Thank you to the Easter Bunny and to the School PTA for our Easter Hunt this afternoon! Thank you also to everyone who helped with bonnets and egg decorating to make our last day of term so wonderful .
The children requested that our next theme be all about superheroes! We based our learning on three key texts; Supertato, Traction Man and Superworm. Over the past few weeks the children have learned :
•To role play a superhero headquarters for imaginative play
•To talk about healthy eating and designed their own super smoothie
•Double a number using practical objects
•To create their own superhero character and describe them using adjectives
•To write their own superhero story in the style of another
•To make a gadget with a moving part
•To investigate what happens when water freezes and melts
We were also visited by a real life local hero, Jackie Man, a paediatric nurse from Great Ormond Street, and borrowed the fire brigade’s ELF resources to learn about fire safety and Stop, Drop and Roll.
Thank you to those of you who helped your child to make a superhero character from a fruit or vegetable. We enjoyed sharing and learning about how they were made.
It’s been a fantastic few weeks. The EYFS team are very proud of the children; what they have achieved and the little people they’e are becoming. We wish you all an enjoyable and restful Easter break.
Chestnuts have been talking about heroes and the people that inspire them. Some people were inspired by family members who “are kind”, “help when I fall over” and “they can open their eyes under water!” Other children named news stories and other people they knew; “the pilot is a hero because he thinked quickly to save the people.”
On Thursday the children were visited by Jackie, a paediatric nurse who has worked in various hospitals, including Great Ormond Street. She shared a typical day in her life and some of the equipment she uses. We had a go at hearing each other’s heartbeats and pretended to breathe through a special mask. We had prepared many questions for Jackie ahead of the visit. We wrote and re-read these to help improve our writing skills and Jackie’s answers were full of detail.
We would like to thank Jackie for giving up her time to talk to us. You have definitely inspired us to make a difference in our own and others’ lives. We are going to start by making an extra effort to recycle our paper and fruit and waste. We are also going to make sure we turn off the lights when we leave the room. We voted for Julia and Harry to be our class ‘eco councillors’ to remind us. Maybe the children could also do these things at home?
On Monday, we joined forces with Saplings to share some Easter songs and counting skills. The children practised their one to one matching, sharing into equal groups and counting in groups of twos, fives and tens …and of course, hunted for chocolate treats hidden in the park. It was lovely to see the ‘big children’ really looking after their younger friends. Happy Easter everyone!
It was lovely to see a mixture of mums, dads and grandparents at our first Stay and Play session, in which we shared some activities that help to secure children’s understanding of early number and mastery in mathematics.
For those of you unable to attend this time, please see below some of the kinds of learning your child experiences in school daily and some of the questions we use to deepen and challenge their understanding.
The children dig and search for Superworm in the mud pit, using vocabulary such as ‘longer, shorter’ to compare and describe the length of the worms they find.
This game develops fine motor skills as well as accurate counting- ‘How many straws can you collect in one minute? Did you score more or less than your friend? How do you know?
The children have made some giant numicon tiles and are using them to find the total of two numbers- ‘Do you think it is easier to start with the biggest or the smallest number? Can you explain why?’
In this activity the children describe a 3D shape hidden in the shaving foam whilst their partner attempts to guess and name it correctly, using the clues given. Some children also enjoyed a shape hunt and used an iPad to photograph their finds.
The children show the adults how it’s done, naming their two digit target before they aim, shoot, fire! ‘Can you hit the numbers in order smallest to biggest? What about biggest to smallest? Find a number more than/ less than 15.’
We are always looking to provide new and engaging opportunities for children to develop their number recognition and formation. ‘Can you write the numbers you know on the underside of a table?’
Annabelle and Daisy try to trick Annabelle’s Grandma by putting the smallest number first. “You have to put ten in your head and count on!”
“This one is even longer!” Says Etta.
Explaining or teaching your method to a friend helps to secure your own understanding; “You have to add two numbers the same, like this; four and four is eight!”
The children have been learning to count on from the largest number when adding two numbers together. This activity allows them to apply this skill in a meaningful context ; Ten Little Speckled Frogs. The children can choose from a range of practical resources to solve their problem; laminated frog characters, a bead string, numicon or a numberline. ‘How did you work it out? Can you check your answer? Can you show me another way?’
Julia counts backwards along a numberline to find the answer to a subtraction problem she sets herself.
‘Can you find pairs of numbers that total 10/20? Can you find another way? How will you know if you have found all the possible ways?’
In Chesnut Class we always try to plan practical, engaging, open ended tasks that have a meaningful context and a concrete supporting resource (such as counters or numicon) to help visual the mathematical concepts. We also encourage children to take risks, applying their problem solving skills, and to talk about their methods.
This week we took the minibuses to Stover Country Park where the park ranger, Rob, had prepared exciting and practical activities to help develop the children’s understanding of animals and their habitats.
In the morning the children took part in woolly worm hunt, aimed at displaying to the children that bright colours are easy to spot but that most minibeasts are well camouflaged, meaning we had to really hunt for them. And hunt we did! In bark, under rocks, under logs and in the stream… we found a whole host of creatures including; worms, woodlice, snails, slugs, beetles, millipedes, centipedes and a toad! And after lunch we went to one of Stover’s ponds and found an array of wonderful bugs there too; caddis flies, great diving beetles, Damisen fly larvae and newts.
We are going to compare the creatures we found with those that we find in our school environmental area. We plan to make a display with our findings so watch this space!
A huge thank you to Rob for a great day and to the parents who volunteered to come on the trip. It wouldn’t have been such a great day wouthout your support.