Tag Archives: Numeracy

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

Chinese New Year

The children in the toddler room have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. They had sensory fun trying to find number cards hidden in the coloured noodles. The cards had pictures of pigs on them as 2019 is the year of the pig! The children also had sticky fun making their own coloured Chinese dragons. At snack time they sampled some traditional Chinese food and explored this with chopsticks. Everyone joined in and had a taste. The prawn crackers were a definite favourite!! Yummy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Pattern Detectives

This week we have been exploring patterns in the world around us. We have learned that a pattern is something that repeats over and over

 We began by looking at animal patternx and we were able to match the pattern to the correct animal we could see on the big screen.

‘This is from the giraffe’
‘The snake has a green and white pattern.’

We learned how some animals use their patterns to help them. The male peacock shows his patterned feathers to the feamle peacock.

The children also enjoyed exploring patterns by making rubbings from embossing plates.  They were able to describe the different patterns they could see.

‘ I have made a spotty pattern’

The children then decided to see what other pattern rubbings they could find around the nursery.

‘I am making a pattern using the floor.’

 

‘I have found a pattern on my shoe.’

We are beginning to learn to copy and create our own patterns using different colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counting Fun!

We had great fun in the numeracy area with lots of Christmas themed counting experiences to explore!

We looked at the numbers on the baubles and decorated the tree sequencing the numbers in the right order. We started with 0 and ordered them up to 12.

 

We explored using loose parts to decorate the trees and counted how many decorations we had used.

       

Lastly we were developing our fine motor skills by making snowmen.We had to use the tweezers to pick up the cotton balls. and put them into the bottles.

When it was full, the bottle turned white to make it look like snow!

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.

Yummy Cupcakes!

We have been busy today making cupcakes!

The children spent time weighing and measuring the ingredients that they would need to make the cupcakes.

“I putting the butter in and then mixing it.” – Mark.

The children were able to wait their turn to add the ingredients into the mixing bowl. They then went in the oven to cook and once they were ready they put pink icing on top.

“Pink icing. I like licking the spoon!”. – Abbey

Den Building

Today the children decided that they would like to build a “DEN”

They collected lots of bits and pieces from the outdoor play area and began to make the structure.

Kaile collected bricks and wooden planks. He used the wheelbarrow to transport the items to the den building sight.

Lewis and Dominick were very busy constructing the walls; they put the blocks and the wood into place. The boys and girls worked well together and were really happy with their achievement. Fabulous!!