We would like to say a big thank you for all of the parent support that we have been given for the Indian and Eid party day. The children thoroughly enjoyed a day of activities including tasting pakoras, bhajis and other traditional treats, dancing, henna and making moons and stars.
The children also had a fantastic Sports Day and we were very impressed by the audience cheering and participation!
Multi-Skills Sports Day
Before the Easter holidays we walked to Mandeville School for an exciting morning of sports activities lead by the Student Leaders. We showed how extra sensible we are when walking to the school, crossing the road and listening to instructions from the sports team.
"My favourite was running to put the toy in the basket" Emily
"I like the tennis one we did" Hugo
The last two weeks have been full of comparisons. We have been comparing the weight of our snack on the snack table, ordering the height of our friends in our classes and looking at the contrasting shades of green in our jungle plants.
Come by the department to see our magnificent artistic impressions of jungle plants and animals using sketching and watercolour painting.
Please can I have....
Where's that naughty Elf? What is he doing in our classrooms?
We have been writing letters to the Elf on the Shelf and investigating what he has been up to while we have been tucked up in bed at night. We have also been making surveys of favourite toys and recording numbers and marks in tallys and charts. What is your favourite toy? Will the Elf think you have been good this week?
....you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!
Over the next two weeks we are following the tale of the Gingerbread Man from oven to the fox's mouth! As we get to know the story our confidence grows and we are choosing our own actions and beginning to create our own story maps.
Do you know why the Gingerbread Man jumped out of the oven? We do.
Do you know how the Gingerbread Man felt as he ran from the hungry animals? We do.
Next week the department will be filled with the smell of baking gingerbread as we prepare to devour our very own gingerbread man just like the crafty fox. Throughout our play we are exploring words from the story as well as revisiting the sights and sounds of fireworks using our phonics and variety of tools for writing. We are learning to use our writing in different ways by forming words to use in labels and captions. You might spot some things that we have labelled around the department!
Ready Steady.... Write!
This week we have been exploring number and letter formation outside and around the department during choosing time. Have you tried to write letters in sand or make a perfect paste from chalks to paint numbers?
Who is the winner? We are recording scores from bean bag throwing, hoopla and bike races.
Have you been good this week? Tell us while we walk around with a clipboard and we will mark it on our very own Housepoint tally sheets!
You might hear us singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes or watch out we might wrap you up in bandages as we explore our topic Magical Me.
Outside this week we have been working on developing our gross motor skills through painting with water, melted chalks and dancing with ribbons. We are getting to know the Little Red Hen through Talk4Writing and she is helping us develop our fine motor skills through mark making in the studio. As Summer fades to Autumn we have enjoyed sorting and counting shiny conkers and next week Autumn colour will come to Early Years as we explore colour mixing with Autumn leaves.
Take a tour through our first week at school. We have been settling in to our new classrooms and routines at big school!
Watch this space for more updates from Autumn Term's topic; Magical Me.