This week in the outdoor classroom Year R were plant explorers looking for flowering plants, fruit plants, vegetable plants, trees and bushes. Next they explored texture and were challenged to make as many different rubbings as they could. Finally they went on a scavenger hunt to find as many different colours as they could.
This week we introduced the children to PATHS and the character 'Twiggle' the Turtle. Other friends of 'Twiggle' are 'Daphne' the duck , 'Duke' the dog and 'Henrietta' the hedgehog. All of these characters help 'Twiggle' explore feelings and solve problems. PATHS is a program that helps children learn to talk about their feelings and shows them ways of dealing with them. Each week the children will be meeting in groups to discuss and explore feelings.
P - promote
S - strategies
This is a federation scheme and helps the children with ......
- self esteem
-solving social problems
- emotional awareness
- the vocabulary of emotions
- self -control
We encourage you to talk about PATHS lessons with your child at home. From time to time activities will be sent home for you to complete together.
Part of the curriculum in Year R is based on the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' . This is based on three strands of learning behaviours which are .....
-Play and Explore ( Independence)
-Active Learning ( Resilience, Team Work)
-Creative Learning ( Creativity, Deep Thinking)
On a regular basis we will introduce the children to a new 'Mindset Monster' based on these learning behaviours. The Mindset Monsters also link to the Federations 'Visions and Values' .
This week we have introduced ' Have a go Hayden' ( play and explore) who's motto is
"I can make a choice and have a go!"
This is to encourage the children to try something new.
You donated just over £500 sponsorship money for Nursery Rhyme day. As a result we have purchased two larger bicycles, one smaller bike with stabilisers and two more balance bikes. We also bought the children a small world pirate ship and some coins to bury as treasure in our shingle pit.
We would like to say a huge thank-you for all of your support. The children will love using them in the bike zone.
Pirates! Pirates! Everywhere!
This week the children have become very interested in Pirates! They have been making hats and eye patches as well as digging for treasure in the shingle pit.
Happy New-Year from Year R!
This week we have been using the skill of finger painting to make calendars for 2019!
We hope you enjoy hanging them up at home and using them throughout the year.
Year R has also been developing their den building skills and trying to test the strength of their dens. They have been building small dens for woodland animals.
We have also been focusing on looking after our school environment and have had many volunteers helping us clean , sweep and tidy our outdoor classroom.
This week in Year R we have been learning the phonemes s,a,t,p. There have been lots of activities for us to do to help us learn the sounds of these letters.