Category: Learning Zone

Fun fitness

Building our Stamina & Stay Healthy

We have been working on building our stamina to help us stay healthy. We are now all able to run for 13 minutes non stop.

We started at the beginning of the year just 5 minutes on the playground and now we have moved up to the field to enable people to improve their own fitness. This also enables the teaching team to support individuals with their running style and tips to improve their technique, with an aim to get to 15 by the end of term.

Well Done Kingfishers!

 

Measuring Length & Height

Maths in the outdoors

At outdoor learning today we found some dinosaur bones which we then had to work out how to measure using the items provided.  The children had to decide in their pairs which was the most sensible way of measuring.  We found out that when we measure things we can measure in anything as long as it is exactly the same or equal units, whilst we measure in mm, cm, m and km we could measure in lego blocks etc….

The children then re-measured their items ensuring they placed them correctly onto the ruler or tape measure.  We also decided to check that the tape measures hadn’t stretched against other rulers.

After lunch we built dens in teams to see who had made the tallest and widest and we used different ways of measuring them to work out who had the tallest one.

Measuring & Den Building

Science Nature Detectives

Science

We became science nature detectives at our outdoor learning.

In our groups we went on a hunt looking for native trees, animals, plants and birds. We had some fab discussions about how to group trees in to deciduous and coniferous, highlighting the different leaves.

Belonging

Extending and supporting our understanding of chronologically we started to look at the book Belonging by Jeannie Baker.

This prompted some amazing conversations as the children found the different views from the window and decided between them, using the clues in the images, how they needed to be placed to show a chronological order.

 

Salt Dough Ammonites

Messy but fun!

As part of today’s outdoor learning we made our own salt dough so that we could sculpt our own ammonites.

Look at our salt dough ammonites

Science – Investigating Superhero Materials

Investigating

In science we have been investigating Super-Hero materials so we can create a new cape for Supertato.   First, we wanted to discover which material would keep our potatoes dry.

We then investigated which material would keep him warm by wrapping hot jacket potatoes in foil, bubblewrap, fur, nylon and tissue. After an hour we used a thermometer to test the temperature. The children correctly guessed that the fur would keep him warmest.

 

Keeping Dry & Warm

Supertato!

Our topic this term is "Do all Superheroes wear capes?"

We have been reading the Supertato books and we are keeping our eyes out for the Evil Pea!

The children really enjoyed creating Supertato characters from real potatoes.

 

Look at our Supertato Characters

Superhero Plumber Visit

Real Life Superheroes

As part of our learning on real life Superheroes we had James who is a Plumber come to visit.

He explained his job to the children and showed his equipment.

The children were thrilled to explore the pipes and were really engaged in connecting them.

Exploring!

Superhero Nurse Visit

Superheroes who don't wear capes

We have been learning about real life super heroes who don’t wear capes at school.

Charlotte kindly volunteered to visit as she is a nurse.  She brought lots of equipment for us to explore.

The children asked lots of great questions and really enjoyed putting bandages on.

Mary Anning

This term Kingfisher class will be investigating the life and works of Mary Anning

During outdoor learning we had ten picture clues to find that would tell us what our topic was.   These clues were all things that had happened in Mary Anning’s life.  We placed these around the (unlit) fire circle and walked around talking to our class mates to see if we could work it out from individual pictures.

There were some amazing discussions and linking  of shared ideas during this time. We discussed each one and shared why they may link. One child was quick to recognise that it may be Mary Anning that we were going to investigate.

The children then worked in pairs and used twigs to create images of dinosaur skeleton fossils found by Mary Anning.

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