What’s that noise?
Shepherds Class have been busy learning all about animals; learning what noises they make, what they look like, what they need and where they live. We started the topic by sharing what pets we have, the children have a wide range from cats and dogs to a snake. We went on a trip to Pets at Home to learn about how to be gentle with pets and to learn about what they need. We used this information in our vets role play in class. The children soon got into the role of a vet, helping animals that had broken their leg, needed medication and ensuring that they had somewhere to sleep and something to eat and drink. Everyone got creative and used junk modelling to make cages and beds for the animals, thinking about what size to make them whether they were making them for the mice or a big dog. Later on in the topic we learnt about mini beasts, going on our own mini beast hunt in the woodland walk. We looked closely using magnifying glasses and binoculars and saw lots of leaves which had been munched on. We also learnt about farm animals and looked after the cows, horses, pigs, sheep and chickens in our farm role play. The children were lucky enough to visit the farm and were able to see a range of farm animals and to get up close with a piglet. Shepherds Class were very noisy this term, making a range of animal noises from sheep to tigers. The children enjoyed the story of Walking through the Jungle, listening to the animal sounds and guessing which animal was next. We went on our own jungle walk, making the animal noises and seeing if we oculd spot any animals hiding in the jungle.
Where have all of the toys gone?
We started the topic by talking about what toys we got for Christmas. The children were very excited to tell us that Santa had visited them and had brought them lots of exciting toys. The children were also excited when they walked into Shepherds Class and saw our toy shop role play area. The children have already been busy buying toys, selling toys and running the toy shop during play. We have been creating price tags, using the till and putting the toys on display in the shop. We have been learning about the different types of toys which there are and have found out that some toys are soft, some are hard and have wheels and some toys have switches and buttons. We enjoyed working out how to operate the toys ourselves through exploration and resilience. Later on in the half term we are going to go on a teddy bears picnic and make picnic food for ourselves and our teddies to eat.