In Early Years the Class Teacher is Mrs Marsden and we are supported by Mrs Manners and Miss Clarke.
Our first week back in Early Years was very busy, we have been playing outside in the glorious sunshine, we had great fun playing parachute games and we thoroughly enjoyed Forest School, we had to find our new forest school friends and loved meeting them all! We found natural resources to make self portraits too!
This term we are very fortunate to have a specialised music teacher come into school and work with Early Years. We had so much fun in our first week. The instrument we looked at was shakers and we loved using the big piece of lycra to try and keep a pattern and work together to the songs we sang. We can't wait for our next session!
This half term we have started learning our Read, Write, Inc sounds! So far we have learnt m,a,s,d,t,i,n,p and g!
We have been practising forming our sounds in lots of practical ways including paint, chalk, loose parts and in the sand and gloop! We have also been matching initial sounds to objects and words and have also been learning to read simple words which include the sounds we have already learnt, such as – sit, pat, map, man etc.
Here are some of the photos of how we have been learning our phonics; you can also see lots on Tapestry! We are really excited to begin to write our sounds in our books as we develop our fine motor skills!
We celebrated stem fest festival, the focus was ‘space’. Earlier in the week we found out a little bit about the moon and that Buzz Aldrin was one of the first men on the moon! Today his son was one of the guest speakers, we listened to him tell us what it was like watching his dad go to the moon!
We did a science experiment earlier in the week, we looked at the moon. We watched a clip when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969. We then decided to find out about moon craters and predict and investigate which balls would make the biggest craters if dropped. We all agreed that we thought the bigger the ball the bigger the crater, we tested this out by dropping the balls one at a time onto our moon( a tray of flour) and we were right, the bigger the ball the bigger the crater! The children really enjoyed this.
We also did another science experiment, it was a bubbling planet experiment, we looked at the planets and we chose to make Mars. We all took turns to use the pipettes to drop vinegar onto our model planet and watch it bubble and fizz.
To end our day we did a just dance moon jump dance video, great fun and great dancing from everyone!
We are so proud of our segmenting skills. Look at how we can make words with our magnetic letter sounds.
On Friday 15th October as a school we celebrated raising awareness of developmental language disorder by coming to school wearing yellow and purple. We started our day by watching a short clip of somone who has DLD and it showed us what it is like for them. We then played a game where I gave them lots of instructions and if they couldn’t follow the instruction they had to put their hands up. Sometimes my instructions weren’t clear or loud enough, or I gave too many instructions at once, or I used words that the children didn’t understand such as femur instead of leg, or I didn’t use hand gestures. We then realised that volume, speaking clearly, giving short clear instructions, using words that we know and understand as well as gestures are really important. It made us realise how communication is important. Later on we then went onto colour a picture by listening to instructions one at a time, this again made us realise listening is really important and that the instructions need to be clear and if we don’t understand we can ask.
In our first week back after half term we celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali; the festival of light. We watched a short video to tell us what Diwali is and how it is celebrated. We had the chance to dress up in traditional Hindu clothes, make Mandalas and Rangoli patterns using gems, lentils, seeds and chalk on the ground. We also made paper lanterns and Diva lamps out of clay, we will paint and decorate these once they are dry. What a lovely day we had looking at a celebration that another culture celebrates every year.
We also found out about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot and why we celebrate bonfire night every year on the 5th November. We made some lovely firework pictures which we showcased on Mrs Arkle's hatch just in time for our special bonfire lunch!
We also made hot chocolate in our forest school fire pit area and learnt about fire safety.
On the 11th of November we remembered those that had fought in the war and those that sadly died, we made poppies to remember them.
As part of anti bullying week we focused on kindness and how we can be kind and talked about what kindness is. We made these wonderful hearts and we all said what we thought kindness was and or an example of kindness and the grown ups wrote these on their hearts.
for Rainbow Laces day we all dressed in lots of different colours and participated in some of our favourite outdoor PE games.
As part of Schools versus climate change in early years we looked at recycling and reusing things. First we shared a story to show the importance of recycling our rubbish. We then had pictures of different items and we sorted them into the correct recycling bins.