With some warmer weather this week, we’ve also been enjoying the garden. The children were inspired to go bug hunting on Wednesday, a theme that they then revisited independently on Friday. Using bug pots, the children dug through soil, checked under pots, and raked through the leaf litter to find bugs! We found a collection of worms, woodlice and even a snail! Having examined our finds, with many children having-a-go at drawing their finds, we decided to wake up Sammy, our resident African land snail. Sammy often hibernates, so we discussed what ‘hibernation’ means before cleaning out his tank and giving him his first feed of the year.
As well as bugs, we’ve also looked at the lifecycle of frogs! On Friday, our craft session considered the lifecycle of frogspawn-tadpole-frog! We used a range of material to represent these stages, and then shared a fact book that showed this in more detail. Many of the children then shared their experiences of pond dipping, finding frogs, and having ponds in their gardens. We will continue to explore lifecycles as we go forward into spring.
With the start of spring this week, the seeds we recently planted have now germinated. A small group of children helped to pot up these seedlings, ready to go out in the garden next week.
Finally, we were very lucky on Thursday to have a visit from ‘Sounds Right’ a pre-school phonics program that introduces sounds and how these sounds can be blended to form words. Our children were all very eager to join in with a variety of phonics games.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: Why not take a trip to the country park where pond dipping is available free of charge in their dipping pond; a simple net and bucket is all you need to get started. You can find a range of pond life, including tadpoles, to explore.