When we’re learning about a topic it’s always important to add in some new vocabulary. During our autumn topic we learnt a new word; “deciduous”. Every day I’d use the word and ask the children if they knew what it meant. By the end of our study I was pretty confident that most, if not all, could use it in context. I even had a few parents come and tell me that their children had told them what deciduous meant.
During the activity session we made a visual representation to show the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. We drew tree trunks on each side with brown crayon and then stamped on leaves.
Then we made a “leaf sandwich” by putting another piece of contact on top. One child asked me if we were going to eat the leaf sandwich 😉 I said, “No, it’s just going to be like a leaf sandwich because we are sandwiching the leaves between two things”.
We also had a go at some relief stencil prints. We blu tacked a leaf stencil to some paper and then used red, orange and yellow paint to paint around the stencil.
It was interesting to note that afterwards quite a few children wanted to keep the stencil bit rather than the paper. To them this was the product, not the rubbish. They did look very effective, I must admit!
What do you think? Is the stencil or the relief print your favourite outcome?