As we move forwards into spring, our thoughts have turned to growing! This week, we have set up an experiment where we will be observing grass seed that is being grown in the light versus grass seed that is being grown in the dark! We used our gardening tools to plant our seed and then discussed what we thought might happen. Most children agreed that the grass in the dark wouldn't grow - so we look forward to watching this over the next few weeks to see if their predictions were right! To extend this activity, and to support those going to school, we've been encouraging children's confidence in writing by asking our children to make signs to go with our experiment - they have traced over words including, grass, light and dark. We've also shared a variety of fact and fiction books that focus on growing, including 'Jasper's Beanstalk' and 'Lola Plants a Garden.'
A strong child-initiated theme this week has been building using our large wooden bricks. Many of our older children are now able to build tall and complex vertical structures but, this week, they decided to extend this further and use water to act as cement! With each brick added, they added a layer of water, and ensured the teachers that it would help their buildings to, 'get really tall!' - this offered a wonderful opportunity to discuss size and height and compare whose towers really were tallest.
Also popular this week has been sand, water, and mud! Children used a variety of scoops and buckets to collect and transport this across the garden. We scooped all of the mud from a large tyre into a plant pot and then to the mud kitchen. The water was also transported from the water tray across to the mud kitchen. And the sand was transported from the sand pit, to an empty tuff tray... and then to the mud kitchen! The mud kitchen itself has been a hub of activity, with children preparing a variety of tasty dishes for us all to try!
Our role play this week was a farm shop, with children able to buy various fruit and vegetable. On Thursday, we reflected this at the craft table by enjoying fruit printing with apples. Then, on Friday, with shopping still popular, we decided to make and decorate our own shopping bags at the craft table so that we could easily take our shopping home!
Other popular activities this week have included our stickle bricks, ball games in the garden, our Jolly Jo session on Tuesday afternoon, the dolls house, marble run, and making our own playdough.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Our grass experiment involved us making predictions and suggesting what we think might happen. This is a great way to help encourage critical thinking and to develop an enquiring mind? Something as simple as discussing what the weather might be like before you open the curtains can help children to be curious and questions things in their environment. What predictions could you make this week and then follow up to see if you were right?