Category Archives: Numeracy

Writing fun in the Home Room

Today in the home room we were practising our writing skills.  We had a look at some food magazines and some of the girls decided to write some menus and a recipe for lentil muffins.

We looks up some recipes and one of the girls asked me to write out the recipe so that she could copy the letters for her recipe.

When writing out the recipe we were developing our numeracy skills as we looked at the measurements for the ingredients.

The children spoke about opening up our own Cart Mill Cafe in the kitchen and thought about the different foods we would serve!

Coloured water is more fun!!

Today in the Studio the children were experimenting with coloured water whilst developing their fine motor skills. They started with clear water and added red food colouring using little pipettes. The children were fascinated with how the red rippled through the water changing its colour. Great fun was had scooshing the water. The children then wanted to add the sea animals to the water and enjoyed playing with them.  They then added some jugs and cups and practiced their pouring skills. It was a very busy day back at Cartmill!

Let’s explore block prints.

Today in the home room we were exploring our mark making skills.
we got our trays, paper and paint all set up and decided to use the Lego blocks to print the marks and patterns they made.

We picked different shape sizes, colours and shapes of blocks.


We had lots of fun dipping our blocks into the paint, and exploring what print it would make.

When we finished using the blocks ,we then decided to use our fingers to design the rest of our picture.

We had lots of fun getting  messy and mark making our block pictures.


Can you make your own block prints at home? What else can you find that you can print patterns with?

 

Which dinosaur is the biggest?

The children have been really enjoying playing with the dinosaurs. They created a dinosaur land out of the big blocks for the dinosaurs to stomp around. Some of the children managed to put all the dinosaurs into size order starting with the biggest down to the smallest. They made ramps for the dinosaurs to stomp along, a longer ramp for the bigger dinosaurs and a shorter ramp for the smaller dinosaurs. The children made some great dinosaur roars and did some great big dinosaur stomps!! Roar!!

Snow Day!

Hi everyone it’s Carly here, I hope you are all well !

It’s snowing! You will need to wrap up warm for this one. Here are some activities you can do in the snow:

  • Build a snowman ( Who can build the tallest snowman?)
  • Throwing snow balls ( See how far you can throw them)
  • Fill an empty spray bottle with water (add food colouring) and make nice pictures in the  snow. Or use some paint.
  • Find a stick and practicing writing your name in the snow

There is lots of learning and development that can be done in the snow,

  •  You can measure how tall or small it is
  •  Children are learning about facial features when adding eyes, nose and a mouth
  • Can you throw it further this time? learning about distance
  • Can you get it as far as that tree?
  • Practicing writing your name in the snow develops literacy skills
  • Gross motor skills are developed as it takes large movement of muscles to get through the tougher snow
  • Weather- Is it hot or cold?
  • Science- What happens when the temperature rises?

There are lots of things to do in the snow, why not make the most of it while its here. Let us know what you learned today.

Feel free to send us pictures on twitter @cartmillcentre

Have a great day!

How far did it go?

The children have been playing with cars today and were discussing how far they could make them go.

The children explored using non standard units as a way to measure the distance the cars could travel.  They used paper and wrote the numbers 1-5 on each one.

I can do the number 5

Then they helped each other to line the paper up

Helping each other

Each child had a car which they pushed along the number line they had created.  They counted each piece of paper to find out how far their car had went.

Ready, steady, go!

This was very exciting for the children and they were delighted when their car travelled further than the last time, they became even more excited when their car travel right past the last piece of paper.

It got to 4
Taking turns

This was a great experience for discussing distance with the children.  Keep an eye out on google classroom for an activity about exploring distance.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas..

Our children have had lots of lovely stories to share with us of decorating their Christmas trees at home with their families.  They decided that as we have our very own Cart Mill Christmas tree growing in our garden, we should decorate it!

After much discussion, we decided that we would make our decorations a little different using some of the beautiful pine cones that were kindly dontated to us. Of course at Cart Mill we do love a  little bit of sparkle, so out came the glue and glitter (sorry Michelle!)The children chose their own colour of glitter and ribbon and worked very hard to decorate their pine cones. We then had lots of fun hanging them on our tree. Doesn’t it look beautiful!

A few of our children chatted about the decorations they had outside our houses and some had “special things” on their front door. We had a look at some pictures and decided we would make our very own Cart Mill Christmas wreath.  We had a look around our garden and decided we really needed to collect some “interesting things” to put on our wreath. The children remembered we had seen some leaves and pine cones at our Forest School site so we decided we would go foraging to see what we could find!

The children excitedly changed into their Forest School waterproofs and wellies and we set off, we were so lucky that Val and Blue decided to come with us! Our children had lots of fun foraging and found some beautiful confier foliage, ivy, rosehip and holly.  This sparked lots of interesting discussion on how ivy grows up trees “to touch the sky” and that “holly is very jaggy so you have to be careful” and that “we must  not eat berries we find in the forest” and ” we need to wash our hands when we get back” Great work boys and girls!

We were so excited to start making our wreath. We have been learning about patterns in nature and the children carefully examined all of our leaves and pine cones and spotted lots of different patterns such as “spirals”, “jaggy bits round the edges, they look like triangles” and that our leaves “have lots of different lines on them” you are so clever boys and girls!

We decided to “stick” our different leaves to some cardboard to make our wreath. The children correctly identified we should make our wreath in the shape of a circle. We decided this should be an adult job (with the children giving me some advice on how I should hold my scissors and that I should be careful). We decided to try and stick our leaves with some glue. We were able to glue on our smaller leaves but we needed to do a bit of problem solving as our conifer foliage was  “too heavy and keeps falling off”. We decided we should try to staple on our leaves. We decided this was an adult job and that the children could help by “squashing down Fiona’s hand to make them stick”. The children chose where to place our leaves and of course they decided we must have some extra special sparkle and a great big bow! We had so much fun and our wreath will look fabulous on our outdoor stage.

Finally, yes it has been a very creative week in our garden, we decided to make one last decoration. Paper chains! The children demonstarted excellent team work, sharing and fine motor skills in threading our strips of paper, glueing them together and making sure everyone had a turn. Our children were so clever to identify their own patterns by using different colours in sequence.  We decided to see how long we could make our chain and to see if it would stretch all the way along our garden. Our children proudly held onto their chain and they counted that it was 28 children long! Amazing work boys and girls.

 

We would love you to share any Christmas decorations you have made at home with us.

 

Feeling Festive…

Welcome to December!  The children have been telling us all about their Christmas trees at home, this has sparked quite an interest in recreating their own whilst at Cartmill.

Some children have enjoyed using their ICT skills to decorate a virtual tree.

“It goes down the bottom”

This helped to develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills whilst it provided opportunities for use of mathematical language.

“I’m putting a big star at the top”

The children also made use of loose parts to decorate their own paper trees.  The conversations the children had during this activty were very excitable as they discussed their trees at home.

“It’s like the tree at my house”
“I want a star on top”
“red and purple”
“I need a bit for down the bottom”

I’m sure you will agree their creative skills are outstanding!

 

 

Toddlers Construction Day

The toddlers were asked what they would like to do today and they asked for building blocks!

The toddlers spent time talking about the towers that they built, making fences for dinosaurs and building race tracks for cars.

They shared the blocks with each other and were learning how to problem solve, t turns and were very creative with their curiosity and building skills.

Well done boys and girls!