What an exciting week we have had in Hedgehog Class! On Tuesday we had a visit from an author, Steve Hughes. He has written a new book about a dinosaur in a shed, and he came in to read it for us. After Steve read the story, we thought up of other places we could hide a dinosaur. The children drew a picture of where they would hide it, and then labelled it.
On Wednesday morning, while we were setting up the outdoor area before the children arrived, we noticed something strange. When the children went to investigate, we found an egg lying in the bushes! We also discovered some footprints, and wondered where they led to. We thought about what the egg might contain, and we decided it must be a dinosaur egg. We looked through a fact book about dinosaurs, to see if we could figure out which type of dinosaur was inside the egg. We then decided to build a nest in the classroom to look after it and keep it warm.
We learned many facts about dinosaurs this week, using fact books and the computer. Some children then chose to make a ‘Who am I?’ game. They drew a picture of a dinosaur, and then wrote some clues for others to guess what they had drawn. We enjoyed guessing which dinosaur it could be.
We learned about fossils this week and where they came from. We made our own dinosaur fossils, thinking about how a dinosaur skeleton would look. The children then thought they might be able to find dinosaur bones of fossils in the outdoor area. Using their imagination, they searched the area and found various dinosaur-related objects.
In maths this week, we looked at various lengths of dinosaur bones and put them in order, according to length. We also introduced subtraction this week. We counted dinosaur food and worked out how much was left after the dinosaur had eaten some.
In music this week we learned a song about dinosaurs. We looked at the story Dinosaur Roar, and thought about the sounds a big dinosaur and a small dinosaur would make. We decided to use loud sounds to represent the big dinosaur and soft sounds to represent the small dinosaur. Mrs. Caperon brought in her cello to help make some of these sounds.
Some children brought in dinosaur books from home to share with everyone. We have read a selection of fiction and non-fiction books about dinosaurs. We will continue to read these next week, if your child has any they would like to share.