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The Wonder of Me Topic - Healthy Body & Mind

We are learning about the importance of fruit in our daily diet

As part of our topic about keeping healthy, we discussed the importance of eating fruit daily.  We looked at the different types of fruit collected, as well as chopping them up and tasting.  We selected they fruit that we wanted for our very own fruit smoothie.                  They were delicious! 

During this topic, the children discovered what happens when fruit and vegetables are past their best.  They watched as fruit and vegetables in class decayed over a period of weeks.  The children were fascinated and noticed at home food, that was past its best and used their new vocabulary to explain it.

We collected 17 different types of fruit and matched them to numerals 1-15. We added one more piece of fruit each time.

We tasted 17 different types of fruit and chose our favourite to add to our very own smoothie.

We prepared the fruit for our smoothie, by peeling, dicing and slicing. 

We tasted all 17 fruits, to see which ones we liked and did not like.

We chose our favourites for our smoothie.

We used oil pastels to draw the real fruit we brought into school. We looked at the size, shape, colour and texture of the fruit.

We learnt about why we have a skeleton and what it does for us. We can name many bones and joints in our body.

We drew our skeleton with chalk on black paper, discussing the main bones and joints.

We thoroughly enjoyed joining in with the skeleton dance long. 

We located the different bones in our body, as we sang and moved to the music.

We went into role to act out what it is like to be a doctor, nurse, patient and receptionist

We discussed the four seasons and how they naturally flow into each other over the year.  We discussed why some tree lose their leaves, whilst others do not.                                                    The children learnt about the life cycle of a tree and the purpose of leaves, roots and trunk.  

After looking at natural artwork by the artist Andrew Goldsworthy, the children made their very own autumnal tree.

The children went on a weekend welly hunt for colourful leaves, pine cones and conkers.

 

We have two wild squirrels who visit our school to gather nuts and eat the bird's feed.                 They enjoy climbing in our trees and on our play equipment.                                                  We enjoy watching the squirrels play from the window but we have to very quiet.  We learnt that squirrels hibernate for the winter and why they do this.

Our squirrels gathering food for the winter

We have been busy this half term in our natural heuristic learning environment in school.      We use open ended resources to represent our thoughts and ideas.  This outdoor space also gives us the oppportunity to immerse ourselves in nature, watch the seasons change, as well as planting our own fruit and vegetables.  We also use it to have lots of fun!!

Autumn leaf fun!

Outdoor learning

We took part in the local award winning L11 Festival in Croxteth.  We went to the Croxteth Community Gardens to plants flowers in wellies, take part in Mindfulness Yoga and Zumba.

A great time was had by all and we will be making regular trips to plant vegetables and check on our flowers.  We learnt about what a community is and that the produce grown, is free for local families to take.

We have been exploring the different sounds instruments make.  We know that some instrumuments are brass, woodwind, string and percussion.  We have been learning the names of many instruments and learning much new vocabulary, when talking about the sounds we are making.  

We explored many instruments and made our own too

As part of our topic about our body, we learnt about our senses. We investigated our five senses to understand more about the role they play in our everyday life.

ARCHIVED YEAR GROUP 2020 -2021

We have enjoyed learning new skills and keeping healthy through our PE lessons.

We cut out shapes in our stained glass windows to cover with cellophane.  

               We needed to measure the amount of cellophane needed to cover the hole                  and then trim it to size.

We cut our own shapes from sponge to use for printing our wrapping paper

We enjoyed PE outside with our PE coach James.  

 

We practised our balancing and jumping skills during PE

We visited Santa in his grotto at school and received a wonderful present.

In class we set up our own Christmas Grotto.

We acted out the parts of Santa, helpful Elf and visitor to the grotto.

We had the opportunity to take a photograph of the children visiting Santa, using the class ipad.

 

Today the children were very excited, as Father Christmas visited them for breakfast.

The children had a wonderful time!

Breakfast with Father Christmas

This week, the children took full advantage of the beautiful autumn leaves and produced wonderful pieces of art.  They talked about the season of autumn and why leaves change colour.  They looked at the different shape, size and colour of the leaves and experimented with paint to achieve the colour we wanted for our work. 

 

After listening to the story of Leaf Man, the children made their very own leaf pictures. Why not make more pictures ta home and post a photograph to your Seesaw journal.

As part of our topic about keeping healthy, we discussed the importance of eating fruit daily.  We looked at the different types of fruit collected, as well as chopping them up and tasting.  We selected they fruit that we wanted for our very own fruit smoothie.                  They were delicious! 

During this topic, the children discovered what happens when fruit and vegetables are past their best.  They watched as fruit and vegetables in class decayed over a period of weeks.  The children were fascinated and noticed at home food, that was past its best and used thier new vocabulary to explain it.

We talked about the importance of daily exercise, to keep us fit and healthy.  We are really enjoying our PE lessons.
We take home a book for bedtime, to share with our families each night.  Over the week, we join in with the bits we remember.         At the at the end of the week we have the opportunity to retell our story to the class in our big storyteller's chair.  We learn about how stories are structured, new vocabulary and how to make the story interesting for the listener.  We were a little nervous at first but now we love sharing our books with our friends.
As autumn approached, the children noticed our giant sunflowers were beginning to wilt. To satisfy their curiosity, they shared information and story books about the life cycle of a sunflower and collected seeds for planting next spring.
Following on from the children's interests, they went in search of magnetic and non-magnetic materials.  The children learnt new vocabulary, such as repel and attract.  They discovered that not all metals are magnetic, ask them about it. 
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