What have we been learning in term 5?

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This term our theme in Blue and Green room has been around growth and change. We have linked this with the Jack and the Beanstalk and Jasper’s Beanstalk stories. The children have engaged in different planting opportunities and have been surprised to see that beans and seeds can grow on cotton wool and kitchen roll as well as in the soil.

 

The Children’s Kitchen have been supporting planting with the children in the kitchen garden and the beds are beginning to flourish. We have also been monitoring the growth of or Jubilee trees and the saplings that the children planted last term with the gardeners. The children have been retelling the Jack and the Beanstalk story using pictures, props and story mapping, and an exploration of size, height and length has developed from both the story and the comparisons of the growth we have observed.

The surprising discovery of a dead wood pigeon in the forest area provided a wealth of unexpected learning opportunities. The bird showed no outwards signs of injury and the children were able to have the opportunity to observe the bird at fairly close quarters. They were observant and inquisitive and often very articulate about possible causes of death.  ‘Maybe somebody shoot him. He fell down from the tree. I think a fox got it. A big bird bigger than him killed him. I think a storm hit him. Maybe he fell off the roof and a plane hit him’. The children (and adults) had lots of questions which we explored and answered using books and the internet. Since then we have been spotting and listening to other birds in the garden and noticing feathers on the grass, but haven’t found any more dead birds. We have been thinking about what birds eat and where they live and have tried to make nests with clay and sticks. We even made a huge nest in the garden that the children can sit inside.

The children in Molly’s room have been busy looking for bugs this term.  We have looked at factual books on insects and then taken our magnifying glasses outside to see if we can find the same ones hiding under logs. We shared The Very Hungry Caterpillar story and used our creative skills and different tools and craft resources to make our own beautiful butterflies. We thought about the different types of food the caterpillar ate which gave us an opportunity to discuss healthy eating choices and linked in to thinking about our own oral health. The children enjoyed using the tooth brushes to clean Mr Crocodiles dirty teeth and to try to clean paint from some corn on the cob. Each child took home a toothbrush and sticker chart to use at home to encourage twice daily brushing. Keep up that good brushing!

We are looking forward to more learning fun in term 6.

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