Bumblebees room news
To celebrate Spring, Bumblebees planted Sweet pea seeds and took them home to care for them with their families. They decorated daffodils for a Spring time display in the corridor. They also created some Mother’s day cards, decorating them using finger printing. This supports communication and language, personal, social and emotional doing things together and sharing experiences, talking about our families.
Bumblebees painted Easter eggs for a display and decorated rabbits sticking tissue paper on. For St. George’s day we decorated dragons with crayons and paint, looking at various colours and using our physical skills to hold the crayons, spread the glue and make marks with the paint.
We celebrated world book day, sharing stories, turning pages, using and repeating keywords or phrases. Even though Bumblebees are aged between 1 and 2 years old, they can still show interest in the specific area literacy exploring their reading skills. Handling books and printed material with interest, interested in books and rhymes and they may have some favourites.
Butterflies room news
Butterflies have enjoyed using the garden more as the weather is improving and we have been developing the different areas. We have a car and ball run simply made from drain pipes. The fences have been painted different colours, we have a basketball hoop, 2 new benches, hanging baskets in which we’re growing tomatoes and strawberries and we have planted different flowers and herbs in tyres and wellington boots!
Butterflies have been showing their personal, social and emotional skills off with extending their friendships and bonds. They have had snack in the garden and also used the benches as friendship meeting points! Having a good old chat, deep
in conversation. You can see the teamwork and their building skills, working alongside and with each other, sharing and extending their ideas.
Butterflies have put their physical and communication & language skills to use whilst exploring expressive arts and design. Butterflies have had fun looking at colours and shapes in various forms from sorting boxes to mixing paints and colours. Painting doesn’t have to just be with a paintbrush – it can be used and mixed with hands, string, cars, animals or objects for printing. You can experiment with butterfly printing (symmetrical) by simply folding over the piece of paper like a card and pressing down to spread the paint and print it.
The use of technology and ICT are all around us, this can be from a computer, tablet or a telephone to a calculator, CD player or an item with buttons to press. Butterflies have been exploring these skills under Understanding the world with our ‘Beebot’. They have been talking about directions, counting how many spaces the robot needs to travel and pressing the buttons to give it its directions. They have had fun seeing where it has ended up.
Ladybirds room news
Ladybirds celebrated World book day, dressing up as their favourite characters and bringing in their favourite books to share with their friends. We even had a very busy hair salon full of different characters. Have you ever seen Mary Poppins getting her hair done?! We used our personal, social and emotional skills playing with each other, sharing experiences and ideas through Understanding the World.
To celebrate Easter, Ladybirds showed their Bonnet creations to everyone. Putting them on display for everyone to see. There were amazing ideas and inventions, this supported Expressive arts and design. Not one entry was the same. We really do have some creative designers here. We made some Easter cakes to take home – using our maths skills to measure the ingredients.
Ladybirds have been practicing their mark making skills in various ways. They have made marks in wet sand with lolly sticks, used their fingertips to make marks in cornflour (gloop) and shaving foam and traced over their names making the sounds of the letters as they drew over them. Ladybirds have also traced over different pictures such as a tractor, shell, motorbike, hospital or a seahorse. We made these by printing basic outline pictures, sticking them to card and covering them in sticky back plastic. We then used greaseproof paper to see through the paper to the picture. Something that’s easy to do at home too!