Welcome to Diamond Class,
the place where our little gems start to sparkle!!!
As always the start of a new year is a busy one in Early Years. We have enjoyed welcoming the new children and have been amazed at how quickly they settled in. The home visits and induction mornings meant that all children were well prepared for what to expect, and with the help of the reception children to support them in daily routines they soon felt at home.
To do this is was important for us to work hard, and of course play hard!!
We enjoyed painting pictures so that we could make the classroom our own, filling the walls with our very work.
Sticky pictures are fun but be sure to concentrate! (We are getting very good at that!)
We enjoy dressing up and using our imagination. This term the topic is “Our Body” and we have enjoyed our Hospital role play. We have been doctors, surgeons, patients, but watch out when we are the ambulance drivers as we go pretty fast! Zoooom!!!!
We also thought about the people that help us from the emergency services. The day that the police car came to visit was great, we got to switch the sirens on and look at all the uniform and equipment that is carried in the vehicle.
When the fire engine came it seemed huge! A long way up for our little legs! But we all made it! We also got to spray the hose too, and could make the water reach all the way to the other side of the playground. (The fire engine had to visit a fire hydrant to fill back up when we had finished!)
We made the most of the sunny days at school and love using our outdoor area.
Gymnastic club gives us some ideas to try out. No wobbles with those balances, and tuck that chin in when you’re rolling.
Don’t forget to bend your knees when you land!!
When I had a bike accident the children set straight to work trying to make me a new one!
And sometimes we would just relax and watch the word go by.
We have been on lots of visits this term too. We have been enjoying weekly outings to the story sessions in the village library, and we get to borrow some books too, as long as we promise to look after them. We have to walk there very sensibly, and listen carefully to the story.
We loved going to see the residents at Chestnuts Home in the village. We listened to the Christmas story and sang to them the songs from our performance of “It’s a Nativity!” They were so impressed that they threw a little party for us with yummy cakes and biscuits.
And then Ruskington Garden Centre kindly invited us to visit their reindeer. They were so beautiful! We used the feeding tubes to give them plenty of juicy carrots, and said that we hoped they didn’t get too tired helping Father Christmas deliver all his presents.
And of course we didn’t forget the ducks!!! As we walked home they shouted “Quack, quack!” so we popped into the shop to get some bread for them. They went quackers!
So as you can see we have been very busy, and plan to keep up the good work so that we can fit in plenty more next term.
But just for now we might need a little rest as we are just exhausted! Zzzzzzzz!
Our theme for the first part of this term is “Our Homes and Village”. We will be looking at some of the main locations in the village that the children visit, the shops and what they provide. We will be using local stores to buy ingredients for some cooking, including baking bread for the ducks.
We will be talking about the types of homes we live in and the things that they have in common. At this time we will consider children in other parts of the world and how they live. As the new topic develops, we will be busy changing displays to ensure it remains a bright and welcoming environment, celebrating the work of all children, in which they can most successfully play and learn. We will be using a variety of materials to make models of our houses. We also hope to have a visitor into school to talk about some of the history of the village and the house that they live in, including some memorabilia that has been found. This may inspire the children with their own treasure maps and labelling of items (but I promise I will try not to encourage them to dig up the garden!). Keep watching as photos of our term, our models and our visits emerge.