GROUP A REFLECTIONS WEEK 28TH – 31ST OCTOBER 2014
We have been very busy this week !
To start each morning, and we will continue to do this over the term, the children have been signing themselves in on arrival, the children are practicing writing their names within a designated space, they are trying very hard to do this.
This week we have been working towards planting and establishing native plants in our playground, that will attract native butterflies – hoping that the butterflies will then be attracted to our garden and will establish themselves and breed in our garden, and we will have an ongoing native butterfly presence, which would be wonderful. Thanks to Lucia (Abeni’s Mum) who has done such a lot of investigating and researching about how we can best do this. So now we have lots of special butterfly attracting plants in pots around our garden, the children will help us to water and care for these, and we hope to plant some more to establish an inviting habitat for them. We will be able to use this experience to further learn about our environment and ecosystems and provide opportunities for increasing respect and understanding for the environment and our connection with it.
Our Silkworms are growing rapidly and should soon start to spin their cocoons – the next step in their life cycle. The children have been able to touch and pick up the silkworms and have been very gently and careful with them. (Learning care and respect for small creatures).They will not be able to touch them once they are spinning their cocoons, but can actually watch them spinning the silk to make the cocoons. Then we will have to just wait for the moths to hatch in a few weeks, then mate and lay their eggs, then they will die, and the cycle is complete until next year, when it will start all over again! Thank you for all the cardboard toilet roll cylinders that you have been collecting – they make great houses for the cocoons. The silkworm life cycle is very interesting for the children as they can watch the whole cycle happening in a relatively short time.
On Friday – we were excited to have the Museum visit with their Fossils and Dinosaur Bones. Matthew the Presenter gave the children lots of interesting facts about the things he had brought to show them, and also made it a fun experience. We measured ourselves against the leg bones and skull of the Tsintaosaurus Dinosaur - they were huge. He told the children a story about how Dinosaurs died and then became fossilized. Paleontologists find them and take them back to the Museum and put them together like a puzzle for us to see and learn about. He also showed the children different fossils and explained what they were. It was a great morning.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.