Our theme of dinosaurs started with the discovery of footprints!
We explored the school grounds looking at similarities and differences between the footprints that were discovered. The children came to school dressed in their dinosaur themed costumes and became palaeontologists . We investigated what the dinosaurs might have looked like by comparing the size of the footprints that they left compared to the size of our shoes. We were surprised that a Tyrannosaurus Rex had over 60 teeth and were amazed when we found them left in our classrooms. We discovered that this dinosaur could eat most of Robin class and Starling class in one gulp!
As we develop our themes through the children’s own individual interests, children planned how they could reunite the dinosaurs with the eggs that they had left hidden in our outside space. Children learnt about what is needed to stay healthy and explored good practises relating to exercise, sleep and hygiene. To welcome our dinosaur visitors, we baked cakes. It was decided that we would make cakes that herbivores would enjoy. Hopefully their carnivore friends would stay at home!
Our amazing trip to Seaton Jurassic
To enrich the children’s learning we visited Seaton Jurassic. We learnt about fossils and even made our own using clay. Children learnt about the life story of Mary Anning and how her discoveries changed geology and science forever. We explored the garden as palaeontologists and pieced together our mysterious marine reptile.
The importance of parents and carers supporting their child’s 'reading journey' through regular reading at home cannot be underestimated. Reading to and with your child can make a dramatic difference to their achievement within school. Developing a pleasure in reading involves giving your child the opportunity to talk about and share experiences relating to the events, characters and illustrations in their book. Your child will be given a Reading Log with some suggestions on how you can support them.
How long you spend reading at home, should be guided by your child. For younger children this may be around 15 minutes, while slightly older children may be ready to engage for longer. Therefore we expect only a few of the suggestions to be explored throughout each week.
Please ensure your child has their reading book and reading log in school each day.