Our learning this week
Week beginning 1st September
We have enjoyed showing you our classroom this week and finding out all about you. We hope you have enjoyed meeting us and exploring your new classroom. We look forward to supporting you all in starting or returning to Meadow Class and building new relationships.
Week beginning 7th September
It has been a great first week. We have new children settling and children returning from their summer break. Everyone seems to be very happy and any tears were quickly gone when they explored their new environment.
Mrs Clarke has been supporting us to understand how we can be a good listener and what skills we must use. Expect to hear lots about listening ears and thumbs up. The children have been confident in exploring both indoors and outdoors and seemed keen on hunting and solving problems. We investigated footprints, made treasure trails and explored floating and sinking. We are so happy with how settled the children seem and look forward to an exciting Autumn term. Once tapestry accounts are ready a video will be posted about learning in the Autumn term.
Next week we will start children's booked sessions, please can we ask you stick to the strict drop off times of 8.40- 8.50 unless you have discussed issues with Mrs Clarke. If your child is booked in all day but you would like to collect them early we need to ask that you collect at end of our morning session at 11.45 due to staff ratios.
Next week our focus will be;
- Supporting the children to understand the expectations and boundaries.
- Building relationships and friendships.
- Discriminating between different sounds.
- Exploring number.
Week beginning 14th September
It's been a great first full week. We have made the most of the weather and been exploring outside lots. We went on a bear hunt and thought about what we may take on our hunt with us. We have had a focus this week on understanding the boundaries and expectations of Meadow Class and how we can be kind to our friends.
The mud kitchen has been very popular with some mud soup and cakes being made, we have explored different herbs and spices whilst in the kitchen and talked about the smells.
We have been using number in our play, counting lots using shops and role play to support us. Lola has visited us to play some fun games to support our listening. We had a few tears at the end of the week as some children realise this is the new normal coming to nursery. This is expected and we will support your child through this.
Next week we will focus on:
- Making our class promise so we understand what is expected of us.
- Making a friendship recipe to understand what makes a good friend and how we can be good friends.
- We will be exploring sounds in the environment.
- Maths will focus on number and counting.
Week Beginning 21st September
It's been a busy week and we have been thinkadactyls. We have thought about what the expectations of Meadow Class are and we have made our class promise. There were so many good ideas about how to be safe and kind. We also thought of all the things that we do to be a kind friend and made a friendship recipe in our cauldron, we muttered a spell to help us all be kind friends and lots of us ended up on the Rainbow of happiness as the spell worked.
We have had lots of fun with number and have explored counting objects and saying number names. We will continue this and also explore shape this week whilst we assess where the children are in their learning.
Goldilocks wrote us a letter asking us to make her some oaty biscuits, so we explored different ingredients and thought about how we could make the biscuits. It was great fun investigating how much of each ingredient we should use and what makes a good biscuit.
Outside we have been on listening walks and explored being firefighters and putting out fires.
Next week our focus will be:
- Exploring shape and number.
- Enlivening stories - Making stories come to life by adding sound effects.
- Continue to support listening with Lola the listening leopard.
- Continue with exploring being kind.
Week beginning 28th September
This week we have bought our stories alive using props. We explored sound effects and used figures and props, some of us used the big white board to draw our stories. The have really enjoyed the traditional stories such as Goldilocks, Three little Pigs and The Gingerbread man. Lola has got us practicing being quiet and still this week which is a skill we need to practice to be a good listener. She also got us practicing simple sentences in a present game. Adult led groups times have focused on being kind and getting know each other, we have noticed the children taking these ideas into their play and really building relationships and friendships. We have introduced the Rainbow of happiness and the Learnosaurs to celebrate the children daily and boost their confidence and self esteem.
Next week our focus will be;
- We will be supporting getting to know each other more.
- Phonics we will be focusing on identifying and distinguishing different sounds.
- Maths we will be looking at subitising - recognising number in dot formation.
- Lola will be supporting us to follow directions and be a good listener.
Week beginning 5th October
We started the week by following their interest of cutting and using string and trapped their mini me's above shark infested water. They needed to choose which friends to save and figure out how they could free them. Idea of this activity was to support them thinking about each others names and supporting relationships.
We have explored number in dot formation all week in maths in various ways and the children are starting to recognise the patterns for some numbers.
Lola has been supporting us with our listening and attention and tested our memory skills with a shopping game. The children are showing progress already with them being able to participate and follow instructions. They love Lola and like to throw her a hug at the end of every game we paly with her.
Yoga we moved like insects, flapping our wings and crawling like a caterpillar, we explored breathing and helping us relax.
Next week we will focus on;
- Our class promise - sharing stories to promote being kind and how it makes you and other feel to be kind.
- 1:1 counting of everything.
- Distinguishing and identifying sounds
Week beginning 12th October
We started our week by listening to a story call "Have you filled anyone's bucket today." We introduced the concept that we all have an invisible bucket inside us and that when we do or say kind things we fill people's buckets and our own. Children decorated hearts for our kindness tree and we challenged them to think of something kind to say about a friend to help fill their bucket. It's good to be kind. We have continued to share lots of stories this week about being kind to each other along with exploring books such as hands are not for hitting and words are not for hurting.
Maths we have been counting everything with a big focus on pointing to the item as you say the number to support them with their 1:1 counting skills. Lola has been supporting us to listen carefully to quiet sounds and we have also played sound lotto this week, listening to everyday sounds to see if we can identify them.
Next week we will focus on;
- celebrating what makes us the same and what makes us different - we are all unique.
- recognising the total is the same when a group is rearranged.
- Thinking about what sounds we like and sounds we don't like.
- Exploring the story of Noah's ark.
Week beginning 19th October
What a great term it as been, we hope you agree that the children settled well and so quickly. We have seen their confidence grow so much this first term and we can see progress being made with them all. We started this week exploring the book, The Smeds and the Smoos, it helped us to see that we are all different and unique but also have similarities and we must be kind to all. We have continued on this theme with the books we have shared to help children understand it is good to be you.
They have shown an interest in being animals this week which led us to a Vet's role play being set up. We facilitated mask making too so they could make the animal mask.
Maths we have been exploring how we can rearrange groups of objects or people but we will still have the same amount we had at the start.
Phonics we have explored different sounds we hear and thought about what sounds do we like and what sounds don't we like.
We wish you all a happy and restful half term. We look forward to hearing all about them. Don't forget to check out term 2 newsletter.
Next we will focus on;
- finger gym - looking at grip.
- continue supporting auditory memory through fun games.
- supporting self esteem through celebrating each child and there differences and similarities.
- Maths we focus on a number each week. What does it look like? We will start with 1. We will also look at categorising by shape and size.
Week beginning 2nd Nov
Welcome back everyone, its sounds like everyone enjoyed their week break. This week we introduced Number 1. We explored different ways that we can represent 1 and thought about what number comes before and after. Many children followed up the challenge to see what they could find one of around the room or on their face.
The children have been learning about how to keep safe on bonfire night and we explored top tips from Fire-fighter Craig and Fido the firedog. We practiced stop, drop and roll. The children were very excited about Fireworks this week so we used this interest to explore the different sounds we may hear and we moved ourselves to music being a firework. We also created a large scale firework picture using a different skill of flicking paint.
During small groups we have been exploring what we look like and what we have the same and what is different. We have used books to help us understand and celebrate that it is good to be you.
Next week we will focus on:
- Being responsible - what does this mean? How can we be responsible at home and school?
- Recognising numerals 0-5 through games and number in our environment.
- We will explore categorising sounds with a focus on animal sounds.
- Number of the week 2, what does it look like? Can we count it? How can we represent it?
Week beginning 9th November
This week we have been on number hunts, exploring what do the numbers look like and learning the rhymes that can help us draw them. The children have really enjoyed hunting and solving the mystery of the missing numbers.
We have listened to the story of Rama and Sita for Diwali. We have had props to help us explore it in our play and we have looked at Rangoli patterns and made our own. On Friday we made diva lamps and Mrs Clarke lit one at the end to help us explore the festival of light.
Wednesday we held a silence for remembrance day and thought about why we do this. We made poppies and thought about how brave the soldiers were.
Phonics we explored animal sounds and grouped them into farm animal sounds and zoo animal sounds.
Next week we will focus on;
- Exploring number three. What does it look like? What do we know about it?
- Recognising and ordering numbers 0-5 and beyond.
- What am I good at? What does it feel like to be proud?
- Listening and distinguishing between different sounds.
- Threading to support finger manipulation and control.