This term we will be finding out if dragons did exist. The emphasis is on imaginary worlds and we will include aspects of traditional tales and fairy stories.
Lines of enquiry that may be covered are:
Week 1 20th - 24th February 2017
This week began with a surprise arrival in Acorn Class. A mystery egg has appeared nestled in straw and there were footprints on the carpet. The children have made lots of suggestions about what could be in the egg, how we could find out and what we should do to keep the egg safe.
Our role play area has been transformed into a castle and the children are beginning to expand the range of props by making their own crowns, swords and shields.
Week Two 27th Feb - 3rd March
This week started with an animation of a dragon visiting Acorn class and taking a keen interest in the egg. The children decided that the dragon must have been happy with the way that they cared for the egg. Some baby dragons were discovered in ice eggs this week too.
As part of our focus on Book Week the children experienced a different traditional tale every day. Our dressing up day was enjoyed by everyone and there was much discussion about all the different characters.
Week Three 6th - 10th March
This week Acorn class have been working hard to use words and sentences to describe a dragon and to think about how they could spot a dragon. They've made fire breathing dragon heads and created dragon faces.
Our mud kitchen is developing, there are herbs growing and this week saw the addition of a giant pan and wooden spoon.
Following the lines of enquiry of the children a builder's yard has been created. The children have been finding different ways to transport the bricks and crates. High viz jackets, hard hats and clip boards are all essential and the children are realising the benefits of working as a team.
Week Four 13th - 17th March
Continuing with the dragon theme this week our focus has been on 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. The children have explored the rhyme in the story, retold the story in their own words, sequenced the story using picture prompts, used the story sack characters to create puppet shows and played Kim's game using key objects and characters from the book.
We made the most of the warm dry weather midweek and the children enjoyed their very first experience of playing on the grass in the Foundation Stage garden. The hill was rolled down, worms and bugs were discovered and everyone was mindful to put their wellies on before venturing on to the grass. The potion station has also proved to be a very popular area with all sorts of mixes being made. The next time you sort out old herbs and spices at home please do pass them on to us, challenging the senses can be an excellent way to encourage the children to explore an adventurous vocabulary.