Our topic for the second half of the autumn term has been Festivals and Celebrations. The children have celebrated several birthdays, which have fallen during this term, as well as Christmas. They have made cards and presents for their parents and performed a Christmas Sensory story to their families.
We have been enjoying the story of ‘Elmer’ and have acted out favourite parts of the story. We have also made Elmer models and celebrated an Elmer Day by making Elmer pancakes and playing party games.
We are all feeling very settled in our new classroom on the Early Years site and thoroughly enjoyed our first topic of the new school year, My Family and Me. We used our hands and feet to explore different textures and substances and learnt about our faces when using mirrors and different headwear.
Summer Term 2017
The Early Years children made some wonderful models during our Building topic and they happily showed their finished creations to the rest of the class. They also thoroughly enjoyed the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and explored straw, sticks and bricks during this story. We also had lots of fun trying to blow down straw, stick and brick houses, just like the Big Bad Wolf, with lots of huffing and puffing!
The children have made some fantastic progress in their fine motor skills this term during Happy Hands sessions. We have been hammering, popping bubble wrap, using scissors and working on using both hands together to complete tasks.
The Early Years children have also been enjoying the recent good weather and we have had many opportunities to play with water in the garden. These sessions have also allowed the children to develop their physical and turn taking skills.
Spring Term 2017
The fruit and vegetable role-play shop has been very popular this half term, during our growing topic, in the Early Years Star Class. The children have been developing their maths and ICT skills when using the weighing scales and till and they enjoy giving and receiving money, when playing in role as the shopkeeper.
We have also been learning how we grow and we have made a variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers during our art sessions. During sit to stand and massage sessions, we have been learning the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and we all planted beans and sunflowers, which we are pleased to say, are growing very well.
Autumn Term 2016
Wind, snow, sun and rain are just some of the different types of weather that we have been learning about in Early Years Stars Class.
We have made pictures by flapping fans to move different materials onto our spread glue, played a flapping fish game and made different materials move using the large wind machine.
The Reception aged children have been learning to play three different instruments along to the ‘I Hear Thunder’ song.
We were also lucky enough to play outside when it started to snow and some children choose to make clay snowmen during our Happy Hands sessions.
During our topic on ‘Senses’ the Early Years Stars smelt, touched and tasted some of the fruit featured in the ‘Handa’s Surprise’ story. The mango was the most popular fruit.
We also used the fruit to make smoothies and to create smelly harvest pictures.
The children used their senses when making popcorn. They touched it, watched and heard it pop, then smelt and tasted it. Delicious!
Smelling and planting herbs and exploring sound and tactile books, in our jungle role play area, are further activities that the Early Year Stars participated in this half term. Great Fun!