12 th December
I hope you enjoy looking at some of the many experiences your children have shared over the last few weeks. As part of our 'Journeys' project we have been talking a lot about moving around in winter. This led to discussions about: temperature, polar regions, animals, clothes, getting poorly, getting better, snow and ice, as well as sledging, ice skating and sliding.
Friday 30th November
It’s been brilliant to be back in class! The children have loved telling me all about the solar system and its planets, showing me their rocket and space art work.
As the cold weather and dark early evenings have arrived, we have been discussing winter a lot. We linked this to their knowledge of space, the sun and earth. We’ve designed winter outfits, sorted clothes into a Venn diagram (some clothes you can wear in winter and in summer!) We have discussed how we could travel in snow or ice conditions and it’s been decided that we will turn one of our sofas into a role play sledge. We had a role play doctors set up early in the week after talking about temperature. In our doctors we discovered that most of the ‘patients’ were 36 degrees Celsius when the ‘doctor’ checked their temperature with a forehead thermometer. We talked about temperature being a measurement of how warm/ cold you are. Together we have talked a lot about the weather, learning and revisiting lots of Welsh vocabulary too. Also this week, the majority of the children have enjoyed practising for the Christmas play. Dosbarth y Aran have been performing well and some children have been stand out stars during their stage time.
Friday 5th Oct:
The children of Dosbarth yr Aran have had a lovely week. There have been lots of learning opportunities in all of the Foundation areas. As staff we try to encourage the children to suggest ideas and share their likes and hobbies with us. Many of the activities are instigated by the children and developed through play. For instance, we were dancing and singing Jambori songs in our classroom, when one of the children suggested we dress up as the songs are so jolly. The dressing up led to the suggestion of a show. The children moved the furniture and set themselves up a little theatre. One person used a torch as a spot light and another sang a solo to start the show. Someone 'sold' fruit to the audience from their mobile shop. Audience members brought their 'babies' to see the performances. (Dolls and teddy bears). The performers used puppets, toys and masks to deliver their play from behind our puppet theatre set. All child led, packed full of learning and fun, this activity was a joy!
There are lots of wonderful moments in every day and soon we will be able to share photographs of the children's experiences as well as a short report.
Books we have read this week include :
The Train Ride-June Crebbin
Leaf Man -Lois Ehlert
Popular songs this week include:
Five Little Ducks
Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer
Mi Welais Jac y do
Jolly Phonic Sounds this week included:
ai, g, j, b, and oa.
Message from Ms Pritchard-Jones
The children have been impressing all of the teachers and support staff this week with their determination and eagerness to learn. They've all been keen to experience lots of learning opportunities in all the areas of the Foundation Phase.
This week they have been exploring shapes and making shape pictures, labelling pictures of journeys, making patterns, singing Welsh songs, playing Welsh games, investigating in the sand and water as well as creating interesting structures in the construction areas inside and out.
To help you share the experiences your children enjoy in school, here are some helpful questions that might lead to an interesting chat about their day.
Nursery & Reception
Tell me about the funniest thing that happened today?
Who made you smile the most today? Why?
Did you learn any new words/ songs in English or Welsh?
Did you hear any stories you'd like to hear again? Can you tell me the story?
What are you most proud of today?
Did you share toys or play games with anyone today?
What have you enjoyed doing in the ...
- Challenge Zone
Have you played with…
-the construction/ building blocks
-junk modelling? What did you discover/ learn/ make/ create?
Can you tell me a new sound you've learnt in phonics?
What are the actions in Talk for Writing ‘The Train Ride’?
Did you make a stage for Helicopter Stories? Was it your turn to tell a story?
Did you help act out someone else’s story?