At the beginning of our final topic, we received some dinosaur eggs and the children could hardly contain their excitement when they had a visit from ‘Jam’ a 4 metre dinosaur, designed to get children thinking scientifically and familiarise them with a range of vocabulary such as, ‘extinct’, ‘prehistoric’, ‘carnivore’, and ‘herbivore’. The children had a memorable experience, which ignited their imaginations. What a spectacular day it was!
During the Summer Term, children thoroughly enjoyed planting seeds and caring for plants. This enabled children to understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment and understand the key features of the life cycle of a sunflower.
We trained really hard for Sports Day, and even though it did not go completely to plan, we were able to celebrate our training and the fastest boy and girl on the obstacle course in training were congratulated as the winners. We were also able to talk about the obstacle course in our mathematics learning, discussing familiar routes and positional language. Plus, we were still given the opportunity to enjoy the ice creams or ice lollies, from the ice cream van visit in the school playground, which were completely yummy!
Throughout this year, there has been the daily teaching of fun Phonic activities and Maths. This has prepared the Clever Kittens with the skills and knowledge they need ready for their transition into Reception. We have had some great learning experiences and it has been an amazing year.
Our topic for Summer One has been Mad about Minibeasts. Five tiny caterpillars arrived after half term and we watched them grow and grow, eat and eat and become big and fat. The caterpillars made a cocoon around themselves and we had to wait for two weeks before one of them nibbled its way through the cocoon and out popped a butterfly. We were able to film one of the caterpillars hatching. When all the caterpillars had hatched, we fed them with sugary water and flowers. We then left them for a couple of days to dry their wings and then released them outside. This experience helped us to sequence the life cycle of a butterfly and talk about how butterflies and some other insects have symmetrical patterns. Now we know what ‘symmetrical’ means. If you’re not sure what symmetrical means, then ask a Clever Kitten. We have had some amazing home learning around our topic of minibeasts. Children made bug hotels at home and also at school, using 3D shapes to create them. We used magnifying glasses to go on a minibeast hunt and explore their habitats.
We have been making comparisons between objects relating to length, using specific techniques, such as lining up insects from the same starting point, discussing which bugs are long and which are short. We have also been excited to introduce Concept Cat, (who is a Clever, Clever Cat) to understand the vocabulary of capacity, talking about full and empty.
The Clever Kittens have talked about and identified the patterns around them. For example: stripes on animals, designs on socks and other clothing. We have created repeating patterns, using Duplo, cotton reels and sticks/leaves.
To end the term we made bugs in jelly, giving us the opportunity to change materials from one state to another. We added hot water to the wobbly jelly which turned the jelly to a liquid. Then we added bugs and put the mixture in the fridge. Later, we looked at the mixture again and it had returned to its original state and good enough to eat, Yuk!
What a creepy crawly half term both at school and home!