Are eggs alive?
Topic overview and possible lines of development
Week One - 24th-28th April
On Monday morning we had a very special delivery in Acorn class. Everyone was keen to watch the eggs for signs that they were hatching. By Wednesday morning we were welcoming our first chicks into the world. The children were fortunate enough to be able to see some of the chicks emerge from the shells. The table around the chicks has been full of children looking at books about chicks, making birthday cards, creating warning signs, thinking about names for the new arrivals and counting the number of eggs & chicks.
In addition to all the excitement of the arrival of the chicks Acorn Class also paid a visit to Stepnalls building site on Friday. Walking to the site was a fantastic learning opportunity in itself, we talked about road safety before we left and the children were able to identify lots of ways to stay safe. At the site we went into the offices and were given a demonstration of how some of the site vehicles are used. It was great to see the large crane up close and the children asked lots of questions. Thank you to all the parents who helped to walk the children to the site, we couldn't have done the visit without you.
Week Two 2nd-5th May
This week we noticed lots of changes with our chicks. We sat very quietly and followed instructions on how to carefully hold the chicks, we found lots of different words to describe how they felt.
We predicted which chick might be the heaviest and weighed them in the balance scales, the chicks seemed a bit unsure about this exploration.
Our book of the week has been 'The Little Red Hen', we used masks of the characters in our role play and explored the texture of bread dough as an alternative to playdough.
On Friday we had to say goodbye to the chicks, but not all of them went back to the farm. Have a look at the Chick Blog page to find out more.
The older Acorns (those moving to Reception classes in September) have all started learning phonics using Read, Write, Inc. Our younger Acorns are developing their listening skills and exploring stories that use a lot of alliteration and rhyme.
Week Three 8th-12th May
The investigation table has some new class visitors. The children were very excited to find out what was in the tank and they quickly began to talk about the tadpoles, sharing all the knowledge that they already had about tadpoles with each other. We are keeping an eye on our developing tadpoles because we will need to add some stones when they become froglets, ask your child why that is.
The Acorns have started to learn some songs about the lifecycle of a frog and explored how different frog eggs are to chicken eggs. Using information books and the internet has been a great way to find out more.