This week has been a whole school STEM enrichment week (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Over the week, children have been working together to complete problem solving challenges based on some of our favourite fairy tales.
We read the story of the Gingerbread Man and were given the challenge of building him a boat to get him across the river. The children worked well in teams to talk about the materials and built a boat together. We then tested the boats in the water tray and discussed improvements to help them float better.
One of our other challenges was based on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Each group used different materials to build a house for the pigs. We then tested them with a hairdryer to see which one would be best against the wolf’s huffing and puffing.
We ended the week with a VIP guest, Santa! It was very exciting going to visit him in his grotto and the nursery children were thrilled to receive a special gift.
What a SUPER week it has been! We started by reading some superhero books- Superkid and Supertato. We then found that some of our nursery animals had been trapped! We used the tongs carefully to rescue them so that we didn’t touch the lasers.
The children were asked to build a superhero city with Numicon. They had to use the different sized Numicon to match the shadows of the buildings. Those that could match the towers were then asked to count the number of 'windows' in the buildings/ holes in the Numicon.
We did some Spider-Man yoga when all children listened to the instructions very carefully and were able to copy all the spidey moves.
Take a look at our fantastic superhero pegs. We all chose the colour of our superhero, coloured in the peg, added a cape and mask, then drew on their eyes. We enjoyed lots of creative imaginary play afterwards with our superhero pegs and also exercised our finger muscles by pegging them onto things.
We ended the week by making some super smoothies. We decided that this is what the superheroes drink to give them powers. We blitzed up bananas, strawberries and milk and all the children had a try. There was some super flying and super strength going on during choosing time!