As part of our investigations we gave the children a selection of large blocks of ice. Each block had a small object frozen inside. First of all we wrapped the ice block in tinfoil and passed it around so that the children could describe how it felt without knowing what it actually was. We collected lots of adjectives used by the children such as cold, hard, freezing, crunchy, heavy. Then the children unwrapped it and explored how to get the objects out from the centre of it. This really fired up their imaginations, especially regarding DIY tools! We tried all kinds of things then one of the children had the bright idea of using some warm water to melt the ice. This activity provoked a lot of discussion and trying things out, testing whether their ideas worked.
We began our week by reading Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle and explained that we would be making a habitat (home) for the characters of the book. We washed and dried a two-litre bottle and removed the labels. Next we filled the bottle halfway with tap water and added a few drops of blue food colouring and swirled it around to mix it up. We added glitter and sea creatures for effect. Lastly we filled the bottle almost to the top with vegetable oil using a funnel and sealed the cap.
We discussed how Mister Seahorse tumbles and turns in the water in the book. Then we turned the bottle on its side and gently rocked it to create a wave inside our ocean habitat. The children were so impressed with the effectiveness of this and we have kept the bottles in the classrooms for them to use and observe.
You may have noticed that we have a 'minibeast hotel' on our FS playground. This was very kindly made by a parent at school a few years ago. We have to fill the space inside with different things to encourage the minibeasts to move in. We inspected what was already inside then added extra comforts and natural materials to tempt them. The children wanted to fill it with twigs, bark and dried leaves that would make it cosy for our guests. Another idea we had was to create a rockpile to see if that attracted any creatures.
One of our priorities was 'tender loving care' and respecting any minibeasts that we may find.
Every child remembered it was non-uniform today to raise money for comic relief. Thank you everyone! We had some 'red nose' activities and did some 'fun' drawings. It was a lovely end to our week.
Our friend John, who we think is a 'bird expert' came to visit us in school. We already knew the names of lots of birds so he went into more detail and told us so much information. the adults were also engrossed in the talk.
We looked at the width of the wings of an albatross. Just look at our photos!
Also when a recent survey was carried out about how many birds use certain bird boxes it was found that 63 wrens were in one bird box together. John had a bird box with a representation of the wrens and we were able to firstly estimate, then count them. It was fascinating!
Our children looked amazing! They could all tell us who they had come dressed as and many brought books to show us their character illustrated in stories. During the day we shared stories with each other and also had some very special visitors. The Year 4 children came to our classroom and read with us, we felt very important! Thank you to all the parents who were able come and read with us at story-time, the response was fabulous.
We are always very busy in FS2! We want our children to have fun whilst also becoming independent learners.