What an exciting topic we have begun – Families. Thank you all for your photos! I can’t tell you the language we get from the children when they are talking about familiar people and the stories they tell us. This has helped support our C&L session after lunch.
To settle the children after a morning play, we have now started our Music sessions where we learn a new music song every week. This term focuses on feeling the pulse through songs and actions. Johnny and his hammers and Buster climbing a tree are just two of our songs that you may hear them singing this weekend. Circle Time 1 – In Write Dance we have been travelling around the mountain in different vehicles and creating rainbow arcs singing “ay yay yippee” – share with your family this weekend. We have begun work on a new listening skill “Good Listening is Staying Quiet” and our Listening Game “Giant's Key” has had you using only your eyes to hear who is hiding the keys. We have used these skills for our Phonics circle time sessions as we have begun work on instrumental sounds. You enjoyed playing a game of “Hide and Seek” with the instruments and exploring the different sounds you could make with your hidden one. Circle Time 2 – In Maths this week we have been learning all about the circle shape. You giggled when Mrs Mander put on her circle glasses and helped me find circles in the Forest School. We have begun talking about the properties of this shape too as we have found it only has one curved side which makes it roll. Go on a circle hunt this weekend! Circle Time 3 – Our dough disco song this week has been taught by Miss Herlihy and she chose the song “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2ybiYN24MM. This clip isn’t Taylor but couldn’t resist sharing as it is a favourite film of mine. As well as sharing our family photographs in our C&L sessions, we have been joining in with our first poem “What I Like” and talking about four new words – spinning (Theo), medium (Erin), crouch (Poppy B), parents (Robyn). How lovely it is to hear some of you stealing your friend’s vocabulary during Play and Explore. In Forest School this week, Mrs Allen has shared the story “Little Home Bird” by Jo Empson in our outdoor story area. She has talked about how birds create their nests with their weaving skills and you have had a go at being these little birds with weaving ribbons and weaving wool on the frames. You have linked your learning of creating a safe space to live by making your own den with an old clothes frame and camo netting. You used this, with the binoculars, to spot the birds. In the afternoons, you have been playing the game Grandma’s footsteps with Miss Herlihy – a little like “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” with a family twist. You have also enjoyed the circle time game “Farmers in the Den”.
A message for parents – The temperature has definitely started dropping in Forest School, please ensure you send them in with double layers of clothing (plus a warm coat) and a warm hat on their head (not cap).
Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Miss Turner (am), Mrs Hampton (pm) and Miss Herlihy (student teacher) X