Little Acorns have enjoyed celebrating the last day of term with lots of fun Christmas activities. The children have made paintings, baubles and Christmas cards. Some of the children rescued dinosaurs that were frozen in ice. We also enjoyed giving and receiving Christmas cards together. In the afternoon, we played some party games and then finished the day by watching a film with Big Acorns. Have a lovely Christmas everyone!
This week in Maths, Little Acorns have been learning all about addition. The children have been introduced to two important signs, add and equal. They have been practising writing their own number sentences and have used a range of manipulatives to help them. This morning, the children came in to find that the cheeky Elf had been feeding the dinosaurs smarties! We quickly tidied up the mess and realised there were enough smarties to have a box each. Later in Maths, the children used their smarties to help them with their addition questions.
On Monday, Little Acorns were surprised to come back to find that the dinosaur egg had vanished! Throughout the week the baby dinosaur left his mark in our classroom by leaving muddy footprints, painting on the windows, hiding our pens and leaving us letters. On Friday, we received a letter from a very worried Dino Mama, asking us to help her find her baby. We decided to get our wellies on and go on a dinosaur hunt around the school field. In preparation for the hunt, the children made binoculars, telescopes and dinosaur maps. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the baby but we found lots of clues that he had been around. We have set up a camera in our classroom to see if we can catch the baby dinosaur over the weekend.
It has been lovely to see the children in Little Acorns being creative at home, in honour of Remembrance Day.
After lunch on Monday, Mrs Brown heard some strange noises coming from the field and she felt a large shadow go over her head. As a class we went to investigate and discovered a gigantic egg of some sort in one of our vegetable patches! On our way to the egg, we also found some dinosaur footprints made from green, dinosaur slime. We all guessed that a dinosaur egg had landed on our very own school field! There was a note from ‘Rex’ attached to the egg, asking the children to take care of her baby. We carefully carried the heavy egg back to our classroom to keep it warm. As a class we decided that the egg needed to be kept safe in a nest. We have been very busy making a nest using sticks and mud. Each day we will be checking on the egg to ensure it is safe. We do hope Rex is a friendly dinosaur.
This week in Maths, Little Acorns have been learning all about repeating patterns. First, we examined and described patterns in nature. We then began practising making repeating patterns using resources, such as cubes, compare bears and Duplo. On Wednesday, we experimented with fruit and made our very own fruit and marshmallow repeating patterns! They looked great but tasted even better 😊
This week we have been learning all about emotions. On Tuesday we read ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas. Today we spent the afternoon talking about emotions and colours. After reading ‘The Colour Monster’, we think yellow represents happiness, red represents anger, green represents calmness and blue represents sadness. The children were split into four groups and examined how our faces change depending on how we are feeling. After, they used lots of different collage and creative materials to create a face which represented a colour and an emotion. Take a look at the photos of their beautiful creations!
This week we have been thinking about our bodies. We read “Funny Bones” by Allan and Janet Ahlberg and looked at different types of skeletons. Today, Little Acorns have been busy working in teams to put their skeletons back together. First, we spoke about the different types of bones in our bodies and examined a model skeleton. Then, the children were split into three groups and had to decide as a team which member would be drawn around, in order to create an outline of a body. After, they had five minutes to try and put the bones in the right places. I think they all did a great job and I am so pleased with how well they worked within their teams – well done Little Acorns!
In Maths, Little Acorns have been learning about measuring. Today we drew around our shoes and measured our shoe size using cubes. The smallest shoe size was 7 cubes and the biggest shoe size was 12 cubes!
This week in Maths, Little Acorns have been learning about 2D (flat) shapes. On Wednesday they went on a shape hunt to find different shapes around the school and outdoor area. They found lots of circles, squares and rectangles but only a few triangles. During choosing some of the children used sticks to recreate different shapes.