Thanks to Daniel's Mam, Maria, for taking these pictures when we were on our school tour on Monday!
We've been talking about electricity over the past week or so. First we figured out what it is and how it gets into our houses.
Then we started to consider how we can be safe around electricity. We had lots of ideas about what not to do!
We went for a walk to enjoy the sunny weather and to search for frogs. We didn't find any frogs, but we did find lots of other signs of summer!
This month we have been getting our hands dirty in lots of ways. We have been continuing to learn about Spring time and growth during our Science and Geography lessons, as well as having a chance to do some gardening during play time. We have really enjoyed playing in the garden box - planting and digging up seeds and bulbs, putting them in pots, and in rows - all kinds of things. It has been really exciting to watch the seeds and bulbs beginning to sprout roots and shoots, and to see how long they grow!
We have also learned a poem about working in the garden:
by George Shannon
Dig a little.
Dig a lot.
Dig a brand-new garden spot.
Plant a little.
Plant a lot.
Plant the seeds and bulbs you bought.
Wait a little.
Wait a lot.
Wait much longer than you thought.
Pick a little.
Pick a lot.
Share the best bouquet you’ve got!
In Art, we've been working with a different type of clay to make a beautiful addition to any garden! After learning two important techniques for sticking pieces of clay together - crosshatching and using slip - we begin to build up a 3D picture of a flower growing in the garden.
Then when the flowers were dry, we were able to paint them in beautiful bright colours and then bring them home to give to our Mams and Dads!
We even went on a nature walk to look out for signs of spring!
This month we are learning about Spring and new growth. Our role play area is a garden centre, and in the messy play area, we have a box of soil with some bulbs and tools.
We are also lucky to have the beebots this month - these are little robots that we can programme to follow our instructions. We're having great fun with them.
Since the introduction of the space theme, there has been a model of the Solar System on the ceiling in our classroom. It is designed to light up and for the planets to rotate around the sun, but the batteries were not working.
Zachary kept reminding Aoife to change the batteries, even suggesting helpful tips like writing a reminder on a post-it, to ensure the batteries got changed. Over the course of a couple of days, both AA and AAA batteries were sourced and replaced.
Still, the model did not work. But Zachary was undeterred! He persisted in thinking through the problem and told Aoife to check that the switch on the sun was turned on - VICTORY! Zachary succeeded where Aoife had failed and the planets began their travels around the sun. The class discussed space and the solar system with renewed vigour and we all had Zachary to thank! Well done!
This month, as a part of our learning in Science, we have been talking about Heat. We have discussed how changes in heat can affect different materials, particularly about melting and freezing.
We found a really fun way to explore melting - we made Rice Krispie buns. This involved melting chocolate and mixing it with Rice Krispies - we had to work quite quickly, before the chocolate began to set and lose its stickiness.
Everybody took turns to stir the Krispies into the chocolate, spoon the mixture into the paper cases, and then to move them over to our cooling table.
The hardest part was trying not to eat any of the ingredients before we were finished!
We managed to whisk up quite a batch of goodies, and luckily we didn't have to wait too long for them to set before digging in! We also got to bring some home to our families!
Here we are enjoying the fruits of our labour!! ^^
This month, the focus of our learning is the theme of Space. Where possible, many of our lessons in the various subjects will relate back to the theme of space.
Our first space lesson was a brainstorming session to see what the children already know about space. The doodles above are the results of our brainstorming, with no adult prompts! These children really know their space!
At playtime we have been playing with alien slime, small world rockets, astronauts and aliens, and our own life size rocket and mission control. At the Junk Art station, many of our creations are space-inspired.
We've also watched some videos about life in space that have been made by some of the astronauts up on the International Space Station. Videos like this one:
Science Week is over and it's time for an update. Today we had great fun playing with slime. Aoife made it using PVA glue, water and borax powder. She also added some food colouring to make it look more like real alien slime!
We loved squishing, squeezing, jiggling and bouncing it in our hands.
Finally, here's an update on our Walking Water experiment from Tuesday! All of the cups ended up with an equal amount of water in them and they mixed their colours to make a rainbow effect! We enjoyed talking about them and the colours of the rainbow. We even had an art lesson based around mixing colours later this week.
Today's experiment was all about air. First we talked about what our bodies use air for and we tried to live without air. We all held our breaths by holding our nose and closing our mouths - we didn't last long!
Next we started talking about how strong air can be. It's been very windy the past few days and out on the yard the wind blows us around!
We considered how we can use air to push things, like the wind pushes a sail boat. Check out the vine below to see how we demonstrated it!
Finally we designed a way to slow down our balloon jet pack - by stuffing the straw we used to attach it to the string, with paper. This made it drag along the string and the balloon was not able to move.
We read this story because we have been talking about caring about one another. The villagers did lots of caring things for the tiger child.
We read this book the first day Aoife had a chance to get to know our class. We really enjoyed the story and loved when the police car came!