During key worker time we decided to carry out more science experiments! we predicted what might happen when we mixed all the different ingredients. The look of anticipation is caught on some children faces... The mixture included oil, food colouring, water and the final ingredient aspirin. This made the mixture bubble like a lava lamp. The children talked about the mixture separating and moving as the liquid fizzed in the container.
Another experiment which was fascinating included skittles. The colour and sugar dissolve into the water and then diffuse through the water, making it the colour of the skittle. The children again predicted what might happen and were able to discuss their findings. Some related it to their experience. “When I eat smarties they go white, I suck the colour and taste”.
As part of Anti Bullying week we discussed bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online. To support this cause we did some role play with apples... In order to illustrate the effects of bullying, we brought two apples to class. We picked up the apple (that had been dropped on the floor previously) and started to tell the apple how we disliked this apple, that it was disgusting, it was a horrible colour and the stem was just too short. We then passed another apple around and started to say kind words to it, 'You're a lovely apple', 'Your skin is beautiful', 'What a beautiful colour you are' etc. Holding up both apples, we talked about the similarities and differences, there was no change, both apples still looked the same. We then cut the apples open. The apple we'd been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside. The apple we'd said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside. What we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions. We followed this by reading: ‘Have you filled your bucket today’ and ‘Troll stinks’.
We have been represent our own ideas, thoughts and feelings through role play and stories in our hospital area. Using real bandages, plasters, dressing up, taking on different roles in our play. Through acting out scenarios we have been able to develop and build on our imagination and knowledge and understanding of the world.