Bumblebee Room Update
Whilst making the most of the sunshine we ventured out to the local park. We had lots of fun on the roundabout, the slide and climbing frame. We went on the swings, seesaw and climbed through the train tube. We explored our Physical skills – squatting, negotiating spaces building our special awareness skills, climbing and running. We also used our Personal, Social and Emotional skills taking turns, sharing, smiling, eye contact and observing whilst developing and using keywords. We explored our surroundings, Understanding the World and looking at our environment on the way to the park seeing the cars, people, buildings and trees around us. We were also being careful in the sunshine with our sun cream, sunhats and drinks.
We celebrated St Patrick’s Day and National Flag Day.
We invited our families to join in to decorate four leaf clovers. We used lollipop sticks, glitter and glue. This is good for our hand eye co-ordination. Using our concentration and direction skills to make sure the glue went onto the clovers.
We decorated various flags for America’s national Flag Day. We named the different coloured felt tips. Choosing what colours we wanted to use. This supports the children with recognising and naming the colours. The children used their whole hand grasp. These are not just creative activities but it helps develop physical skills, promotes communication and languages skills using key and simple words.
We celebrated the Royal Wedding with Butterflies and Ladybirds in true British fashion with an afternoon tea garden party! We made our own crowns and ate homemade muffins with tea.
Butterflies Room news
The children have enjoyed developing their motor skills with the scissors, particularly with cutting the herbs and bluebells. This has also allowed the children to explore their senses with the various smells.
This month we have also enjoyed celebrating Peppa Pig’s muddy puddle walk by splashing in our own muddy puddles and making footprints. We made the most of the weather by making mud pies afterwards and playing with our peers outside.
Ladybirds Room news
Ladybirds have been very busy strengthening their fine motor skills with the Geoboards (elastic band nail boards). They have been very creative when using them, making all types of shapes with one child even made and named a hexagon! Another child made a house using only one band! Very impressive! This strengthens their pincer grip (thumb and fore finger), hand eye co-ordination. This extends the children’s learning with their math’s skills, recognising shapes – looking at the environment around us with the similar shapes we can see i.e. a door is a rectangle.
We have introduced a new ‘job board’ for the children in Ladybirds. It is a fun way of encouraging life skills and routines to the children, as it helps develop their choice and decision making. At the start of the day, during self registration – the children sing their morning welcome song, and then choose what area of the room they are going to be responsible for when it comes to tidying up. There are pictures of the areas of the room on the board. The children find their own name and place it against the picture of the area they wish to help tidy up. The children have taken well to this and cooperate with this new concept well working well as a team. This encourages the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional skills.
The children have enjoyed using the computer. It encourages turn taking, co operating with boundaries set, recognition of numbers and letters and general ICT skills needed to operate a programme on the computer. The children have also been making some amazing pictures on the computer as well.