Another week has flown by, a week jam-packed with activities now that we are gearing up for Happy Halloween on Tuesday.
In fact topic work during our 5th week topic evolved around Halloween. The day started with the children listening in to the story Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson.
They animated the story themselves by doing various sounds and actions related to the story.
Room on the Broom Story –
We made a list (mind map) of the things we associate with this festivity such as costumes, hats, brooms, magic wands, sweets, ghosts, stories, dragons and animals.
Through this story they learnt that there is a group of animals which witches prefer such as cats, bats, mice and owls. Witches love these animals in particular because like them they prefer to sleep during the day and stay awake at night.
We expanded on this in class where we took a closer look at these nocturnal animals. All these animals usually wake up at night to hunt for their food. Some of their senses are very well developed.
For instance cats and owls have a very good sense of sight whilst bats do not. Instead their sense of hearing is very sharp and they use sounds to catch their prey. These little animals sleep upside down which the children found very funny 🙂
Most of these animals love eating insects and other small creatures such as worms.
We developed the topic further by taking a look at other creatures of the night but which are not necessarily related to Halloween. Animals like the mole, the skunk, the snake, the aardvark etc.
We all played a game on the interactive whiteboard where the children tried to guess the sound associated with the various animals. You can go through the list of animals at home and expand even further because the children were very interested in this topic in class.
Learning Nocturnal Animals Sounds and Names with Color Trains –
Nocturnal Animal Song –
All throughout the week the children created many crafts found in the story.
They made a bat by using toilet rolls, black kite paper and triangular wings linking us to the numeracy topic and triangles. You will find more information under the numeracy section.
They decorated a witch’s hat also linking us to the numeracy topic due to its triangular shape. We also associated this craft to the first letter for this week letter h. You will find more information under the literacy section.
The witch in the dark song –