Over the past term we have seen babies learn to walk and enhance their climbing skills. The babies have been extending their verbal and pre-verbal communication using gestures and single words whilst some of our older babies have been putting words together!
In the playroom, the babies have been exploring different seasonal and natural objects including leaves with leaf printing (and a sensory walk around our local area to find and collect leaves) exploring pinecones, cinnamon sticks and pebbles. We also added some sensory lids for the babies to lift and explore on the back of our entrance door, these were a big hit!
In the coming months we will be focusing more on sensory experiences for our babies – we will base a lot of the activities around the 'That's not my...' books, ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’ and 'Dear Zoo'.
Over the last term we have been learning about ‘Superheroes in our World’. In Toddlers, our main focus was to begin to build an understanding of different occupations and how these people help us. To enhance our children’s learning, we set up different role play areas and gave the children the opportunity to explore this topic more through different activities and going on trips (e.g. we went to the shop, the doctor’s and the pharmacy).
In the coming weeks, we will be looking at a wide variety of different books in our new topic ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be following the children’s interests to provide a range of stimulating and exciting activities for them to take part in, that are related to familiar stories. Some of their favourites include 'We're going on a bear hunt', 'The big red tractor' and 'Superworm' at the moment, so we will be exploring these along with others. As well as this, we will be focusing on introducing lots of new words and vocabulary through the stories we read, further supporting the children’s communication and language.
Last term we learnt about ‘Superheroes in our World’. We had a room mascot throughout the topic called “SuperTed” who the children loved having by their side while they played. We learnt about doctors, vets and firemen - we explored these occupations in a range of ways through role play, tuff trays and cooking animal biscuits for the charity ‘Peppers Pet Rescue’. We were also superheroes ourselves when we went on a trip to Asda to buy food and donated it to the local food bank!
The kindergarten children have also been enjoying creative activities recently, this has allowed us to focus our learning on maths and scissor control and we have seen lots of the characteristics of effective learning in our children's play. In particular, we have seen an improvement in many of the children's ability to concentrate for short periods of time and persistence when trying to achieve their goals as they have been so engaged - well done kindergarten! The children have also really enjoyed being outside during free-flow and splashing in the puddles in their puddle-suits and wellies!
In the coming weeks, we will be looking at lots of books and stories and taking part in activities linked to these that cover the 7 areas of learning.
This past term our topic was ‘Superheroes in our World’ which the children were really engaged in and learnt lots through! They especially enjoyed making their friends better in their role-play doctor’s surgery and their visit to the crossing patrol officer, which they talked about lots afterwards! The children also learnt about helping others with our reverse advent calendar, where they raised money for a local charity - Mission Christmas… we even went to the shops on the bus and chose presents for the children. For some of our children, this was their first experience on a bus! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our parents for your kind donations.
Many of our children are making great progress with their pencil control. Each child now has their own workbook where they can draw pictures and practice their writing, showing the progress as they go through the year.
Next term, we have started working with the theme of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and in the coming weeks we have lots of exciting activities planned for the children. A few of these include a ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ tuff tray, Pirate Week where we will be creating our own treasure maps (amongst other things) and water play around ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. Throughout our topic, we would love it if the children could bring in stories from home to share with their friends at nursery!