Adrienne came to visit us last Thursday. She is the Youth and Family Worker from Newton Mearns Baptist Church. We had to think about what babies need to grow and stay healthy as well as how people in a family care for each other. Welcoming a new baby into the family can be an exciting time as well as a time of change.
We went outside with Mrs McGregor to investigate symmetry. We used our bodies and things like shells, stones and sticks to show symmetry. We learned that symmetry is like a reflection. When using sticks we made sure that our patterns were the same on both sides.
Some of us have letters that are symmetrical in our names. We tried to make those letters out of stones.
Our Haunted House has been replaced by a Toy Shop! We decided that we would like to find out more about toys and as we have been learning about money we thought it would work well to have a Toy Shop. Here we are filling our shopping bags and paying for the toys that we would like to buy and play with.
When we were discussing toys we thought of as many different kinds as we could. Some of our ideas have arrived in stock in our shop. For example: dolls, teddy bears, books, trains and lego.
However, we had a long debate about Squishies! We tried to work out what they were made of. Some of us thought they were made of water, some thought sand. We talked about how they pop back into shape even after we have squashed them!
So, this afternoon we made our own Squishies to sell in our Toy Shop. We used balloons,
plastic bottles and plain flour. We talked about the bottle being full, half full and empty! Check out our Squishies.
We worked together to make each squishie. One person held the balloon onto the end of the bottle and the other squeezed the bottle so that the air and the flour would go into the balloon.
(If you have any toys at home that you no longer play with, feel free to bring them in to add to our shop. We are still looking for boats, aeroplanes, robots and dinosaurs….all ideas that 1.4 came up with!)
There has been some strange things going on in our classroom over recent weeks with pumpkins and haunted houses appearing. We had fun investigating pumpkins and Autumn leaves as well as playing in our Haunted House. We even made potions with mice, eye balls and bats!
As a class we have been learning about hibernation. We read a story about a special hedgehog who was preparing to go to sleep for the Winter.
This is us looking for good places for animals to hibernate in the school grounds. We also found materials that animals might use to make their beds warm and comfortable.
“A” thought it would be a good idea for hedgehogs to sleep under a hedge. “Then they can hide under there”.
“M” decided that under the twigs would be better, “then they can have a roof”.
We found twigs and leaves to make a house for a hedgehog. “The leaves will keep them warm”, decided “F”.
The pitch had lots of leaves at one end but “L” said that “someone might run them over.”
While we were outside, we looked for signs of Autumn. We noticed that more leaves have fallen from the trees and that they have changed colour. It was also very windy and it was colder than it was before the October break.