Our seeds really began to grow over the weekend, with many roots emerging. We continued to monitor our seeds throughout the week, and were fascinated by the changes we could see. We read ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle. We learned where seeds come from, and discovered what happens to seeds in each season. We discussed what seeds need in order to grow, and wrote instructions on how to grow them. At the creative table, we used pastels to draw pictures of daffodils. We also made our own flowers using junk modelling materials.
In music this week we sang many songs related to growing. We listened to a xylophone being played. When it was played quickly our seeds grew quickly. When it was played slowly, we had to grow our seeds slowly.
Many of the children thought there might be a giant at the top of Jasper’s beanstalk, so we read ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ by Julia Donaldson. The giant wrote a letter to Hedgehog Class, asking us to design a new outfit for him. We drew pictures of the giant’s new outfit and labelled it for him. On the junk modelling table, some children chose to make a boat for a goat, as we had seen one in the story. The children worked really well together to make their boats.
In maths, we have continued to look at subtraction. We talked about the fact that when we subtract, the number of objects gets smaller. We are learning how to work out whether a number is bigger or smaller than another number, using objects to demonstrate this. We also spoke about the concept of more and less, identifying whether a group had more or less objects than another.
In phonics we recapped the sounds ‘ay’ and ‘ee’. We also learned a new sound ‘igh’. We practised spotting ‘igh’ within words and then reading the words. Some children have become quite confident with the tricky words we have given out. We have now given those children more tricky words to learn. Please keep practising the tricky words with your child, as this will really help them when they come across these words in their reading books.
When we come back after half term, we would like to make a maths display of numbers in the environment. If you spot any numbers in the environment, could you please bring them in after half term? These could be the weight on a cereal box, numbers in a newspaper or prices in a shop. We would like the children to notice that there are numbers all around them, and numbers are be used for many different reasons.
We have had a fantastic half term of learning in Hedgehog Class! We hope you have a lovely break next week, and look forward to seeing all of you on Monday week for another exciting half term of topics.