When the sun (finally) began to shine, we enjoyed the opportunity to carry on with gardening. Our fruit-canes are beginning to flower, and we’re very excited at the prospect of growing our own snack! We’ve also now planted runner beans; we shared the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, so we’re excited to see how tall our beanstalks will grow and whether we have a giant at the top of ours too?!
How tall things are has been a topic of conversation all week – with our giant sunflower used as a height chart. Children have used rulers and tape measures to explore height and we’ve been questioning who is tallest or shortest.
Measuring was also needed during this week's cooking session. The children helped to measure the ingredients needed to make gingerbread men, using digital scales for the flour, sugar and butter and then counting the number of spoons of syrup and ginger needed. Whilst waiting for our biscuits to bake, we shared the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’… “run run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m a gingerbread man!” Children joined in with the repetition in the story and we all agreed we too wanted to gobble up the gingerbread man!!
Finally, we always enjoy discovering new malleable materials. We often have playdough or gloop – but on Friday we tried something new; clay! We started off by playing with the clay indoors and noticed how much harder it was that the playdough. We then took the clay into the garden. We initially planned to press it against the trees to take prints of the bark, but the children then decided to add a variety of other items into the clay; leaves, sticks, milk bottle tops and feathers. A pair of children then started stomping their dinosaurs into the clay, pointing out the footprints their dinosaurs were making – this led to a discussion about fossils and how fossils can be made, which may be a topic we explore further next week!
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: We’ve enjoyed watching the changing weather this week, so why not keep an eye on the bank holiday weather and talk about what you observe? Is it sunny? Is it raining? Can you find a rainbow? Giving children an opportunity to observe things and encouraging them to talk about their findings is a wonderful way to encourage language and to learn about the natural world.