Our dinosaur topic has been very popular this half term. It all started with a series of mysterious discoveries in our classroom. The first object to appear was a strange white shape. We talked about what it could be and ideas ranged from a giant tooth to an animal's tail. The following day a note appeared from a famous paleontologist called Mary Anning - she sent some bones as a further clue. Finally, we had giant footprints leading to our role play and we realised that we had found some dinosaur clues! The excitement and 'awe and wonder' increased each day and we were then ready to learn lots about dinosaurs.
Maths is fun!
We have all been working hard with our number and measuring work in our maths sessions. We have used lots of practical resources to practise our addition and subtraction concepts. Our dinosaur topic made learning about different measures really fun. We measured how long an actual stegosaurus would have been on the top playground. We brainstormed ideas as a group before we started the measuring and then everyone got involved with string and chalk and eventually a metre stick helped. We discovered that the length of a stegosaurus was slightly longer than our classroom. The fictional story 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' by Ian Whybrow gave us a perfect context for exploring capacity. We also had a go at estimating how many dinosaurs would fit in different sized 'buckets' and checking to see if we had made a good guess. Our role play shopping for dinosaurs also helped us to start using different combinations of 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.
There is always a varied selection of creative activities both inside the classroom and outdoors for us to explore. Some of us chose to make junk model dinosaurs in discovery time whilst a 'team' used the big construction bricks outside to make their model. Our 2Paint program on the IWB is always popular too - we have been practising how to use the tools to create different effects. Small world play has enabled our imaginations to develop along with acting out stories that we have been listening to. 'Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish' by Michael Foreman was particularly popular for inspiring creative activities with recycled materials.