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I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man…

At our Christmas party, Father Christmas brought us a copy of Stick Man as one of our presents. He must have known it was going to be on the television during our Christmas Holidays. Even Millie Ethel watched it when she went to Miss Parker’s house for Christmas.

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When we got back to school everyone was talking about it……

“He went in the fire. He laying in the snow cos he wanted a rest from looking for his family tree.”  Harvey S

“I watched it.” Lacey

Yeah, but I only seen a bit of it. I seen it when these kids builded a snowman. They stuck Stick Man in the snowman” Harvey M

“I didn’t watch all of it because I didn’t like it when Stick Man went to the bottom and die” Corey

That made us wonder, would Stick Man float or sink? 

We predicted and 5 children thought Stick Man would sink and 18 children thought he would float.

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“Put them in the water tray,” said Michael. So that is what we did. We tested some other objects as well. 

“I went in the water tray and the sticks were floating and the conkers were floating. But the rocks were sinking” Ruby

When we asked the children again 0 children though Stick Man would sink and 24 children thought he would float .

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All the talking about the Stick Family made us think about our families. We talked about what a family was.

Lucas said, “its a home when your family is together like adults and kids, mum, dad, brothers, sisters.”  “And babies and pets”, added Pheobe.

We had a go at making a Stick Family of our own. We had to think of who was in our family and find a stick which was just perfect to be them. The children thought really carefully to find the right sticks for their family.

” Mummy, Daddy, 2 big brothers, me” Ya Qing

“Grandad and Nannan and my Auntie and my mum and my uncle” Alfie

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There was all sorts of amazing conversations which were prompted by this activity but you’ll have to ask to look in our books to see them.

Stick Man became lots of different things throughout the story. We thought what we might want to turn a stick into after we’d read another book called ‘Not a Stick’ by Antoinette Portis. We turned our ideas into our own class book. Some children produced the pictures and others wrote the captions. It was a real team effort.

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Look in the book corner to see if you can see it and read it all. What would you turn a stick into if you could?

Here are some example of other activities we had out in our classroom to enhance our independent learning.

 

What have we been learning? 

  • about floating and sinking in the water tray. 
  • about our families and how they compare to others. 
  • to be creative about what we could do with a stick. 
  • to represent our ideas in pictures and writing. 
  • about a story we are interested in- Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Try out some different objects in the bath. What can you find which floats? What can you find which sinks? Can you predict what something will do before you test it in the water? 
  • Talk about your family and your extended family. Does your child know who everyone is? Can they draw the people in their family? Can they write the names of some of the different people in their family? 
  • Look for some more Julia Donaldson books. There are lots and lot to choose from. Which is your favourite Julia Donaldson book? What do you like about it? Julia Donaldson has a website where you can find out more information or you could look in the library for more books. Click here to go to the website

 

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Pumpkin Pandemonium

We arrived at school to find lots of pumpkins one day! Everyone started talking about them straight away and loved picking them all up, especially the big one.

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We talked about how the pumpkin was heavy but everyone was impressed when they could lift it. Some of us even lifted the pumpkins above our heads!

This started a discussion about the pumpkins and what we could learn about them. Here is the page from our Floor book to show what we talked about and some of the questions we asked. Can you see where some children made the link to Cinderella and the pumpkin in the story?

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We opened some of the pumpkins up and had a feel inside. Some children were a little reluctant to feel and said it “looks dirty”. Some of us loved feeling the “slimy, gooey” middles of the pumpkin. We found lots of seeds so talked about what happens to them. We read a book all about the pumpkin life cycle to find out.

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We found another book in our book corner called Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper so we read this. It inspired us to make our own pumpkin soup in the water tray. There was lots of discussion about what would need to go in the soup and who could help to make the best soup.

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Lots of us had never tried real pumpkin soup so we got some to try. Look at our faces, do you think we liked it?

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We also asked if the pumpkin would float or sink and had to go outside to find out. There was too much water needed to do it in the classroom.

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We found out the pumpkin would float, even the really big one! That surprised lots of us.

What have we been learning?

  • About heavy and light objects and which ones we can carry.
  • To describe the size of the pumpkins and order them by size.
  • About which foods we like the taste of and which we don’t. 
  • To describe how the pumpkin feels inside and out. 
  • To role play making our own soups and potions. 
  • About the life cycle of the pumpkin and what happens to the pumpkin seeds. 
  • About floating and sinking. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for other objects which float and sink in your house. Try them out when you’re in the bath. 
  • Try different and new foods which might be unusual to your child. They might surprise you with what they like!
  • To talk about where different foods come from and look for if they have seeds in them. 
  • Look for other heavy and light things around your house. Can you lift it? Which is the heaviest? Which is the lightest?