Swallows have been working very hard this summer term, here are a few snapshots of their learning over the past few weeks!
We enjoyed listening to our story outside in the shade of the tree because the weather has been so hot. One of the children was delighted when a tiny green grasshopper jumped onto his arm. This led to a discussion about it living in the grass. We learned a new word “camouflage.” We also enjoyed doing our relaxation outside lying on the grass.
We went on a minibeast hunt and soon found lots of aphids, ants and there were lots of ladybirds nearby. We watched a line of ants marching across the playground. We have been learning about life cycles. We watched films about the life cycle of the butterfly and the frog. One of the children asked if an ant has a life cycle which led us to learn about the egg, larva, pupa and adult. We learned how they communicate with each other and how they work together to protect the colony. We enjoyed reading Monkey Puzzle and thinking about baby animals that look like their adults and ones which do not. We learned that animals and humans change in appearance over time.
We are learning about sharing in maths. We investigated sharing using 12 raisins and grouping them into 2, 3 and 4 groups and saw how the numbers changed. We enjoyed eating them.
This month’s values are Citizenship and Community. We talked about the things that we can do to make a difference to our school community. Some of our thoughts were about helping, sharing, being kind, helping each other to learn and looking after our plants.
The nasturtiums are beginning to germinate in the recycled milk bottles. With the help of Mr Rose, our vertical garden is beginning to take shape. Some of the children were intrigued to find seed heads on the tulips and this led to investigating what might be inside. We had an unexpected present of compost from Mr Fowler and have been able to plant out our mini pumpkins. We are doing lots of watering to look after our plants.
We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and enjoyed retelling the story and acting out the caterpillar eating the food in dance. We learned that butterflies drink nectar from flowers. We read a non-fiction book about insects and learned that insects have 6 legs, a head, thorax and abdomen. This led to some great insects being made with the Mobilo. In maths we are learning about doubles. We investigated doubling by painting spots on one side of a butterfly and folding the paper over to reveal the double. Some children used crayons to carefully draw symmetrical dot patterns on their butterflies.
We all enjoyed the bus trip to Hemblington Church. We enjoyed doing a trail around the church yard, planting a sunflower seed and doing leaf rubbings. We were fascinated by the moths in the moth trap. We looked for the grave of a great, great aunt and had a lovely chat to a Nanny who told us some interesting facts about the aunt’s life. One of the children remarked later, “ I’ve had a great day. I went to a church and I went on a bus!.”