Welcome back to Term 5
We hope you all enjoyed your Easter break.
Makaton signs for Term 5
Good- Thumbs up in front of yourself
Early Years Public Heath Programme
Over the past week we have been taking part in week 1 of our Early Years Public Health Programme which was looking at the different food groups, exploring eat well plates. The children really enjoyed taking part the activities planned around week1 and started off by making a big eat well plate, colour coding it into the different food groups;
Green= Fruit and Vegetables
Purple= Fats and oils
Once we had had made and coloured in our eat-well plate, we began to look at the variety of foods the children had in their lunchboxes, using small coloured dots to highlight which colour food group that specific food would be in. The children really enjoyed sticking the dots to their pots/packets and very quickly began to pick up which colour represented which food group. It was lovely to hear the children talking amongst themselves about the eat-well plate and the coloured dots, choosing pretend food from our home corner and selecting which food group that type of food would belong too.
Week two of our early years public programme is looking and talking about Portion sizes, which will begin on Tuesday 7th May 2019.
The children have shown lots of interest in looking for bugs over the past week, using magnifying glasses to study them up close, counting how many legs they have and what colour they are. This has supported children's mathematical skills, allowing them to count different amounts of legs and wings and understanding of the world, furthering their knowledge and understanding of insects and their habitats.
The children became very excited when they were digging in the mud on a bug hunt and a centipede popped out "Wow what is that its moving so fast and has so many legs". Together we counted how many legs it had; 32 and then used our bug book to find out so more facts.
While digging in the mud the children also came across lots of woodlice, talking about their hard shells and tickly legs. They then decided to build them "safe houses" filling up their boxes with leaves and flowers so that the bugs could stay hidden and safe "We need to be careful with them, we don't want to squash them do we".
We have had a slightly different approach to the Dinosaurs this week, adding them into a tuff tray with some of the natural materials they might of lived amongst all of those years ago. To the tuff tray we added; sand, leaves and sticks.
The children really enjoyed having these materials mixed in with the dinosaurs, acting out role play scenarios with them, pretending they were looking for dinosaurs bones in the sand "Do you think under the sand would be where the bones were hidden".
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to continue learning about and practising our fire drill. This will enable the children to become familiar with the procedure we need to take if a fire was to break out.
When the fire whistle is blown and the children hear it, they have to leave their toys behind and do their careful walking outside to the shed, where the register will then be called. The children have to respond "Yes" to their name and once everyone is accounted for, we will talk to the children about what might happen next.
Lots of the children are aware that if a real fire was to happen we need to call 999 and ask for the fire brigade. However most of the times the children will hear it, will just be a practise!