Our New Playground
After many months of planning the early years playground has had a makeover. Thanks to FOMS and Lottery Funding for helping to fund this project. Many of the children have been watching the diggers and machinery and have used this learning in their role play. The children have at last been able to use the trail and new climbing frame. Hopefully when the weather improves we will be able to make the sandpit available too.
Spring Term Topics and Learning
This term Early Years have been busy with our topics.
We started the term off with People that help us. We had many visitors, Police, Nurses, Physiotherapists and Mr Armoogum came to talk to the children about his job.
Many of our visitors were parents so I would like to thank them all for their time.
We also took a walk down to the Markyate Fire Station to see how it all works.
The topic for Spring 2 has been Take one book, we have chosen different books to work through with the children. Activities have been varied with each story. Books included What the Ladybird Heard, Georges Marvellous Medicine, Rhinos Don’t like Pancakes, The Way Back Home and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
The whole of Early Years then had a trip to Radlett Theatre to watch the show We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The children all enjoyed the show and talked about their favourite thing about it. It seems getting wet was top of the list!
It is hard to believe that the reception children are half way through their first full year at school. It has been an exciting time to see them settle to learn. Our most exciting day last term was our celebration of Chinese New Year. The children were amazed by the Chinese lion dancers and practised with our very own Chinese lion in the classroom accompanied by their own version of Chinese drum music! We were delighted to have Imelda Yuen from Hong Kong with us for that day. She was keen to share aspects of the Chinese culture with the children who asked some very interesting questions. The children learned how to count in Chinese and write numbers. They cooked noodles and learned to eat them with chopsticks. We have painted the most amazing dragon and snake which hang majestically from our ceiling. As our topic was about Places far away we explored other countries especially Africa and learned how people live there and what animals we would find in Africa. Children have enjoyed learning about using atlases and globes and were amazed by Google Earth.
We also spent a morning at the village coffee shop where we bought juice and biscuits. The children showed impeccable table manners and learned how to order and pay for food. Customers commented on the excellent behaviour and abilities of our children of whom we are very proud.
It has been a pleasure this term to start our Open Coffee Mornings, Stay and Play sessions and Parent Workshops as we seek to further develop our links with families and their involvement in their children’s learning.