Term Four – Week 3 – 23rd October 2017
Learning about INSECTS & SILKWORMS!
We have begun investigating various insects and creepy crawlies. We are wondering about God, who thought of and created all the different, colourful insects of the world.
The children are enjoying observing, exploring, caring for, handling and finding out about our SILKWORMS. We are currently creating observational drawings of various insects. The children are learning that, to distinguish an insect from other creepy crawlies, it must have a head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, two antenna and sometimes may have wings. We are learning about the life cycle of SILKWORMS and many of our worms have now created their cocoons…we are now awaiting their metamorphosis!
Learning About Maths – SYMMETRY!
In Maths we have been learning about symmetry. The children created symmetrical butterflies using three colours of paint, of their choice. After following a specific procedure, the children found that both halves of their butterflies were symmetrical (reflection symmetry). The children then used their scissor skills to cut out their butterflies and they added details such as two antenna.
Learning About Colours – Mixing, Making, Creating with COLOUR!
We have been learning about PRIMARY and SECONDARY colours. We have been experimenting with colours, mixing paints to create NEW colours just like in our story, “MONSTERS LOVE COLOURS!” The children are all ARTISTS and mixed primary colours, creating their own colour palettes.
In our classroom we have a COLOUR focus table and each week the colour on the table changes. As it changes, the children go on a “hunt” to find items from the indoor or outdoor environment to collect and bring back to our focus table, for examination. This week, our colour focus table is PUPRLE and we are going to mix the primary colours, blue and red to create PURPLE. We have been discussing and learning how to create various shades of the same colour. Adding more of one primary colour or less of the other, provides us with variations of the same colour…lighter and darker shades.
The children have created “colour stories.” They chose their favourite colour to paint and were asked to create and use various shades of the colour they chose. They then talked to their teachers about their favourite colour, how that colour makes them FEEL and WHAT that colour reminds them of when they think of it.
We have provided various resources for the children to play with at the light table to create intentional learning experiences involving colour… light and colour make for magical play and good use of imagination!
We read the text, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Eric Carle, viewed it on youtube and the children loved re-enacting the story using our puppets. We also viewed the story of “Little Blue and Little Yellow,” prior to mixing our own blues and yellows.
Colour Mixing on our “Palettes”
Collaborative Learning Task – Play dough Mixing
Using the primary colours, the children worked with a partner, to follow instructions, mix their play dough and create secondary colours. This proved to be a great fine motor task also, as the children were required to work the dough using finger and hand strength for the colour mixing to be successful. It also provided opportunities to work on our collaborative and social skills, such as, taking turns, sharing and exercising patience with our partners.