Little Owls Class Blog
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Week beginning 15th November
This week is World Nursery Rhyme Week so we have been joining in by singing a different rhyme each day. The children have enjoyed activities related to each rhyme, they particularly liked the build a spider game when we were looking at Incy Wincy Spider. Did you know that nursery rhymes can support memory development and kickstart the practise of listening and speaking? They enable children to become interested in language patterns and rhyme and studies have shown that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they're usually among the best readers by the time they are 8 years old! So... Keep singing!
In Maths the children have been learning all about the number 1. They made telescopes to find 1 of something, they have been beating drums when counting the number 1 and also watched Numberblocks Number 1. They have also continued to learn the story of The Enormous Turnip.
Week beginning 8th November
Little Owls have been busy making poppies this week and decorating their clay diya pots with colourful paints and sequins.
In Maths they have been having fun playing lots of games, such as skittles, to help them count. They have also enjoyed playing the Peter Rabbit game on the interactive whiteboard.
The children have been using magic writing to paint over letters and they have just started to learn our new story of The Enormous Turnip.
Week beginning 1st November
It has been great to see everyone back after the half term break. There is a noticeable change in the temperature so the children really need their warm coats, hats and gloves now.
This week the children having been learning about the festival of Diwali. They have made their own clay Diya pots and next week when the clay has dried, they will paint and decorate them. The children have also listened to the story of Rama and Sita. They have used the glue gun to decorate some CDs with their own Rangoli patterns and we hope to hang these from our new stage area outside.
The children have also enjoyed practising their counting skills by playing some interactive games on the board.
Week beginning 18th October
We have had lots of autumnal activities this week. The children have been looking at leaves, pine cones & conkers with magnifying glasses to spot the patterns, lines & shapes. They have had lots of fun scraping out pumpkins to find the seeds & making pumpkin soup in the mud kitchen. The children have also worked on their hand eye co-ordination by hammering golf tees into pumpkins.
The children have continued to take part in Dough Disco and have also been doing lots of funky finger activities to develop their fine motor skills.
We have had lots of fun singing counting rhymes this week and the children have been acting these out in the outdoor area. They have also wowed us with their counting skills to make short and tall Duplo towers by rolling a dice to see how many bricks to add.
We hope everyone has a great half term break and we look forward to seeing everyone again the week beginning 1st November.
Week beginning 11th October
We have had another busy week in preschool. We joined the rest of the school in church on Tuesday to celebrate our harvest festival. We joined Big Owls to sing Dingle Dangle Scarecrow and everyone commented on how brilliant the children were in church.
The children have been quite creative this week, investigating colour mixing in the art area. We also opened the workbench area this week, introducing our rules for safe use and explored how to use the hammers and vice. Using the hammer helps the children to develop stronger muscles in their arms and hands. They develop fine motor skills as they learn to hold the nails in place with increasing independence and hand eye co-ordination in order to hit the nails. The children soon learn to keep their fingers out of the way when using a hammer!
We have also been learning the story of The Gingerbread Man with Big Owls, as well as continuing our daily dough disco sessions.
Week beginning 4th October
The children have settled really well into life in the classroom with Big Owls. We have enjoyed getting to know lots of new starter children and helped them settle into our setting. We are always busy and enjoy lots of activities both inside and outside.
This week we have continued to enjoy Dough Disco which helps us to develop our fine motor muscles so that we can develop a good pencil grip. We have also been making and exploring patterns. We also like to take care of our outdoor environment so we have added some new plants in our containers - some of us also enjoyed sweeping up the leaves! We have also been learning the story of The Little Red Hen with Big Owls.