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!
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.
We have been doing lots of fun activities this week in Nursery for our buildings theme.
In the sensory tray we have been playing with sand slime. We used it to stick blocks together and build walls using the tools.
In the play dough we use vehicle cutters, diggers and rocks.
In the water tray we used colourful ice to make sculptures. We added fake snow, styrofoam and white foam cylinders to build models.
In the painting area we used Duplo blocks to stamp patterns.
We have been making models of houses for the three little pigs.
Once the children had made their models they critiqued them.
They shared them with their friends then thought of how to improve them.
When we critique we give our friends feedback on their work so they can make changes to make it even better. Critique means giving feedback that is specific, helpful and kind.
In the outdoor area the children from FS2 made houses using straw, sticks and bricks.
In FS1 the children worked in pairs to make houses using construction materials.
The children gave each other kind and helpful feedback and we saw big improvements in their work.
This week our role-play area is a building site for the Three Little Pigs.
We have lots of resources in there to help the children to talk and share their ideas, build and make up their own stories.
We have open-ended resources so children can use their imagination for how they want to use them. There are; blocks, sticks, boxes, a doll’s house, grass, straw, tools and puppets.
We have had lots of fun telling stories and building houses this week: