Look what fun we have been having in our block area this week…
Read our learning story to find out how we made our GIANT slide!
In nursery we love to build towers and we love to knock them down even more! We decided to learn all about towers. We learnt which shapes were best for building towers with. We learnt about balance and height and we learnt two new words – tall and short.
Outside we even built a pendulum to help us knock the towers down. It was very tricky and we had to solve lots of problems such as thinking about the height of the pendulum, the length of the string, how tall to build our tower and how far to pull it back. We tried lots of different designs and we even learnt about heavy and light as we tried to knock down different towers.
We loved reading the story of The Gingerbread Man, our favourite part was when the fox tricked him at the end! We thought about ways to help The Gingerbread Man cross the river so he didn’t get eaten. We used our spare gingerbread men that we didn’t eat and made boats, bridges and even spider webs!
Have a look at our learning stories to see what we did…
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How can you continue learning at home?
This week the children decided to make a ‘magic rainbow bus’
We worked together to stick different coloured pieces of card on it. Then we added special features like wheels, headlights, windows, a moving door and even a magnetic registration plate.
We are very proud of our bus and have already been on lots of adventures to the park for picnics, Monkey business and Asda!
Last week began with lots of letter writing. The children were writing letters home and to their friends. We got out the post bag so we could deliver our letters.
In the construction area lots of children were building cages and zoos for the animals.
We remembered our story from guided reading all about sending letters to the zoo. It was called ‘Dear Zoo’. We read it at story time and then we got a delivery from the zoo!
We weighed the animals to see if they could be sent in the post. As everybody knows only animals that weigh less than a hamster can be sent in the post.
Some of the animals were feeling a little bit poorly but luckily the vets were there to make sure they were ok.
Some of the children decided they needed to use tools to make their zoos even better.
Then they asked to build a real zoo with real tools!
We thought about what we would need and wrote a letter to Ella’s daddy who looks after our school.
Then we drew designs for how we wanted our zoo to look.
We used the big drill, the saw and the screwdrivers to build our zoo. We had to work together and be very careful. We had lots of fun, especially using the big drill!
When the zoo was finished we sorted the animals to see who could live inside it.
What were we learning about?
This week the children decided everything we learnt about. All the activities were planned because of what the children said or did. This way the children were very interested in their learning.
The children did lots of mark making. They wrote letters to the zoo and to other people. They drew designs for their zoo and talked about their pictures.
We learnt about letter writing. We made sure we said who our letters were to and who they were from.
We learnt the names of different animals including more unusual animals like flamingos.
The children had discussions about where different animals live e.g. would we find a spider in the zoo? They learnt to ask questions and look in books to find the answers.
We learnt about vets. The children took on a role in their play, asking and answering questions. They began adding more mark making to their play by writing what was wrong with the animals.
We learnt about tools. We learnt how to be safe and manage risks.
In maths we learnt the words ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ and could sort the animals. We learnt that not everything that was big was heavy and not everything small was light.
How can you continue learning at home?
Following children’s interests at home is a great way to help their learning. Children that don’t normally pick up a pencil will often write more if it is part of their play.
If your child likes to build encourage them to draw what they are building and talk about their pictures.
If they like to play football and other games give them a pen and paper or chalk to write on the ground and encourage them to keep a score.
Letting the children use tools in a controlled and supervised environment allows them to learn about safety. For example, letting children use scissors and talking to them about how to use them safely means they are less likely to be dangerous with them than if they never use them.
Last week was Environment Week so we decided to build a giant recycled robot!
First Miss Hulme and Miss Parker went to the Scrap Store to collect lots of bits and bobs to create our robot. If you have never been it is full of great ‘junk’. Check it out here.
Then we thought about how we wanted our robot to look and drew our designs…
Next we got out the clear mannequin torso from the Scrap Store and filled it with bits of rubbish to be the robots insides. We used things that would have normally been thrown away like broken lids and bits of flooring. We had to think about the size of what we were putting in to fill the robot.
Then we made his body. We added a plastic tub head and screwed tins together to be arms.
The legs were tricky, after trying cones and wire reels we decided on old plastic boxes that were going to be thrown away. We wanted our robot to live outside so we had to think about how to keep it waterproof.
The children added their own personal touches like sunglasses and a necklace…
Finally we decided it should be silver so Miss Hulme sprayed it. Look closely at his stomach and you should still be able to see his insides!
Here is our finished robot, what do you think?
After reading The Journey Home From Grandpas we thought about other journeys we might go on and decided to learn about space!
We read the stories Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.
We thought about what we might pack if we went on a journey to space. We made it extra tricky by only choosing what we thought were the three most important things, we didn’t alway agree!
Some of us tried to pack for an emergency and thought about how we would see if it was dark, what we would eat and how to keep ourselves warm. Some of us just wanted things to help us see the sights and some of us packed the things we would need for bedtime!
In the story The Way Back Home the martian and the boy get stuck on the moon. We thought about how we would rescue them. Can you see how we tried to rescue the martian?
Then we put the martian in the block area and tried to build steps up to the martian.
We decided we could design a vehicle to get us to the moon. We worked with friends to draw a picture of what our vehicle would look like then labelled all the special parts.
We turned a box into a rocket like in the story Whatever Next. We added wheels and backpacks and material.
Some of the children then had the idea to add a door and a window and we decorated our box to look like a rocket.
We made green alien slime using our favourite recipe (recipe here) and added rockets, aliens and astronauts.
We made more rockets with the blocks and we all practised writing our name, cutting out the letters and turning them into rockets, some of us had very long rockets!
We made number rockets writing the numbers and making the marks to show how many it was. Then we put the numbers in order from 1 to 10.
We had lots of fun learning about space, how can you continue learning at home?
Encourage your child’s interest in space by; talking about what they have learnt, sharing stories about space or finding out more information on the internet (try using child-friendly search engine Kiddle)
Encourage your child to write their name by making your own name rocket at home, or how about a name train or even a name Olaf! (snowman)
When you’re on your way on a visit somewhere encourage children to pack a bag with the things they think might be important, what do they think they might need to pack for a trip to the park? Give children a limit e.g. pack 2 things for the park to encourage them to think about what they want and what they need (Their answers might surprise you!)
Give children a challenge when they play with their blocks or Lego at home, can they build a tower that is taller than they are? Can they build a bridge?
Make some alien slime or play dough or easy peasy moon sand (just flour and water). Click the link above to find our favourite recipes.
Use an old box to make your own rocket or let it be anything you want it to. Try adding spare bits of fabric/bed sheets or pillowcases to encourage the children to be whatever they want, the material in nursery is definitely the most popular for dress-up!
At news time Evie told us a story about finding a spider in her bath. The rest of the children were very excited and shared their stories about finding spiders in funny places. There were spiders in boxes, spiders climbing the walls, spiders behind sofas and even spiders on scooters! We thought about what to do about the spiders we kept finding. We used our brand new floor book to share our ideas and think about what we could do about all these spiders!
Some of the children went to visit the school library and found the story ‘Aargh Spider!’ It is a funny story about a spider who wanted to be a family pet but kept getting sent outside!
We thought about making somewhere for the spiders and insects to live outside. We decided to build a bug hotel!
To build our bug hotel we used bricks, pallets, logs and branches. First we made the frame of the hotel using the pallets and carefully picking up bricks and placing them in between the pallets.
Then we filled the pallets with branches, twigs and leaves for the insects to live in.
We added straws and plant pots for bees. Some of the children then found some bugs and put them into the bug hotel.
We used magnifying glasses and checklists to see what bugs we could find.
Come back soon to see if our insects like their new home!
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