During our language for thinking sessions this week we have continued thinking about winter. Our focus being snow and snowflakes. There were various themed activities out during discovery time.
At the maths station children were matching the numbered snowflakes to the numbered winter scenes and counting out the correct amount of cubes.
At the tuft spot, funky fingers and light table children used loose parts to create their own snowflakes.
Ms Andrews made some snow dough for the playdough table. It was silky soft but became very crumbly. The children did manage to imprint snowflakes into before it had to be thrown away.
In the water tray there were ice cubes and some pieces of floating glaciers (polystyrene). The children had fun trying to balance the cubes on the glaciers.
In the small world there was a snowy scene set up. Children were encouraged to use the little play people to make snowmen, have a snowball fight and even make an igloo using sugar cubes.
On the creation station we continued with our cold colour theme and created triangular shaped cold colour collages. These will be going on display so don’t forget to have a look.
During discovery time this week we have been thinking about winter. We looked outside at the trees. At this time of year they have lost their leaves and look very bare. We used the sticks in the Tuft Spot to make bare winter trees.
We decided that blues, white, grey and black were cold, wintery colours. We used these coloured shapes to create repeating patterns on the smart board.
Other activities out during discovery time have included cold coloured gems on the light table. Children were encouraged to create a repeating pattern and some children even made the first letter of their name. There were various wintery coloured things in the tactile tray, painting and printing with cold colours and unifix cubes in the maths station to make cold coloured repeating patterns. The children have been very busy.
As we start a New Year and new term we welcomed some new faces to our class of Owls. Firstly, we welcomed a new member of staff Miss Yasmin. Then we welcomed three new children who have settled right in and have enjoyed joining in with our activities and making some friends.
This week we celebrated one of our owls turning four.
This week we have had some Christmas related activities out or activities using the colours red, green and white or sparkly.
At the funky fingers table children were threading buttons onto pipe cleaners.
There were sequins in the tactile tray.
Matching bauble halves on the light table.
Decorating the felt Christmas tree.
Writing patterns and dot to dots.
Counting pompoms on to numbered Christmas trees.
And sparkly playdough in Christmas colours. Children rolled the dough out and made candy canes, Santa, Christmas trees and other things.
We’ve had another busy week!
In the forest school this week we were looking for a matching shape/ colour. Mrs Horsley hid the ambulances with the coloured shapes on them. Then we gave the children a matching paramedic each. The child were sent off to find their matching ambulance. All paramedics were reunited with their ambulances correctly.
The weather was very windy today. We watched the clouds moving quickly across the sky. We talked about the signs of a windy day. The branches on the trees were moving rapidly and we could feel the wind in our hair.