The chicks are growing fast; they now have feathers growing on their wings. They are so much bigger, and noisier! And they are flapping their wings to try and fly. We enjoyed looking at and holding the chicks now that they are bigger, and looking at the differences between the boy chicks that will grow into cockerels, and the girl chicks that are growing into hens. We also learned about how eggs are fertilized, and why some eggs are OK to eat. We clean them out each day, giving them fresh water and food and newspaper for their tank.
This week we have also been celebrating Eid, and as a special treat some Somali Mums came in and talked to us about Eid and Somalian culture. They talked to us about what Eid is, and why some people celebrate it. We did some niko dancing, designed our own henna patterns and had it painted on our hands. We also cooked special food, such as curry, samosas, bread and even special sweets. Thank you to all of the Somali mums who came in to share their food and culture with us, we had a great time!
This week we have had a very special delivery – of some living eggs! We kept the eggs in an incubator, to keep them warm, and waited and waited until we saw their tiny beaks pecking their way out of the shells. We learned all about hens, and why not all eggs will turn into chicks. We predicted what was inside the eggs and learned about other animals that come from eggs, like turtles, crocodiles and snails.
The chicks have hatched! The first thing they did was to eat the yolk out of their shells, which makes them strong. Then when they were fluffy and dry, we moved them to their comfy new home, with water and food and a special light to keep them warm. Now we will watch as they grow and change, drawing and writing about the chicks as they become chickens. Keep posted for more chick updates!
This week Orange Class have been learning about different types of insects, and as part of this we went on a bug hunt. We found lots of interesting insects, including bees, spiders, ants and ladybirds. We also saw snails, seagulls and crows. The children drew pictures, wrote sentences and even took photographs of what they found. Some children were brave and let the ants and spiders crawl on their hands!
We have been exploring bubbles and bubble painting in our science lessons. The children are making bubble mixtures using glycerine and fairy liquid. They are testing which mixture produces the best bubble.
Cinar looked at the different materials he has to make bubbles with. He added water then he added a squirt of washing up liquid. The bubbles popped at first so he added more and the bubbles lasted a little longer: "better bubbles." When asked if he wanted to add glycerine he said yes and was happy with the result: "look the bubble no pop."
Lola approached the challenge of making the perfect bubble mixture methodically. She added water and then washing up liquid. The bubbles popped at first so she added more washing up liquid. When she added the glycerine she said: "these are the best bubbles! They last longest. The first ones were too thin!"
In Red Class we looked at different things that could go through a sieve.
We separated the treasures from the sand using a sieve. “The treasures can’t get out because the holes are too small.”
We enjoyed looking for the treasures in the sand. After some sieving he exclaimed: “I can see treasure!”
The children have been enjoying a variety of materials. They were describing the texture and identifying if it was a dry or wet material.
The children have been learning about different animal habitats. They had a go at making a habitat using different resources.
The children were making hats that were suitable for different types of weather. They used plastic bags to make a waterproof hat.
In Green class the children have been outside exploring and learning about trees.
We explored what happen when we heat up chocolate and then let it cool down.
As this child explained: “it melted, then went back to hard.”
During a lesson on the properties of materials we decided the best hat to wear for different weather conditions. As the weather outside was wet that day we decided to make waterproof hats. Here we are testing different materials to see which are waterproof. “The plastic is waterproof.” She concluded.
This child is modelling her waterproof hat. She was initially unhappy with her hat as it had a hole: “it isn’t waterproof.” She taped up the hole and was happy that: “it’s waterproof now.”
Here we are creating waterproof hats.
In another science lesson we spoke about homes. We looked at different homes and asked ourselves the following questions: Who lives there? What do they use their home for? What is it made of? Who made the home? We then created homes for different animals, thinking about what they would need. In the photo above Tyler and Kainaat’s habitat for the giraffe included water to drink, leaves to eat and shelter.
Efe and Aasiya’s hippopotamus lived in Africa. They gave him shelter, water to drink and drew him some grass and fruits to eat.
Halil and Ada created a habitat for a hen. They made her a henhouse, created a water source and sprinkled some cereal to serve as food.
As part of our work on ‘Our Changing World’ we went outside to look at the trees and how they were changing in Autumn. We discussed the changes and then drew our own pictures of the trees "the leaves have fallen down. They are red, yellow and orange and some are green."
The children also enjoyed the sensory elements of Autumn, especially stomping in the leaves!
Aspects contributed to by this experience:
Understanding the world>The world>30-50 months
Understanding the world>The world>30-50 months
We have started to learn about forces. These children found an object that they needed to push.
We go on trips in the local area, discussing the different jobs that people do in the community. This child is posting a letter in the Post Office.
We have discussed things that we have found in the environment. This child found some ice. He held it in his hand: “it’s water, melted!”
We have continued our ‘Our Changing World’ topic by doing observational drawings of the trees in Autumn and Winter.
We experimented with making the perfect bubble mixture, using ingredients such as detergent and glycerine.