This week we've been learning about the number 3. We've been learning to recognise 3 objects, pictures or sounds without needing to count them. We've also starting learning the Goldilocks and the three bears story. The children have really enjoyed using different voices for each character! During our forest school session this week we hunted for big, medium and small leaves and sticks. We compared them and thought of other words to describe their sizes. There were some great ideas. Enormous, massive, gigantic, tiny and teeny weeny were a few suggestions.
We've continued to learn about our senses. This week we've focused on sight. We have taken part in a range of activities where the focus has been looking carefully and talking about what we see. We even practised in PE by looking where we were going to avoid others when running around really fast!!
We started by building towers with wooden blocks. We then tried to build a tower with our eyes closed. We talked about what it was like to do it when we couldn’t see. I then built a tower with different coloured Duplo bricks and asked a child to make the same tower with their eyes closed. We talked about why this was difficult and how we could ask someone to help us.
Magic Milk Investigation
We poured milk into a container and added some drops of food colouring. We then put some washing up liquid on a cotton bud and held it in one of the colours. We then talked about what we could see.
The Rainbow Walking Water Investigation
We set the investigation up and talked about what we thought might happen. We looked at what was happening throughout the afternoon and left it overnight. We then looked again in the morning and talked about what we could see.
"Wow, it’s a rainbow!"
"It's purple because the red's gone in and the blue's gone in."
The children loved making glasses with coloured cellophane. They really enjoyed exploring the environment whilst looking at it in different colours.
We had so much fun blowing bubbles in the paint! We then experimented with printing different patterns. We talked about all the different colours we could see.
We've had another busy week in Harlyn Bay this week. At the beginning of the week we had lots of fun in the hall doing PE. We practised the different ways we've learnt to move over the last few weeks. These included running, side stepping, jumping and galloping. We did some relay races involving these different movements.
We've been learning to count objects accurately in maths by touching each object and saying the number name as we touch it. We practised this in our forest school session. I gave the children challenges such as 'Can you find 5 green leaves?' They then used their counting sticks to check they had the correct amount. We also practised our counting by playing hide and seek in our forest school area. In one of our maths lessons we practised counting sounds. The children closed their eyes and I played some sounds on a glockenspiel. They had to count the sounds they heard and show me how many using their fingers. They then had fun exploring the sounds they could make on the glockenspiels.
We've started to learn about our fives senses. This week we focused on our sense of taste. The children tasted a variety of foods including lemon, salty pretzels, celery, very dark chocolate and milk chocolate. We then talked about whether they liked the taste of the various foods. There was a real mixture in terms of whether they liked the taste or not. Some children liked the crunch and the juiciness of the celery while others thought it was disgusting! Some thought the lemon was too sour while one of the girls said "I like the sting!'
This week we’ve been focusing on being kind by helping each other with a particular emphasis on tidying up. On Monday we had fun playing with lots of different toys. We chose things that would take a while to tidy up. When it was time to tidy up we filmed the children. We then looked at this video together and I asked the children to watch what they were doing. Were they tidying up or were they doing something else? We discussed what they were doing and whether this was helping to make the classroom tidy or not. We watched the video again and this time focused on the children who were tidying up brilliantly. I modelled tidying up and we discussed whether I was doing a good job or not. We came up with some rules to help us to tidy up and practised throughout the week. Most of the children are getting much better at this but it is something we’ll continue to practise.
Our role play area has been the vets this week. We chose this as we’ve been talking a lot about using kind hands when playing with our friends. We’ve been able to reinforce this by talking about how to hold the animals carefully so that we don’t hurt them. We’ve then linked this back to how we play with our friends so that they don’t get hurt.
In phonics we’ve learnt new letter sounds and have continued to orally blend them together to hear words. We’ve also been learning how to write these letters. Some of the children need to strengthen their fingers first so that they can hold a pencil correctly so they’ve been taking part in dough gym with Mrs Feakins. We’ve also had lots of activities to help develop our fine motor skills available throughout the week.
In maths we’ve been learning to recognise 1, 2 and 3 objects without needing to count them. The children are getting very speedy at representing the number of objects using their fingers. We’re focusing on counting objects accurately next week using 1:1 correspondence.
This week we’ve used loose parts to create representations of faces. In our forest school session, we squashed some clay and stuck it to a tree. We then collected natural objects to use for the facial features.
We’ve had a busy week with lots of fun inside and outside!
This week we've continued to focus on following our school rule - to be kind. The children have shown many acts of kindness towards their friends. These have involved comforting each other when they're feeling upset, sharing toys, holding the door open for the class when walking to the hall and talking politely to each other.
We have had another delivery of some new play equipment which has proved great fun! The children have really enjoyed playing with the barrels. This has linked brilliantly to the story we've been learning in class as we've been learning the Bear Hunt story so the children have been able to go over, under and through the barrels. We also reinforced this learning during our forest school session this week.
In PE we practised running around without bumping into anyone or anything. We had fun running relay races and then went outside to practise jumping over hurdles. We talked about how we feel when we exercise and the changes that happen to our bodies.
We've continued to learn about ourselves and this week we've been looking at our faces in a mirror. The children looked closely to check the colour of their eyes and hair and then painted their features.
We've been learning the school rules this week and have focused on being kind to each other. We looked at photographs of different people and discussed how we thought they were feeling. We talked about what makes us feel happy, sad or angry. We then thought about how we could help our friends if they were feeling sad or angry. We introduced a class reward system so that the children can add beads to the jar when they are being kind to others and when they are following the school rules. The children are very excited about this as when they fill the jar they can bring a toy into school.
We've started to learn some letter sounds and this week we've started to blend the sounds together to read simple words. Fred the frog always joins in with phonics and the children have really enjoyed meeting him. We've also started to learn how to write some of the letters. I've been very impressed with the effort the children are putting into this as many are finding this quite tricky. We've talked about how we can be like Mr Bump so that we keep trying and don't give up. We've started to say 'I can't do it YET' rather than 'I can't do it.'
In PE we focused on how to keep safe whilst in the hall. We practised moving around the hall safely without bumping into anyone or anything. We also started to learn about different jumps. This week we jumped like frogs.
In music we listened to a variety of different music from classical to pop. We showed how it made us feel using our facial expressions. We then moved in different ways in response to the music. The children were very good at identifying whether the music made them feel happy or sad. One of the children commented that "It makes me feel calm."
We went in our forest school area on Wednesday afternoon and learnt how to carry sticks and branches safely. The children were brilliant at this and everyone had a lot of fun. Some of the children made dens while others enjoyed exploring the area.
There was great excitement on Tuesday as our slide was put up in our outside area. The children have been fantastic at lining up and waiting for their turn! I'm really proud of how everyone has settled in and am really looking forward to seeing them all next week.
I hope you all had a lovely summer and I hope your child has enjoyed their first week at school. I have been so impressed with everyone as all the children have settled in brilliantly and quickly adjusted to the new routines. I'm very excited to get to know all the children and to have lots of fun with our learning!
I have attached the class newsletter which gives you some information about our learning for this term.
If you have any questions please ask.
Many thanks, Miss Martin
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