Welcome to Nurture Group
Autumn Term - second half
The Nurture Group topic for this half term is Polar Regions. To get an idea of what we will be learning, take a look at our Polar Regions Word Bank.
We will be finding out from books and the internet all about the animals and plants that can survive in the polar regions, and how they have adapted to their harsh habitat. We will also do experiments about freezing and melting, and do creative tasks linked to the topic. Any reading or research you can do with your child at home on this topic will be very valuable - and you can always upload photos of any creations or experiments on to the SeeSaw app.
Fun things to do at home
- If you have a thermometer, measure the temperature outside each morning. Record it in a table, and then make a line graph of temperatures for the week. Talk about which day had the highest and the lowest temperature, and compare it with temperatures at the North and South Pole!
- Design some chilly-looking bubble writing. Use it to label your fridge! Can you design some 'hot' looking writing to label something hot like a radiator? (Talk to an adult about where you can stick this label without causing a fire hazard!)
- Try making real paper snowflakes by folding and snipping: https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Make-6-Pointed-Paper-Snowflakes/
- Or make virtual snowflakes using this online tool: https://dangries.com/rectangleworld/PaperSnowflake/ (Note: you have to draw a closed shape on the 'paper' or the tool will not cut it out - it took Mrs Hughes a few tries to master this!
- If there's a really cold day, go outside to look for frozen puddles, frosty spider-webs and beautiful frost-outlined leaves. Take photos and upload them via SeeSaw!
- Look at how ice cubes float in water. Talk about why they float. How much of the ice cube is underwater, and how much above the surface? Then research icebergs - they are just giant ice cubes really! What is the same about icebergs and ice cubes ...... and what is different? Can you make an ice cube that looks like an iceberg?
- Make an ice bowl: fill a balloon half way with water, fasten it and then put it in the freezer for several hours. If you time it right, when you take it out the outer parts will have frozen and the middle will not: when you remove the balloon you will have a beautiful ice bowl. You could put a tea light inside it and use it as a table centre piece!
You will also have a class topic, so don't forget to look at your class page, too.
Remember also to keep up with your reading at home, and to make a note of it in the reading record. It's fine to read things other than your school reading book some days - magazines, recipes, food packets, internet facts ...... write down anything that you have been reading with an adult. All reading is valuable!!
Don't forget to go on SumDog regularly to build your maths skills.
Ten minutes or so on SumDog three times a week can make a big difference to maths confidence.
Remember that you can use the IDL web app from home. It works best on Google Chrome.
IDL supports your reading, spelling and keyboard skills, so it helps you with all your learning, now and for the rest of your life!
Please take a look at our special Advent Calendar created by staff which we hope you and your child will enjoy together.