This week we have been looking at what animals eat. We now know that some animals only eat plants (Herbivores), some only eat meat (Carnivores), while some eat both plants and meat (Omnivores). We watched the video clip of the book 'The mole who knew it was none of his business', which we thought was hilarious! We then went on to investigate different types of 'poo' to find out which type of food that animal ate...….some of us thought it was disgusting!!
Exciting times!! We have watched our class caterpillars turn from tiny caterpillars to big, fat ones. This week we watched as they turned into their cocoons. Watch this space for the next stage of the life cycle.
This week we had an amazing visit to Whitehouse Farm. We thoroughly enjoyed the petting barn where we had close encounters with the animals on the farm. We all had a particular favourite and some of us were very brave when we petted animals that we previously thought were scary. This visit has allowed us to write an amazing recount of the day.
This week we have been learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly. We now have our very own caterpillars in class and will be able to watch the lifecycle in action. Some of us use paint to create our own symmetrical butterfly, while the other children created their own lifecycle using pasta shapes.
On Thursday we had a very important visitor in language provision. Ted the tortoise came in for a visit. We have heard so much about him and it was great to finally meet him. We asked Oliver and his mam questions about how he needs to be cared for. He was super cute!!
This week we have been looking at the birds that come into our gardens. We chose our own bird and used our sketching skills to draw it. We then used watercolours to paint our birds. Some of us had a great time painting, using bird feathers. We got the inspiration for our drawing from the quote, 'If birds made marks with their tail feathers as they flew, think what the sky would look like'.
This week we have been learning about animals that come into our garden. We all chose an animal (bat, mouse, ladybird or hedgehog) and we described what they look like, where they live, what they eat and how they behave.
Our favourite job this week was to learn about hedgehogs. We found out how we can help the endangered hedgehogs. We decided that we would like to make a habitat for the hedgehogs and put it outside in the school grounds. Mrs Thompson thought it was amazing and has asked us to write instructions to show the children in nursery how they can make one.
This week we had a visitor in our classroom. Miss Dixon's sister brought in her pet hamster.....Mischief. We talked about how to care for him and were particularly amused when he rolled around the classroom, exercising in his ball. He is one cute pet!
Our mission this week was to clean out the fish tank in school. Last week we asked the aquatic shop owner how to look after the fish and this week we followed his advice. We emptied half of the water from the tank, then cleaned the glass. We then filled the tank with clean water and put special liquid in to cleanse it. Our fish love their new plants and clean tank.
On Tuesday, we walked to Penshaw Aquatics and Reptile shop. We asked the owner lots of questions about taking care of the fish and reptiles. We now know how to look after the fish in school. We bought new plants for the fish to play in and special food blocks to feed them over the school holiday.........next job is to clean the tank!
On Wednesday, Mrs Brown kindly brought her Corn snake into school. We asked her lots of questions about how she looks after her and we were really caring when she showed her to us.
This week we began looking into our new topic......animals. We started the week off by sharing information and facts that we already know about animals, then we wrote notes about facts we would like to find out about animals.
We have loved every minute of acting out the roles of the vet, nurse, receptionist and pet owners in our new role play area. The poorly pets have certainly been looked after this week.
We have also been looking at things which are living, non-living and things which were once alive. We had some great discussions during our learning.
This week we have moved our learning on to have a look at Easter. In our topic learning we found out about the traditional Easter story then Easter traditions, such as the Easter bunny. We went on our own Easter egg hunt and we will be writing about our experience in our English lessons.
As part of our healthy eating learning, the teachers challenged us to try new healthy foods. At the beginning of the challenge, some of us were braver than others, but we're all on board now and can't get enough of healthy food tasting. Some days it's like a scene from the tasting challenges on I'm a celebrity get me out of here, but we are all so proud of each other. Some of the foods we continue to dislike, but we have found others we will try again. Here is our food tasting chart: