In nursery we have been investigating ice in our water tray. We found out that the ice was really cold but as we played with it using our warm hands, it began to melt. Some of the comments from the children included: “it’s freezing!! Wow, it’s so slippy in my hands.” “it’s melting ‘cos it’s getting hot,” “oooh it’s all runny and wet.”
Key vocabulary- cold, icy, freezing, melt/ melting.
Team CH have loved science this half term, especially discovering more about the world around us. We began our learning this half term by investigating the seven things living things can do, such as breath, eat, get rid of waste, reproduce, react, move and grow. To further our understanding we explored some things that are alive, were once alive and were never alive and produced a graph to show and share the results. As we dove in deeper, we began to look at how organisms live in specialised habitats. We thought carefully about what a habitats must provide the animal and the needs of that animal. In addition to this we also investigated the Cuttlefish and talked about how it uses active camouflage to hunt pray and hide from predators. Next, we investigated coastal habitats such as, beaches, seaside towns, sand dunes, rocky shores and cliffs and began to become familiar with a variety of birds that live in these costal environments. We enjoyed searching for and writing facts about these amazing costal birds. Our Local habitats are very important to us, and we understand the importance of recycling and caring for the wildlife around us. This is why we have produced some posters to raise awareness of our wonderful local habitats and planned, then built some incredible bird feeders. Finally we have started to explore wider habitats that can be found in different continents across our world.
In Science, we have been exploring world habitats. The class were split into teams and given a world habitat to research. They needed to consider what the conditions of this habitat was, what creatures lived there and how they have adapted.
Our learning focus has been on keeping healthy. Our book of the week was “Oliver’s Vegetables”.
The children have learnt about the different ways we can keep healthy and have tried the following new fruits at snack time – watermelon, mango, kiwi and pineapple.
Children practised their cutting skills to create their own healthy lunchbox following a class discussion on the importance of eating a balanced diet. The children were very good at ensuring their lunchboxes were filled with lots of healthy food creating a balanced lunch!
The children have also been sorting foods into healthy and unhealthy, and know the importance of exercise to help keep us healthy.
This week we continued with our growing topic, looking at minibeasts. We listened to the story of Superworm and talked about the rhyme of the story as well as noticing all the different minibeasts in the story and sorting them by the number of legs and writing captions to describe the creatures. We have had a wormery in class to observe the movement of the worms and we made wool patterned worms and compared different length playdough worms. On Friday we continued with our bean diary, looking for changes in our bean plants.
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"WOW!" has been heard a lot in nursery this week as the children have been so amazed to see the growth of both our caterpillars and beanstalks. Our caterpillars have doubled in size over the course of this week and we were very excited to notice on Friday that they were forming their cocoons! We are wondering how long it will be before we have some butterflies!
The children have also been carefully observing the growth of their bean plants each day. They have learnt the words "shoot" and "root" and were excited to see how tall they were by the end of the week.
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Before half term Team JF began to plan and create a science based DT project based on our topic 'Life by the Seaside'. We decided that we were going to make a coastal shoe box habitat. First, we chose which habitat we were going to create, most of us chose a beach or a rockpool. Then, we drew a labelled plan of what our habitat was going to look like and what materials we were going to use. A week later after many of us brought in a cardboard box, it was time to create our coastal shoe box. The first thing we did was paint our boxes and added details like clouds, made of cotton wool and waves with white paint. Then once dry, we added sand, seaweed made from pipe cleaners, animals, rocks and other materials. This week we evaluated our habitats and reflected on what went well and what we could change if we were to do it again.
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We have been learning about living and non-living things this week in science. First we discussed what we thought made something living and Team JF concluded that something must be able to move to be living. Next, we watched a science video explaining to us that for something to be living it must be able to grow and have energy. This made us think, that a tree or a flower doesn't but it definitely does grow. On our desks we had lots of images of things like toys, animals, plants and cars, we sorted them into living and non-living piles and discussed why we put them there.
Compare and Group Together Everyday Materials on the Basis of Their Properties
Children in Team AF and LL recapped their learning and knowledge of properties of materials. They revisited and defined property language such as: insulating, magnetic, flammable, permeable, flexible, magnetic and absorbent. The children collected a range of materials and suggested a range of tests they could carry out to test certain properties. Pupils developed their own recording methods and criteria for testing and measuring. They compared, described and sorted a range of materials by their properties. Pupils recorded their findings and fed back to the class.
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