Following on from our Environment Week it was Global Citizenship Week in school. We wanted to continue our learning about Wall-e and what was good about our environment. However, we also needed to think about the things that we wanted compared to the things that need.
At first we all knew what we wanted but it was hard to think about what we might really need. We went on a walk around school to look for the different things we needed and wanted. Children commented on these as we walked round. We were starting to understand that although we wanted and liked toys and sweets we did not need them. We took lots of photos of the things we found and when we got back to the classroom sorted them out.
We decided that the things we needed kept us safe and alive. The things that we wanted might keep us happier but we didn’t need them.
To make us think about this a little bit more we returned to our thinking about Wall-e and when all the humans left Planet Earth. We thought about what we would take to a new planet with us if we had to leave Planet Earth.
We used the TASC wheel to work in groups and create something to show what we would take with us. Can you remember what we created?
A rainbow- because we need sun and rain on our new planet and when you get sunshine and rain you get a rainbow!
A garden- because we need plants to survive. They help us breathe good air and make food for us.
A tree- because the tree takes the bad things out the air and puts good air back.
A map-to show our new planet and what we would take with us.
An exercise bike- because we need to do lots of exercise to keep us fit and healthy (We talked about the humans in Wall-e who had got lazy and fat)
You can see all of our learning in the Floor Book.
What have we been learning?
- The difference between want and need.
- What keeps us safe in school and at home.
- What we could take to our new planet.
How can can you continue the learning at home?
- Talk about things at home that you need and want.
- Go for a walk round your house and talk about what keeps you safe.
- Make something else you would take to a new planet that you might need.
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!
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.
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.
Everyone was amazed to see how much bigger than our feet the dinosaur footprint was. We decided to measure it in some different ways.
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.
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.
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?