This week's book was 'Commotion in the Ocean' and we imagined that we had been diving to the bottom of the sea in a submarine. We looked out of the porthole to see what we could spot. We saw dolphins, octopuses, jellyfish and much more. We found out that 'facts' are real things and that sea creatures have some pretty amazing facts. Did you know that an octopus has three hearts?
This week we read 'Grandma Bird' together. We thought about what Grandma and Noi might be thinking at different parts of the story and also how we could describe where things were in the illustrations. We used language such as above, below, next to, on top of, under and in. The children spotted that the birds were different sizes so we looked at ordering animals by their size and introduced the vocabulary of size. It was also our first trip to Sherwood Forest this week. Here are some photos of our week 5 adventures.
Our book this week was 'The Storm Whale' by Benji Davies. We heard all about the whale being washed up onto the beach and then Noi taking it home and putting it in his bath. This inspired us to learn about animal habitats and what they need to survive. Our role play is now a fishing boat with a magnetic fishing game so we explored magnets and made boats to test if they could float. We have also been sequencing and ordering numbers and making paper plate whales.
This week we shared the book 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and learned all about lighthouses. We followed instructions to make sandwiches and then had a picnic to enjoy them. We focussed on the number 3 as that was how many scavenging seagulls stole Mr Grinling's lunch each day. Here are some photos of our learning from this week.
This week our focus book has been The Rainbow Fish. Our Gnomes have been counting shiny scales on the Rainbow Fish and sequencing the story. They have also been 'catching' fish with nets, building boats and completing lots of other fishy themed tasks. Here are some photos.
During week 1 our new Gnomes explored our learning areas and had lots of fun. Here are a few photos of what they were getting up to.
Our first topic is 'Beside the Sea' and there are lots of fun activities lined up for all our new gnomes to enjoy.
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