| Nursery | Pre-Reception | Reception | Year 1
It has been wonderful to have our Nursery, Reception and Year 1 pupils back in school.
The Nursery children have settled into the new provision fantastically. The Nursery staff worked hard to create welcoming environments for the children to explore and develop in, which the children are loving.
The children in the baby room have been getting creative (and a little bit messy) by painting or decorating their own piece of fruit. They explored the different textures of the paint using their hands and sponges. The role play area in the baby room was turned into a ‘healthy eating shop’, where the children could play with a variety of healthy foods. The children were encouraged to copy some of the names of fruit and vegetables.
Toddler Group 1
This week toddler 1’s were focusing on the topic of healthy eating. The children made some healthy yummy pizzas. They rolled out their own piece of dough and spread the tomato sauce onto their pizza and added cheese. The children spoke about the ingredients that went into the dough and what it felt like. After their pizzas were cooked the children enjoyed them for their tea. They all said how yummy the pizzas were!
Toddler 2 have been discussing what they would like to be when they are older. The toddlers found this discussion really interesting and they had a great time talking about different occupations and what their family members do.
Pre-Reception has been learning about planting and growing vegetables. This week the children planted their own tomatoes and cress. The children were very excited to plant the seeds and will be watching their plants grow over the next couple of weeks.
Reception have had a fantastic first fortnight back at school. I have been really impressed with how well the children have all settled into new routines and even adapted to being in a new classroom environment. We have been making the most of our new outdoor area, where the children have spent time exploring and developing the mathematical concept of pattern. Using a range of materials, both natural and man made, the children have explored repeating patterns of 2, 3 and 4 steps.
We have also had lots of time in the outdoor classroom in our woodland area. This week, we have been focussing on joining materials together, so the children created fairy houses that required a join. They worked with a partner, selected the materials they wanted to use and discovered they could use grass, and ivy as twine to tie two things together.
We have also made a start on our topic ‘Around the World We Go’. The children thought about what they know about the world and what they would like to know more about. This has guided us on our journey, so far we have visited Asia and the Desert. We have been learning about the different houses, foods and climates you would find in these places. During their creative activities, they have been busy making jungle scenes using watercolour paints, and thinking about the patterns which are found on the animal fur.
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The children in Year 1 have begun to learn about Sound in Science this half term. At the start of the topic, they thought about what sounds they liked and disliked and recorded these in their books. The children were then challenged to think about how sound is made and shared their own opinions during the class discussion.
We then went on a sound walk around the school grounds and wrote down all the different sounds we could hear; planes, cars, birds tweeting, singing, crunching leaves... After that, we watched a video in class to learn about how sound is made and how we hear it. We learnt that inside our ear we have an 'ear drum' and that it vibrates. The children were then given their own container and elastic band and could ‘ping’ the elastic band and see it vibrate!
“I liked hearing all the sounds because they were interesting” Edie
“I liked hearing the sound of the elastic band when it went PING!” Harrison
“I liked the sound of the man cutting his hedge.: Amaya
“ I liked the sound of the bee buzzing.” Luke