This half term the Squirrels have been learning all about plants and growing. In Science we enjoyed hunting round the Science Garden to identify different wild and garden flowers, and looking at our ‘special’ tree right outside our classroom, spotting how it’s changing in Spring from how it looked in Winter. We learnt about the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees and looked closely at the different parts of plants. After planting our own beans and harvesting seeds from chopping up different fruit and vegetables, we enjoyed watching them grow to spot their leaves, shoots and stems. In Art we looked at Van Gogh's ‘Sunflowers’ and experimented with colour, texture, collage and team work to create lots of different kinds of flower art. In DT we made strong tables from paper for Jasper the cat who needed a new gardening table by investigating which was the strongest shaped leg. We were very surprised to find it was the cylinder column and not the cuboid that held the most books! In English we have worked hard to extend our story writing when we stepped into Van Gogh’s painting of the Starry Night instead of when Katie stepped into his Sunflowers painting! We also practised writing instructions to help Jasper the cat plant his bean more carefully, remembering our ‘you will need’ list with bullet points and not forgetting those bossy verbs!
To display all of this amazing learning, we held a plant and art exhibition in our new library and library garden on the final Thursday of the half term. It was so lovely to have so many adults come and share in their children's learning and to also give the children the chance to be the experts in their own learning. Thank you so much to all of those who were able to come and we hope you weren’t too scared by our amazing scarecrow!