The Little Birds were excited and pleased to be back after their half term break, ready to have fun and continue their learning. We introduced our new transdisciplinary theme “How the World Works”. This will take us through our inquiry in Terms 4 and 5.
To begin with, we set up a provocation activity to get the children thinking and asking questions. This week the children had to help a lost lamb find its mum and offer suggestions as to what had happened.
The children looked at the different habitats of farm animals. They then used this learning to design and make their own animal homes.
The children enjoyed taking the tractor and vehicles around the road mat on a journey and followed positional language instructions and clues. Some children recalled past trips to the farm with their families and spoke about living in Dartford. This helps all the children to develop a better understanding of the world around them and forms part of the building blocks for the geography they will learn as they progress through the school.
Later in the week, with red dough, the children made ladybirds to connect with the ladybird story. This helped to develop their expressive arts and design skills as they were creating with malleable materials.
Also, we revisited using the iPads and completed the simple city farm yard program which involves placing the animals into their appropriate living spaces. With this, we continued to reflect on online safety and to develop our skills with technology.
The book we shared together, connected with the farm and our activities, was ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ written by Julia Donaldson.
Finally, we also celebrated Shrove Tuesday. The children made collages of textured materials when making a picture of a pancake. They pretended to cook pancakes in the role play area. As well as watching ‘The Runaway Pancake’ story on the Promethean board.