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Extraordinary electricians!

This week the children have been able to dismantle the car radios they have been curious about. They used magnets to see which part of the radio was made out of metal by checking if it was magnetic.

The children showed great perseverance while unscrewing the screws. They figured out which screw driver fit which head by talking about the shapes and size of the screw heads.

They learnt new vocabulary around the tools they used and the different parts of the radio.

Some children went on to learning about motherboards and their functions, while others tried putting the radios back together.

We had a long discussion around what electricity is, where it comes from and how it is made. Look at the amazing things the children said;

“Maybe batteries are inside it.”

“It’s metal.”

“There is a hole inside, I can see it.”

“I think it’s metal in there.”

“It’s electronics in there.”

“I got a screw out!”

“It doesn’t fit the screw”

“There is metal, it’s sticking.”

“Do phones have motherboards too?”

“Maybe it’s electricity in there, when you get electric shock. You would need to make it out of a charger.”

“Electricity comes from stormy clouds.”

We enhanced skills and knowledge in the following areas:

Mathematics:

Shape, measure

Understanding the world:

Early technology

Showing curiosity about the world

Communication and language:

Speaking and listening

Physical:

Fine motor skills

Expressive Arts and Design:

Exploring new media and materials

 

 

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It’s a Blue Bot world!

This week the children have had the privilege of trying out our brand new Blue Bot equipment for the rest of the school.

They started by exploring the equipment and the functions of the buttons as well as the on and off button. The children used positional language and vocabulary linked to computing and programming to navigate their Bot around the room eventually leading to a whole new way of thinking.

Children started to use objects to create obstacles and challenged each other to get the Bot around the hurdles. They came up with their own games where children tried to race each other’s Blue Bots to get to their friend first.

Children had a go at reading and following simple codes to direct the Bots in specific directions and gained basic understanding of coding and programming.

The children also explored the older technology in our fabulous new curiosity box where a range of questions made them wonder and discuss what an old car radio is, what it might do, where it might be from and discuss the functionalities of the buttons.

It has been interesting to hear their discussions evolve over the week;

“Lets’ make a bridge so the Bot can go under the bridge.”

“Let me see, I need to press it, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”

“I need to press it 10 times.”

“I pressed it 1 time, it’s not enough.”

“I think 6 times”

“If you go in a dead end you’ll be lost.”

“That’s for a big van (radio), that’s for a car.”

“It’s a radio, it has a music button. You can twist the button to make it work, there are batteries in there.”

We have exercised skills in the following areas:

Mathematics:

Problem solving

Positional language

Distance and space

Number

Estimation

Understanding the world: Technology:

Completing a simple program

Using ICT

Entering information

Communication and language:

Extending vocabulary

Understanding how and why questions

Focusing and maintaining concentration

PSED:

Sharing and turn-taking

Working in a group

Literacy:

Reading

 

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Pirates!

What an amazing week we have had!

The children entered into the world of pirates and transformed themselves by dressing up and wearing pirate costumes and hats.

The children changed their voice to match the character of the pirates and learnt the way pirates talk, live and eat.

Two Pirate groups were formed and competed with each other to protect their ships and find the treasure. This sparked plenty of discussions, debates, chanting and demands.

The children used a compass and written clues to guide them to the treasure where they counted gold coins and jewels.

Many children had a go at drawing their own treasure maps and labelling pictures of pirates.

They built their own ships outside working as a team and contributing their ideas to form booby traps to capture the “baddies!”

“Quick they’ve got our treasure.”

“Let’s sneak upon them to get it back.”

“West, East, North, South.”

“It tells you where to go.”

“Aaarrrggghhh!”

“Ahoy me hearties!”

“Quick, I’ve seen a booby trap.”

“It’s a domino trap, you push one over and it knocks the others.”

Look at the amazing skills we used;

Maths:

Counting, direction, distance, time and money

Literacy:

Drawing, Labelling, Reading, role play, storytelling.

Communication and language:

Discussions, sharing ideas, asking questions

and Responding.

Physical:

Handling tools

Pen control

Expressive Arts:

Using imagination

Exploring different materials

Building

People and communities

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Mathematicians!

 

This week the children have enjoyed being mathematicians and have been measuring objects and dinosaurs. They used rulers, cubes and stones to measure with. They had a go at recording some of their findings on the whiteboard. Some children put dinosaurs in order of size while others were keen to measure the length and width of their objects and we even had some children measuring the circumferences.

They were persistent with their counting skills and went back to double check their answers and kept trying when they made simple errors. The children were great at comparing sizes! They challenged their own learning by going on to measuring hands, feet and entire bodies.

We also measured each others’ heights and compared who was the tallest and shortest. The trundle wheel was the highlight of the week as children took turns to explore and measure the space around them.

“This one is the tallest, that’s small and that’s medium.”

“I think I’m going to measure a tall one. This one looks taller.”

“This one is little, this one is the biggest.”

“It’s 9cm”

“That’s only 2 cubes long.”

“Tracy you are the tallest actually.”

“I am the smallest Halima, you are so taller.”

 

We have increased our knowledge this week in the following areas:

Mathematical problem solving

Exploring

Counting

Estimating and predicting

Measuring

Comparing

Fine motor skills

Recording

Turn taking

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October/November 2018

Engineers, architects and builders!

 

This week the children have been so busy being engineers, architects and builders! They have been designing all sorts of different towers, making their own blueprints and then working together to build the towers. They used their ideas to try and match their buildings to their drawings, adapting the building as they went to make it work. All the different bricks from the construction area were used, mixing all the different materials together to make the best tower possible. The children were very professional on the building site, making sure to wear their hard hats and their Hi Vis jackets when constructing and using the ladder! The children used their engineering skills to keep the tower from wobbling and falling over, all working together to fix the problem. What talented children we have in Early years! 

"We need blocks"

"It's 100 meters!"

"The tower is straight" (using spirit level)

"These are cement bricks"

"Next time we need a cloud of top of the tower"

"What about sellotape?" (to fix it together)

"It's bigger than me!"

"What about a chocolate house?"......."It will melt"

 

The exploration of building also extended into the small wooden blocks, using them to balance, creating bridges and towers with turrets! Children tried to build thin towers as high as they could, carefully placing each block on top of each other - being very careful in case it wobbled and toppled over!

What an amazing week of learning, these opportunities plus many more this week, through all of these exciting tasks this week we have learnt lots of new skills in these areas of learning:

Writing

Collaborating

Persevering

Speaking and listening

Problem solving

Estimating and predicting

Fine motor skills

Gross motor skills

Mathematics: shape, space and measure

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October 2018

Hairdressers and surgeons

 

We have been enjoying finding out lots about different 2D shapes, as well as continuing our listening skills in phonics. In free flow play, the children have continued to be interested in and enjoy the hospital role play area. This learning has been extended with the addition of model ‘organs’ ( i.e. heart, brain, ears etc.). The children have been very engaged in exploring what organs are, what they are called and where they belong in our bodies! They have listened to what a heart sounds like during carpet time, and have been using the models during their re-enactments in the hospital role play area, incorporating their new knowledge and understanding into their play! 

 The children have also been running a very busy hairdressers, taking appointments, alongside  ‘dying’ ‘washing’ and ‘blow drying’ hair. The children have been able to use their own ideas and creativity with the hairdressing role play, using their amazing language and vocabulary skills! Everyone shared very well with their friends and the adults, making sure to pamper everyone - even giving Mariana a hot stone massage!

Through these experiences, we have developed our knowledge and skills within:

Creative: being imaginative 

Science

Physical development: Our bodies

Personal, social and emotional development 

Speaking and listening 

Maths 

Writing

Reading 

 

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October 2018

Explorers and paramedics!

 

The children have been on lots of amazing adventures! It all began with children discovering ladybirds in the outside classroom and sharing them for all their friends to see. We have looked at what we know about ladybirds, using videos and books to find out new things. This excitement has prompted the children to explore drawing, making representational pictures of their own ladybirds, thinking about what colours they need and how many legs to draw! We have even been on mini beast hunts, finding different kinds of insects to learn about! We have been using magnifying glasses, tick sheets, and viewing pots to look closely at the insects to find out more about them. The children have been incredibly curious and using prior knowledge to understand the world around them, and the insects that live in it. The children have been very kind and caring, learning how to best look after the mini beasts!

“They are red with black polka dots on them!”

“the spider is spiky on it’s legs”

“Look! It has those things on the top of its head” (woodlouse)

“Wow! Its so long!” (centipede)

The children have also shown an interest in being doctors this week. It started with the children ‘bandaging’ up the grown-ups with masking tape. We have extended this by developing a hospital role play area with the children taking turns to be doctors and patients. They have been using the stethoscopes and bandages to look after all the poorly patients, even making medicine in the Apothecary area next door! Our very own chemists! Through these experiences the children have learnt to share, take turns and re-enact what they know about doctors.

Through these opportunities we have used our knowledge and skills in:

Maths

Writing

Reading

Speaking and listening

Science

Knowledge of the world

Physical development

Creative

Personal, social and emotional development

Wow!!!! What an amazing amount of learning!

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September 2018

Builders and Autumn 

We have had such an exciting week, using all our new skills to play with others and explore new opportunities in the environment. This week the children have investigated the autumn items that they have brought in. We have been using the magnifying glasses and tweezers to discover textures, and notice differences! The children have also used the autumn items to create art, using the leaves to print with and sticking them down to create pictures.

The children have also enjoyed building cars and transport with the bricks this week, using their amazing ideas to think about how to do it

The children are continuing to learn how to distinguish between sounds without seeing what's making the noise in their Phonics this week, why not try and do this at home?

In Maths we have been counting and making numbers up to 10. Can you spot those numbers on your walk to and from school?

See below for all our exciting adventures from this week!

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September 2018

Welcome to Foundation!

So far we have all been settling in and exploring our exciting classrooms, enjoying both the indoor and outdoor spaces, and discovering new friends.

Lots of the children have been making parachutes, making marks on paper and creating potions. The children have also started phase 1 in phonics and they have been listening really hard to identify different sounds they might hear in the environment. When you walk home with your children why don't you listen to what sounds you hear? Maths has also started this week and we have started counting up to 5, why not see what numbers you can spot around your home?

Below are some pictures of the children engaging in some fantastic play and learning.

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