Last week Little Acorns were learning about slugs, snails and worms as part of our minibeast topic. In Art we looked at “The Snail” by Henri Matisse and we then made our own snail pictures using coloured shapes.
Little Acorns have been busy making a Bug Hotel in our garden this week. Thank you to all the parents who have brought in logs, bricks, plants, pots, straw etc. It is really starting to look good and the children are enjoying exploring it to find minibeasts. We are going to plant some flowers soon to encourage bees, butterflies and ladybirds.
Little Acorns have started a new topic this term and we are learning about Minibeasts. This week we started by going on a hunt around the garden, field and forest school to see how many different minibeasts we could find. Then we collected them in bug pots to look at them closely under a magnifying glass. We used the internet and non-fiction books to learn more about worms, slugs and snails and even made a “Worm World” in our minibeast area.
This week Little Acorns have been reading “The Little Red Hen” and yesterday we took a walk down to the Brook Agricultural Museum to see how they used to grow and harvest wheat to make bread. We looked at a slide show and then we got to try out some of the early tools that Romans used to use. We used special machines to scatter some seeds and we even made some bread to take back to school.
This week Little Acorns have been reading the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” story. We have painted pictures of trolls and we have role-played the story in child-initiated time. Yesterday we looked at bridges from around the world and we talked about what they looked like and what materials they were made from. We then made our own bridges out of Duplo, Lego, crates, Stickle Bricks and wooden blocks. We tested our bridges to see how strong they were and then adapted them to make them even better!
Last Friday all the children and adults at Brook celebrated Chinese New Year. Each class took part in a carousel of different activities including painting Chinese dragons and making lucky money envelopes, Chinese fans and dragon shadow puppets. When visiting Little Acorns class, children read the traditional Chinese tale of “The Dragon Painter” and created their own dragons using pencils, water colours, pastels and collage materials.