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'Growing: Full of Beans'
This term we have learning about how we have grown and changed - how plants grow and change too.
We have talked about what a plant needs to grow and experimented to see where the best place to plant 'beans' would be.
We tried putting them in the shed without any light or water. These beans did not grow!
We tried planting them without any soil and these beans did not grow!
The beans that grew the best were the ones in the classroom window.
If you ask your children they should be able to tell you what a plant needs to grow!
We have been focusing on lots of storybooks including, ‘Jasper’s beanstalk’, ‘Once there were Giants’, ‘The Tiny Seed’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.
The children made up their own actions to ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and we added pictures to the text to help us remember them. They should be able to tell you the story if you ask them to.
We also created our own scenes for ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and made a 'living story book' using lots of junk! When we had all created our scenes and props, we went around our 'Giant book' and acted the story out using big voices and actions.
This term, we have been using our imagination to help us to 'Go Places'.
We have been reading different story books that have introduced us to different characters and settings.
We have been trying to develop our writing skills too -writing lists to help us buy shopping ingredients and sequencing instructions for 'How to make scones'.
We also read "Whatever Next" and acted the story out, sequenced pictures, wrote lists of what we need to pack if we were going to the moon - and even wrote our own instructions for how to get there!
We have been looking at the work of different artists - particularly 'Mondrian' - who used black lines and bright colours. We had a go at copying his work using black tape and paint, before having a go with coloured paper and snipping up shapes to fill in the gaps.
We had great fun exploring different types of media and materials when we were 'Going to Space'.
We made aliens using playdough....
...created rockets that were sun catchers....
...and decorated our own planets by marbling with shaving foam!