Happy Friday Everyone! What a relief to see the sunshine today, even though with it comes the cold weather. Thank you for providing them with those warm hats, we definitely needed them.
In the cabin, we have been playing/learning:
Listening Games. Our second listening rule “Good Listening is Sitting Still” has continued with a range of distractions to test your ability to be still. We have had ribbons, a tickling stick and this week, toys! The moving dogs were definitely a highlight, a must have Christmas present this year!
Phonics. With our topic “Instrumental Sounds” we have been playing the game of “Which Instrument”. We had to listen to an unseen instrument and match it up to one in our row – your favourite version was when we split into two teams and played against each other. We have also played a game of “hidden instruments” where Mrs Allen hid an instrument in the cabin and we had to find it. The finder played it loudly and we all move towards the sound.
Number. We have been learning a new song “In a Row” to help us line up our objects for counting and then understand that even when they are “moved around” the number is still the same. We have been checking that we have a good understanding of the numbers we have learnt about so far with games to show that you can arrange 1, 2 or 3 in an egg box, in a group of friends and hear/make 1, 2 or 3 sounds accurately. The last one is by far the trickiest – clapping and counting out the syllables in our names is still a work in progress.
Nursery Rhyme. We have added to our Nursery Rhyme collection linking to our topic of Blackwell Bear Travels with “The Big Ship Sails” and “The Wheels on the Bus”. We have had a lot of fun changing the vehicle with wheels and singing about what we might find/hear in these vehicles. Suggestions from you ranged from a scooter, bicycle, tractor, fire engine, police car - you certainly know your vehicles. Thanks to Isaac and Harry we had a giggle singing about the “baddies” in the police car and what sounds/actions they might make. Have a go this weekend at continuing our work with your families – select your vehicle and make the sound/action you would hear/see fit the song.
Write Dance. You had fun mark making to “Down at the Station” with Mrs Allen and this week we have learnt a new dance for “Row Row Row the Boat” with a twist. We have been drawing rainbow shapes and bowl shapes for the rowing and digging part of the song. Today we had fun with our new mark making paintsicles – frozen paint, an excellent invention for those of you wanting to try something new at home.
Dough Disco. Thanks to Beccy, you enjoyed discoing with the dough to “Let It Go” with Mrs Allen last week. An excellent link to some new winter tunes coming our way courtesy of a new film! This week it has been a Mrs Allen favourite “Bring me Sunshine” and look what happened when you sang about it, it came!
Outdoors, in Forest School, we have been playing/learning with:
Creating Forest School Vehicles. We enjoyed the story of the “Duck in the Truck” in our Quiet Area on the balcony which led us into trying to create our own vehicles using both the crates and the building area. The car you created using long sticks was excellent and how lovely to see you all sitting ready to go on holiday to the beach together. J
Retelling familiar stories. “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” is always a favourite story to recreate in our Forest School but with the added bonus of Mrs Allen’s story spoons, story stones and a bear soft toy – this became all the more exciting. It was so lovely to see you all crawling under and over objects around the Forest School hunting for that bear! Your poor wellington boots following the squelch squelch part of the story!
Road pathways. Linking with our travel topic, the toy cars made an appearance at Forest School. Mrs Allen showed how you could use the guttering, crates and bowls to create a track/ramp for each car. You worked so well as a team to ensure the cars moved fast enough to reach the Finish Line and thought up ways that you could catch and collect them when they went too fast.
Christmas Produce. Mrs Allen has had you busy with collecting all items you would need for your own personalised Christmas produce which will be on sale at the Christmas Fayre next Friday, Please do bring your grownups to the teachers stall to find her and find your item for sale. On this note, thank you to you all for your Christmas card orders – we think you will be pleased with what you receive and so lovely to be able to give out personalised Christmas cards to friends and family. The busy elves coming our way next week will be starting the production of them at the beginning of the week.
It was lovely to meet and chat to you at Parent Consultations these past two weeks. It is always nice to hear what your little ones are like at home, this is so important to help support us with the journey we are all on to get them “school ready”. Once the final few meetings are completed next week, the Nursery Photobook for Autumn Term 1 will be available on the balcony for you to look through.
Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn.