In preparation for this activity we froze some pots of water with little monsters inside. To begin we wrapped one of the ice blocks in tinfoil and passed it around for the children to feel. The words they used to describe it were very descriptive - cold, slippery, damp, freezing, crumpled, heavy, drippy, wet. This was before we even unwrapped it!
These were the questions we investigated.
Where do you think this water is coming from?
Why are your hands cold and wet?
What will make the ice melt?
Would anything make the ice melt faster?
How can we get the monster out of the ice?
The photos show the children using their senses to explore the ice. It was such a popular activity, the concentration shown by the children was amazing.
As part of our science week we thought about the creatures who live underwater. We started by reading 'Mister seahorse' by Eric Carle, then made our very own 'ocean in a bottle'. We made a habitat for the creatures in the book. We investigated what happens when we mix water and oil and made waves for Mr Seahorse to tumble and turn inside the bottle.
In our playground we have a 'minibeast hotel'. We talked about what we could do to encourage the minibeasts to live in it! We made a list of all the things we thought they would like, then collected them from around our school grounds. We will be checking regularly and promise to take care of them when they do move in. We are very gentle.
The children had a new job today, they were all chefs! They were all dressed suitably with an apron and chef's hat. The children were very serious and took great care when designing their own pizza. Some used all the ingredients, some were more particular and used only their favourite foods. They were all in agreement about one thing - their pizzas were delicious, even better because they had made them themselves!
We are always very busy in FS2! We want our children to have fun whilst also becoming independent learners.