As part of our food technology focus this week we decided we would take part in a fruit tasting activity after the successful vegetable soup tasting session. We had 6 exotic fruits to try including raspberries, mango, pineapple, blackberries, melon and kiwi fruit. The children loved trying all the different fruits and at the end were able to choose their favourite which we will be presenting in a class graph during maths. We talked about the importance of eating fruit to keep us healthy.
Last week in class we made vegetable soup as part of our healthy eating focus. We chopped carrots, onions, leeks, potatoes and turnips and made our very own class soup out of it. It tasted so yummy we even went back for seconds and thirds!
We have been learning about the season Autumn in our classroom! We went on an Autumn hunt where we found fresh berries, conkers and pine cones. We talked about how and why the leaves change colour to brown, reds and yellows. We even went leaf collecting as they blew off the trees and used them for printing and art activities.
A warm welcome to all new children and parents starting foundation stage this academic year!
The story we have been focusing on this half term is called 'Whatever Next'. It's the story of a little bear who finds a cardboard box under the stairs at his house and uses it as a rocket to get to the moon. He embarks on his adventure, meeting a little owl on the way, and together they travel to the moon for a picnic! We loved this story so much we based some activities around it. From bear crafts to lunchbox designing, healthy eating discussions to having our own picnics on the moon- we had so much fun exploring space and learning about the planets in our solar system!
We also thought it would be a brilliant idea to bring in our own favourite bears from home. We used our imaginative skills to think about where we would like to take our bears if we could take them on an adventure! From Lego-land to the supermarket for Jam sandwiches- our class proved we can take our imaginations every where!
This week we were celebrating Easter, and had a fun-filled week from start to finish! We had lots of fun Easter activities set up indoors and outdoors and enjoyed learning about the traditions of Easter. We made Easter baskets, Easter cards and Easter buns too, finishing off with an epic Easter egg hunt on our last day!
We really enjoyed writing letters to the Easter bunny this week!
Communication and Language
This week in FS1 we have placed a huge emphasis on the three areas of communication and language: listening and attention, speaking and understanding. We have engaged in various activities throughout the week to develop in this area including reading and retelling stories, asking questions, making cereal for a friend and lots more!
We opened a cereal bar in FS1 this week! The children took part in a speaking activity and chose a partner to serve cereal to. They had to ask questions such as asking their partner what cereal they would like and whether or not they want milk.
S.54a- Uses talk to ask questions.
Our traditional story of the week was 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. The children worked in groups of 4 to read the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. They listened to the story, used the props to retell it and then engaged in a discussion about the characters, giving their opinions and listening to others.
LA.42a- Listens and attends to a dialogue in a small group of 3 or more children.
La.48a- Listens to the opinions of others when in a small group
S.54a- Uses talk to retell stories
World Book Day!
Last week in FS1 we celebrated world book day by engaging in various activities throughout the week. Each class was able to choose a book as a focus and in FS1 we chose Mr Wolfs Pancakes!
In the story Mr Wolf wants to make some pancakes but finds it difficult to complete tasks such as reading a recipe, writing a list and cooking the pancakes on his own, so he calls on his neighbours for help! His neighbours in the story happen to be other popular traditional characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Chicken Licken, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man and Wee Willy Winky, however not one of his neighbours will help Mr Wolf to make his pancakes. Mr Wolf struggles to complete all the necessary tasks throughout the story, however manages to make lots of yummy pancakes all by himself. The story then takes a slight twist, as all Mr Wolfs neighbours want to eat some of his delicious pancakes, so Mr Wolf is stuck with a dilemma- should he share his pancakes or take another approach and teach his selfish neighbours a lesson?
The children in FS1 loved the story of Mr Wolfs Pancakes and we based lots of fun activities around the story during that week. Luckily, last Tuesday was pancake day, so we took on Mr Wolfs task and made our own delicious pancakes!
We wrote our own recipe lists, made our own pretend play dough pancakes and used props to retell the story. We even explored some of the original character stories such as The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man! We also took our learning outdoors to build a brick house for the Three Little Pigs to live in!
Learning to Love Reading
In FS1 we read stories every single day including topical books, our Pie Corbett reading spine books and traditional stories. Last week we were focusing on one of favourites- Goldilocks and the Three Bears! During the week we decided to turn our home corner in to the Three Bears House providing open ended role play opportunities for all children.
We also had a huge emphasis on rhyme, alliteration and tongue twisters. Our tongue twister of the week was 'She sells sea shells on the sea shore'. We had lots of fun trying some of them out!
We also linked various other areas of the curriculum to our story of the week. We learnt various skills throughout including re-telling a story using props, acting out a narrative, matching numeral to quantity, counting, baking with oats, writing for a purpose, using the language of size and of course, learning to love reading!
Last week in FS1 we had a real emphasis on Maths, particularly on measuring and comparing different quantities. We started the week by filling and emptying different sized containers, saying which size held the most and which size held the least. It wasn't long before the children were using this mathematical language in their independent play!
We also played around with the idea of weight. The children were introduced to a balancing scale, and had fun trying out different objects to see which one was heavier or lighter than the other. We also realised that everything has a weight, therefore during baking some of the children were using prediction to say which of the ingredients felt heavier than the others! The children were able to say which items were heavier, lighter and learnt that when the objects are of the same weight, the scales will balance!
We also learnt how to compare amounts of objects by saying which pile has the most and which pile has the least. We played games, made buns in the play dough, compared animals, said which object was bigger/smaller or taller/shorter and most importantly learnt some key mathematical language while having fun with measurements!
We Love Role Play!
Last week in FS1 we changed our home corner to a role play Café! The children loved finding their roles as either head chef, waiters/waitresses or customers. The language the children were using in their play demonstrated their understanding of their past experiences.
The café provided children with valuable learning experiences across the curriculum including:
Exchange of money/objects
Writing order forms and mark making
Understanding that people have different roles and occupations
Re enacting experiences using resources
Talking about or responding to events in their personal history
Acting out a narrative as part of a group
Over the last couple of weeks we have been learning about animals that live in really cold places. We have looked closely at animals that are found in Antarctica, and looked at what they need in order to survive!
We even had our very own Antarctica small world!
We also spent the afternoon building habitats for our favourite polar animals using the construction and various materials.
We also used a computer program called 360 cities to explore the Antarctica for ourselves!
We loved reading all about the animals that live in the cold weather! We read a collection of fiction and non-fiction books to help us learn all about the polar animals. We even wrote them letters and drew them pictures to send to the Antarctica.
Our Christmas workshop was a huge success this year! From decorating biscuits and making Christmas cards to singing along to jingle bells, all of the children seemed to thoroughly enjoy spending a morning with their loved ones! Thank you all for coming x
At our Christmas party we were all joined by a very special guest! We were super lucky as he brought a present for every single one of us!
And then we had lots of party food! We had worked up quite an appetite dancing and playing all of those party games!
Merry Christmas everyone!
This week in FS1 we have been learning about the season Autumn. We have had lots of Autumn themed activities to get involved in this week. The children have learnt about hibernation as well as taking part in leaf printing, farmers market role play, conker maths, vegetable soup water play, leaf rubbings and we even had a visit from some elves and fairies who moved in to our small world pumpkin house! Not to mention we made our very own vegetable soup on baking day, made our own hedgehogs out of clay and went on an Autumn hunt for beautiful leaves, conkers and pine cones!
Children in Need
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated today and wore their spots to support children in need. In our class alone we managed to raise £36.50- much needed funds for a brilliant cause! Thank you for your support- we all had lots of fun!
This week in school was anti-bullying week so we've been super busy taking part in different tasks in order to support friendship and kindness to others.
THE COMPROMISE CHALLENGE!
It is no secret in the world of children that compromise is often a difficult concept to understand. Therefore as part of anti-bullying week the children took part in a compromising challenge. For the challenge the children were paired up and had to wear a paper chain tying them together, which if at any time was broken, the pair would be out of the game. The task required the children to listen to their friends, wait their turn and realise that their wants may not always be immediately met.
For such a young age group, us adults were in shock by what we saw! The children were listening to each other, discussing what they would like to do, and even stood waiting patiently for their partner while they had a snack! Some children found it difficult to compromise and therefore their chains had to be broken, however overall the children showed outstanding motivation and dedication to compromising with their friends.
Well done everyone!
We also talked about what friendship means to us throughout the week, engaging in lots of different friendship activities including making a sandwich for one of our friends, and painting a picture of someone who is kind to us in our class!
So last week we had some very unexpected snow! We couldn't resist getting our hats, gloves and wellies on and going for a play outside in the snow. We were soaking wet from all the snow balls and snow angels- not like we noticed- we were having way too much fun!
Last week was bonfire night week in the Busy Bees classroom and we had lots of fun activities set up for us to do to ensure we had an explosive and colourful week! We talked about all the excitement and traditions of bonfire night, and most importantly, how to stay safe around fireworks whilst still having fun!
Getting our 'art attack' on!
We used a paint spinner to create wonderful explosive firework pictures!
We had lots of fun bonfire night activities to do last week, including pastel drawings, explosive firework maths, firework patterns, bonfire art work and lots more! We even made parkin buns on Wednesday as part of our baking.
Last week in FS1 we celebrated Halloween! We talked about the traditions and customs of the event and engaged in lots of spooky activities! We had so many learning opportunities throughout the week as well as having LOTS of fun!
Trick or Treat!
Spotting Halloween Characters!
The children were busy trying to spot some Halloween characters in our outdoor environment! They were using clipboards and pens to record how many they could see!
From interactive pumpkin carving on the big screen and reading pumpkin stories, to using shapes to design our very own on the light box- it's safe to say we had lots of fun with pumpkins last week!
The children loved making wands out of natural resources! And glitter of course..
Not to mention they found turning each other in to frogs quite enjoyable!
And that's not all!
We also had perfect potions, slippery slime, dirty dough and haunted houses!