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Where does snow go?

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Why does snow melt? How can we keep warm? It’s time to explore the frosty but fascinating season of winter.
This half term, we’ll wrap up warm and head outside for a winter walk to spot frosty windows, icy puddles, icy grass and steamy breath. Inside, we’ll warm up with a hot chocolate and dress dolls and teddies in outfits that will keep them warm. We’ll explore the best materials for this and describe them. Observing melting ice, we’ll discover how it turns into water. Can we speed up the melting process to free the tiny dinosaurs inside? In our literacy lessons, we’ll look at a range of winter-themed books. Using our mathematical skills, we’ll count snowflakes and stick the correct amount of buttons onto numbered snowmen. Getting creative, we’ll create winter-themed art and  make flavoured ice lollies! We’ll also share snowy day experiences with each other and compare the temperatures of different areas of the school, inside and out.
At the end of the project we will move like snowflakes in a snowstorm.

Help your child prepare for their project Snow is magical! Why not make a wish list of all the things you would like to do in the snow together – sledging, snow angels, building a snowman. You never know; snowy weather might be just around the corner! If real snow isn’t available, why not make a cotton wool snowman by sticking cotton wool balls to a toilet roll and decorating with accessories such as a scarf and hat. You could also make paper snowflakes by folding and cutting white paper into pretty patterns.

Areas of learning Early Learning Goals
Communication and language

Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking
Physical development

Moving and handling; Health and self-care
Personal, social and emotional development
Making relationships

Reading; Writing

Numbers; Shape, space and measures
Understanding the world

The world; Technology
Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using media and materials; Being imaginative