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Potatoes!

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Potatoes!

Last week in nursery we were very excited to dig up the potatoes from our planters!

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We brought our potatoes in and sorted them. We sorted them into big and small, we found broken and unbroken potatoes and clean and dirty potatoes! We counted the potatoes and compared our groups.

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Then we cleaned our potatoes ready for cooking. We chopped up some of our potatoes and made wedges, we grated other potatoes to make potato cakes and we even tried sweet potatoes!

 

We had special visitors who came to teach us how to use balance bikes and we played games pretending to pick up, peel and mash potatoes!

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We still had some potatoes left so we started to roll them to see how far they would go. We rolled them down the guttering, inside and out then used a big roll of paper to record how far they went. Oliver had a plan and chose the heaviest potatoes because they went the furthest.

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Finally we cut up the last of our potatoes and used them to make potato prints!

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What a lot of fun with potatoes! We have been learning to…

  • Count, sort and match
  • Compare by size, shape, weight and colour
  • Measure distance and start to talk about length
  • Think about how things grow
  • How to be safe when using cooking tools like graters and knives
  • How to be safe when cooking
  • Taste new foods and describe taste and texture
  • Make prints and explore colours
  • To control the balance bikes and strengthen our muscles ready for writing

How can you continue learning at home? 

  • Explore other foods and how they grow
  • Taste and prepare other vegetables
  • Let children cut with blunt knives to practice being safe
  • Roll cars and toys and see who can get them the furthest
  • Ride bikes at home to help with balance and coordination
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Caterpillars and Butterflies

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After reading the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar we got some caterpillars of our own!

We have been watching them grow bigger and go into their cocoons.

Today was the day to set them free!

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We took our butterfly gardens outside and opened them to let the butterflies go. Some of the butterflies didn’t want to fly away at first so we used twigs and leaves to encourage them. Some butterflies flew away and we took the others to a plant outside. One butterfly even landed on one of the children’s noses!

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What have we been learning?

We have learnt about how to care for living things

We learnt about what living things need to help them grow

We learnt about the life cycle of caterpillars

We looked at caterpillars and butterflies closely and talked about what we could see

What could you do at home?

Have a hunt for insects in your garden

Talk about how you need to be gentle with living things

If you have pets at home children could help to look after them, helping to clean cages and feed them