Open Your Eyes!
How does your garden grow? Let us discover the secret world of plants and mini beasts on our doorstep! This topic will encourage children to venture outside and ‘get their hands dirty’ in becoming little gardeners with an understanding of how things grow– nurturing seeds into plants and developing a sense of responsibility in caring for them with regular watering, weeding and monitoring. We will use our wonderful environment to uncover what lurks in the shadows of the sensory garden and wildlife area! Children will become ‘little Scientists’ and go bug hunting to learn about insects and embark on a sensory trail to gather ideas about the colour and texture of their surroundings. The children will use these discoveries to inform their work across all curriculum areas by recording aspects of: life cycles, gardening instructions, symmetry and pattern, painting and textiles. The children will combine fiction and non fiction and write various narratives charting the information they have learned e.g. the journey of a seed. We look forward to our Birdwise visit which will inspire our love of wildlife which we will record in a small composition of ‘Birdsong’ using percussion instruments. Through their historical enquires children will learn about formal Victorian gardens and compare this to how gardens are used today. As a nice ending to our outdoor learning we will make a visit Woodside Falconry Centre, to embed and extend our skills and knowledge of our wonderful world and all that lives within it!!