Monday 11th - Friday 15th February
This week we have reached the end of our topic of: "What happens when I fall asleep?" and have finished with looking at planets and constellations. The children found out what a constellation is and learned a few including "bear", "dog" etc. We have also discussed what a solar system is and the planets in our solar system including their different features. To continue this learning at home, download "Sky Map" or "Pocket Universe" to a tablet to locate planets and constellations - this works best at night time!
The children have enjoyed extending this topic into their exploring time, they have flown to outer space in the rocket in the role play area, created planet prints and patterns with shaving foam and pippets, cut out space rockets and grouped moon rocks to the correct number rocket. Have a look at what we have been doing!
4th - 8th February
This week we have continued our topic "What happens when I fall asleep?" but have moved onto "Moon and Stars". The children first learned about what dark actually is and what causes dark - we discussed how it is dark when we take away light, for example turning out a lamp indoors or the sun going down at night time. This developed into what is Space including what are stars, planets and the moon. The children looked at some telescope pictures and described what they could see.
The children also had the opportunity to come back to school at night time dressed in their pyjamas where they had hot chocolate and bedtime stories read to them!
The children have extended the "Moon and Stars" learning into their child-initiated play. For example, the children wrote like astronauts by lying under tables and writing on paper stuck underneath the tables, creating Space pictures with oil pastels, made space puzzles plus many more! Have a look at what they have been doing!
28th January – 1st February 2019
This week we have been thinking about nocturnal animals. We have thought about what kind of animals are active at night and what they do. The children had lots of fun becoming ‘Nocturnal animal detectives!’, in pairs they had to use a torch find as many nocturnal animals as they could in the darkened classroom and check the animals off on their checklist.
We have been busy painting emergency vehicles, the children had to think carefully about the colours and shapes of the vehicles.
We have continued to use numbers to twenty to make and solve calculations involving addition and subtraction. Some of our maths sessions have taken place outside this week and the children made calculations using themselves!
In PE this week the children have been involved in group racing and chasing games and also carried on practising ball skills.
Here is what the children have been up to in Exploring Time this week...
Continuing our topic of "What happens when I fall asleep?" we are now finding out about "people who work at night time". To help us learn about this we have had some special visitors come in to talk to us - a paramedic and fire fighters! Our visitors taught us how some people need to work whilst we are asleep because people still need help at night time!
Our paramedic visitor told us all about how he transports people to the hospital or doctors when they are unwell and how people need to call 999 when they need an ambulance. He then even let us look at his equipment and bandage our friends!
The fire and rescue service spoke to us about how they help people - they don't just fight fires! They help people in a variety of ways and often aid the other 999 services in an emergency. They also showed us their fire engine and what equipment they use!
In maths we have begun to look at calculating with numbers 0-20 and really looking how a number can be composed/decomposed e.g. 13 can be made up of 10 and 3 or 6 and 6 or 9 and 4...... We have explored this with a range of concrete apparatus we are now familiar with including tens frames, part-part whole models and Numicon.
As always the children have also continued learning in their exploring time and this week we even got to experience snow! Have a look what they got up to.
14th – 18th January 2018
In maths this week, the children have continued to look at teen numbers - looking specifically at 15, 16, 17, 18, 29. By using different counting resources we have closely looked at the numbers individually, as well as thinking about how to work out what is one more and one less of that number.
This term we are starting to think about ball skills. The children have had lots of fun playing chasing games which involved a ball and also working with a partner to carefully control and catch a rolling ball.
As part of the termly topic ‘What happens when I fall asleep?’, we have been thinking about the importance of sleep and rest. Thank you for helping the children to complete and return their sleep diaries. We have been discussing these and thinking about why we need sleep and what happens if we don’t get enough sleep.
Exploring TimeAs usual, lots of activity has been happening during exploring time. Please see the photos below to find out what the children enjoy learning during this self-choosing learning time.
7th -11th January
Happy New Year!
The children have settled back into the new school term very well and are very excited about our new topic: "What happens when I fall asleep?"
We have started the topic by discussing our bedtime routines, why we do them and how they may differ from other peoples. The children have taken sleep diaries home to complete every night - please bring them back in completed on Monday! The children have also learnt about lullabies, discussing what they are and learning how to sing some.
In maths we have begun to look at teen numbers - looking specifically at 11,12,13,14. We have explored these numbers through a number of different representations including: Numicon, tens frames, quantity and numeral. We have discussed in detail how teen numbers are made up of a ten and ones, for example: 11 = 1 ten and 1 one. 12 = 1 ten and 2 ones etc.
Our exploring time provision has largely been based around bedtime routines, here is what we have been doing: