A Family Tree

Talking about their own families will help children to understand differences between themselves and others. At home this week make a family tree with your child to teach them about their personal history! A family tree is a way of displaying the relationship between a number of people within a family. A family tree helps us to tell our family story and share information about our past.

There are lots of different ways you could record this information: draw pictures, use photographs etc.

Stick Man

We read the story Stick Man and recalled all the different ways Stick Man is used when he is mistaken for an ordinary stick.

The children hunted for sticks to make their own Stick people. Some of the sticks were too long for the job of making people so the children quickly problem solved and worked out how to make their sticks shorter.

The children enjoyed selecting materials to use to make their stick people. Once the Stick people were created the children devised short stories to share with each other.

We talked about where Stick Man and his family live. The children drew tree houses and labelled their pictures.

Out of the Blocks – Exploring Ice

The children helped the staff to fill various containers and objects with water and added different objects – plastic fairies, dinosaurs along with some natural material. They then froze them to form blocks of ice of different shapes and sizes.

Once the containers had frozen solid, the children used tools and warm water to try and break the ice to set the objects free. As they excavated they were finding out lots about how the ice felt and was reacting as it got warmer and was broken up.

The children observed how salt affects ice, it was found that salt lowers the freezing point of water and when sprinkled on ice can cause it to start melting, D’Asia linked this to her mum putting salt on the pavement when it snowed.

Exploring Light and Dark in Purple Class

This week we have explored symmetry, reflection, shadows, light sources and rainbows! We explored light and dark materials such as ink, charcoal, chalks, neon colours, metallic and reflective colours.

We talked about things we could see in the night sky. We discussed fireworks and created pictures using pastels.

We learnt about the Hindu festival Diwali. We drew beautiful Rangoli patterns to bring us good luck.

In mathematics we explored pattern making.

Maths in Action

Children are naturally curious and learn best when they find an activity fascinating. The children in Purple Class were asked to make a number using shells.

The children enjoyed extended their play and the results were fantastic!

Margo and Annie wanted to make a large number. They discussed which number was bigger 100 0r 1000! Together they practised writing numbers and used the 100 grid to try and reach the number 100. They decided smaller shells were needed to achieve this and spent time sifting through the box looking for what they needed to complete their self chosen task.

Grey and D’Asia spent time counting and organising their shells into different shapes. Once they were happy with the arrangements they accurately counted them and enjoyed recording their work pictorially.

Some children choose to draw a shape first and then fill it in using shells. Cece counting 46 shells on her rainbow.

Jago copied the subitising mat and made numbers one to six. As Jago sequenced the shells we talked about how the numbers are getting bigger by 1 each time. Destiny made the number 7 and recorded her findings by drawing the shells in the shape that she made. Freddie ordered his shells according to size, he counted 1:1 to 10 accurately.

Great work mathematicians!