Monday, 19 January 2015

EXPLORING ICE!

Today we went for a walk in the cold winter air. It was very bright out and there was no wind. Perfect for a little play in the park and a walk.

We walked in the sun on the grass and then stepped in to the shade. The children noticed the temperature change right away. They also picked up on the change underfoot. The grass was suddenly very crisp and when the children stood on it, the footprint stayed in the frosty blades.

"L" asked me why this was and we talked about the sun not yet reaching this part of the green. I asked her how it felt when she walked in to the shadow and she told me it felt really cold. I then asked her what melts ice and frost. She told me heat. So we talked about the sun bringing heat and that where the sun was not yet shining, it would be colder than the sunny spots. This is why the grass was still frosty and crisp.

Little "J" was as interested in this conversation and more keen to go in to the park for a play. 

He did however come across a puddle at the bottom of the slide that was frozen and he rubbed his fingers over it. He told me it was very cold. 


It started to brake up in his hands as he pushed it over the cold metal. He tried to stand on it so I told him to be very careful as he might slip and fall. He took this seriously and was very careful to keep one foot on the floor so that he would not loose his balance.



I picked up a piece of the very thin ice and held it up to the sun so that both "L" and "J" could see the pattern in it. "L" asked me if it was very cold. She told me ice is very cold.


We also looked at how thin it was by looking at it side on.



LEARNING INTENTIONS AND IDEAS FOR EXTENDING LEARNING: 
  • Noticing the changes that weather brings to the world around us. 
  • Learning about cold weather and its effects on the world.
NEXT STEPS: 
    • look at how wildlife would find it hard to find food and drink in cold weather due to the cold and ice. How can we help them?
    • Make an ice sensory tray and look at ways to melt the snow. Include heat and salt.

    CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING:

    Little "L"  was very interested in why there were frozen areas and non frozen areas. With some careful guidance she started to make connections between the sun bringing us heat and the effects it had on the ice. The shady areas were much colder and she noticed this very quickly. She enjoyed looking at the patterns in the ice and noticed that it was starting to melt in my warm hands as I held it. She was working with what she knew to help her work out the answers to her questions. She was learning through exploring and showing an interest in the world around her. 

    Little "J" was engaged in his interest in the icy puddle. He explored the feel, how it moved, temperature and then how it reacted to being stood on. He understood that he needed to be careful so that he didn't fall when putting his feet on it. He laughed at the ice as he broke it in to pieces. Learning through and exploration. 


    Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
    • Communication and language
    • Understanding the world.

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