This week we have been talking about Bonfire Night. We learnt about the history of the celebration and what kind of things happen at this time of year. We have been building out own mini bonfires, with electric tealight candles, and role playing toasting marshmallows. We have watched firework displays on Youtube and talked about the shapes, colours and sounds. We even had our own, school firework display on the field. We then created our own firework collages.
We then had a look at the famous artwork by Jackson Pollock and learnt how he created his 'Spatter' paintings with brushes, sticks, kitchen utensils and pipettes. We had a go at creating out own, huge, class piece of art using the same techniques. It was lots of fun!
You may have heard the children talk about Manchester City and Anchor Literacy so I thought I would take the opportunity to explain what they are.
On a Monday we have a session with Ed from Anchor Literacy. He teaches the children fun songs and rhymes to help them remember important literacy facts and learning strategies. The children love it when Ed plays his guitar and the catchy tunes really help them remember. So far we have learnt songs about the name and the sound of letters, rhyming words and alliteration.
On a Monday afternoon Coach Jamie comes in from Manchester City football club. He works with the children on important core gross motor skills. These include ball control (throwing, catching, kicking,etc) and skills such as skipping, jumping, hopping and running. These are all important skills that young children need to develop and will help them with their learning in future years. They are especially important for writing. Here are some photos of the sessions:
The highlight of our week was when our new water tray arrived. It wasn't the water tray inside that fascinated the children, they were more interested in the large, cardboard box it was packaged in!
Some of the children asked if they could draw on the box. They selected pens and crayons from our writing area and began to make marks all over the box. This is great for building up the muscles in our hands and fingers which will help us develop our handwriting as we get older.
After a while the children started to write their names on the inside and outside of the box. It was tricky to write inside the box so we opened it up to make a large piece of card. The children were great at sharing the cardboard and all worked together to make on big piece of art. They used different media such as felt tips, crayons and pencils. They made big marks using big movements and small marks like dots. They added bits to each others marks and talked about what they were doing. We tried some marks to develop our letter formation such as zigzags, spirals and diagonal lines. The children concentrated on the task for over an hour. They began to add things like stickers and pompoms to the art work. I was so proud of how they worked as a team to create the final result. I was even more pleased with all the fantastic learning that took place throughout the process. So, who needs expensive resources when you have a simple cardboard box!
The children have all settled really well into their new class. I am so proud of them. We have been getting to know each other and learning the rules for the classroom and outdoor provision. The children have all enjoyed exploring the activities in the classroom and have amazed me at how good they are at tidying up and looking after the resources.
This half-term we will be learning all about ourselves and our families and Autumn and changes. We will be focusing on the book 'Mouse House' by John Burningham in Literacy. In maths we will be focusing on working with numbers 1-5.
The children will be getting a book bag and a reading book as soon as they are delivered to school. In the meantime please read lots of stories to your child and ask them lots of questions about what is happening in the story.
Below are some photos of our first week.