You may have noticed they are building some houses near to our school. We got the opportunity to go and have a closer look and to meet some of the builders.
First there was a Workshop session with parents and carers in the Hall. Jordan from Engie came to talk to us and share some information about house building. There was then a special building activity to do with real mini bricks. We had to work together to make a tiny house.
Then we split up into 4 groups with Garnet class and went to see the Building Site. The builders came to meet us at school and brought special hard hats and high vis vests for us to wear just like the real builders. We walked around the edge of the site looking at the houses that were being built. There was lots of discussion about keeping safe near building sites and also why we had the special clothing on to help keep us safe when we visited.
We saw detached houses and semi- detached houses. We loved looking at the big diggers. We saw builders whose job was to put the bricks on the house and other builders who dug the big holes. We found out about the different colour hats that the builders were wearing and lots more.
Can you remember what you found out from the builders? Use these photos to help prompt your memory.
We followed the visit with some learning about the story of the Three Little Pigs. It was a story the children were familiar with that they mentioned when we were talking about building in our Floor Book session. We even got a letter from the Three Pigs asking for our help to build a strong house after the disaster they had. We tried to build houses in lots of different ways. We even tested them with the hairdryer pretending to be the Big Bad Wolf!
We have loved learning about houses and how they are built. A huge thank you to everyone at Engie who made it possible and also the parents and carers who came with us so we could take the children on the walks. We couldn’t have done it without you 🙂
What have we been learning?
- About how to build houses.
- About what is happening in our school community.
- About the jobs that builders have to do everyday.
- About keeping safe on and around building sites.
- About the houses that we can build linked to a story that we know.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Comment on the building site when you are bringing your child or taking them home from school- what has changed? What are they building now? What do you think will happen next?
- Talk about the job that builders do and other jobs which the children are interested in.
- Reinforce comments about the children staying safe and why it is important.
Our storytelling text this half term has been The Three Little Pigs. There are lots of versions of this story you can read and I’m sure it’s a story that you know well yourself. The children combined their Storytelling with the Chatterbox Challenge which we took part in to raise money for ICAN.
First the children told the story to our families using the Makaton actions and story map for reminders and prompts. We then sang the Chatterbox Challenge rhymes we’d been practising at home and at school. Our rhymes were Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (sung with special words about planting a seed), Five Little Ducks and Sleeping Bunnies. We hope you’ve kept practising them at home.
When we’d finished our performance of the story and rhymes we went back to classrooms to do the special craft. This half term we were making cone puppets so we can continue to tell the story at home. Our families could come to help us.
We had to colour the puppets carefully and use the scissors to cut them out. It was lovely to see children and their families working together. Look how pleased we are with the results!
We hope you enjoyed the Storytelling workshop and thank you for coming. If you still have sponsorship money to hand in after the Chatterbox Challenge then please return it to school as soon as possible. ICAN organise the Chatterbox Challenge every year to highlight the challenges children with speech and language difficulties face. Good communication skills are vital to a happy, successful childhood so we place a lot of importance on these skills in school, especially while your child is in Nursery and Reception. If you want to find out more about why we’re raising money please look on the links below. Please ask if you have any questions.
We had a great time in the first half of Spring term learning all about Buildings, Structures and Homes. The children decided this was what they wanted to learn about while we get ready for our New School.
First we asked the children what they would want to learn about…….
We read the story of the Three Little Pigs and it became our storytelling text for the half term.. Look on the blog for a post about our storytelling. The children thought about what they would use to build a house if the big bad wolf came to Manor Top and why that would be the best material.
Once some of the children had decided on the bricks to build a solid wall for the house the used the rest of the materials to create the rest of the house. Doesn’t it look great?
There were lots of other building activities for us to do too. We had great fun exploring them all. There was more going on than we could take photos of to show you!
The children loved the freedom and creativity of the role play area which they could make anything they wanted to be.
One our favourites was using the sand cement to build sticking the blocks together. If you want to make some at home just mix shaving foam with some sand- it’s that easy 🙂
There were lots of Elsa castles popping up all over the place but these ones with the sugar cubes were particularly popular. What could you build from using materials at your house?
During the whole school Safety Week, Stephen from the new build came to talk to us about being safe on and near building sites. He also showed us some pictures of what our new school is going to look like. It was very exciting to see the pictures and we can’t wait to see it for real.
We’ll try and put some more pictures up of the new build as we get them. Keep looking back to check…..