On Tuesday we discussed the saying “Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning. Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight.” There was a lot of new vocabulary in that saying to discover. I talked about how shepherds used to sleep outside with their sheep and we pondered what a warning was and what the shepherds might be warned to look out for. Rain! We learnt that a red sky in the morning means it will probably rain and that a red sky at night means it probably won’t. We’ve also been singing “How Many Raindrops Make a Storm?” and laughing when it says one little raindrop… NO! NO! NO!
Following our experimentation with the cloud inspectors we also had some fun mixing up a storm. We had some white and black paint on the table and we use them to mix up a storm cloud. I demonstrated putting the paint to paper in swirly strokes to emulate fluffy clouds. As I painted I verbalised what I was doing. “Clouds aren’t just one colour all over. They have dark bits like this and lighter bits like this.”
We also needed some raindrops to hang underneath our fluffy rain clouds so we used some light blue, dark blue and white paint to paint some paper with. We used an Eric Carle type technique of slapping the paint on and then scratching into it with different implements like a fork. We flicked some paint on top for a different effect as well.
The next day the paper was dry enough for us to put the clouds together. We folded the paper in half and cut out a cloud shape. We stapled the bits together and stuffed them with newspaper to make them nice and fluffy. We cut out raindrop shapes from the blue paper and hung them underneath the clouds, dangling down like they were raindrops falling from the clouds.