How Do We Grow Turnips?

Several students playing in a box of soil with a swede and plastic figurines

This week the Little Birds have been inquiring about how to grow turnips. To explore their  understanding of the world, they enjoyed planting seeds in the pots outdoors and are looking forward to caring for them each day, and observing their growth and development as an activity at home. We hope the children keep us updated on the progress of their plants.

They also learnt about the life cycle of plants by drawing a sequence of events of the turnip growing in the soil developing their physical skills.

A picture of some of the childrens' drawings of turnips growing

They used their own imagination to act out the story of The Enormous Turnip using small world characters, using a swede to represent the turnip.

A student holding a swede next to a student holding a label reading 'mouse'
Several students playing in a box of soil with a swede and plastic figurines
A student is playing in a box of soil with a swede and plastic figurines
A student is seen holding a swede above his head.

The Little Birds also enjoyed wearing role labels when pretending to be the characters from the turnip story. They developed their literacy, imagination and social skills and thoroughly enjoyed learning through play. 

This week the children sang with enthusiasm the song “There’s a great big turnip at the bottom of my field”.

The children have also been writing stories about the turnip and sharing these with their friends and the practitioners during whole school time.

Many brave children read their own stories to the class giving them a real sense of achievement.

A child reading from a piece of paper at the front of the class, with the teacher sat next to her
A child holding up his work and smiling
The words to 'The Enormous Turnip Song'.