# Colour and pattern - Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens who love stealing pants landed in our Bears class, as we explored the Aliens Love Underpants story written by Clare Freedman and Ben Cort. We took a small step into space to play and build our understanding through a space station role-play experience and our small world helped us to retell and adapt the story adventure of aliens, rockets, and pants!

On the creative table, we designed and modelled playdough aliens, adding colourful collage materials and lots of googly eyes. Our alien paintings were cosmically brilliant! We are showing fantastic progress in our drawing and painting skills, and we can choose the correct size paintbrushes to paint large areas with a change to a smaller brush to add detail. We drew and coloured smaller aliens to travel in our decorated paper plate spaceships, and added speech bubbles inspired by the aliens in the story. To the Bears surprise, our creative table was upturned and wrapped in clingfilm. The Bears really enjoyed this new painting experience and the result really was quite amazing.

In the story 'Look Up!', the excited character Rocket encourages her friends and neighbours to watch the meteor shower. The Bears used a splatter painting technique to create their own meteor shower paintings.

On the writing table, we have written and made marks in different ways with magic screens, UV pens, chalkboards, and even on our backs like an astronaut! We wrote descriptive sentences for the aliens we created on the computer, and we wrote lists for the things we would pack into our backpacks to take into space, just like Baby Bear in Whatever Next! The Bears can independently construct a great sentence using their own ideas, and it has been brilliant to see them include the words they have learnt in our colour and pattern theme.

In maths, we engaged with the purpose of counting - finding out how many objects there are, understanding that the last number in a count tells us how many things there are altogether and developing our knowledge of the number sequence. Then the following week, we consolidated our understanding of the composition of 5. Composing and decomposing numbers and investigating part–part–whole relations, e.g. seeing that 5 can be made of 3 and 2. The children deepened their understanding of a ‘whole’ being made up of smaller parts through practical experiences.

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On the practical table, we explored moon rocks, and cosmic sensory trays filled with alien slime, gloop and moon dough. We investigated how a rocket lifts off with a balloon rocket experiment, and made an alien erupt with bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and lemon juice. We also ate a pair of pants!

After half term we explore the magical world of traditional tales.