4th April 2018
This week we have been exploring the book ‘Yucky Worms’ by Vivian French. We read a letter from an earth worm called, Mr. Wormy, and we found out that he was sad because lots of people thought he was yucky! We found out lots of cool facts about worms through the book and watching videos about worms. We went to the wooded area to collect some worms and made our own classroom wormery. We also took part in some observational drawings of worms and other mini-beasts. We went on a mini-beast hunt in our outdoor area too and made a tally chart. The children found out the most and least common mini-beast in the woodland area.
Next week we will continue with the theme of worms and mini-beasts. We are going to make worm poems, make our own ‘yucky worm’ zig zag books and write a letter back to Mr. Wormy, telling him all the things we have found out about worms.
We will be having a go at making our own story boxes. If you have any cardboard boxes, please could you bring them in. Due to allergies, please ensure these boxes do not contain any nuts.
27th April 2018
This week the children enjoyed the story ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth. They took part in retelling the story and made predictions about what might happen at the end of the story. They had the opportunity to write their own end to the story and the teachers were amazed by the children’s creative ideas. They had fun measuring footprints and comparing size using nonstandard units. The warm weather has seen the beans that the children planted begin to grow and we have been learning about caring for the bean seeds by watering them. The children have been very excited and enjoyed record observations of this in their bean diary.
Next week we will explore the book ‘Yucky Worms’ by Vivian French. This is a funny book which engages the children in learning about the earth worm in an exciting way. The children will receive a letter from an earth worm that doesn’t feel appreciated and asks the children to find out the cool facts about worms. Also, the children will visit the woodland area to investigate earthworms, their habitat, behaviour, physical features and make observational drawings. Later in the week the children will go on a bug hunt and make tally charts of the bugs they have found. The children will continue to complete their bean diary by recording observations of the growth and change which has taken place.
20th April 2018
This week the children have enjoyed the traditional tale, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ They took part in retelling the story sequence using the story language and explored the emotions and actions of the different characters. We also wrote the story, made junk modelling castles and planted our own beans.
Next week we will continue the theme of planting and growing. The children will make a ‘Bean Diary’ and record observations of the beans they have planted. Over time they will notice the growth and change taking place. The children will explore the story ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth. The children will take part in retelling the story and make predictions about what might happen at the end of the story. They will have the opportunity to write their own end to the story. There will also be a mystery visitor who leaves behind giant footprints and the children will engage in finding out who the footprints belong to by measuring them.