Dangerous Dinosaurs – Foundation – 24.03.21
Foundation had a fantastic time during their PE lesson. They used tweezers to develop their fine motor skills and collaborated with their friends to collect the ‘dinosaur eggs’ and sort them into the ‘nests’. The children used their problem solving skills to move the eggs carefully and quickly. We then played a game of ‘hungry dinosaurs’. The children sat in a circle and took in turns to collect as many eggs as possible. We used our subitising skills to see who had collected the most eggs.
The dinosaur themed learning continued this afternoon in Foundation! We experimented with some frozen dinosaur eggs. The tiny dinosaurs were encased in the ice and we used different tools to free them. We predicted that the eggs would melt quickly if we poured the warm, soapy water over them. Our hypothesis was correct and we had freed all 6 dinosaurs in no time! We then had a go at using some metacognition to explain our hypothesis and debated with our friends!
Wow, Foundation! What an amazing 8 weeks it has been. You have blown us all away with your fantastic attitudes towards your learning and the challenges you have faced. We are SO PROUD of each and every one of you and your phenomenal resilience. It has been a pleasure to teach you all at home! I can’t wait to see you all on Monday! 🙂
This week, in literacy, we have been learning all about dinosaurs. We labelled dinosaurs, wrote a postcard to a dinosaur and even went on a dinosaur themed reading treasure hunt! This linked to our Cornerstones topic ‘Dangerous Dinosaurs’. We have been looking at Julia Donaldson’s ‘Cave Baby’ and identifying prehistoric animals.
In phonics, we have been continuing our learning on adjacent consonants or consonant blends. We have read, written and used adjacent consonants. We are even fantastic at putting our words into context to help us understand what they mean. We are now so confident!
In maths, we have been looking at our number of the week – number 9. We have been using the bar model to partition number 9 and have been learning about measuring. We have been looking at different ways of measuring using different resources like rulers, cubes and feet! We even extended our understanding by discussing what we can measure. We knew we could measure many things such as time, length, height, width, speed and weight. We used our metacognition minds to plan, monitor and evaluate our process for measuring the witches broom from ‘Room on the Broom’ on World Book Day! We found that the broomstick was 7 cubes long.
On Wellbeing Wednesday, we talked about returning to school and how we might be feeling. We also looked at our new social story and discussed the things we are looking forward to on Monday.
On Friday, we had a celebration of our amazing learning over the last 8 weeks. We feel so proud of our resilience and enthusiasm! We watched a video of all of our fantastic learning, here is a short clip:
Here we are sharing our favourite pieces of work with our friends:
Well done again, Foundation, for being home learning heroes!
Palm class created their very own dinosaur timeline, whilst looking at the different dinosaur eras in time. We found out that the Stegosaurs was alive in the Jurassic period, around 150 million years ago and that the Ichthyosaurs lived during the Mesozoic era.
Palm class had a great afternoon making their very own Dinosaur Top Trump Cards! Then of course, they got to play against each other with their Top Trump cards. Some great work from Palm Class, well done! ?
Well, we finally got the paint out to start painting our terrific dinosaurs! All 30 of us, at the same time! We were feeling very brave!
We started off by painting a base colour all over our model, with some thicker brushes. After that, we began to add a second coat and some initial detail. Finally, we used some finer brushes to apply even greater detail and originality to our dinosaur creations.
We had to be extremely patient in between each coat of paint drying and being able to add the next layer of detail. Well done Palm Class, you showed great care and skill to complete your dinotastic dinosaurs!
Apple and Palm class spent a beautiful sunny day on Charmouth beach.
With plenty of resilience and resourcefulness, we managed to find some amazing fossils!
From ammonites to belemnites, we found them! Some of us were even lucky enough to discover gold… fool’s gold that is!
We had a brilliant day learning all about the Jurassic coast and how fossils help us to understand more about dinosaurs! A T-rexiffic thank you to all of our lovely parent helpers who joined us for the day.