We had a very interesting visit from Caitriona who has recently returned from a trip to the South Pole! Caitriona showed us a presentation about her time in the South Pole and she showed us lots of pictures of what she saw there! We were particularly impressed with the pictures of the whales! We also got to see what Caitriona had packed for her trip to the South Pole.
We asked lots of very interesting questions and Caitriona helped us to answer some of the questions we have about Polar Regions. Caitriona thought we were brilliant investigators! Thank you Caitriona for visiting us!!
We have developed new play areas to compliment our theme "Polar Regions". We have a malleable area (playdough), a role-play area, a small worlds area, a creative area, a construction area and a sand and water area (we have actually filled this with "snow"!). The children have been adding to the areas as they see fit, and have been really enjoying working with each other in these new areas!
We have started learning about Polar Regions. We have come up with some questions about this topic.
Where do penguins live? In the North or South Pole?
Do all penguins eat fish? What if they don't like fish?!
Can polar bears swim?
Can polar bears run fast?
Can penguins fly?
Do people live in the South Pole?
We will use lots of different resources including stories, videos, visitors, and pictures to help us investigate these questions! If you find a picture, book or any resource which shows us the answer please encourage your child to share it in school.
We have been reading a brilliant book called "The Great Explorer" by Chris Judge. In this book, a very brave boy gets ready to set of on an expedition. We had a chat about what we would pack if we were visiting the South Pole. We decided we would all bring in one item to pack for our trip to the South Pole. Check back at the end of the week to see what we have packed! A big thank you to Ryan for sharing this book with us!
Our new learning theme is "Polar Regions". Over the next few weeks we will be learning lots about the Arctic and Antarctica. Hopefully we will become experts on penguins and polar bears too! We will be working on this unit during our SESE (History, Geography, Science) time and during Aistear time. If your child would like to bring in items from home linked to this topic that would be very helpful. We will keep you updated on our polar adventures here, please feel free to leave comments!