GROUP A REFLECTIONS – WEEK 9TH – 12TH SEPTEMBER 2014.
It was good to have a quieter week to catch up with ourselves after so many hectic weeks.
The children have enjoyed being able to just relax and play as they wanted – it is important to allow time for the children to follow through their ideas . They have really enjoyed our beautiful new white sand in our sandpits, it is so white and so soft, the sandpit has been a very busy place. It has been a really sensory experience as the children explore the properties of the new fine sand !
On Tuesday - we started a Science Experiment. With the coming of Spring, we have been discussing how plants grow and the life cycle of plants, flowers and trees. So we carried out an experiment to show how flowers drink water. We followed and discussed the steps of the experiment- we read a book which shows how plants develop and grow – then we set up 5 glass containers half filled with water. We then added coloured dye to 4 of these containers – red, blue, yellow and green, in the final container we had only clear water. We then put a pure white Arum Lily flower stem into each container and discussed what might happen. One of the children said – “an experiment is when you don’t know what will happen.” We discussed how the flowers would drink up the water through their stems, and by drinking the dye, should change colour, the one in the clear water would not change as water is clear with no colour. By the next morning – the flowers had already started to change colour according to the colour of the dye in the container, and the clear one remained clear. The children kept checking what was happening each day and were excited by the results. As the week progressed, the colours became darker – our experiment had worked !
As the end of the term draws near – we plan to have a pyjama day to celebrate on the last day – that will be fun.
Please remember that from now on the children need to wear hats each day when outside.
What will happen next week ?
Group A Educators – Margot, Ann and Lisa.