Tag Archives: Literacy

Spring Words

This week we have been exploring signs of Spring. The children were keen to share all the things they already knew about Spring and what they would like to learn more about.  We made a list of all the Spring words  we could think of .

We have been having fun  in the shaving foam and sand  exploring different ways to make marks such as using our fingers and daffodil stems!

I can make wiggly lines.

 

A Gingerbread House!

Every gingerbread man needs a gingerbread house!!

Today the toddlers made a start on creating their own gingerbread houses! They helped to make boxes into the shape of houses and had fun getting messy painting them brown like gingerbread! Once they are dry the children are looking forward to decorating the houses with their own choice of art and craft materials!

“Our house needs windows and curtains!”.

Sounds and rhymes!

Today in the Literacy area we have been investigating sounds and rhymes. We used the smartboard to take turns listening to the animal themed words and identifying the initial sounds that matched the pictures.

“I think it’s c because you say cat”

“Is it p for pig?”

“E sounds like egg, it’s not cheese”

The children decided they wanted to play more games so we will try Rhyming Bingo later to work on our turn taking and listening skills.

We have also been building farmyard pens for Baa Baa Black Sheep as it is our Rhyme of the Week. This is great practice for our fine motor skills, as well as giving lots of creative role playing opportunities.

“I did a triangle fence!”

“Mine will just be a normal fence!”

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
One for the master,
And one for the dame,
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

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!