As author readers, we have been enjoying the story 'The Giant Jam Sandwich' by John Vernon Lord. As author writers, we have been learning about how to write instructions. We enjoyed making jam sandwiches and we will be writing our own instructions on how to make these using imperative verbs.
Continuing with our enquiry' how do we move around?', we have been engineers, exploring making our own pop- up scenes. We used our knowledge of hinges, sliders and pivots to add moving parts to our prototypes. We then evaluated our designs to see what worked well and what we need to improve when we make our pop-up scenes. We are looking forward to sharing our pop-up scenes with children in Nursery next term.
As part of our enquiry 'how do we move around?' the children had the opportunity to explore some pop-up books. We explored the moving and pop-up parts of the books and how these compare to how we can move our bodies; we can bend, turn, slide and pivot. We also had a look at hinges and split pin joins and how this is similar to how we move our joints and the ball and socket joints in our knees, shoulders and arms.
For our latest enquiry, 'how do we move around', we went on a bear hunt around an obstacle course. As author readers we read 'We are going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and we thought about how we move 'under, over, through and across' obstacles.
As author readers, we have been enjoying the story 'Katie and the Starry Night'. As artists, we have been looking closely at one painting from the story; 'Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh. This has inspired us to explore mark marking where we have been thinking about line, shape, colour and texture. We will then be using these techniques to create our own artwork inspired by the 'Starry Night' painting.
To launch our new enquiry, 'how does my city change?', we each came to school dressed as a different type of weather. We played a game where we had to give clues to one another in order for our friends to guess the weather type that we were. Can you guess all of the different weathers we dressed up as?
At the start of this new term, we began our new unit in PSHE called 'dreams and goals.' We thought about what we achieved in 2018 and what we will achieve in 2019. We thought about what we need to successfully achieve our goals. We played a game where we had to work together to pass treasure chests around the circle without them making a sound. We then thought about how we work together to achieve our shared goals. The children then reflected on this activity when setting their own New Year goals.