Y5/6: What has ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’ got to do with science? (Part 2)

I’m sure you’ve all watched Tinga Tinga Tales at some point, but did you know that underneath the stories and the beautiful artwork, there is some fascinating science that challenged many peoples view of how living things evolve and adapt to their environment? Watch the video and see if you can see how it links to our earlier research.

Other useful resources:

Mary Anning

Alfred Russel Wallace

Charles Darwin


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Y5/6: What has ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’ got to do with science? (Part 1)

Before we reveal what our science focus is, what do you think links these pictures (hover over them for additional information). What strategies will you use, and what resources will you need to start making links between them? What will you do if you find a word that you don’t understand? What information or knowledge do you already have that might help?


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Science in Reception

Yesterday the children filled balloons with water and leaves and hung them on the fence to see what would happen overnight.  This morning we went out to investigate and found that the balloons were very hard when yesterday they had been soft.  Upon opening the balloons the children found that they were full of ice and said that it was because it had been very cold.  There was Duplo frozen in the water tray and some small people and animals (not real ones!) frozen in the sensory tubs.  The children then went and found ice in all sorts of different places.  When we went out this afternoon, the children were surprised to see that the some ice was still there.  Someone commented that it wasn’t hot enough for the ice to melt.  I wonder what will be icy in the garden tomorrow?


More Science has taken place inside as children have been planting their own beans.  Some are beginning to sprout which is very exciting.  We will update you with photos as the beans grow.

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Take a moment…

Here are some views from our playground  that literally made me stop in my tracks.

The ones with the lines going across the sky were taken at about 7.45am this morning. If you look carefully, you can still see the moon.

The other photo was taken at about 4.30pm from virtually the same position.

What is similar about the photos? How do they differ? What questions come into you head?

When was the last time you just took a moment for yourself and just thought, ‘wow’.

(update – I just added one taken at around 5.30pm a few days later – what do you think?)

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Ordering by length in Reception

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During our maths sessions this week we have been finding items that are either longer or shorter than a lolly stick.  Today, on our Welly Walk, we found things that were shorter than a lolly stick and longer than a lolly stick and put them in order.  Here are some photos of our learning.  Can you find different things at home and put them in order from shortest to longest?

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