Zooology!

Surprize! Surprize! Yet another week of busy learning! Reception children have been working so hard all week and as a result were presented with so many ‘Rainbow Certificates’...

Surprize! Surprize! Yet another week of busy learning! Reception children have been working so hard all week and as a result were presented with so many ‘Rainbow Certificates’ and Silvers too!

This week:

  • Learning about different animals that are often found in zoos, exploring their natural habitats and building these using mixed materials.
  • Doing observational drawings so that we can learn to look carefully at their features – just like an artist would!
  • Creating our own ‘Zoology’ book, using our carefully drawn pictures and writing our favourite facts about animals.
  • Discussing the pros and cons of keeping animals in captivity versus letting them be wild.
  • Measuring different animals using a range of different tools.
  • Building zoos using construction materials and labelling each of the enclosures.
  • Weighing animals to determine how much medicine they should be given when they are visiting the vet.

The children have really enjoyed all of these activities and we are looking forward to exploring the world of mini               beasts with them next week.

We will be:

  • going on a mini beast hunt in our outdoor area using a checklist to see if we can find as many mini beasts as possible.
  • Working with our teacher to learn about money, using everyday language relating to money e.g. pennies, pounds,cost, change) and to be able to solve problems involving money.
  • Phonics Focus: Learning the ow and the oi diagraph.

Our rainbow challenges will be:

  • Red challenge: using clay to mould a mini beast, looking carefully at its different body parts.
  • Blue challenge: to find out what everyone’s favourite mini beast is using tallying.
  • Yellow challenge: to write clues for their friends so they can guess the mini beast.
  • Green challenge: to make an observational drawing of a mini beast looking closely at a picture.
  • Purple challenge: to use mixed natural materials such as sticks and leaves to make a bug hotel for insects living in our playground.

We hope you are ready for an exciting week ahead!