It's book week! A favourite themed week in the school calendar. As Early Years staff we know the importance of children's early experiences of books being read to them. As the use of technology rises unfortunately the reading of books have been on the decrease. Research is know focusing on the importance of reading to support children in learning rhythm, rhyme and new vocabulary. This week then was a joy to be all about book.
This week we focused on the story Peace at Last. The children loved listening to this story and thinking off all the different sounds they may hear in the house. In writing, the children retold part of the story. They are really developing as writers and are becoming more independent and willing to have a go.
In Maths the children are beginning to subtract practically and using the 10 frames. They are practising using appropriate mathematically vocabulary. We will be continuing this next week, where we will think about how to record this.
On Tuesday we talked about Shrove Tuesday and why it is an important day to some Christians. We then had a go at a popular Shrove Tuesday celebration, pancakes. The children had a go at making playdough pancakes and trying to toss them in the frying pan. This was a great way to challenge their motor skills as many found it difficult when using only one hand.
On Wednesday we had our annual Book at Bedtime, thank you to those who could make it and I hope you enjoyed the evening. It is great fun and as a team we enjoy putting on a performance for the children and their families. Please keep an eye out for this event next year as it is a favourite of many children.
On Thursday, Parrot class had a day off and instead the classroom was filled with book characters. The children looked fabulous and enjoyed talking about their favourite characters and their stories.
Thank you to Mr Chatfield who has invited us to visit him at Watford Fire station where he works. The whole of Reception will therefore be visiting on the 21st March. This was a highlight last year and we are sure the children will love this trip.
Have a lovely weekend