Welcome to Little Learners Blog 2020-2021 -
This page will be updated monthly showing you what fun and exciting things the children have been up to.
Welcome to the first of this years Blog. We have had a busy start to the term, playing and learning together. Our focus has been to ensure all the children are happy and settled in their new environment. The preschool children have been introduced to Letters and Sounds and been undertaking pencil control assessments.
Circle time is a new concept for many of our new children, it’s a time when we come together to share news and talk about our plans for the day. Together we have been learning our new friends names, singing songs and reading stories. All children have had the opportunity to take part in adult-led activities.
September 2019 - July 2020
Welcome to the Little Learners Blog. Here you can see what exciting things we've been doing throughout the year.
The children have been having lots of fun learning about all sorts of things at home. Volcano eruptions, feeding lambs, mark making, baking growing and nature.
Keep your great learning going and stay safe.
Our theme has been winter, looking at the changing world around us. We have focused on keeping warm, looking at textures and the words that help us describe what we see and how we express what we feel. Many of the adult led activities have incorporated experiences to extend the children's learning. This has involved making 3D snowflakes, ensuring that the numbers on the snowman's hats match the amount of buttons on their tummies, measuring penguins using cubes, using a range of materials to make Polar bear faces and so much more.
We have been using circle time to concentrate on Numeracy activities, for example: Recognising and ordering numbers to 5, with some children now working with much larger numbers. We have been looking at size ordering and using language that enables the children to describe size which supports them to categorise objects according to size and shape. The children always enjoy looking at the shapes they find in our preschool environment, inside and out, they particularly like to guess what shape might be in the bag, guess as they are given clues...
During February we will be looking at pencil control, supported by lots of mark making certificates, this is particularly important to those children going to school this September. Having the correct pencil grip is the first stage in being able to write. We will be assessing each preschool child by taking a photograph to enable us to support each child within this step.
For our younger children and those new this term, we have been establishing routines and getting to know each other. Time has been spent, exploring textures, learning new songs, listening to stories, finding out how things work and learning where everything lives.
For the start of a new pre-school year we have been busy with lots of new things. In maths we have been measuring outside and have been exporing our bodies with movement and balance in Yoga. We have been showing off our football skills for physical development and listening skills. We got to make Gruffalo crumble with apples, sultanas and beetroot. This was very yummy!
Sep 2018 - July 2019
This week at Forest School we have been making Elderflower cordial with Elderflower flower heads, lemons, sugar and water. We have also been counting, making repeating patterns and sorting on the maths table.
Mrs Robbins introduced us to Gulliver Bear, he will be sent home with a child each weekend to look after.
On Pyjamarama day, the children and staff came into school in their PJ's to help every child get a bedtime story. We even had a visit from Mrs Nathan from Red Class.
Some of us bought in our favourite stories from home and we discussed them in pre-school. We had a visit from Somerset Music where the children used sticks to tap out a beat, keeping a steady pulse and developing their rhythm and co-orindation.
Ask your children abour Carrymore visiting, theu will tell you the 3 'R's' - Recycle, Re-use and Reduce.
Also our caterpillars have arrived for the children to learn about their life cycles.
This month we have been planting seeds and watering our garden. We helped to unload our new sand for the sandpit but the bucket was so heavy. We went out and about exploring, looking for wildlife and jumping like a kangaroo! We also had decorating time with Australian dot art.
In our final week before half term we have been tasting the fruit Handa had in her basket, the banana and pineapple were very popular.
Our Home learning over the Easter break was to design an Easter bonnet. On our first day back with had an assembly with Mrs Sherrard where we could show them off to all the other children. On Monday 29th April, we had a visit from a Yoga teacher; we did the bird, sun game and umbrella game.
The children and Mrs Dare have now finished the pond, let’s hope we have lots of wildlife visiting soon.
Drumming Workshop - March 2019
We had a visit from the Drumming workshop. Thank you for all the parents that came, we all had a great time.
This month we have been exploring all about musical instruments and had fun testing some out.
We have been learning about the life cycle of a chicken. We had the pleasure of being able to watch the eggs hatch and hold the newly born chicks.
We have also been Growing seeds for our vegetable garden and pond building, and some of the children went for a walk to the local Country Park.
This month we had Forest school with Mrs Dare and had fun in the snow. We also made Gingerbread Men.
This half term we have started work on fairy tales, reading The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood stories. The children have been busy building the pigs houses and working on sequencing.
To finish our work on people who help us, we had an exciting visit from the fire engine. The children were able to climb into the engine cab and use the water hoses – great fun!
On Tuesday afternoons Paul from Rugby Tots visits. The children were very good at learning new skills and even had a go at the Hacker.
We've been learning about healthy eating, thumbs up for good food and thumbs down for bad food. We've been climbing during our PE sessions, making yummy pizzas and having fun with vegetables using the artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo work. We have also been carefully negating the laser beams after reading Supertato and learning about healthy teeth, brushing up and down for 2 minutes.