Music has been proving very popular all week. After lunch, children have been asking to play musical statues - taking turns to pause the music and make their friends freeze! On Thursday we also added musical instruments so that children could explore the different sounds and play along to their favourite songs.
We have continued to explore our focus story, 'Owl Babies', extending learning by adding actions to key words. Many of the children are now starting to join in with the story, acting out Bill saying, "I want my Mummy!"
Our carpet-time is a key part of our daily routine - letting the children come together for 10 minutes at the end of each session to listen to stories, sing songs and play games. This week, on Tuesday, we played a 'getting to know you' game. Children picked out a question card asking about whether they have brothers or sisters, pets etc. This helps us to learn about the children, it builds children's confidence to speak in a group, and it encourages listening skills.
Another carpet-time game this week was a colour matching game. Children had to select a coloured brick from a basket, and then match it to another coloured object from the table. All of the children did incredible well, naming their colours and then finding something that matched.
On Thursday, children were exploring ramps in the garden; rolling balls down them. A group of children then decided to experiment with whether balls or cars would be fastest down the ramps? They then added another dimension to their ‘experiment’ by added a heap of soil (delivered by a digger truck!) – which items could jump the obstruction?!
Finally, with the weather set to turn more autumnal, we have started to look for signs of autumn. Children have been searching for fallen acorns, and using leaves in their paining and drawings this week. We have also introduced 'Harvest festival' - a celebration of the autumn harvest that we will continue to explore next week. This led to a lively carpet-time discussion about fruits that children had picked (pumpkins, blackberries and strawberries)
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Why not look for signs of autumn in your local area? Are leaves starting to fall? Can you find acorns? Maybe look for blackberries? Talk about your finds and let us know what you've found together.