In Star Class this term we have been looking at Buildings and Pets and Farm Animals. During our buildings topic for the first half of the term we did a lot of work around the Three Little Pigs and learned how straw and sticks do not make good building materials for houses! As part of our Pets and Farm Animals topic during the second half of the term we looked at the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin (not that rats would be everyone’s first choice of pet) and all dressed up as the Pied Piper and had a go at playing a flute like his.
We have really enjoyed our visits over to the main site where we have been able to swim and use soft play, the adventure playground and sensory room. We would like to wish everybody a lovely summer holiday.
In Star Class, we have been very busy and had great fun celebrating Pancake Day this term. We explored all of the ingredients and then mixed them together to make a batter. After the batter was cooked, we tasted some of the pancakes with different toppings and we used some of the pancakes for our pancake races.
During the second half of the autumn term, we had a fantastic bonfire night assembly with our friends in Moon Class, which linked well with our Darkness and Light topic. We worked together to make a very colourful firework picture, sang songs about fireworks and made edible sparklers.
After an exciting, successful and fun packed first year at the new Early Years site, we welcomed 13 new children into Star Class. They have all settled very quickly and fully participated in our 'Senses' topic.
We thoroughly enjoyed the story of Handa's Surprise this half term and gave our Handa lots of kisses and cuddles and helped her carry her basket of fruit. We then used Handa's fruit to enjoy a tasting session and to create wonderful fruit printing pictures.
Transport and Water were our two topics during this term and we have thoroughly enjoyed the stories 'The Train Ride' and 'Who Sank the Boat?'. During topic and art sessions, we have made wonderful transport models out of boxes and lids and floated our boats in the water tray.
We joined in with the celebrations for the Royal Wedding by having a tea party with Moon Class. The children looked very smart in their special clothes and we all enjoyed dancing and playing games during this celebration. We also invited the daddies to join us one afternoon to celebrate Father's Day and the children enjoyed playing with their daddies with our new garden equipment.
Due to the lovely sunny days this term, we have been able to play with and explore water in the garden and the children especially enjoyed using the paddling pools. We also all enjoyed a special Pirate Day, where the children had to find hidden treasure, make a pirate hat and walk the plank. Ahoy, me hearties!
We have been very busy during this half term and have been happily using our new playground and exploring our outdoor environment during our Minibeast topic. We have been digging for minibeasts and created a Minibeast Mansion for them to live in. We also created a wormery and have been exploring mill worms and crickets in our role play area.
During art and story sessions, we have been learning all about Little Miss Muffet and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and created our own beautiful butterflies, beetles and textured caterpillar.
To encourage more minibeasts to visit our garden we have planted some lovely colourful and smelly plants and potted up plants to give to our mums and special ladies during our Mother's Day Tea Party. We sang some songs for these special ladies and enjoyed tea and cake with them in our garden.
Our topic for the first half of spring term has been ‘Toys’ and the children have had a chance to explore lots of different types of toys both old and new. They also brought in a favourite toy from home and shared it with the class during circle time. 'Trevor’, our class teddy, has been home for a sleep over with all of the children and they were encouraged to include Trevor in all the activities that they do after school. According to Trevor’s diary he had a wonderful time at everyone’s house and everybody wants him to visit them again. Our role play corner was turned into a toy shop and, during maths sessions, the children had opportunities to buy a toy to play with, using real money. Exploring push and pull toys, making sock puppets and having a Teddy Bear's picnic are further activities that we all enjoyed.
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!