Following last week's interest in paper aeroplanes and things that fly, and coupled with the windy weather this week, we have had fun making our own kites! We decorated our kites, and then used a hole punch before adding the string and racing around the garden to see how well our kites would fly!
This term we have been exploring an 'all about me' topic - to extend this further, we shared a book called, 'Whose in my Family?' This led to a lively carpet-time discussion about who we live with, any brothers and sisters, and even pets. This is a lovely opportunity for children to develop an understanding of who they are, and to discuss their similarities and differences to others.
Shapes have been a focus this week. We have explored various resources, such as our magnetic shape boards, peg shape boards, and tap-a-shape. To link in with this, we went on a shape hunt at carpet-time! We looked at each shape and considered what it looked like and how many sides it had, before then hunting the room to see if we could find that shape! We found a circle clock, a triangle Christmas tree picture, a square window, a rectangle table, and a circle fire alarm!
Finally, we have been enjoying the classic tale of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' We initially set up an open-ended role play scenario with the 3 bears sat eating their porridge in the home corner. We then modelled scenes from the story, and read the book, substituting the Bears' names for the children's names (which our children found hilarious!). We extended this further, by acting out the story during carpet-time - encouraging children to join in with repeated refrains from the book; "whose been eating my porridge, whose been sitting in my chair, and whose been sleeping in my bed?!"
Other popular activities this week have included measuring ourselves to find who was tallest, Jolly Jo sports where we weaved in and out of cones, played an egg and spoon race, and played our car game, building with our wooden blocks, and exploring phonics with our Leapfrog Phonics Train.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Why not continue our discussion about family? Talk about whose important in your family, and any important events, festivals or traditions you observe. Looking at photos is a wonderful way to start a conversation.