We have put together some ideas for literacy and numeracy learning at home this term.
These experiences build on what the children are learning in the centre.
We hope you find them useful.
Today the toddlers were busy making cereal cakes. They measured and mixed together the rice snaps, cornflakes and dried fruit. Then they added the fun ingredient! The sticky, runny honey!! We talked about how bees made honey and tried to spot some bees in the garden whilst buzzing around!! The children were excited to take their cakes home – YUMMY!!!
The children have been using their problem solving skills to design and work together to create some architecture buildings. We have also been using our imagination with the blocks to create characters from our favourite movies. Some children have been exploring schematic play , through using the blocks to enclose items they have gathered in the Family Centre.
Architects, builders beware – check out what the Cartmill children have been up to……………..they even tidy up after themselves 😁😁😁
Well done for using the tools safely
The boys understand the routine of the nursery and tidied up when they had finished.
It has been a very busy morning making easter nests . Firstly, we broke the chocolate so it would melt easily . Then we noticed this made the chocolate go all ‘smooth’ and very hot. Next, we were very careful when adding the shredded wheat. Finally, we spooned the mixture into paper cases and each child decorated their own nest.
Over the last few weeks the children have been very busy preparing to open their own coffee shop. A group of children visited Costa Coffee to explore the kinds of things we would need. We had a tasting test to see what kind of tea we would like to sell, and decided on blackcurrant and peppermint along with coffee and everybody’s favourite hot chocolate!
The children also wanted to make some yummy cakes to sell. We made these from a variety of art and craft materials and we all agreed they looked good enough to eat!
We have had great fun this week visitng our coffee shop and taking on the different roles of customers and waiters. We have been taking orders in our notebooks, and serving drinks and food to our friends.
Today in the toddler room the children were baking gingerbread houses. Firstly, they weighed out the ingredients to make the gingerbread. Everyone loved the smell of the ginger and the nutmeg!! “It smells spicey!” We enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together in the bowl and poured it into the baking trays. Once the gingerbread was ready the children used their concentration skills to decorate the house using icing, adding sprinkles and sweeties! We had a taste at snack time at said it was YUMMY!!
The children have been enjoying the gingerbread man story and today they have baked their own gingerbread men. They enjoyed measuring and weighing all the ingredients and giving it a good mix. They then used the cutters to make the shape and placed them on the baking tray to go in the oven. Everyone is looking forward to decorating and taking them home tomorrow.
This week for World Book Week we have been learning about “The Gingerbread Man” story. We have included recycled resources in the block area to explore ways to build a bridge for the gingerbread man to cross over the water.
“I can make a tall bridge”
“My gingerbread man is jumping up and down”
“My gingerbread man fell in the water”
“Lets make a really big bridge”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org