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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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