Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely half term!
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. The children have been practising their cutting skills (Chinese Lanterns), folding skills (Constantia Dragons and Fans) and writing their names in Mandarin. The children have loved learning about Chinese New Year and finding out which animal represents their year and the adults in the room.
This week we have been sharing the story ‘Room on a Broom’. The children have enjoyed creating their own broom and writing a sentence to describe their broom. They have had some lovely ideas about their brooms such as ‘spotty chair’, ‘water engine’, ‘super-fast engine’ and ‘glittery broomstick’. The children’s writing is really improving and they are beginning to construct their own sentence before writing.
In Maths the children have been practising recognising their numbers to 20. They are beginning to recognise most of the ‘teen’ numbers now. Please continue to practise these at home. We have been making the numbers on number fans, going on number hunts, and talking about mathematically concepts of more and less. On Friday we used the numerals to make a numberline. The children had to problem solve to estimate where their number would go.
On Friday, Vicky from our school kitchen brought in her pet giant snails. She showed them to us and some brave children chose to hold one of the snails. We learnt lots of snail facts such as;
Snails eat their own poo
Snails have really hard shells to keep them safe
Snails eat eggs which they lay because they get lots of nutrients from them
This week we have also been talking about the importance of being active. The national guideline for children 5 and under is that they are active for 180 minutes a day, 30minutes of that is high level cardio. We talked about getting our heart rates up. We felt our hearts and then did lots of fun energetic movements. When we had finished we were out of breath and our hearts were beating very fast. Movement is extremely important to support young children to learn and brain development.
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Leach & Mrs Forty