As the children are learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff in Literacy and in Science they are looking at the similarities and differences of different materials. We thought we would transfer our skills about materials into our Art work by experimenting to create different textures with different materials to produce a collage piece of work.
The children had a piece of card divided into three sections representing the different scenes in the story…
…the children had to decide which material they could use to represent the texture of soil…
…then they had to think about different textures for the river…
…and finally the texture of the ‘fresh green grass’.
On Monday afternoon, Miss Barber set the Reception children a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) challenge. I asked the children if they could make a bridge to help The Three Billy Goats Gruff cross the river.
To begin the challenge we all looked at lots of different pictures of bridges and then the children were presented with a selection of building materials…tape, card, paper, wooden sticks, straws, cardboard tubes, string, and ribbon.
The children really enjoyed the activity; it really made the children think about what a bridge is and what it has to look like.
Today we all completed our ‘Week One Observations’. We all checked our seed and wrote about whether it had grown a lot, a little, or not at all. We then suggested reasons why it had or hadn’t and adjusted their positioning in the classroom to reflect our observations and ideas.
Yesterday in our ICT lesson, we started to learn about algorithms.
We learnt that they are a set of instructions you give to program a computer.
For our first lesson about algorithms, we didn’t program a computer or any other technology though… we programmed each other and Miss Carter!
Firstly, we gave Miss Carter a set of instructions to open the door, it went wrong a few times and we had to try again and give different instructions, it was so much fun!
Then, we worked in pairs to program our friends, giving them algorithms to get to different parts of the classroom. We had to tell them to move forwards, backwards, left, right, how many steps, which way to face and many other instructions.