As a celebration of our Mini-beast topic we had an "Ugly Bug Ball". We made muddy worm hole cakes out of chocolate and cornflakes (with a few added worms!). We investigated how materials change when they are heated and cooled. We designed our mini-beast faces and then Mrs Brooks and Miss Wheeler transferred our designs onto our faces. We made bubble worms from a soap solution. Using different types of materials made the bubbles in our worms fatter or thinner. We read the book "Norman the slug with the silly shell" and then designed our own doughnut shells with icing and sprinkles - delicious!
Then the bee-keepers arrived to take away the bees in the woods. We saw how they were dressed to protect themselves.
We've come to the end of our "Friends" topic in Religion. This week we had lots of fun playing with our friends. Don't forget our min-beast party on Monday!
On Tuesday, Reception walked to Bute Park for a mini-beast hunt! It was a very long walk for little legs but nobody complained.It was very cold and windy and lots of the mini-beasts were hiding. We looked in lots of different places for them - under stones, on leaves and trees, in rotting wood and in long grass. After lunch we had a game of football (with Mrs Brooks as the referee). Then we made some pictures and potions using natural materials. We all had a great day.
In our lessons this week, we mixed art and science. We had some squeezy bottles of paint and water and we had to squirt the paint to make pictures. We had to predict what would happen to the paint if we sprayed it on the paper on the easel and how it would be different if we sprayed it when the paper was flat on the floor.
When the paint was sprayed on the paper on the floor we saw lots of dots. The paint on the easel ran down the paper in straight lines.We learned that gravity pulls everything down to the ground! We also saw how our colours mixed to make different colours.
We developed lots of skills - estimation, measure, more than/less than, speed and distance, problem solving - how to anchor the paper in the wind, observation. We also evaluated and appraised each other's work.
We began the week by brainstorming what we would like to learn this term. We are going to learn about different animals and where they live. We had lots of fantastic ideas.
We looked at books about different types of animals.
In the woods, we were given the challenge of drawing a map. Mrs Wheeler and Mrs Brooks wanted a map of the woods so we could find and mark where the minibeasts live. They were very, very impressed with our efforts.
This week in art, Mrs Wheeler brought in some flowers for us to look at and paint - we made a fantastic job of it! We looked really carefully at the colours and shapes and worked hard to paint our pictures.
We read the story of the Gingerbread Man. In maths we had to order the gingerbread men by the number of spots. We worked really well in teams!
On Monday we had a visit from the Food Standards Agency who performed a play about food hygiene and the importance of keeping food stored correctly.
In Maths we made Numicon sandwiches to find addition pairs to 10.
We programmed the Bee-bots to find their way around a floor mat.
On Tuesday we went into the woods. First we had a story, then we had to go and find natural materials and objects with different textures.
This week we had fun working together.
We made pegboard patterns and sequenced magic wands according to their size