This term we are finding out 'All about Growing!'. We have broken our weeks up in the term into three parts to look at the different aspects of growing.
Week 1 & 2 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Week 3 & 4 - Jasper's Beanstalk & The Enormous Turnip
Week 5 & 6 - The Little Red Hen & Handa's Surprise
We will be undertaking lots of planting that our Ladybirds will be bringing home for you to continue to watch grow....remember to keep watering them though!
Week 1 & 2 - What lays eggs?
The children were very excited to be back and enjoy the sunshine. We read the Very Hungry Caterpillar story, focussing on retelling the story and encouraging the children to join in with the repeated phrases. By the end of the two weeks, the children could explain the lifecycles of butterflies and frogs!
We also made some chocolate nests as part of our tasty Tuesday treats and also sampling some of the fruits eaten by the very hungry caterpillar!
One of the messier activities was making the bird feeders which were made from a pine cone, suet and bird seeds. We will have to keep a look out and see if the birds find it!
Week 3 and 4
These last 2 weeks, we have been looking at growing seeds and beans. We focussed on two of our favourite stories: Jasper's Beanstalk and The Enormous Turnip.
Tuesday 1st of May has been an exciting day. In the morning we tasted different beans. Cannellini, Red Kidney Beans, Butter Beans and Baked Beans. Ladybirds favourite was Baked Beans. Through the week, we also had a practise at planting 'seeds' outside at the planting station. We did plant some real potatoes, peas and carrots! If you look down the side of Little Ladybirds, you will see them growing! We also planted our own runner bean and set a little scene for the bean to grow up - you will see that it looks a lot like another beanstalk story...(Jack!)
In Week 4, we have continued to plant...a carnivorous garden, sunflowers and cress! We have planted in compost and in cotton wool....I wonder what the difference will be in how they grow? We read the story of The Enormous Turnip, looked at a real turnip and even sampled turnip and swede! We were surprised how many children tried and ate them! They had a go at making swede mash - although they found this really hard (we had cooked the swede first!). During our Learning Challenge time, we looked at how different vegetables grow (under, along or above the ground).