Welcome back everybody – we hope you had a wonderful summer! This half term has got off to a busy start. We have been thinking about ourselves and we have painted detailed pictures of our faces. We even made pictures of our family members using shapes in the maths area. We are all exploring the new classroom environment and we are looking forward to learning more about ourselves.
What an exciting half term we have had! We got busy growing again. We grew our own cress and made cheese and cress sandwiches. We also picked our raspberries from the garden. They were delicious and everybody ate them. We were mesmerised by Zoo Lab. Ella brought us Mertle the Tarantula, Elwood the Snake, Sydney the Millipede and Harry the Madagascan roach. We all had a hands on experience touching real life bugs. It was amazing! We learnt that mini beasts do not have a back bone.
Well can you believe it… our sunflower seeds have grown! They germinated over the holiday and began to grow. We were all really excited over the results and this has ignited our interest in finding more flowers in our sensory outdoor environment. The children have been working hard to name parts of a flower. Ask your child some questions to see if they can remember what job a stem, roots and leaves do.
Look at how busy we have been over the past half-term. We have developed an understanding of the difference between information and story books. We have counted to 10 and represented numbers on our fingers to 3. We have also made a variety of creative bug themed pictures, including repeating pattern caterpillars and multi-media snail pictures.
This term, our topic is ‘Down in the garden’. All children are exploring the indoor and outdoors. We are looking for the visible signs of spring and participating in garden themed activities. We are enjoying the small world bug table and pretending to plant in the sand area.
We have had so much fun learning about the farm. We can now look at books independently and talk about the illustrations. We have developed our maths skills using the small world farm. Please question your child on animal names, you’ll be surprised what they know.
From our Inspire session last half term, we have been helping Ralf to identify more, less and the same when comparing amounts. The children worked hard to remember the first step ‘read the question twice’. Well done everybody!
Since Christmas, we have been working hard ‘Down on the farm’. We have been using positional language whilst playing with our resources and have learnt these new words quickly. The children have worked hard on the names of mummy, daddy and baby animals. Ask your child at home to see if they can remember any.
This term, we are learning about ‘Down on the farm’. The children have been finding out information in books and familiarising themselves with farmyard animals. We have worked hard naming heifers, bulls and calves.
In phonics this half term, we have been working hard on recognising the sounds s,a,t,p,i and n independently. The children have focused hard listening to the initial sounds in words and really enjoyed playing the ‘SPLAT’ game.