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Looking for Dinosaurs in the Secret Garden

We had been talking about habitats for our dinosaur and where he might have gone. Someone had the idea to go and look in the Secret Garden so off we went…..

On our way up there we spotted a different habitat. I wonder if there is a bird living in there?

Once in the Secret Garden we played a quick game of Where Are  You? to make sure everyone was listening, concentrating and comfortable in the new space.

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And then we had a look for some signs of life in the Secret Garden.

We found a trail in the grass, we wondered whether that was where our dinosaur had pushed through the grass. We also found a few feathers but we decided they were from the birds not the dinosaur. We also found a big muddy patch where we looked to see if we could find any more footprints. Sadly there weren’t any but it made us think about footprints.

Miss Parker showed us some different animal footprints. After we’d thought about which animal our footprint came from, we had to find a friend who had the same footprint on their card.

They we had to think of a way to record our footprint but we hadn’t taken any pencils. Miss Parker showed us how to use Mud Paint to draw our footprints.

Sadly we didn’t find a dinosaur in the Secret Garden but we did learn more about habitats and signs to look for if we’re looking for any creatures.

When we got back to class we thought about creating a different habitat. Can you tell who it is for? Which creature would like to live here?

What have we been learning? 

  • Where creatures live and why they choose to live there. 
  • Which signs to look for when searching for creatures in the Secret Garden. 
  • Different ways to record our ideas when there are no pencils. 

How you can continue the learning at home? 

  • Visit a wood or the park. Can you find any signs of creatures there? What do you think might live there. 
  • Make some mud paint in your garden and use sticks to paint. What can you do a picture of?
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A Dinosaur Came to Visit

Once we had the footprints in our classroom we had a new clue as to what had left the egg in our classroom. It generated many conversations and there was all of a sudden a lot of talk about dinosaurs.

We decided to set up the camera overnight and see if there were any visitors to our classroom. You will not believe what we saw!

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There was a dinosaur in our classroom! He walked all over the table and did a BIG roar before he left again. It made us believe we had been right when we said there was a dinosaur in the egg. Some children quickly got to work and started making a trap to try and capture the dinosaur. They thought about a fake egg to trick the dinosaur into coming and having a look, a rope to trip him up and some water to pour on his head once he was trapped. There was lots of cooperative thinking to solve their problem.

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Then Miss Deakin came back from setting up the Outdoor Are and told us she’d seen another footprint. We went to have a look. It was so much bigger than the ones in the classroom. We measured to see how long it was.

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Everyone was amazed to see how much bigger than our feet the dinosaur footprint was. We decided to measure it in some different ways.

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We then used this information to measure some smaller footprints of our own and smaller measuring units. We worked with a partner to choose a unit to measure with and then measure the footprint. We made sure we followed the same rules.

And then…..

We did a wonderful job making our dinosaur a shoe. Can you imagine how big the show shop would need to be if this is just one shoe?!?

Our parents and carers made some comments in our Floor Book. We love knowing what the children are talking about at home and which learning they are sharing.

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What have we been learning? 

  • to measure in different ways using a variety of different non-standard objects, such as cubes, bottle tops, whiteboard pens. 
  • to meet challenges and solve problems, such as how do we make a shoe for the dinosaur and how do we capture a dinosaur.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Collect some objects at home, such as pennies, bottle tops, forks and so long as they are all the same size use them to measure some bigger objects in your house, like the table. 
  • Use footsteps to measure some of your garden. How long is the path? How wide is your doorway? 
  • allow your child to help you solve simple problems in the home, such as we have 5 people in our house and they want 2 biscuits each? How many do we need altogether? 
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How Do You Help A Dinosaur?

We had a special visitor to our classroom before the Easter holidays. We kept finding footprints in our classroom and the children were quick to say what they thought they were. We had a look around our classroom to see if we could work out what it was.

 

Miss Parker decided to set up a special camera when we all went home to see if we could find out what had been to our classroom. You won’t believe what it was, we caught a dinosaur on camera!!!! It had been right through our classroom!

 

That wasn’t the end of it though. The dinosaur came back the next day and and we saw it on the camera again walking around the other end of our classroom.

 

We couldn’t believe our eyes, especially as this time he had brought us a box. We had to read it. It said,

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Please help

 

It was from the dinosaur and he wanted our help. We had to read the letter he had sent us so we knew what to do.

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Then there was another reading job to do as we matched the information to the correct dinosaur name. We then made our information into a book for Mr T Rex so he didn’t feel so muddled. He sent us another letter to read which said Thank you.

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We loved having a dinosaur come and visit us in school although I think a few of us were glad that we didn’t actually come face to face with a T Rex!

What we have been learning? 

  • to read simple texts with a purpose. 
  • to learn more information about the dinosaurs. 
  • to imagine what it would be like to have a dinosaur in our classroom! 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • read everyday with your child. Even if it is a more difficult text they can help you read it by saying the sounds they know and looking for tricky words such as I, go, no, the, to, into, me, my, be, she etc. 
  • find out some more information about dinosaurs using books and the internet. You can visit the Library and look for books about dinosaurs. Turn the information you find into your own book. 
  • imagine what it would be like to have a dinosaur in your house! Can you draw a picture of what might happen? 

 

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A Dinosaur in the Classroom!

We had a special visitor last week….. at first we only saw footprints and we didn’t know what had been in our classroom. Some of the children had an idea and started to investigate further. They found a dinosaur in a classroom and started to make links between the two.

It was a few days until we saw anything else but a few days later we noticed more footprint and the giant egg had hatched! This time there were two sets of footprints. Again we had a to get busy thinking what they could possibly be. There were dinosaurs in our giant egg which confirmed what we thought about it being a dinosaur.

We looked in books to see if we could find out more.

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Some of us were a bit sceptical and thought there couldn’t have possibly been a real dinosaur in our classroom. Miss Parker set up a special camera in the classroom over night and the dinosaur came back!!! We got to see it on the iPad.

The dinosaur also left us a note and a present which was very exciting.

We decided that we wanted to paint our dinosaur but that gave us a problem.  Lots of people couldn’t remember how to make the right colour green that we needed to paint the dinosaur. We decided that we needed to refresh our knowledge of colour mixing before painting our dinosaur.

It was so exciting to have a real life dinosaur in our classroom and we hope he comes back again soon!

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Our Last Week in Reception

For our last week in Reception, Miss Parker and the other teachers let us choose what learning we wanted to do. We had a look back at this blog and found some of our favourite activities from the year. We had to do some negotiating and comprising when different children wanted different things out and we had to make sure there weren’t just dinosaurs and fairies everywhere! Once we had decided what we would like in each area Miss Parker got busy getting everything we needed out.

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Then it was our turn to get busy. We loved having all our favourite things back out.

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Miss Parker will be making sure our Y1 teachers know all of our favourite activities and our favourite interests.