The children enjoyed taking part in our Early Years sports day today! The rain held off and the children had a great time doing all the different races. The children did a sprint, an obstacle race, weaving around cones and even a space hopper race. At the end, mums, dads and grandparents had their chance to also run a race. Thank you for being such great sports!
Earlier on in the week we had spoken to the children about trying their best and discussed how if you fall over, you need to get back up and carry on. The children really took this on board and we were so impressed with their enthusiasm and perseverance.
To support our learning about mini-beasts we have been reading the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We reminded the children that we have already read a book by the same author (The Bad-Tempered Ladybird).
We linked the story to the growth of our caterpillars in the classroom. The children were interested to learn about the life cycle and are excited to see what happens next to our caterpillars!
This week the children have been observing the caterpillars closely. They have grown and are starting to spin their cocoons.
We looked closely at the patterns on butterfly wings. The children noticed that the markings are the same on both sides. The children experimented with making their own symmetrical butterfly paintings by painting one wing and folding the paper over.
This week we have been continuing our topic of mini-beasts. Today the children were enthusiastically searching for mini-beasts on our mini-beast hunt around the field. We found ants, flies, spiders, worms, maggots, earwigs and slugs! The children looked at them closely through magnifying glasses and we compared features such as number of legs and if they have wings.
We also welcomed some caterpillars to the classroom to teach the children about lifecycles. The children will be able to observe the caterpillars each day and chart their metamorphosis into butterflies.
We have started some phase 2 phonics work and have introduced the sound 's'. The children learnt how to write the sound correctly and thought of words that started with that sound. We created our own sound spider complete with a web of words. Some children attempted to write their own words for the spider. We will focus on two sounds each week.
Today is rainbow day! We have all come in dressed in a colour to reflect our personality or different colours to think about how we all like different things. We have played parachute games and talked about ways in which we are the same and how we are different.
We asked the children "what makes you special?"
Jamie- "I can run around really fast."
Eloise- "I'm good at star jumps."
Natasha- "I'm special because I like to do drawing and my drawing is really pretty."
Theo- "I'm really good at swimming. I can swim really far."
Amelie- "I'm really good at jumping."
Liberty- "I'm special because I have pink and purple slime."
Gracie- "I'm special because I'm a good friend and I played with lots of children today."
Jack- "I'm a good friend because I play with lots of people. I'm good at drawing."
Mason- "I'm special because I'm a good friend."
Sophie "I'm special because when I go down my slide at home in my garden I go really fast."
This week is anti-bullying week. We have been discussing how to be a good friend and what to do if somebody does something that you do not like. Strategies that we have discussed include telling the person to stop, walking away and telling and adult. We read the story of 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' by Eric Carle. We discussed how the ladybird was unkind and did not share. The ladybird was angry and was trying to start a fight with the other animals. We talked about ways of calming ourselves down if we are angry and how we must find other ways to sort out a disagreement.
The children have come back ready to learn after half term and have enjoyed sharing news about their break. We have been excited to discover that some birds have made a nest in our bird house outside. If we listen very carefully, we can hear some baby birds tweeting inside the box. We have been watching the mummy bird leave and return to the box and have been thinking about what she might be doing. We have decided to turn our outside role-play area into a bird watching hideout so that we can monitor these birds and see if we can spot any others.
The children had a great time at the Theatre watching 'Room on the Broom'. This is one of their favourite books and seeing it come to life on stage was a magical experience. The children behaved very well and we were very proud of them.
"I liked the cat because I liked when he sat on the broom." - Natasha
"I liked the frog." - Liberty
"I liked the it when the animals saved the witch."- Theo
"I liked the dragon because it was roaring and I liked it when it roared. I liked the old broom because the cat said there was no room." - Alice
"I liked the dog and the bird because the dog had the hat in his jaws and the bird had the bow in his head."- Gracie
"I liked it when they sing songs."- Eloise
"I liked the cat because it was telling everybody that there was not room on the broom. At the end there was more space because the bird was high up. I liked the bird and the frog. The bird had the bow on his head and the frog had his wand." - Sophie
"I liked the dragon because it was roaring." - Mason
"I liked the brand new broom because it had seat belts on it." - Amelie
The children have been excited to discover that our theme for topic week is... flowers! We will be looking at the work of Claude Monet this week as well as investigating real flowers.
We are looking at Monet's famous painting of 'Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies'.
We are painting our own pictures in the style of Monet. Our final pieces will go on display in the hall or in the classroom and you will be invited in to see them.
We are in our final week of learning about Space. This week we have moved on to thinking about aliens and have read the story 'Aliens Love Underpants'. In the story, the aliens come to Earth and steal underpants. We talked about how this is not a kind thing to do. Theo suggested that they were stealing the pants because they did not have any of their own, so we made some spare pants for the aliens to have.
Alice made a poster to remind the aliens not to steal any more pants. She explained that she had included "a cross to say the aliens cannot steal the underpants".
We made rockets and space ships in the outside area.
In Little Doves, the children made rockets out of recycled materials. The rockets below were made by Jack, Jamie and Mason.
In PE, the children have been developing their throwing and catching skills. It has been fantastic to watch their confidence improve over a series of lessons and they are now using smaller balls.
This week we have continued our work on Space. We have looked at the story of 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy, where Baby Bear finds a rocket and goes on an adventure to the moon. The children have enjoyed learning all about Space and finding out what it is like to be an astronaut. In the outside area we used large boxes and the poddely construction to make our own big rockets.
We worked in groups to sequence the story.
We acted out the story using small world props.
We thought about what we would pack if we were going on an adventure into Space.
"I would pack a pineapple, biscuits, raspberries and a pear" - Eloise
"An orange, tomato, cherries, grapes. This is a teddy bear" - Jamie
"I would take grapes, an apple and a pear" - Sophie
"A fish, a banana and a butterfly" - Gracie
We enjoyed celebrating Yom Ha'atzmuat this week! The children wore blue and white clothes and took part in different activities to celebrate Israel independence day. We made Israeli flags, decorated biscuits with blue and white icing and danced to Israeli music. The children learnt about Israel and we talked about why it is such a special place.
"I like when we danced. We danced because it was Yom Ha'atzmaut." - Eloise
"I liked it because we wore blue and white. The flag is blue and white". - Mason
"I liked the assembly in the hall. I liked the video. We saw Israel". - Natasha
Decorating biscuits with blue and white icing.
This week we have been thinking about the book ‘Chalk’ by Bill Thomson. We thought about what we would draw if we found some magic chalk. We made our own chalk drawings and talked about what would happen if they came to life.
We used playground chalk in the outside area.
"The little girl is taking the chalk. She is drawing butterflies and they are coming to life. They will fly in the air to their mummy in the clouds. Then they will go on the slide and have fun!"- Natasha
"A giraffe. It will come to life and nibble the grass." - Jamie
"They are butterflies and a dinosaur. The dinosaur is friendly. They are going to come to life. The butterflies will flutter around. The dinosaur is going to go to school and get lots of stickers!" - Alice
Join in with the Numtums and learn about numbers from 1 to 10.