Reception Into Nature - Welly Wednesdays (Summer 2021)

Week 1 - Today was all about worms!  We talked about what we knew about worms already.  We then looked closely at worms from Miss Whitfield's wormery, including tiny babies and a worm egg!  Some of the children were keen to hold the worm, others not so much.
The Bog Baby had hidden some wooly worms in the mud kitchen, so we found them all and used 10 frames to help us count them.  We counted three tens!
We then went off to explore the garden and found that our sunflowers are starting to grow as we could see the green shoots!  
Our story today was Superworm.  We enjoyed listening to it whilst drinking our blackcurrant and apple juice in the spring sunshine.
Week 2 - This week was all about bees.  We sadly found a dead bee in our room, so we thought about how it might have died and then had a closer look under a magnifying glass.  
We talked about how helpful bees are to our world and learned some interesting bee facts.  We played a game where the Queen Bee held up the instruction, 'go', 'stop' or 'pollen'.  We had to watch carefully as we moved and then follow each instruction.  On the instruction 'pollen', we had to find a flower spot and do a waggle dance to show the other bees where the best nectar was!  
We learned the digraph, 'ee' today and found some 'ee' words hiding in the garden.  We planted some bee friendly seeds in our wildlife planter and looked to see how our sunflowers were doing!
Our tasty treat today was honey sandwiches and orange squash.  Yum!
Week 5 - This week, we were back in the forest garden.  We were amazed by the pink blossom on our tree and enjoyed watching the wind blow the petals down to where we were sitting.  It was like snow!  The Bog Baby brought us the digraph 'ai'.  We learned some interesting facts about snails and slugs and found some snails hidden in the garden with words on their shells.  We used our blending skills to help us to read the words.  
We used chalk to draw swirly shapes on the ground and write the ai sound.  We practised our skipping skills and enjoyed exploring the castle again.  We used wool and sticks to weave snail shells.  
We found a baby snail, some woodlice and a spider today and enjoyed the warm sunshine. 
Week 6 - Arrrrrrr!  Today the Bog Baby was playing pirates.  He brought us a pirate flag so that we could turn our castle into a pirate ship.  He brought us the digraph 'ar' and we found some words containing the digraph hidden around the garden.  We discovered that the petals from the fallen blossom created a star shape so we made our own gold coins by pushing the flowers into salt dough.  We used a hammer to create some fantastic flags using a technique known as Hapa Zome (or leaf dying) where petals are placed in a piece of folded fabric and a hammer is used to release the natural dyes.  We had a mystery object today - a flint and steel.  We used it to create sparks and I was impressed that everyone could do it! Tasty treat today was pirate treasure of course once we gave our best pirate, "Arrrrrr!"
9th June, 2021
Today we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and looked for evidence of hungry caterpillars on leaves.  We used the hand drill to drill holes into the wooden log. We tried out our newly donated wooden seats.
16th June, 2021
Today we read A new house for Mouse.  We made out own houses for creatures using found objects.  We tried again at using the hand drill.  It was a warm day, so we used disappearing paint (water) to write messages to each other!  Some of the children chose to play hide and seek today and I set the children a new challenge of climbing up the slide!