Space and Shapes

This week Robins used non-fiction books and the internet to find out more about space. We learnt some interesting facts about the planets and stars as well as why we see the sun in the day and the moon at night. The children went on a shape walk around school to find circles and triangles as part of their Maths work which also extended to our adventure walk. We had a look at the shape of the windows on Christopher’s house and on the church and noticed many rooves and warning signs around the village are triangles. The children were fascinated by the ice in the playground on Thursday following such a cold night and even found some triangular pieces!

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Whatever Next

Robins imagined they were in their space rockets and with a ‘Whoosh’ were jetting off to the moon like Baby Bear in ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. They thought about what they would take to the moon and wrote a list using their phonic knowledge to sound out words. We enhanced the play activities with a range of space-themed resources from sparkly night sky play dough to a rocket launch station in the role-play area. Robins have enjoyed taking their learning outdoors this week and visited the playing field for some den building fun, went on a counting adventure walk and learnt to use a bow saw at Forest School.

Den building...

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The Enormous Turnip

We pulled and pulled and pulled but we could not pull up The Enormous Turnip! Many of the children had never seen a turnip and we compared it with other seasonal vegetables like swede and butternut squash and found out which grow above and below ground. As well as acting out the traditional tale we also read ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper and some of the children chose to practise their knife skills to create turnip soup. We had fun transporting pumpkins around the outdoor area and when one cracked open we enjoyed finding out what they look like inside and have decided to try planting some of the seeds next week.

Hammering golf tees into a pumpkin to develop fine motor control.

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