This week we started our new topic of Space and Transport.
In literacy, we learnt some facts about the sun and wrote down our favourite ones. On Tuesday, we read some facts about the sun and the moon. On Wednesday, we had a very special message from my friend Stephanie who told us she was going on a secret mission, using the clues she gave us, we wrote to her with our ideas on where she could be going. All will be revealed on Monday!
In phonics, we went back over our phase three sounds. Although we are good at recognising and reading them, we need a bit more practice writing them.
In maths, we looked at distance and time. We carried out a science experiment where we had to predict which balloon would travel the furthest. Then we marked on the floor where each balloon ended up and spoke about the distance between the two marks and how we could measure it.
For time, we looked at one minute, we used a sand timer and a big clock to show what one minute looked like, we spoke about the different things we could do in a minute and things that would take longer than a minute. We then carried out some one-minute challenges.
In RE, we spoke about special places. We shared our ideas on which places are special to us and how we feel when we go to them.
This week was Science week, so we tried to incorporate lots of science learning into our activities. On Tuesday afternoon, Reception, Yr1 and Yr2 were mixed and we all had different activities that we had to complete. In the Reception classroom, my group looked at floating and sinking. In Yr1, they made slime and in Yr2, they made volcanoes!
On Friday, we showed that water can walk! We started off by filling two cups of water to the top so that they were full, we then added blue food colouring to one cup and red to the other, we had one empty cup in between. We then placed a piece of kitchen roll into the coloured waters and made sure each piece went into the empty cup. We then watched as the water walked up the paper and dropped over into the middle cup! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, we saw that a new colour was forming in the middle cup.
During our continuous provision this is some of what we did:
We made papier-mâché planets and painted suns using our hands and cling film. We also made planets and aliens using modelling clay.
We made shape aliens with geo boards and patterns using the peg boards. We also used magnetic numbers to write our own number sentences and we solved our own maths problems – making 3 lots of 5 mini-cups.
We built rockets and boats with our junk modelling. We built with magnetic shapes and we role-played with our rocket.
We wrote some letters to our friends and drew pictures and wrote about them.
We used pipe cleaners to see if we could make a person stand up and we built towers using mini cups and card.
We sorted pictures of food into groups, those we should eat a lot of and those we should only eat a little bit of.
We also spoke about activities we liked doing and why.
Next week is outdoor learning week for Team GR; Miss Allinson and I have planned some fun activities for you to do on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.