REFLECTION EXT HOURS
The end of Term One has come so quickly we can hardly believe it! Our under the sea theme has shown the children are able to follow and respond to certain learning outcomes set up in range of different contexts, keeping learning fun and exciting. Our science experiments have been interesting- showing we can predict, analyse, problem solve, question, discuss and relate science to everyday life and the outside world e.g. temperature, rainfall
The children have shown an interest in ‘eggs’ outside. Isabella, Molly and Charlie found white rocks calling them ‘alligator eggs’, they decided to find a home for the eggs ‘they need somewhere warm to live’ said Molly so the children buried the eggs in the dirt patch to find again later. This term we have looked at dragon eggs, learning about abortion of water, observed eggs float in salt water not fresh, we were most excited about our chicken eggs becoming bouncy after soaking them in vinegar and the popular penguin egg game which the children became very good at, showing they needed very little adult guidance. It seemed only natural to extend on the children knowledge about ‘eggs’ so Helen brought in a real nest which she found in her garden ‘these are birds homes’ said Linus ‘The nests keep the baby birds warm’ said Metecan. The children noticed a little bit of the eggs shell still sitting in the middle of the nest ‘they peck with their beaks to get out of the shells’ said Claudia. At group times we have been listing all the animals we think lay eggs…
‘Snakes’ said William
‘Turtles’ said Jasper
‘Ostriches’ said Conor
‘Birds’ said Audrey
‘Crocodiles’ said Lachlan B
‘Seahorses’ said Jasper
We set up a natural table with wood cuts, birds and eggs to engage the children in imaginative play where they could construct their own stories using a range of props. Audrey, Charlie, James and Linus enjoyed this activity; exchanging ideas, making bird sounds and singing the ‘kookaburra sits in the old gum tree’ we have looked briefly at the life-cycle of chickens ‘if an egg is not fertilized by a rooster it doesn’t become a baby chick’ said Arjun. The notion of eggs also is part of our Easter celebration the children were delighted to find a small basket of eggs left from someone special.
We had a wonderful party to celebrate the end of Term 1. The children dressed up in some wonderful costumes and enjoyed a very well catered for morning tea thanks to all the families who brought in delicious things to share.
At the end of each term we remind the children about ‘stranger danger’ and what to do in an emergency. All the children should know we call 000 only in a real emergency. This information would be a good conversation starter around the dinner table…..
Have a lovely and safe holiday everyone
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona