Today Little Acorns visited the Willesborough Windmill. We climbed right up to the top and also looked at all the photos of what the windmill looked like 150 years ago. Then we ground flour by hand using quern stones. We even got to look around the Miller’s house and play on his piano!
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.
Little Acorns have been learning about Traditional Tales from around the world. Last week we read “The Gingerbread Man” story and we made Gingerbread Men using collage materials. Then on Friday we baked Gingerbread Men and luckily none of them ran away!
Last week Little Acorns read the story “A Little Bit of Winter” and we enjoyed making hedgehogs from the story using salt dough and cocktail sticks. We also learnt about icebergs and we made our own icebergs with balloons filled with water and put in the freezer overnight. We made snow dough using corn flour, vegetable oil and glitter, and we practised our cutting skills to make paper snowflakes. What a fun week!