Winter is a magical time of year, and we just can’t ‘let it go’ when it comes to the beautiful moments we have been able to capture over the last few weeks.
Whilst the weather may have made you want to get cozy on the couch we have been enjoying a topic that is super chill.
This half term our topic has been Frozen!! We investigated Winter and learned more about freezing and melting all inspired by the smash hit movie Frozen!
Come and see what freezing fun we have had and how we learned the true force of nature is love!
What is Winter?
We began our topic by learning about Winter and what happens in winter. We went on a winter walk around school to look for signs that it was Winter.
It has been a very warm Winter this year, so this has been a bit tricky so we looked at some pictures of winter on the Internet to help us.
Winter reading and writing
We also read lots of books based on Winter.
We love Percy the park keeper, so One Snowy Night was one of our favourites. We also read Jack Frost, the Snowman, The Snow Queen and lots of other winter book, and of course Frozen!!
Ice- tastic Artwork
We thought about the colours of winter and made some amazing art work, by painting with the ‘cold’ colours go white, blue, silver, purple.
We made snow and ice collages and really enjoyed process art.
We made lots of different types of snowflakes and thought more about how tools can be used for different purposes and how media can be added for different effects.
Winter Finger gym
We learned about how important it is to help the birds in winter time and we used our developing finger gym skills to make some amazing bird seed feeders for the birds to enjoy. We didn’t see any birds but they seemed to enjoy our feast we made them.
Freezingly Good Maths
We took in part in lots of Winter inspired Maths activities.
We used a timer and then ‘caught’ as many snowballs as possible and then counted how many we had altogether. We were very good at counting.
We matched different patterns on gloves and hats and we even counted marshmallows into numbered cups.
We learned about the importance of keeping warm in Winter.
We had a Family workshop where we made warm apple pie with our grown ups.
We even got to make some ‘warm hugs in a mug’ on the fire pit. Vanilla milk is super yummy and we all wanted more!!
Frozen themed Role play
We read the story of Frozen and fell in love with characters. We took part in some amazing role play and small world play based on the story.
We had amazing fun describing the characters and painting pictures of them all…. especially Olaf.
We loved making Olaf in the dough!! And using the characters to inspire out dough play.
Some children made mini Olaf’s to take home!
Frozen inspired some truly magical maths work. we loved using the loose parts and then matching the correct number of objects to the numbers on the character mats.
We even made Olaf by adding his body parts once we had worked hard to roll a dice and count the number of spots altogether.
We enjoyed using Elsa’s magic ice dust to practice drawing and writing our numbers and letters.
We all knew Elsa has the power to make ice, but we wanted to learn more about how it worked.
In groups we made some yummy ice lollies and explored how water changed when it was Frozen.
We also investigated Elsa’s frozen hand. We explored how some tools including salt, water and a hammer to see how we could get Elsa’s hand to melt.
We noticed that “Ice is hard” (Freya) and “very very cold to touch.” (Harper)
Arrendale is the most amazing place, full of awe and wonder and we loved learning about its secrets and describing this amazing setting.
We made maps to show people where the most important things are in the Arrendale and where the treasures are buried.
We also made castles using the 2D and 3D shapes in the blocks and in the junk modelling.
The Frozen Ball
We are all super excited for our frozen ball and we have been busy writing invitations…..
…… and making decorations!!
It’s going to be so much fun!