Week ending 10th November 2017
Another extremely busy week in Early Years!
First of all we would like to thank parents for their supportive comments on Parent’s Evening last week about how your children have settled into life at Bushmead. We hope you found the meeting informative and enjoyed the opportunity to look through your child’s Learning Journal. Please remember if you have any queries about the report, or Next Steps, please do not hesitate to come in and ask a member of the team.
This week our learning has focused on a number of skills developed through various Firework and Poppy themed activities.
The children have been developing their language and communication skills through sharing their experiences of fireworks and bonfires. We thought about words we could use to describe fireworks and watched clips of fireworks, describing our feelings towards the colours, shapes and sounds.
The children have been extremely creative this week! Progressing on from last week printing activity of using classroom objects to print with, this week we introduced the children to the skill of impressed printing. Each child had a polystyrene tile which they used various implements to ‘score’ a picture or make marks into. They then used a roller to apply paint to the tile and then took a print by pressing the tile onto paper. The children explored layering up different colours and the effects produced from doing this. They look really effective!
Another progression from last week where the children were developing their gross and fine motor skills hammering golf tees into a pumpkin, we gave the children the opportunity to hammer and drill using the things that hammers and drills are intended for – and would have possibly seen at home – wood and nails. The children are very aware of the need for safety and are provided with safety goggles and the working section has been taped off – if you’re not wearing goggles you can’t’ come in! A number of different joints are worked during this type of activity; the elbow pivot for hammering, the shoulder rotation for drilling, the wrist rotation for screwing – all vital for good fine motor control and pencil control for writing. The children have demonstrated great determination, team work and a sense of achievement. A small number of children took this step even further and started to attach bottle tops to the wood by hammering the nail through the bottle top into the wood. Next step for progression – using the saw!
In the outside learning area Mr Beavis has been assessing the children’s ball skills and their ability to travel in a variety of ways. This enables us to plan appropriately for our outside provision based on the children’s current skills. The children love it when Mr Beavis comes down to visit us each week.
Moving on to Poppies. Towards the end of the week our learning shifted to finding out why people wear poppies at this time of year. Jack said ‘It’s to remember the soldiers’, and we briefly and sensitively discussed the origins of Remembrance Day. Again, the children have demonstrated their creative sides, using various collage materials to create stunning poppy pictures. The children took part in the minutes silence today, and again this was discussed sensitively.
We are enjoying introducing the reading scheme books to the children. We aim to read with each child once a week. Sometimes they may bring home a book which has not been read at school, so please remember that the most important step of reading a new book is to do the ‘book walkthrough’ first, and not to expect your child to attempt to read the words straight away. Your child may bring home a book without words. The purpose of these books is to encourage your child to develop skills in ‘telling’ stories, by ‘reading’ the pictures, explaining what is happening and making predictions about what might happen next. You can model ‘telling’ the story first, using storybook language for your child to copy and then have a go themselves. Please refer to the ‘Reading Workshop’ PowerPoint which is on this page. Please remember to read with your child at least three times a week, and write a comment in the reading diary. If there is not a comment in the diary we will assume the book has not been read and will not change. We will change books on a Monday and Thursday, but may read with your child any day of the week so please ensure books and diaries are in school every day.
As the days are becoming colder please ensure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves in school, which are clearly named. If you have not done so yet, please make sure you child has a pair of wellies and a change of all clothes in school.
Wishing you all a Happy Weekend!
The EYFS Team
Welcome to the class page of Early Years - Ash and Oak class.
On this page we will regularly post updates of life in Early Years, along with photographs of the children engaged in their busy learning, special events and any notices.
As we come to the end of a very busy half term, we would like to congratulate you and your children on a very successful first term at Bushmead School. We have been overwhelmed with how settled, happy and engaged the children are on a daily basis. During this settling in period the children have already demonstrated to us that they are eager to learn and that they are developing skills in independence.
We hope that you enjoy your half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back on 30th October.
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