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 of 'guess the weather' where we had to give clues to each of our friends to guess the weather type that we were. Can you guess all of the different weathers we dressed up as?
Today, the children have been scientists, geographers and author readers, all in the same afternoon! As scientists and geographers we discussed what we already knew about the seasons before going outside, taking notes and writing down predictions about the weather, to then share our findings and confirm what we knew about Winter. As author readers we used non-fiction books to find new facts and information about the weather and the seasons.
To finish off our enquiry we looked at how our city changes under the night sky. We focused our learning by being artists and exploring the 'Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh. The children practised mark making skills such as cross-hatching, line, shape and blending before recreating their own 'Starry Night' picture using oil pastels.
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're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. We thought about how we move over, under and through obstacles. As engineers, we built our own obstacle courses.
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. The children then had a chance to use split pins and card to practise how to make a join using the two materials and how this created a moving part.
Recently, the children have been making a prototype for their own scenes of a pop up book. The children chose to do a scene of a park and thought about what moving parts this could have. As engineers we have explored hinges, split pin pivot points and sliding parts and practised our skills to add moving parts to our scenes. The children have been really creative! Some ideas; spinning footballs, pop up sunshines and sliders allowing for moving dogs and kittens!
To celebrate the end of our enquiry 'how do we move around?' the children from Venus class shared their finished pop up books with children from Nursery Class. They enjoyed talking about how they had been engineers and the function of each moving part of the pop up scene.