So 2 Speak - Our Work 2016-17
Welcome back So to Speak!
We have enjoyed our first week back and welcomed the new children who visited us with their parents. We chose the book ‘Harry and his bucketful of Dinosaurs start school’ as the book of the week, the children found this funny and enjoyed finding out what Harry and the Dinosaurs got up to at school.
This week was the first week for some of the children; they settled in very well and have enjoyed getting to know each other, exploring the resources and environment, sharing stories, learning routines, and making new friends.
Some of our activities this week included using the iPads to take photos of our friends, making a face collage and painting self-portraits.
How do you Feel?
We made cupcake faces for our cooking activity this week, we used a variety of toppings such as sprinkles, marshmallows, strawberry laces and chocolate buttons!
We played with the role play dress up clothes; we dressed up as hulk, princesses and buzz light year.
Another activity was singing ‘If you’re happy and you know it’ we had to think about emotions and how it felt to be happy, sad, and angry or scared.
Fun with Friends
This week we visited two different local parks – we had to find a friend to play with on the slide, and find a friend to push us on the swing, it was great fun!
We learnt that it's good to share toys and take turns, also, if a friend needs help its kind to help them if we can!
Fun with Families
This week we liked using the role play resources to play based on our own experiences such as hanging out the washing, cooking and bathing babies.
We brought in some family photographs from home to look at and share with the class, we learnt that we all belong to and have different families.
We covered this topic for two weeks and had fun with so many different activities:
We made mud pies outside; we used twigs, leaves, mud and water.
We also liked playing with and feeling the geli baff - it was cold and lumpy!
The shaving foam was fun on the table, we drew pictures in it and it smelt nice!
We had a ‘senses den’ in the classroom – we could feel a variety of textures and look at different colours and lights.
Also we made a stained glass window outside; we enjoyed looking at the reflection of it on the ground as the sun shone through it.
It was fun making sensory bottles; we could choose a variety of resources to put into our bottle such as sequins, buttons, glitter, beads and food colouring with the water.
Another activity was using our sense of taste – we tasted honey, marmite, apple and lemon, the lemon made us wince! We learnt that we all like different textures and tastes.
We returned to school on 31st October – we scooped out and painted our own pumpkin (supplied to us by the PSA) and were able to take it home with us.
We talked about the changes that occur during the winter, such as the leaves change colour, the weather gets windy and colder, the leaves fall off of the trees and squirrels and other animals collect nuts and food ready for the winter.
Also for this topic we went out and played in the autumn leaves – it was fun lying in the leaves and throwing them up over our heads.
As the weather gets colder it's nice to eat warm food so we made warm jam roly-poly and custard - we ate it for our snack, it was delicious!
To Market, To Market
This week we have been learning all about vegetables and where they grow.
We had a lady from Tesco come in with a variety of fruits and vegetables, we were able to feel, smell and taste the different foods.
We also had a role play green grocers shop with real vegetables. We made pictures by printing with vegetables, dug up potatoes from the soil and made vegetable soup for our snack!
Bread and Butter
We learnt about the different types of bread we can make and buy from the shops, we learnt that grains are milled into flour and the flour is used with yeast, oil, salt and water to make dough. Our topic book this week was ‘The little red hen’
We enjoyed a variety of activities - we made bread rolls, kneaded the dough and let it rise before we baked them in the oven. We created bread art using pipettes and food colouring on slices of white bread and also played in the role play bakery where we kneaded real dough and baked it in the bakery oven.
Following on from our bread topic, this week our topic and theme book was ‘The Gingerbread man’ we made and decorated gingerbread men during our cooking activity and had lots of fun acting out the story in our role-play area. We also made our own gingerbread man using craft materials such as buttons, glue and felt tip pens. We all enjoyed listening to the book and were able to copy the repeated phrases in the story.
Here We Go!
This week we learnt all about vehicles, we learnt that vehicles are used on different surfaces, such as sail boats and ships float on the water, cars, bicycles, buses and vans drive on the road, trains on a train track and aeroplanes, hot air balloons and helicopters fly in the sky.
We went outside the school gate and counted the vehicles; we saw lots of cars and vans, a bus and even an aeroplane in the sky!
We rode the bikes and scooters around the playground making sure we stopped at the red light!
Another activity we liked was drawing a road on a roll of paper and driving the cars along it.
Boxes and Balls
During our first week of ‘Boxes and Balls’ we learnt the different names of the 3D shapes such as cuboid, cube and cylinder. We experimented rolling boxes and balls down ramps and discovered boxes do not roll as they have sides and corners!
We also looked at capacity – realising that the bigger the box, the more we can fit into it.
We cooked cake pop snowballs this week, baking round cake pops and coating them in white chocolate.
For our 2nd week of this topic, we have been wrapping boxes in Christmas wrapping paper and decorating baubles with glitter and sequins.
It has also been our Christmas week; we had a campfire with hot chocolate and marshmallows, a Christmas party and our parents came in to share lunch with us and listen to us sing our Christmas carols.