YEAR 1J SPRING 2014 at Stannington Infant School
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Stannington Infant School
Stannington Road, Sheffield S6 6AN
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Science :- our senses. To investigate using their senses and record things seen, heard, smelled and touched in the outdoor environment.

The children walked round the garden and field using their senses to observe and identify features in the natural environment. The children then recorded their findings on a table using words and pictures.

Sight and Sound :- bird watching. To observe bird behaviour using their eyes and ears. The children will understand bird behaviours and record their findings.

The children went in groups to observe the behaviour of birds. They had to be very quiet so as not to frighten the birds away. The children were asked what they knew about the behaviour of birds. How do they sleep, eat and communicate with each other? They recorded their findings on a table and as a group they discussed what they had found. We have a pair of wood pigeons living in our school garden.

Smell:- make a potion. The children use their sense of smell to create a natural scent potion that animals might be attracted to.

The children were given beakers to collect natural scents in. They used their own sense of smell to create a potion that animals might like. They found lots of different things to put in their potions. The children had to write a set of instructions on how to make a smelly potion. Harrison found found some charcoal “it smells like bacon”

Touch:-texture hunt. The children use their sense of touch to investigate natural objects and materials and describe texture using adjectives.

The children used their sense of touch to investigate objects in the natural environment. Is it rough, smooth, hard or soft? After discussing their finds they recorded them using the best words to describe them.

Sound:- sound walk. The children will record the different sounds they can hear in the field and garden. Talk about if they are natural or man-made sounds.

We walked round the field and garden stopping to listen. The children talked about a sound being natural or man-made then recorded them on a table.

Children playing and talking. Is this a natural sound? Stopping in different places gave us time to listen to different sounds. We recorded the sounds we heard. Was it a man-made sound or a natural sound? Wind in the trees or a bird?

After we finished out tasks we could choose our learning.

Some of us decided to go bug hunting while others helped to weave the willow in our dome. Our signs help us recognise leaves and mini beasts.


This week’s learning:

Science :- forces, identifying pushes and pulls. The children walked round the other groups and observed what the rest of the class were doing and had to decide whether they were using ‘push or pull’. They asked “Is it a pull, a push or a push and pull? The children then recorded their findings on a Venn diagram.

Bow-saw :- the children used the bow-saws to cut a disk using push/pull they then wrote their names and drew a picture of their group name.

Wheelbarrows :- the children used wheelbarrows to take the weeds they had dug out to the compost heap. Digging the weeds out of our garden is hard work but has to be done.

Den building :- the children designed and then built a den. We used push and pull to build our dens.

Car challenge :- the children have been investigating toy cars. The next step was to find out what makes them go on a smooth surface, what force has to be used. We made a ramp to see if the car would travel faster.

We all like to go mini beast hunting. Carefully we looked under logs and used a book to indentify what we had found. 

Week 3 20/3/2014

Observational drawings :- drawing the new buds on the trees.

Cloud formations :- The children looked at cloud formations and tried to identify the clouds in the sky. The children made streamers to explore and feel the power of the wind, and to find out which way the wind was blowing. We found out that the wind is a natural force and that the wind pushes the clouds.

Paper aeroplanes :- the children made paper aeroplanes and then tried to fly them into and against the wind, recording the distance they fly. The children discussed which way helped the planes fly further. Did the wind help? Why/why not?

Digging :- digging an area ready to plant wild flowers. Using the force push, pull, we cleared an area ready to plant new plants. There is always a job to do and everybody helps.

Science :- Natural Forces. The children investigate wind power, moving water and volcanoes. We made a volcano from vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Miss Johnson added vinegar to the bicarbonate of soda and hay presto a volcano. We also talked about natural forces pushing and pulling in the world. Each group discussed what happens if it rains too much - can it push cars down the road? Why do leaves turn colour in Autumn? How rivers / waves wear away the ground? They then discussed what causes natural disasters such as floods.

Cutting bottles for our greenhouse :- working as a team we cleaned and cut the bottom of bottles ready to make our greenhouse. We need over 1500 bottles to make our greenhouse.

Independent activities :- mini beast hunt.

To end a lovely day we treated the children to a forest floor cake.

It got the thumbs up from everyone.

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