we have enjoyed a week learning all about Space. 
We started by exploring the story 'Aliens Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman, creating our own aliens using playdoh, flying saucers and writing about the story. Next we found out about our solar system and used papier mâché to create planets. On Wednesday we had so much fun dressing up as astronauts and aliens for our Space Day. We learnt about journeys into Space, the International Space Station and even tried eating some food like they would have on their missions. We have also been busy learning about the recent mission to Mars and enjoyed making our own Ingenuity Helicopters using marshmallows!