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Our current learning adventure is 'Space'
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Welcome back to the start of the summer term! We hope you all had a fun-filled Easter holiday. This half term, we will be basing our learning adventure around ‘Space’. We will be learning all about what an astronaut does and helping them to find some aliens that have gone missing when a crash landing is reported at Nursery! We will use our imaginations to describe the aliens and learn lots of new information about space. We will then make our own solar system in our classroom. The children will also be holding their very own ‘Space Showcase’.

 

This half term we are learning about…

  • 2D and 3D shapes and their properties
  • Distance and how we can measure it
  • How to compare the length and height of objects
  • How to measure and compare the weight of objects.
  • Our planet and the different planets in the solar system
  • Non-fiction texts and how to use them to retrieve information
  • What it would be like to live on Mars
  • What an astronaut does and how they survive in space
  • The sun, the moon, and stars
  • Sequencing events in chronological order

 

The books we will be using are:

  • Aliens Love Underpants
  • The Man on the Moon
  • Whatever Next
  • The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet

 

 

The children will be:

  • Creating their own planets using Papier Mache
  • Collaging a life size astronaut
  • Making moon rocks and comparing the weight of them
  • Labelling parts of an astronaut
  • Measuring how many footprints stars are from the moon
  • Taking part in a gravity explanation
  • Creating their own yummy star biscuits
  • Making their own planet/ rocket as part of their homework project
  • Drawing a postcard from the moon
  • Catching aliens from around the school grounds
  • Describing aliens that they have seen!
  • Role-playing in their own space station

 

You can help your child at home by:

  • Helping your child to identify their name and attempt to write it
  • Helping your child to count objects by putting them in a row and touching each one as they count
  • Reading a variety of books to your child and looking at the pictures together
  • Helping your child to count actions such as counting whilst climbing steps, counting claps and jumps etc

What is space? What does an astronaut do?

The children were very excited to find out that they had been specially selected to undergo astronaut training so that they could help astronauts in space complete some space missions!

 

The children started their training by learning what space is, what they might see in space and the role of an astronaut. They had lots of fun transforming our role play area into their very own NASA space station, creating space rockets and jet packs and helped to collect objects that an astronaut would need. 

 

The first space mission the children had was to measure the distance between the stars and the moon. The children measured the distance using their shoes, welly boots and counting their foot steps as they slowly walked from the star to the moon.

A letter from astronaut Tim

This week the children had lots of fun drawing around each other to create astronauts, labelling the equipment they would need and talking about why they need to take the items into space with them. 

 

The children also thought carefully about how astronauts travel into space and compared the height of different space rockets using the words big, small, bigger, smaller, tall, short, taller and shorter.

 

The children then received a letter from astronaut Tim telling them that 10 aliens had got lost and he needed their help to find them and send them back to space! The children searched all around the classroom for them and found all of them. They looked carefully at the numbers on them and found the matching numbers on a number line. The children also found lots of brightly coloured stars and said what colour each one was. The children then wrote a letter back to Tim to say that we had found them all and had fun making their own alien pictures using 2D shapes.

 

Aliens love underpants!

The children were very excited to find that they had been sent a book to explain to them why the aliens had been in our classroom!

 

They listened carefully to the story 'Aliens Love Underpants' and made all sorts of different coloured and patterned pants for the aliens to take back to space with them!

 

They also helped to pick out the stars trapped in alien slime and made alien head bands using lots of different materials. The children also had lots of fun identifying the number of eyes each alien needed and then counting the corresponding number of eyes to match it.  

5,4,3,2,1, Blast Off!

This week the children watched a video clip of a real space rocket launching into space and enjoyed counting down from 10 and jumping into the air as high as they could!

 

The children were given another mission from astronaut Tim to investigate which moon rocks were heavy and which were light. The children enjoyed exploring and comparing the weight of the different moon rocks and used their arms as balance pans to predict whether or not each moon rock would be heavy or light.

 

The children received a postcard from the moon from astronaut Tim thanking them for all of their help!

 

The children looked carefully at the picture of the moon and thought about what it might be like there. They used some super describing words!

 

They made beautiful pictures of the stars and moon using star cutters and cardboard tubes to print with in trays of paint.

A trip to the moon!

The children were very excited to find out from Max the bear that he had been to the moon over the weekend and decided that they wanted to go too! The children carefully put their astronaut space suits on, got all of their equipment ready to take, climbed into their space rocket and fastened their seat belts ready to blast in to space! The children used their imaginations as they set off, listening to space music in the dark classroom and thinking about what they could see on their journey. They had super ideas! The children had lots of fun and only came back when they were hungry and ready for their lunch!

 

The children explored making space pictures by using a marbling technique of water, oil and food colouring. They were fascinated to see the changes that occurred!

 

The children also had lots of fun making yummy star biscuits to have a special snack time with! They listened really carefully to each instruction of how to make the biscuit mixture and all took turns to join in and help make them. They smelled delicious when they were taken out of the oven mmmmmm!

Our current learning adventure is 'Superheroes'

Supertato and the Evil Peas

For our last learning adventure this half term the children were very surprised that when they returned to nursery this week the classroom had been turned upside down! There was toilet roll strewn all over the classroom floor and across the furniture, peas all over the classroom carpet and vegetables that had been wrapped up, taped up and drawn on with marker pen! The children then found the following message on the interactive whiteboard....

 

Dear Children

Mwahahahahahahaha! We have taken your dressing up clothes and your sand toys. If you think you can find us you're wrong. Supertato won't be able to help you this time. Hahahahahaha.

From the Evil Peas

 

The children thought carefully about who they thought Supertato might be and decided that they thought he might be a potato that has super powers that make him a superhero!

 

The children helped Supertato by creating a jail to trap the evil peas in and tying them up with threading laces! They had fun filling, pouring and emptying the peas to and from different sized containers and creating evil peas in the playdough by rolling it into small balls!

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