Tag Archives: Literacy

Learning from our centre to home

We carried out a parental engagement survey which closed just before Christmas.  We are working through the comments and suggestions that you have told us could improve our centre and we thank you for the positive feedback we also received about what is going well within our centre.

Parents commented that they would like to know more about what their child is learning and how they can support their child at home.  We have produced parent information sheets which give an overview of the learning focus in the curriculum areas of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing for this term.  Please click on the links below to view the information sheets and please let us know what you think about these by sending us an email to schoolmail@cartmill.e-renfrew.sch.uk

Health & Wellbeing Information Jan 2019

Literacy Information Jan 2019

Numeracy Information Jan 2019

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today at Cart Mill we have been learning about Chinese culture and traditions as tomorrow is Chinese new year! 2019 is the year of ‘The Pig’ and the children have been making red envelopes or ‘Hongbao’; a Chinese tradition where money is given to children as new year gifts.

This gave the children a great chance to practise their mark making and folding techniques and build their fine motor skills.

“I have to fold it like a triangle. “

“Mine is going to have chocolate coins in it.”

“I want to give mine to my mummy.”

“I’m going to write my name on mine.”

“I want to put pennies in it.”

Happy Chinese New Year!

Colourful Creatures

This week we have been continuing to explore patterns through the wonderful story of Pezzetino by Leo Lionni.  Pezzetino is a little square who lives in a world where all his colourful friends are much bigger than him and can do daring and wonderful things. He is very small and just one little piece so he feels he must belong to someone else and he sets off to find out where he is missing from….

The children were curious to find out what the word Pezzetino means as they had never heard it before! We discovered that it  means ‘little piece’ in Italian which we thought was a very good title for the story!

In the story Pezzetino speaks to some of his friends who are all different shapes and sizes to find out where he belongs. Some of the friends he visits are  ‘ the one who runs’, the ‘strong one’ and ‘the swimming one’.

The children decided they would like to make their own creatures using losing little squares.

 

You can see some of their fantastic creations below!

 

The Teegar that Cam for his Tea!

As part of our Scottish activities, the children have been reading The Teegar that Cam for his Tea – the Scots version of The Tiger that Came to Tea. The children decided they wanted to make a shopping list of the teegar’s favourite foods as they have been learning all about Scottish food. We had lots of fun discussing the story and practicing our mark making.

“The tiger likes yellow bananas!”

“I’m drawing the tiger buying chocolate cake!”

“He needs healthy food like apples!”

“The tiger eats scones and milk.”

Tattie scones and fruit!”

Exploring properties of Ice!!

The children have been developing their observation skills through exploring blocks of melting ice outdoors. They discussed and investigated some of their findings about the properties of ice. They  also predicted how long it would take to melt the ice. They decided to experiment with different methods of how to make the ice melt.

Firstly they used cold water to make the ice melt and their second choice was using warm water to see if the ice would melt faster. The children were excited to see the ice melting and discover what letters were hiding inside.  Everyone was able to work cooperatively with their peers. The children have also been developing their vocabulary through touching the ice and describing the appearance of it, some of boys said it was  “smooth” and “slippery”.

“It makes a cracking sound when i put water in”
“Look the ice is getting smaller”
“I can see the letters coming out”

“It feels cold”
“There is more water in the tray now”.

Witches Cauldron

After reading Room on the Broom the children were keen to add objects to our cauldron to make a magic potion. Some of the children collected sticks, leaves and grass from our outdoor playroom to add in.  Some of the children drew pictures to put on our cauldron for the wall. They have been exploring various rhyming words and have been making up their own silly spells too.

Outdoor Hallowe’en Fun

The children continued with their potion making outside in the garden. They made jelly with some hidden delights! The children also used pumpkins as shape sorters, everyone commented on how the pumpkin felt gooey inside. They enjoyed mixing the different pumpkins to make new shapes and they even added a few spiders to make an extra spooky display!

This jelly is all sticky!
I found a spider!
I can build my own pumpkin.
Look at all the seeds.
This looks like a water melon!
I am making a new pumpkin.

Sensory Walk

Today we explored some materials we found outdoors and the children wanted to make a sensory walkway. The children were developing the sense of touch through using their feet and  using a variety of descriptive vocabulary to explain how it felt on their feet.

“The stones are hard on my feet” said Amber.

“The grass is tickly”. said Jack

“The sand is so soft” said  James.

We had lots of fun!

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”.