Our Learning Journal 21/22
Spring Term 1
Spring term - Week 3
What a busy icy week we have had this week.
We have been using our good concentration skills whilst completing lots of different activities including using the scissors and threading with the beads. We have enjoyed threading with the beads so much that we then made pasta necklaces using our fine motor skills so we could take them home.
We have been doing some learning this week on the importance of brushing our teeth, talking about what we can eat and drink that is good for our teeth along with making some big teeth dirty with pens and then cleaning them with the toothbrush we made. Along with talking about caring for our teeth lots of us have been sending in pictures and videos of us brushing our teeth at home which we have really enjoyed looking at and talking about.
In addition to sending in picture of us brushing our teeth we have also enjoyed looking at and exploring our baby pictures that have been sent in, we have loved to see our what we looked like when we was babies and talked about how we are now different.
This week we have continued to look at different jungle animals and have enjoyed completing some observational painting of the different animals in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ book and what wonderful paintings we have made. Along with doing some painting inside we have also been using our gross motor skills to paint with the rollers and large paint brushes outside.
Outside this week we have been observing the ice and talking about why the water is frozen, one of our friends said ‘it is colder than our fridge at home’. We have also been busy making dens, we have all been working together outside to make a den with the materials we have and building bricks, lots of us worked extremely well as a team using our communication skills and gross motor skills to build. We also had lots of fun exploring the paddock, we found some worms under the logs, some robins came to visit us and we found some ice that we enjoyed exploring.
This week we have continued to build on our physical skills in our gymnastics sessions, we have been practicing our balancing skills where we have been doing different moves over some benches, some of these were tricky but we all tried extra hard.
Spring Term 1 - week 2
We have had another busy week this week.
We have been doing lots of different activities in our environment including mark making where we have been using our name cards to make marks for our names along with using our fine motor skills to draw some pictures. We have also really enjoyed using the scissors to snip our picture up. We have continued to explore lots of different sensory activities within our environment, including gloop and have enjoyed filling and emptying with the rice talking about when our containers were full or empty. We have particularly enjoyed exploring the play dough this week, we have been helping to make the play dough, talking about how many cups of flour, salt and water we need to make it and deciding what colour we would like.
We have also been extra busy in the construction area, we have been making lots of different buildings including towers and garages for our cars and have been building Noah’s Ark after reading the story together.
Our gymnastics session this week was great, we continued to learn some gymnastics moves for example tuck, straddle and pike and our gymnastics teacher was super happy with our listening skills during our session. We have also been extra good listeners in our French session where we have been practising our counting in French up to ten and learning how we day boy and girl in French.
This week we have enjoyed engaging in outdoor play. We have been using our gross motor physical skills when making marks with the paint and large paint brushes and paint roller. We have been practising our balancing skills when walking over the bridge we made and have been trying extra hard to pedal our tricycle.
We have also had a fun time on our outdoor adventures session in the forest. First we listened to the story ‘monkey puzzle’ then went on an adventure to find the Lion, whilst we was trying to find the Lion we saw lots of other animals. We were really brave and went through the cave and when we found the Lion we used our extra strong muscles in our arms to climb up the bank and then slid down a muddy slide to get back down, after our adventure we went back to camp where we made a fire and roasted marshmallows.
Spring 1 - week 1
It has been wonderful to see all the children back and welcome new children into pre-school.
We have had a lovely few days back and have been extra busy. We have been exploring the new layout of the pre-school room and have particularly enjoyed engaging in role play with our friends, including making food for each other and pretending to be butterflies and fairies.
We have enjoyed building its the different bricks, including building Noah’s ark and houses.
We got very excited when it started to snow this week, we put on our warm clothes, wellies and waterproof and went to have fun in the snow. Wow we had so much fun including catching snowflakes on our tongue, making snow angels and we rolled the snow to make a snow man (but there wasn’t a lot of snow to make a full snowman).
This week we have started to have our key worker group times, this is where we have been having time with our key worker, we have snack together and have been enjoying different rhyming stories together.
This week we have also enjoyed marking marks and some of us have started to to write letters for our name. We have also enjoyed being creative, we have been painting different animals and even painted snow with nice winter colours.
Autumn Term 2
Autumn 2 - week 7
What a wonderful last week before Christmas we have had in Pre-school.
We have been extra busy making our Christmas cards and decorations. We have been doing lots of mark making for our names in our Christmas cards and some of us were able to write letters for our name with confidence. We have enjoyed our Christmas party this week where we had fun dancing, playing party games and party food, we really enjoyed playing with the balloons.
This week we have also enjoyed using our physical skills both inside and outside, we have enjoyed developing out pedalling skills in the tricycles, our balancing skills on the balance beams and out hand eye coordination when filling and emptying in the rice and cornflakes. We have also really enjoyed using our imagination skills this week where we have pretended to make cups of tea for our teachers, cakes for our friends and got dressed up and pretended to go to work in a shop.
We had lots of fun on our Christmas party, we did some dancing, playing musical statues and pass the parcel and Santa dropped us off all a Christmas present because we have all been good boys and girls.
We even got a Christmas message from Santa to wish us all a Merry Christmas.
All the teachers in Pre-school would like to wish all the Children and their families a very Merry Christmas.
Autumn 2 - week 6
Wow what a wonderful and busy week we have had in Pre-school this week. We have continued to enjoy different Christmas activities including filming our Christmas Nativity, Christmas jumper day and we enjoyed having a Christmas dinner together.
We have started to make our Christmas cards for our family and a special gift and continued to enjoy using our mark making skills in the writing area to write our letters to Santa. We really enjoyed decorating our Christmas bags with different stickers, we worked really hard to unpick the stickers using our fine motor skills and stick them onto our bags. We have been enjoying reading different Christmas stories in particular ‘There’s an Elf in your book’ where we had to be careful that the cheeky elf didn’t trick us and have been exploring our Nativity scene.
We have had lots of fun exploring dough made out of different ingredients including cornflour and flour and have developed our gross motor skills and hand eye coordination by filling and emptying in the water and rice.
We have continued to enjoy different games to develop our skills especially bug bingo and have loved learning new Christmas songs.
Autumn 2 - week 5
It’s Christmas in Pre-school.
What a wonderful first week of Christmas we have had in Pre-school this week.
First we enjoyed a snowy Monday where we explored the snow, we enjoyed trying to make a snowman, making snow angels and painting the snow with the prime colours. We have also been intrigued by the cold weather and how the water has become ice and have been talking about why the ice has melted.
Then the Christmas elves came and decorated our room and it looks great, we have enjoyed writing letters to Santa and posting them in our homemade post box, exploring our nativity dolls and got creative decorating our our tree outside.
We have had fun using our balancing skills with the babbles and enjoyed using our thinking skills by thinking of different ways we could roll the babbles down the tubes and planks. We have enjoyed pretending to have hot chocolate around our inside pretend fire, where we role played with our friends and make lovely hot chocolate to our teachers.
We then got to roast marshmallows on a real fire during our outdoor adventure session. During our session we went on a Christmas walk to find the candy canes, this included using our gross motor physical skills to walk down the slippy hill and we had to think of the best way to negotiate a fallen down tree and it’s branches. We loved going through the squelchy mud and having a paddle in the stream, we have had a lovely week getting in the Christmas spirit.
Autumn Term 2 - week 4
What a nice frosty week we have had in Pre-school.
This week we have enjoyed exploring the cold weather, we have talked about why it is frosty outside talking about how the temperature has gone low and what we need to wear to keep us warm when playing out. We have enjoyed looking at the frozen water and leaves and have been mark making in the frost in the mud kitchen.
We have really enjoyed doing lots of drawing this week and have been really thinking about what we wanted to draw and how it might look. We have also been really interested in the world map in our construction area. We have been looking at the different countries and talking about where we live, we have also been looking at some pictures of where our friends live and how our houses are all different.
This week we have been learning a new song and game for our phase one phonics, we have been learning silly soup and showing our rhyming skills and have really enjoyed this game and have been playing it with our friends in Pre-school. We have also been looking at different rhyming books in our book area and singing our nativity songs which are really good at.
Along with developing our listening and attention songs through the phase one phonics games we have also been playing mini bug bingo has helped us with our concentration skills and this has helped us to develop our personal, social and emotional skills.
We have also been enjoying using the musical instruments outside to go on a bear hunt, this has allowed us to develop our understanding of beats and how we can use instruments to extend our play.
Week beginning 22nd November 2021
Autumn 2 Week 2
What a lovely and busy week we have had in Pre-School.
Our number of the week has been number 1! We have been superstars are beginning to recognise this number. Can you show someone at home one finger?
We have been exploring all of our areas using our imagination to gather and roast marshmallows around the campfire in our home corner! We have continued exploring fireworks as many of us enjoyed watching some over the weekend. We even made some in our Creative Area.
Towards the end of the week we began to explore Remembrance Day in our group time. We watched a beautiful animation about the poppy fields then some of us created poppies using loose parts, some decided to make some in the craft area and others made some red poppy play dough.
Outdoors we have been to see our pumpkin patch and explore what has happened to it over the last couple of weeks, we decided that the animals had started to eat our pumpkins! Then we played in some muddy puddles…some of us looked a little bit like mud monsters by the end of the day!
Next week we will be celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week, Odd Socks Day (Monday) and Spotty day from Children in Need on Friday…we should sleep well next weekend grown ups!
Our week in pictures WB 8th November
Autumn 2 Week 1
What a lovely first week back after half term we have had.
We have been very busy and have enjoyed being engaged in lots of different activities to help us to develop our skills and learning.
We have been getting creative this week making Diwali lamps and CD collages and have enjoyed using our fine motor skills to paint the pasta outside. We have been enjoying making mud soup in our mud kitchen with soil and the Autumn leaves that had fallen off the trees.
We have been using our good imagination skills this week in the role play area by pretending to be hairdressers, doctors and have enjoyed taking care of the dolls. Some of even had the great idea of making a car wash for the different cars we made in the construction area.
This week we have continued to be interested in looking at different books both in the continuous provision and in key worker group time. In our group time we have been reading ‘The Gruffalo’ story, talking about the front cover and author then we listened out for different rhyming words in the story. Some of us have also been doing some phonics in the writing area.
One of the most exciting times of this week was going to the forest for our outdoor adventure session. We enjoyed exploring the forest looking for the ‘The Highway Rat’ in his cave. We then found some marshmallows and roasted them on the camp fire, before roasting them we learnt how to be safe around the campfire, we had such a fabulous time.
Week beginning 1st November 2021
Autumn Term 1
Autumn 1 week 7
Wow what a busy last week of Autumn 1 term we have had in Pre-school.
We have enjoyed lots of different activities especially in our outdoor areas. We have loved exploring our pumpkin patch this week again, some of the pumpkins were broken up and we discuss that maybe some birds have come and eaten them. In our playground we have been making witch potions after reading ‘Room on the Broom’ and have really enjoyed painting with mud. Some of us this week have been able to achieve peddling a tricycle after trying really hard for many weeks and we have been using our big muscles in our arms to paint the wall outside. We also became curious when finding different bugs outside, we found a worm and a spider in our bug house.
This week we have been exploring colour mixing, we talked about and experimented with mixing different coloured paints together then painted the colours we had made over ice. We have also been practising our cutting skills, some of us were interested in cutting different pieces of paper up then we practised cutting up different materials and flowers. We used our really good concentration when developing our cutting skills and tried really hard.
We have continued to have our French lessons on a Friday where we have been learning how to say our different emotions in French and one of the best parts of this week was getting our ‘behaviour treat’ which was been able to have fun on a bouncy castle.
We said “ I enjoyed the bouncy castle.”
” I have enjoyed playing in the home corner, I have used the gold material and pretending it was my long hair.”
”I made a pirate ship house with my friend”.
We have had a really good first half term and are looking forward to having lots of fun and more learning next half term.
Week beginning 18th October 2021
Autumn 1 - week 6
What another wonderful week we have had in Pre-school this week.
We have had lots of fun exploring pumpkins this week, following on from last weeks activities we decided to cut open a pumpkin to see what was inside, before opening it up we had a guess at what we thought might be inside some of us guessed a dinosaur, we said a bird and some of us said some seeds. When we opened up a pumpkin we found that there was seeds inside, we all took it in turns to scoop out the pumpkin using some spoons, doing this helped us to develop our fine motor skills.
Along with exploring what was inside pumpkins we was very excited to go to our very own pumpkin patch on the paddock where we explored lots of different pumpkins, we talked about the size of them, their colour, we worked with a team to put some in the wheelbarrow and then tried to move the wheelbarrow and we sang some number songs with the pumpkins. One of the most exciting activities to do on our pumpkin patch was to roll the pumpkins down the hill, oh what fun we had!.
We have also continued to develop our imagination and personal, social and emotional skills in the construction area and role play area. We have particularly enjoyed being doctors this week where we have used lots of our skills to role play including communication, turn taking and building on our friendships. We have also continued to develop our gross motor skills when playing outside and have loved looking at books together in the reading area.
Week beginning 11th October 2021
Autumn 1 - week 5
What a busy week we have had in Pre-school.
We have been learning more about Autumn this week including looking at Autumn leaves falling from the trees, making Autumn soup in the mud kitchen and completing exciting activities with pumpkins. This week we have been engaging in lots of different activities to develop our physical skills, concentrating on our gross motor skills. We have been using our gross motor skills to run up and down the paddock hill, been using the paint rollers and soapy water outside to paint the big black board and using our balancing skills to balance outside. We have also been learning how to use our fine motor skills to hammer the golf tees into pumpkins, this was a tricky task for some of us but we showed good resilience and perseverance and was able to complete the task. To further develop our fine motor skills we have been making and exploring playdough, we have been squeezing the playdough onto pumpkins and experimenting with the playdough by adding different textures and smells. We have also continued to explore the construction area where we have been working together as a team to build and construct and in particular have enjoyed making different enclosures for our animals.
This week we have been looking at and reading some different books, we have been reading ‘Handas surprise’ in our key worker groups looking at and talking about where Handa and Akeyo live and comparing it to where we live and we have been reading ‘leaf man’ then we made our own leaf men in the creative area. We have enjoyed using our observational skills to draw some pumpkins and have been getting messy in the creative area by painting some pumpkins and then covering them in gloop.
Week beginning 04th October 2021
Autumn 1- week 4
This week we have enjoyed lots of different activities, we have been exploring the very wet weather and have especially enjoyed jumping in muddy puddles in our outside area and in the paddock. Along with jumping in muddy puddles in the paddock have been developing our physical skills by playing football and running up and down the hills as well as looking for different mini beasts in the grass. Following on from finding some mini beasts in the paddock we then made our own mini beasts investigation area in Pre-school, we have really enjoyed exploring this area especially looking at the different books and talking about what we could see. We have continued to develop our imagination skills in the construction area and role play whilst also using our personal, social and emotional skills by sharing our resources and playing with our friends, we have made cars, bridges and a zoo together, along with making each other and the teachers some yummy dinner in the home corner.
We have especially enjoyed learning new songs and dances this week, we love to dance!
Week beginning 27th September 2021
Autumn 1 - week 3
We have had a busy week in Pre-school, we have had been developing lots of new skills including our fine motor skills when threading pasta onto some string, our creation skills by making cars and a zoo in the construction area and we have enjoyed developing our gross motor skills through joining in with different dances.
In the outdoor area we have been exploring the paddock where we have gone on a Autumn hunt collecting lots of different Autumn leaves and we have been working well in a team by building a bridge together to walk over a hole in the ground. We have also enjoyed playing on the bikes, making cakes and pies in the mud kitchen and finding different bugs outside. In our indoor environment we have enjoyed getting messy in the gloop and have used our imagination to make faces using the loose parts resources while talking about the colour monster and the different emotions we may feel.
Our learning week beginning 20th September 2021
Autumn Term 1 - Week 2
What another fantastic week we have had in Pre-school. We have continued to explore our environment both inside and outside and have been enhancing our personal, social and emotional skills by playing with our friends in the different areas of learning. This week we have been interested in volcanoes, we have been continuing to look at different volcanoes on the interactive whiteboard and then did our own experiment where we made our play volcano erupt.
This week we have also been interested in bugs, we saw a beautiful dragonfly in our outside area and then decided to go for a bug hunt in the paddock where we found a worm, slug and snail. We have also enjoyed getting messy in the gloop, making our own creations using the collage materials and using our imagination in the small world and role play area.
Our learning this week...
Autumn Term 1 - Week 1
We have had an amazing first full week in Pre-school and have been excited to explore our new environment.
We have particularly enjoyed exploring the outside areas. In our outside play ground we have been busy developing our physical skills by practicing our balancing, riding the tricycles and developing our gross motor skills by using our big muscles to pour the water down the tubes. We have also enjoyed exploring the sand pit and made lots of yummy creations in the mud kitchen, we even went on a 'Spider hunt' after some of our friends found a spider. To further developed our physical skills we went to paddock where we did some running up and down the hill and went to look for some dinosaurs.
When we have not been in the outdoor area we have been busy inside, we have been getting creative making binoculars, painting different pictures and have really enjoyed using the collage materials with the junk modelling. We have shown lots of enjoyment in the construction area and small world area where we have been busy working together to build a house, making a garage with the bricks and playing with the dinosaurs. We have also been using our sharing skills when playing with the dolls house where we pretended to make dinner for our friends and put the colour monster to bed. Throughout the week we have been interested in the different books in the reading area and have enjoyed reading 'The Colour Monster' and 'The Bear Hunt' together.