Category: Pipits

Thinking About the World

Where we are ...

As part of our homes topic, we have been thinking about where in the world we are and looking at maps. We read the wonderful book, ‘Me on the map by Joan Sweeney which starts with a child mapping their bedroom, then their house, then their street, town, county, country and then the world.

We explored aerial views of the area on google Earth. Some children were fascinated to find their home on the map. Later they had a go at mapping. Some using blocks and others drawing their room, street or home.

 

Mapping

The Art of LS Lowry

Art by Pipits Class

We looked at some pictures by LS Lowry and learned that he liked to draw pictures with lots of people and houses in them. Lowry liked to use a lot of white and black in his pictures, so we explored using these colours in large scale painting outside.

Some children also used watercolours and created really interesting effects and a fantastic matchstalk man

Is Everyone’s Home the Same?

Our big questions is.......

“Is everyone’s home the same?” So, we have been thinking about our homes and what is the same and what is different.

We had a very interesting afternoon walking around Kilmington and noticing different features on the houses. Some were made of bricks, others of stone. Some even had a straw like material called thatch on the roof. The children were really engaged and they especially liked touching the stone walls. They were impressed to notice solar panels on some houses too.

It has been great to have so many pictures of the children’s homes sent in too. We have found lots of differences between homes, but also that they all have a door, windows and a roof.

Walking around the village

Welcoming a New Baby

Learning about how we welcome a new baby

In RE we have been learning about how we welcome a new baby and choose their name. Maxine kindly came in with her baby and spoke about all the things a baby likes and needs. She also told us how they chose his name and that all their friends and family brought gifts and cards to welcome the new baby.

Later that day the children were introduced to our new class baby. They thought about different names before voting to choose Dinky. The next day we read about christenings, and we have visited the church to look at the font. Some of the children would now like to have a christening for our baby dinky.

 

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.

Wet Weather Play

Pipit class have been enjoying the wet weather and the big puddles that have formed in our playground.

They have explored colour by adding powder paints to puddles and then jumping in them to mix the colours together.

Some children then decided to use their freshly mixed puddle paint to decorate the walls.

Mud!

Some of the children have really enjoyed digging in the mud with a proper spade.

They added water and made gloopy mud which sucked at their wellies! They took turns with the big spade and worked as a team to add water. Once they were finished they made a welly wash for their boots.

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