This week we have been looking at grouping. We read a story called Bean Thirteen about 2 bugs who try to divide beans between their friends. Then we put beads onto strings in groups of 2 and 3 and compared them.
In topic, we had another letter from Nancy Roarsome. She needs the egg back so she gave us some instructions for how to make our own dinosaur eggs using papier mache. We read the instructions together and worked in our groups to apply the first layer. It was very messy but lots of fun.
We hope that you had a wonderful half term break and had chance to enjoy the fabulous sunshine. Can you believe that we only have 6 weeks left until the Summer Holidays?
We have lots of fun filled learning to fit in starting with 3 days in the forest school.
Forest School day 1 - A mysterious egg
As we entered our secret garden, we discovered a giant footprint. It was much bigger than our own and someone noticed it had 3 toes. As we moved further we found another similar footprint and then we found a nest which contained an egg. I wonder what creature made the footprints and did they have something to do with the mysterious egg?
We also found a letter lying close the the egg so we opened it. It was from Nancy Roarsome - a paleontologist who needed our help to create some nests for her new exhibition at the museum. The nests needed to be cosy but also sturdy enough to hold the egg without it rolling out, and also be made of natural materials. The children were brilliant at working in their teams to find natural materials from the forest such as bark, twigs and leaves and then arrange them into a nest shape.
Forest School Day 2 - Dinosaur Dig
We received a second letter from Nancy, this time she'd come to the forest to see our nests and she'd found a dinosaur bone. She thought it could be one of many so asked for our help to conduct a dig, like real paleontologists. We watched a video clip to learn more about what paleontologists do and read some instructions for how to carry out a dig safely.
When we got to the forest, Nancy had marked out 4 dig sites and left us tools including trowels, spades and sieves. She'd also set up a cleaning station with brushes so we could carefully clean any bones that we found. We also used tweezers to ensure we didn't damage the bones and magnifying glasses to look carefully at each one and help work out which body part it was. All sorts of bones were found. Then we had a go at putting them together into a skeleton and worked out that it was possibly a baby T-Rex. Great work everyone!
Forest school maths
On Tuesday afternoon, we read a Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs story and then we went into the forest to measure the Dinosaurs. (Harry told us that they were all arguing over who was the longest!) We talked about different ways we could measure them, we knew that the unit of measurement has to be the same to make it fair. We used unifix cubes. Once we'd measured them, we put them in length order. In the end the Argentinosaurus was the longest at 24 unifix blocks long.