Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2018! A brand new year and a new term. We hope you had a good Christmas. This term we shall be busy exploring our new topics, 'Did dragons exist?' We will start by reading 'Zog' another wonderful book by Julia Donaldson. We shall also be looking at 'Can you switch it on?' Exploring technology that we use in our everyday lives.
The children have been producing some wonderful work at home with their families which are on display in the creative area. Come and have a look at how creative they have been!
We looked at a mythical picture of a dragon and using the principles of DERIC discussed the scene.
D - decoding the images ( making sense of the image )
E - explaining what we see
R - retrieving information by looking closely at the picture
I - Interpreting what the artist is trying to show us
C - choosing what we think may be happening
We then went on to write our own sentences about dragons, using some of the information we had discussed during the week. We used our phonic knowledge to help us write our sentences, as well as using cursive writing! Well done.
The eagerly awaited reopening of the woods finally arrived on Friday. For some of the children in the Early Years this was their first venture into Bluebell woods. We walked through the paths making careful observations of the environment. We tramped down into the Dingley Dell and then past the two wooden bivvys. Then back up the hill and over the ricketty, racketty bridge. It was a little wobbly but we were really brave and made it over to the other side. We found some interesting fungi, different shapes and colours. We looked carefully, but no touching!
This week we revisited the story Zog. The children have enjoyed exploring the dragon theme and have used it in all areas of learning. After singing the song 'Puff the Magic Dragon' lots of the children came into school telling us that their Mums and Dad remembered singing it too! A song for a share session maybe!
Have a look at the wonderful paintings and drawings inspired by DRAGONS!
There has been some fabulous counting this week. We used our snack oranges and counted the segments, most of them had 10, before we ate them! Using the play dough we made shells and counted each one. Each day Bluebell class count how many children, up to 20, are attending the session. We even counted the sausages sliding down the drain pipe! Using compare bears, we counted them, but also explored size and pattern as well. We have also been writing numbers and discussing how to put them the right way round.
The children have been working hard on their handwriting, cursive letters and composing sentences. We will be practicing every week so we can create our own sentences to give meanings to our wonderful pictures we are creating. Can you compose and write a sentence at home?
We have had some interesting weather this week! The wind was extreme and we watched the trees blowing wildly in our garden. The rain was so heavy that the guttering could not cope - the children tried to catch the resulting waterfall in their buckets, but they had to be quick! When the sun shone through a wonderful rainbow appeared and the children discussed the different types of weather that produce this beautiful creation.
This week we have been working on the innovation stage of Talk4Writing. After reading 'That's not My Dragon', we wrote a new version. Each class worked together to decide an animal to write about. After this had been decided the children designed a page for the new story.
A selection of which are below.
The staff have been working hard to enhance the Early years environment by providing the children independent access to the resources in all areas. All resources are placed on shelves as collections of items to encourage the children to become independent learners. They have been working hard to become independent at tidying up as well!