Category Archives: Literacy

Room on the Broom

The children have been listening to Room on the Broom this week as part of Halloween. They have been discussing who their favourite characters are and why. They have also been discussing the different events that happen throughout the story. The children then decided they wanted to draw their favourite characters and try to write the word to match. Then they selected the characters from the ”witches cauldron” and chose the colours that they needed to use to draw them.

”The witches bow is yellow, she wears it in her hair”
”The bat can fly away from the dragon trying to eat it”
”I can draw the witches wand, it does magic with the potions”
”The bat is my favourite one, it’s black”

Dough Disco

Clare introduced the children to “Dough Disco” today. Shonette Bason Wood invented this technique, believing that by doing a daily dough disco, the child’s brain learns to control the fingers a lot quicker.  This is a fun way that aids fine motor development. During today’s experience the children were introduced to 5 moves.  Ellie said “we squeeze it”Kaile said “we roll it in a ball”. Amber  said “we splat it”. Lewis said “we rolled a sausage”.

World Book Week

The boys and girls have been acting out the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. The children have been talking about the three bowls, the three spoons, the three chairs and the three beds. The children compared difference in size and talked about the three bears and how the daddy bear would be huge and baby bear would be really small.

Abigail really enjoyed being the Goldilocks character and she was confident to retell the story to her peers.

“This one is too hot and this one is too lumpy”

“This one is perfect”

Colourful Fun in the Toddler Room

We have been busy in the toddler room this week, learning about colour sorting, chitting potatoes, creating craft rainbows, colouring pasta and exploring Rainbow science. We even experienced a paint volcano!

We regularly use  Makaton in the toddler room. The children have very cleverly learned the Rainbow song and are able to sing and sign it! We have made a little booklet with pictures of the children demonstrating the signs.. Please ask to see it..

“Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.”

https://www.makaton.org/aboutMakaton/(accessed online 23/02/2018

 

Exploring Letters in the Outdoors

Today the children used chalk and chalkboards to explore writing both capital and lower case letters. Matthew was very keen to show his skills. He could identify most letters and he could talk about a big letter being at the start of a name.

Cameron also was very keen to show his writing skills. He began to explore the difference between upper and lower case saying; “that’s a big letter”

Cameron also asked why the big letters and the small letters are the same…that was a difficult thing to understand!