This week the Toucans have been learning about different types of materials. They have been identifying and comparing glass, plastic, metal, brick, rock, paper and cardboard. To start with, they were given a range of different everyday objects to explore as a table group. They were encouraged to discuss the uses of the different objects and to see if they could sort them into different groups. Each group then shared their findings with the rest of the class.
Toucans were then encouraged to re-sort the materials to see how many different groups they could make. Miss Hookes asked the children why certain objects were made with certain materials, for example why wouldn’t table legs be made of cardboard? Why are our classroom chairs made of plastic and metal? Why are windows made of glass? The children were then asked to share their thoughts. Toucans then went around the classroom to spot different objects made with each of the various materials and recorded these independently.
Miss Hookes also introduced the Rocket Words: flexible, rigid, smooth and rough.