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 email@example.com
Health & Wellbeing Information Jan 2019
Literacy Information Jan 2019
Numeracy Information Jan 2019
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!
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!
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!”
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.
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!
We have a new addition to our outdoor recycling plant wall to explore different textures. Jade decided to write numbers on the tiles. The children enjoyed creating their own water station and then explored how the water flows.
The children also joined in a bookbug session under a shelter they helped put up. Lots of cool singing and action songs.
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”.