Once Upon a Time

Welcome to the second half of the Spring Term.  Our Mini Adventure this half term is 'Once Upon a Time'.  We will be exploring the stories Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man.  We will be exploring 'Materials, Spring and Easter' through a variety of interactive, fun activities.  We hope to spend more time outside as the weather improves, so fingers crossed for some sunshine and warmer days!
Please click on the relevant links below to view your child's Mini Adventure Plan and Time's to Shine.
We have been exploring the wonderful Spring flower 'The Daffodil'.  We looked at daffodils, described them and looked at the different parts of the daffodil and have been learning some of the names for these parts - stem, corona, petal, stamen, carpel and sepal!  Using Daffodils as provocation we created our very own daffodils using corks as a tool to print with, we used watercolours using the 'dip, dab, paint' method to create a beautiful daffodil and we had to make sure we painted very carefully to stay within the lines.  We also created our very own daffodil head using a variety of yellow collage materials and glue, we then joined and attached our paper straw stem using tape.  The Reception children labelled the parts of a daffodil using their phonic knowledge to sound out the words.  
Child Initiated Learning
A large group of children designed and constructed a castle using the natural building resources and loose parts.  One child suggested they then draw their own castle.  The children were given large pieces of paper and the children mapped out their ideas collaboratively, the TA then described their thoughts and ideas and then the working began.  The children negotiated who would draw which part of the castle and also how! They gathered pencils, rulers and colouring resources.  They asked for help to get started as the castle walls were 'very big' and using a ruler is 'tricky'.  The children used their knowledge of shape to help create the castle, squares, rectangles and arches were incorporated into their design.  The TA talked about 'crenulations' and 'moats'.  Once they were happy with their design the children then regrouped to decide who would colour which parts of the castle and which colours would be appropriate.
The children decided that the constructed castle needed some flags.  We talked about what flags represent and why they are used.  We also introduced the word 'Heraldry' when talking about flags.  Some of the children designed their own flags incorporating their knowledge of shape and a picture of things that were important or represented them.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Exploratory and Sensory Play
Sensory play enables the children to develop their sense of smell and touch as well as encouraging them to discuss and describe (using simple adjectives) what things feel, smell and look like. We have been exploring flour using our hands, spoons, sieves and various containers.  We have also been developing our fine motor skills through using knives and also by squishing and squeezing jelly and lemons.  The watery gloop also proved very popular!
Using the new Investigation Materials
The children have been using the 'Spring' inspired exploration area to create a variety of wonderful creations and designs.  
Exploring the mathematical concept of Doubling
The children have been learning the doubles to 10 through a variety of taught and independent exploration sessions.  They have been learning their 'show me' doubles facts to 10!
Exploring Numbers to 10 - Nursery
The nursery children went across to the hall to explore the numbers to 10.  They jumped on the numbers in the correct sequence. They then played an action game where they had to attach an action to a numeral.  The children worked together to order the number tiles 1 to 10 and practised counting forwards and backwards.  When they reached that number in their counting they had to stop and carry out an action.  This involved listening carefully and responding appropriately to the instruction.  They children are becoming more aware of the position of a number in a number line 1-10.