We are still learning Good Girl, Good Boy and Hello in Makaton signs. Please do take a look at the list which does show you how to sign. Also, ask your child to see if they can show you.
Music, Music, Music to my Ears. There was lots of good tunes and learning on how to play on an instrument loudly but also softly. We have also been listening to the difference in the sounds produced. There was also some good dance moves and some lovely signing.
Magnets - How doe they work? What do we need? Does plastic work? Do they work with concrete? No metal - they stick to metal. What else is metal? The children were then on a hunt for all things metal.
In Yoga this week we did Little Red Riding Hood. Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Here comes the chopper to chop off your head. Good watching and listening skills.
Sinking and floating - the children had to guess whether the object would sink or float and why they thought it sank or floated. Was it heavy or light? Big or small? Sometimes, it was surprising to see what sank or floated, just because it is bigger, does not always mean it will sink. What else can we find to see if it sinks of floats?
On Thursday afternoon we walked to our outdoor area. We are getting very successful with out Kelly kettle and enjoyed hot chocolate. We tried some outdoor cooking of wraps, cheese and sauce - not everyone was impressed but most had a taste!
The children enjoyed lots of games, 123 Where are you? What's the time Mr Wolf? and Tag. The children really enjoyed these team games and lots of giggling could be heard from far and wide.
In Yoga this week we had the story The Frog and the Princess. She lost her golden ball and the frog got it back for her. There was lots of good listening and lots of stretching being done. Ask the children if they can remember what move was used for the tree at the end of the story. Well done to everyone for taking part.
We have been enjoying the lovely weather and creating boats and sails outside. Oh No! the shark is going to get me - watch out little fish. Quick, I need an engine, there is no more wind and my boat is not moving. These were some of the conversations that were going on outside. The only items the children had to create this play was a blue sheet (the sea) an empty box (the boat) and from shapes (squares - little fish, triangles - sharks). From this the children learnt lots of creative language and good imagination, having their own ideas and sharing ideals. They made links to things they know, seen, used and experienced in the past with friends.
We made use of empty boxes, creating a lorry and then what can we use for wheels? How can we make them stick? What colour shall we paint it? and all of this from one empty box. Sticky tape and some paint - great creative thinking and problem solving.
On Wednesday we did lots of writing practice outside - we were issuing tickets to speeding drivers! In the afternoon we had a "Rumble in the Jungle" song. The children enjoyed taking it in turns to hide behind the screen and make different animal noises. They then tried really hard to confuse us by 2 children going at the same time and making different animal noises for all of us to guess.
We have been practicing Little Rabbit Foo Foo story. We will be performing Stanton Drew Primary School children on the 25th March. The children are excellent at re-telling this story and using the actions. Ask them to show you - its great.
On Thursday afternoon we walked to the outside area, We played lots of games like Mr Crocodile, What's the Time Mr Wolf, Fox Fox Rabbit. We then sat down and had a lovely hot chocolate and biscuit (Lynne has now mastered the Kelly Kettle). It was great fun and lovely for our parent helper to join us - more are welcome to join us!
We are still practising the Makaton signs for Hello, Good Girl and Good Boy.
For yoga this week we went off to the fair - what can we see? What can we go on? We travelled to the fair by boat, train and hot air balloon. We went on the tea cups, the scary ghost train, space mountain, log flume and the horses on the carousel. Lots of different shapes to create and excellent concentration whilst some of the smaller children were doing different things - very good listening skills. Well done everyone and we all had fun at the fair.
The stilts are very popular at the moment. Terrific balancing skills from the children who were also deep in concentration and taking it steady and always watching where they were going.
We had pancake races outside - with lots of flippin flippers. Well done everyone. Good hand eye co-ordination and some steady hands.
We had someone new in on Friday - Julie's husband Dave. He taught us some football skills - lots of dribbling, scoring goals and good listening. There was lots of good hand/eye co-ordination and balancing skills - ie kick with one leg and balance on the other.
As the weather is getting better we decided to tidy up our garden. The children showed excellent team work to dig and move the soil from the planters to the digging area using some push and pull techniques - the dumper truck came in very handy. We were getting it all ready for our volunteer parent who is coming in to help make our garden area more exciting for the children.
We are still learning the Makaton signs for Hello, Good Girl and Good Boy.
For Yoga this week we had the Hungry Caterpillar story. We then played the Fish Chips and Peas game. Oh and just when you're trying to eat the Captain comes in!! Good stretching, bending and toe touching.
The children have been having fun with the space toys. There has been lots of interaction and group talking going on. They visited some exciting places in their rockets and also met some very different people - sshh - we think they are Aliens!
We've been busy with lots of scootering around outside and working out how we can make a bridge - what do we need first? and how do we make it balance? Some children worked out that we needed one crate at each end and maybe another one in the middle.
In our garden we have been busy with doing lots of weeding, digging and clearing. Many Alan Titmarsh's in the making. Next time mum needs help in the garden - there are definitely some children what know what to do.
On Thursday afternoon the children had fun with clay in our outdoor area. The children chose what they wanted to make and did so independently. They all chose some great ideas and made some excellent creations.