It wasn't just the fire that was roaring...
Class 1 have been leading their learning outside at Forest School. On seeing trowels and spades, they chose to be archaeologists and dig for dinosaur bones and fossils. Using pebbles and sticks, they were palaeontologists - putting stick skeletons and dinosaur footprints together.
One week, they discovered a nest with dinosaur eggs and worked together to break them open using various tools...of course some children explored the idea of trying to melt the ice by placing an egg in a saucepan and sitting it on the fire.
They have printed dinosaur footprints in clay to make into medallions, drawn dinosaurs with homemade charcoal and made dinosaurs from mud and sticks. Of course, all of this hunting, creating, scientific and imaginative work left the children hungry so we cooked cinnamon whirls in oranges on the fire - mmmmmm!!
Dinosaur Day Out
On Friday Class 1 visited Oxfordshire Museum of Natural History. Children experienced handling dinosaur fossils and even dinosaur poo! Workshop leader Chris shared fantastic facts; we found out how to tell the height of a dinosaur just from it's footprints (taller than Alfie P) and how palaeontologists learn about the lives of dinosaurs. Harry played the T-rex who was fossiled when the smaller creatures ate all his wobbly bits, then the sand covered him up and the pressure squashed him to stone. We then went on a dinosaur hunt around the museum finding different dinosaurs, pterodactyls and plesiosaurs (which are not dinosaurs, ask your child why).
Entry to Oxfordshire Museum of Natural History is FREE. There is so much more to see. Children were very keen to explore more of the museum. If you are looking for somewhere to go at the weekend I would highly recommend a visit. Check out their website: http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk
Herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?
We made vegetable dinosaurs which we ate at snack time. Ask your child how palaeontologists know what dinosaurs ate and how their teeth differed.
Something strange appeared in our water tray this week. Will they have hatched by Monday? Children have enjoyed trying to help the dinosaurs out of the eggs.
Stick Man and Sticky Marshmallows!
It was chilly start to the year and the children were glad of the warmth of the fire and their roasted Marshmallow snack!
Many of the children had seen the animation of Stick man on Christmas Day, so we had a go at making our own 'Stick Family'. Those that chose to, searched for an appropriate stick, whittled a face, tied arms on (a bit fiddly!) and drew a face using our home-made charcoal.
Other children played imaginatively in the stick den, explored for bugs - and sticks (!) using the ID sheets, and generally had fun!
I think some of the children are hoping to dig for dinosaurs at some point over then next few weeks, as they have been talking about this in class...I wonder what they will find!