Under the Sea

Hello Everyone,

The children have had a fabulous time during our ‘Under the Sea’ topic.

In the ‘Creative’ room the children have made posters and factfiles about different underwater creatures. We really enjoyed learning facts together. I had no idea that a shark has no bones! The children have also carried out some experiments on floating and sinking and waterproof materials. The children made some super observations and enjoyed sharing their findings with their friends. 

The ‘Literacy’ room had its very own ‘beach hut’,  where the children could sit in the deck chairs and pretend that they were at the seaside.   There were many stories read over the two week period, including the story of ‘More, More, More’ by Dawn Casey, ‘The Singing Mermaid’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘Under the Sea’ by Anna Milbourne and Cathy Shimmon.   The children wrote about some of the stories, practised writing lists, wrote postcards about what it was like living under the sea on holiday and labelled different types of fish.  They also had the opportunity to complete a ‘word search’ or a sea creature ‘passport’.  

The ‘seaside souvenir shop’ went down a real treat in the ‘Numeracy’ room.  The children pretended to sell and buy souvenirs using their own experience of shopping.  They also dressed up in some of the items.  In the water tray the children explored capacity and had to find out how many cups of water were needed to fill different containers.  They then had to explain what the capacity of each container was: e.g. This container has the capacity of four cups of water.  Some children also ordered bottles of coloured water by how much water they contained.  

In the ‘Art’ room the children made goldfish bowl pictures, crab hand-print paintings, paper plate fish scenes and paintings of Octopus and Blowfish. They also had other resources that they could use to make models of different sea creatures. 

Outside the children had a super time playing with a range of activities including the ‘under the sea’ tuff spot which involved lots of water fun – buckets, watering cans, tunnels and trays. We also practised for sports day! Thank you for coming to support the children on Sports day – we had a great time!

We can’t believe that the next topic is our last! Where has the year gone?!!! The children have been to visit their new teachers today and we have had a visit from our little ones who are starting in September. Both visits were a great success and we are sure the children will absolutely love it in Year 1.

Mrs Barratt

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