Our Learning Goals are;
Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
(Understanding the World - 40-60mths)
Showing curiosity about objects, events and people.
Using senses to explore the world around them.
(CoEL - Playing & Exploring)
Making links and noticing patterns in their experience.
Testing their ideas.
Developing ideas of grouping, sequences, cause & effect.
(CoEL - Creating and Thinking Critically)
This term we are studying "Festivals of Light." The timing of lots of these festivals are governed by the phases of the moon and the lunar cycle. We have also been learning about time and noticing that now the clocks have changed the days are getting shorter (it gets dark earlier).
This term's challenge is to make a "Moon Diary." On each clear night, try to look at the moon and draw a simple picture of the shape that you can see. Label each drawing with the date so that you have a record of the changes you notice.
You may want to share the following YouTube clip with your child. It is aimed at children of a slightly older age group but you may find that the graphics help with your child's understanding of what they are observing.
If you are able to share your "Moon Diaries" on Tapestry then I would love to see them. There will be stickers and certificates available for those children who choose to take part.
Our Learning Goals are;
Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as natural and found objects.
Talks about why things happen and how things work.
Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
Shows care and concern for living things and the environment.
Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place they live or the natural world.
(Understanding The World - 30-50mths)
Normally, we would be making bread during this half term. This works well with our harvest theme, the study of the the story of the Little Red Hen and also our objective of commenting and making observations about aspects of their familiar world.
This year we are encouraging you to try the recipe, saved below, at home. We would love you to share your home baking efforts with us via Tapestry. The chemistry of baking is an amazing learning experience that we'd like all our children to have the opportunity to experience.
Our Early Learning Goals are;
Children to know about similarities and differences in relation to living things. Make observations of animals, explain why some things occur and talk about changes.
This resource, produced by OPAL (Open Air Laboratories), aims to develop an understanding that there are different kinds of earthworms in the environment with different habitats.
It is designed for use outside the classroom when visiting a garden or wildlife area.
Children identify earthworms using the field guide provided then count and record their numbers in a given area.
This survey looks at the worms found in a soil pit and in within 5 metres (roughly) of the pit. Prepare the pit by measuring marking out a square about 20cm x 20cm. Anyone who is handling soil or worms needs to wear gloves. Use a trowel to dig a pit about 10 cm deep. Try to keep the pit as square as possible. Take out any worms you find as you go and put them in a container. Place all the removed soil on a bin liner. Divide the worms into two containers, one with adults (with a clear saddle) and one of immature worms (without a distinct saddle). The guide shows what a saddle looks like. Count them up and record them on the sheet. To encourage deeper burrowing earthworms to come to the surface, mix up a couple of the teaspoons of mustard powder into 750ml of water and pour it into the pit . Collect any worms that emerge, divide them as before into adults and immature worms and record them. Now it’s time to identify the worms using the ‘What earthworms have you found?’ sheet and record the numbers on the sheet. If you have extra time, you can look at other habitats nearby. Worms like dark, damp places so you may find them in piles of decaying leaves, under rotting wood or beneath other objects such as stones. Sort and record any worms that you find as before. Did you find more immature worms than adults? Was there more than one species of worm? Did you find different species in different habitats?
EYFS Science Activity for Home Learning (Summer One)
This resource has been produced as part of The Crunch, created by the Wellcome Trust to promote learning and discussions about our food, our health and our planet. By examining our relationships with food, and exploring cutting edge research, we can think about how we can eat in ways that can keep our planet and ourselves healthy.
You can find all the instructions and resources by clicking on the following link.