During Environment Week we decided to use Wall-E to help us learn about the sort of environment we would like to live in. We thought that Earth in the future was messy and dirty and not very nice. We also learnt how important plants were.
We decided to plant some beans to add some more plants to our environment. There were some other seeds as well and we talked about which one would grow fastest if we put them in a race.
Look what happened to the bean only a week later!
We also talked about 3-D shape a lot during the week as Miss Parker set us a challenge to build our own Wall-E but only once we could talk about the shapes we needed to make him.
Doesn’t he look wonderful? He even has a flap on the front so he can open it and put the rubbish inside. You might be able to spot some kids from Garnet class there was well who came to help us.
We also worked with our friends from Nursery outside to create a giant Wall-E. He was bigger than we were!
Our parents and carers made lots of comments on our learning about Wall-E during Environment Week.
What have we been learning?
- About what our environment is and what we would like it to look like.
- About the importance of plants and why we need them in our environment.
- About 3-D shapes and how to describe them using the correct words- edge, vertices and faces.
How you can continue the learning at home!
- Collect some boxes and junk modelling- can you make a model of Wall-E or a different robot?
- Look for 3-D shapes in your home and think about why it is a good shape for that job, for example, why don’t we have a sphere for a TV?
- Tlak ajot what you like in your home environment and what you don’t like. Make sure you keep it tidy like Wall-E did!
- Look at the plants in your garden. Which plants do you have? Could you add any more!
Do you remember in Environment Week when we went to look at our allotment? Miss Parker decided we needed to learn about plants because lots of us got confused when looking at the roots, leaves and stems on the weeds and weren’t sure what to call them. We decided we would plant some seeds so we could watch them grow and talk about what we could see.
We were lucky in school to receive some tomato seeds from the National Schools Partnership.
We got busy planting making sure we had enough soil for the seeds and that we covered them up. Garnet class came to make sure everyone in Reception had one.
And then we had to wait…….
We are looking very carefully to see if we can see the stem and the leaves starting to grow. Can you see them? Why can’t you see the roots?
We’ll continue to watch them grow and talk about what we can see happening. How long do you think it will be before we see a tomato?
Keep coming back to see how much they have grown.
Every year in school we have an Environment Week. 2017 was no different. In Onyx class we had a couple of visitors in our classroom. First Michael Recycle came to visit and then Litterbug Doug. Litterbug Doug left a total mess which we had to sort out. It turned out that he was just trying to trick us and teach us about recycling. We learnt how to sort out rubbish and make sure it all went in the correct bins.
We didn’t stop there. A couple of weeks ago Jayden had asked if we could make paper in Onyx class. We gave him a couple of books to see if he could find out to do it and in Environment Week we gave it a go. It took a couple of days to do everything but worked out really well. Can you remember how we made paper?
We watched the film Wall-E to find out more about how to keep our planet safe and why it was so important. It made us think about plants and how important they were. We talked more about this when we went to tidy our allotment which was looking a mess.
We talked about the weeds as we dug them up and started to talk about the roots and the leaves. It surprised Miss Parker how few children knew about the different parts of the plants so look out soon for some learning on plants. The good news is we knew more about how to grow plants so hopefully the sunflowers which we planted will be growing really tall soon. Keep your fingers crossed! How tall do you think they’ll grow?
We also had a go at making a model of Wall-E. What do you think?
We had to be able to talk about the shape of the recycled materials that we were using and the properties of the shapes. It was hard to get the round bottles to balance on the neck because they had round faces not flat. We solved the problems and made Wall-E stick. Can you see any other shapes- 2D or 3D- on Wall-E?
What have we been learning?
- Why we need to take care of our environment.
- What makes a nice environment.
- What we can make from rubbish to make it even better.
- To sort materials and recycle them.
- That a film can teach us important things about the environment.
- Why plants are so important to our planet.
- To build robots like Wall-E using a variety of different materials.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Recycle materials at home using the blue bin and blue box. Ask your child to help you sort the rubbish.
- Encourage children to turn the lights and other electrical equipment off as they leave rooms to save energy. Talk about why this is important.
- Buy a plant and let your child look after it at home by watering it regularly.
On Monday we invited all our Mums and carers to school to say thank you for looking after us. We all met in the Main Hall with the rest of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.
We sang some songs to our Mums and carers to say how special we thought they were and how much we loved them. In Foundation Stage we sang a song called Skidamarink. Can you remember the words? We sang a song with everyone else as well called My Mum’s One in a Million.
When we’d finished singing it was time for us to give our gifts to our Mums and carers. When we talked about Mother’s Day in class lots of the children said that their mummies liked flowers so we decided to plant them some seeds. All that they needed to do was add water and watch what happens now. What do you think will happen?
We’d worked hard to write our Mother’s Day cards. You can see everybody’s on last week Writer of the Week post here.
A big thank you to all the Mums and carers who came to support the children at this event. The hall was packed to bursting and it was lovely to see so many of you 🙂