Road Signs and shapes.

This week we have been learning all about 2D shapes. We can see and find shapes all around us.

Did you know that different shaped road signs tell us different things?

Circular signs give us orders! An order something we must all do!

Triangular signs give us a warning! A warning is something to be careful of or watch out for.

Rectangular signs give us information. Information is telling us something!

 Octagon shapes are that shape so that they really stand out. Octagon means STOP! You would be in danger if you did not stop.

Some of these signs use pictures to tell us something, some use words, some of them use both words and pictures.

Next time you are outside look for road signs. Remember your ‘shape facts’ and see if you can identify the shape of the sign. Send us a picture or draw a picture of a sign you find.

Question of the day Look at the signs above. Can you tell us which signs use words, pictures or both?

 

 

 

Shape Hunt

Do you think you can all be like the animals from The Animal Tale story and become shape detectives.  Have a look around your house and see if you can find some squares, circles, rectangles and triangles.

Remember these facts to help you:

  • a square has 4 sides that are all the same length
  • a triangle has 3 sides
  • a rectangle has 4 sides, 2 short sides and 2 long sides
  • a circle is round with zero sides
  • a square has 4 corners
  • a triangle has 3 corners
  • a circle has 0  corners

 

 

Chocolate nest cakes

With the weather looking a bit unpredictable today why not stay cosy at home and make some chocolate nest cakes.

Ingredients

8oz plain chocolate broken into pieces
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 oz butter
75g cornflakes, rice krispies or shredded wheat
36 mini chocolate eggs

Method

Line a 12 hole fairy cake tin with paper cases

Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth

Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all the cereal is coated in the chocolate

Divide the mixture between the paper cases and place 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour or until completely set.

Remember and share your pictures with us if you can.

Where did the birds go ?

Have you ever wondered why you don’t see some birds at certains times of the year? Have you wondered where they go ? Well, at certain times of the year some birds fly to different countries.

So your questions today are:

  • When birds fly to another country what is this called?
  • Do you know what a country is ?

Challenge – Find out some birds that migrate

 

Bird Feeder Challenge

When we put food out in our gardens not only can it attract different birds but in colder weather it can actually save the lives of birds.  Providing food for birds is important throughout the year as food shortages can occur at any time, it is also really important to provide water for birds as well. Click on the link to read more about feeding birds from the RSPB:

RSPB – feeding birds

Mrs Wilson, Mrs Blair and Mrs Flockhart have been busy in nursery finding out about different ways of making bird feeders. Can you make a bird cake or feeder ? If you need some ideas click on the links below:

make-a-bird-kebab

make-a-bottle-bird-feeder

make-a-pine-cone-bird-feeder

All of the above resources and more  can be found directly from the RSPB website –https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/

Did you find out yesterday what birds like to eat ? Different birds like different types of food just like we do. Here is list of some birds and what they like to eat:

  • Starlings like worms and grubs
  • Great Tits like caterpillars and nuts
  • Black-headed Gulls like insects, fish and worms
  • Magpies like wild berries, grains, insects and caterpillars
  • Blue tits like caterpillars, seeds and nuts
  • Chaffinches like buds,shoots,seed and insects
  • Robins like worms
  • House Sparrows like insects and grains
  • Wood Pigeons like vegetables, leaves and seeds

 

Question of the Day

Two questions, an activity and three more questions today !

We have a nose,  but what do birds have? Remember in the story Lucky Duck, Robin had a tiny one.  Can you find out what other differences there are between our facial features and a birds.

Why don’t you have a look in a mirror to see what features are on your face.

See if you can find your

  • eyes
  • ears
  • eyebrows
  • nose
  • eyelashes
  • cheeks

What do you have to do to find your tongue?

Do you have any dimples or freckles?

What colour are your eyes?

Now have a look at a birds face.

 

Birds, Birds, Birds

Did you take part in the bird count at the weekend? If you did we would love to hear how many birds you counted. Sometimes it can be really difficult to identify birds, did you manage? Some birds have really distinctive features like the red tummy of a Robin, or a blue head and yellow tummy of a blue tit. The RSPB kindly sent the nursery a great bird identification chart with lots of pictures of birds, maybe you could use this to help identify the birds that you see. Click on the link below for chart :

A4 Printable ID chart

Here are some facts about the Robin and the Blue tit.

The Robin

  • is usually on its own
  • it sings in spring and winter

The Blue Tit

  • you will find them in the trees not on the ground
  • they nest in holes in trees, including nest boxes – did you know we have blue tits that come and live in our nest box in the nursery garden

Can you find out any facts about the following birds:

  • Chaffinch
  • Blackbird
  • Great Tit
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Starling
  • Magpie
  • Black-headed Gull
  • House Sparrow