Problem solving outdoors and sharing stories indoors

We have all enjoyed the rather mixed weather this week and the children collaborated to solve problems in the outdoor area. We considered:

  • how we might make the ball travel more quickly down the guttering
  • how to build a police car and an ice-cream van from wooden blocks
  • which toy could move the sand most easily
  • whether a spoon or a scoop was most efficient for filling a bucket with sand
  • how we could more easily balance on one foot
  • where the best spots are for hiding and
  • how long it might take the worm to wriggle across to the compost area.

Indoors, the focus has been on stories. After reading ‘A New Home for a Pirate’ by Ronda Armitage, the children wanted to make eye patches and embark on their own pirate adventures. We looked through telescopes to find objects starting with the sounds we have been learning in Phonics and some of us bravely walked the plank.

The children were excited to choose books to bring home in their new book bags – I hope you enjoy sharing them together over the weekend.

‘All about me’

In RS this week, we have been making an extra special effort to be kind to one another. Examples of kindness have been recorded on a tree within our class Values book. We have been practising our counting up to and down from 20 and singing lots of number songs. The children have enjoyed sharing the contents of their ‘all about me’ boxes with the rest of the class; it has been a fabulous way to get to know each other better so thank you again for all the effort that went into making them. Children have been developing their fine motor skills whilst creating collages. We also enjoyed reciting ‘We are going on a Bear Hunt’ in celebration of National Poetry day.

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