Spring 2 – Growth and Green Fingers
Our topic this half term is Growth and Green Fingers. This topic is all about plants, flowers, trees and seasonal changes. There is a lot of science, art and design technology in this topic.
The children have been reading stories with repeating rhymes and patterns. We have been looking at a variety of Julia Donaldson books and the children have enjoyed reading them with me and joining in with the repeating patterns. They are now writing their own version of a story, using some of the familiar characters, setting and language patterns. They will be moving on to instructions and then they will write their own set of instructions on how to plant seeds to tie in with their science.
The children have been doing lots of measuring, addition, subtraction and fractions work. We enjoyed ourselves using rulers and tape measures to measure the lengths of shapes and items around the class. We enjoyed our weighing activities too!
The children have looked at the basic parts of a plant such as roots, stem, leaves, bud and flower. They have also looked at the function of the stem and carried out an investigation using celery in cups of food colouring. They left them overnight and the next day they could see that the leaves had changed colour and the tubes inside the stem had the food colouring in. They discussed how the coloured water had been taken up through the celery stem and into the leaves to change their colour.
This week, we looked at the names of some common trees such as horse chestnut, sycamore, ash, birch and oak. We have looked at the shapes of some of the leaves from the trees and used pictures to match up which leaf has come from which tree. The children will be looking at the different trees we have in and around school the school grounds. We are moving on to planting cress and some flowering plants next week in class too. Photos will follow soon!
Below are some links you may find useful to find out more about plants and how they grow.
The Eden Project https://www.edenproject.com/learn
Science kids website http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/plants.html
Gardening know how http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/fun-plants-for-kids.htm
The Royal Horticultural Society https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/gardening-children-schools/family-activities
Nature detectives http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
The children have been focusing on pencil control and shading to draw neatly and add detail. We read the book Huey and the New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers and the children looked at examples of how the Hueys had been drawn. They each drew their own Huey character with a new jumper, for the hall display. Photos will follow soon!
The children have also been collecting leaves and we will be using these to create leaf rubbings and do some observational drawing of them.
This week, the children have read the story of Jesus being in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights. We discussed what Satan asked Jesus to do and we discussed what it means to be ‘tempted.’ We talked about how this story is remembered every year when Christians take part in Lent preparations. We have also read the Easter story and discussed Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Good Friday and Easter Sunday and how and why Christians celebrate Easter.
The children designed and made their own rockets as a World Book Day. We chose Jill Murphy as our class author and read Whatever Next!. They made their own rockets and talked about what they would do if they went into space like baby bear in the story. We are moving on to planning healthy snacks and meals in the coming weeks.
The children have done some internet safety work and are using the paint program to make changes to images of flowers, leaves and trees as part of our topic.