Red Robins Weekly Updates
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Autumn Term 2020
Week 1 and 2
I’m sure you’ve all guessed our learning has been based around Little Red Riding Hood!
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Our topic this term is ‘Into the woods’ we will be continuing with Little Red Riding Hood for another week yet before moving onto another tale.
The children have been learning 4 new songs which tell the story. They have been singing them all day long, as have we!
We’ve been talking about what Mr Wolf looks like. We made masks and a hide out to look for him with the binoculars we created. We also went on a short walk to see if we could spot him! 🐺
We’ve been talking about feelings at group time, how to recognise sad and happy and cross faces. Some of the children were able to tell us what made them happy, sad and cross.
We’ve been counting every day and have been practicing how to count out the correct number of puppies to match the number tiles.
We focused on the letter sounds R and W.
This week we received an invitation from the reception children in Mrs Neale’s and Mrs Taylor’s class. They invited us to a Red Riding Hood tea party on the field next week and we are very exited to attend!
Today we made an acceptance card and sent it back to them.
We’ve planned to take homemade current buns and homemade lemonade just like little Red Riding Hood took to her Granny!
Lots of party preparations to get on with next week and to continue practicing our songs ready to sing alongside our friends from the reception class!! How exciting!!
Have a fantastic weekend everyone 😊
We have had a lovely week this week,
📮 We sent our invitation reply to reception
🍩🥒Sorted healthy and unhealthy (treat) foods
🧺Created baskets to practice our threading
🎊Made decorations for our party
🐭 Found and rescued a field mouse from our garden!
🍰Made homemade lemonade and sang 2 current buns ( had to taste them after of course!)
🌳Went on a woodland walk to collect some leaves and Acorns for our woodland tray for next week.
🥪 Made some more bunting and our very own Sandwiches ........
and had two parties!!!!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳
It was so lovely to see the reception children this afternoon, they told us the story of ‘Little
Red Riding Hood’ and we helped to sing the songs.
We had to do it socially Distanced In our garden as it was to wet to go onto the field.
Lots of happy children and tired grown ups!
This week seems to have ‘flown’ by! 🦉
This week but we have been practicing our counting each day playing games and singing songs . Lots of progress with number recognition. 👏
Next week we are continuing our ‘Owl Babies’ theme.
We are going to be focusing on owl facts, leaning about where they live, what they eat and the their life cycles.
We will be focusing on vocalising our feelings during group times using some feelings spinners we plan to make.
We hope everyone has a nice weekend despite the horrid weather forecast! ☔️
All things autumn this week!!
As you are all probably aware we have been learning all about owls! 🦉
The children have been looking for signs of autumn. We’ve been creating beautiful pictures using sponges and stencils.
Reading our story ‘Owl Babies’ each day and retelling it in a variety of ways using the laptop and acting it out with puppets.
On Friday afternoon we performed Owl Babies for the reception children and sang then some of our autumn songs, they thoroughly enjoyed it and gave a us a huge round of applause!!!!
We have been talking and modelling how to express emotions using the feelings wheels we made for our morning circle times.
In maths we have been continuing to practice our counting and number recognition. The children have enjoyed counting the acorns and conkers into bowls for the squirrels 🐿
Next week we will be leaning about 🦇 bats.
Week 6 down ! One more to go until the end of a very busy first half of term.
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Trish the fish has two new best friends which have been named ‘Batman’ and ‘Goldie’. (Obvious fish names!! 🤣)
Nature walks to collect natural materials. The children are really starting to identify things they have found or spotted in the environment now including trees which is lovely to see them being so curious.
We’ve been sorting animals by size and have continued to practice counting conkers and acorns.
We learnt about bats 🦇 and made some beautiful bat sunsets and puppets.
Not forgetting two lovely visits from Elsa the beautiful sprocker spaniel puppy! She was adorable 🐶
Onto 🦔 hedgehogs next week!
Have a lovely weekend all 😊
We learnt about hedgehogs this week 🦔
We enjoyed watching some hedgehog clips online and shared an interesting information book about them.
We created some brilliant pumpkin 🎃 pictures leading on from our pumpkin song, the children used shapes to create the eyes, nose and mouth.
We also explored colour mixing, giving the children red and yellow paint to make orange for their apple printing. We turned them into ‘pumpkin people’. They were really effective weren’t they?!
Everyday this week we used the big blocks to construct paths ways around our classroom incorporating stairs, stepping stones, ramps and bridges. Lots of children used their initiative to problem solve and adapt the routes and they enjoyed playing ‘the floor is lava’.
Conker and acorn threading kept many children busy, lots of interesting jewellery went home!
Big thanks to Lucy Beth Cox for donating a selection of lovely squashes and pumpkins for the children to explore!
We have all had a very busy 7 weeks, the children have loved the topic so far and they have all settled back to the ‘new normal’ brilliantly.
I would just like to thank you all for continuing to support your child and us as staff.
Early years is such an important start to education, it’s where children begin to form bonds with other adults and children. They build self confidence and begin to follow routines and boundaries and learn to be independent. This can only happen when a child feels safe, secure and happy!
Thank you for regularly sharing things that your child has said or done at home in their news book. Many children forget what they have done at home and some are unable to communicate thoughts and experiences, so your child’s news book is an important tool we use during group time discussion.
We hope you all have a lovely half term, when we return we will be sharing your child’s progress report and next steps set for the next 7weeks.
Take care and see you all soon!
The Red Robins Team
What a fun week we’ve had at preschool this week!
We couldn’t have asked for better weather too which made all the the difference!! ☀️
So this was week 1 of 7 weeks this half term.
🦔🐿🦡 We recapped our knowledge and understanding of all things ‘woodland’.
🎭 We created the most beautiful masks to wear for our sing a long with reception on Wednesday. The children spent a long time perfecting their own masks until they were happy with them. Lots of confident performers too!!
🎃 We used our huge pumpkin, golf teas and hammers to practice hand eye coordination.
🔤 We practiced saying words beginning with ‘C’ listening to clickty book story’s ‘Keelo’s Cookies’ and ‘Clarabelle’s Scarf’.
🦊 We looked at fox facts this week and made some fox puppets.
🔢 In maths we have been learning how to identify the ‘odd one out’. We have been doing a mixture of adult led group time games and continuous play by leaving it all out on the table for the children to practice.
🎇 We ended the week with discussion around bonfire night. We watched some fireworks online and then created our own firework displays! They were so pretty!
Next week we will be moving onto the next section of our ‘Into the woods’ topic, starting with all things Gruffalo!
Have a lovely weekend
Red Robins Early years team 😊
Good evening everyone!
We have had a fab week learning about Rememberance day, we watched some great video clips online of different parades that will take place with soldiers, mounted guards, horses and Cub scouts! 🎺💂🏻♀️ we made a our own poppy wreath and on Wednesday we joined in with the 2 minute silence at 11am in the main playground.
We had fun exploring and investigating our huge pumpkin, the children carefully separated the seeds ready to make some delicious roasted snacks!
We’ve been playing games all week, focusing on turn taking, sharing and concepts.
We started reading ‘The Gruffalo’, the Children all remembered what he looked like and have enjoyed helping us retell the story!
In maths we made a graph of our favourite woodland animals. We practiced counting and comparing!
We have been busy preparing a party for the Gruffalo’s birthday on Monday. He is going to be 4! ...We have lanterns, party hats and cakes at the ready!
This week we have been focusing on who, what, where and when questions based around the Gruffalo story.
We played a game called ‘Who am I?’ where each child had a different character to be, the rest of the group could ask them questions to find out clues as to who they were!
So much learning!! We are all so very proud!!
Don’t forget to bring in photos next week!
Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend.
Red Robins Early years Team. 😊
On Monday we celebrated the Gruffalo’s birthday! We all chose a him a gift we thought he would need and like. We wrapped them, made him a birthday card and had a special themed snack. We sang him a happy birthday and played party games!
Unfortunately he was to busy hunting to actually attend his party on Monday but he did come to visit us on Wednesday!
The reception children worked so hard to create such an amazing Gruffalo sculpture! One of the children came up with the idea to make a number trail that led us to him! Such fun!
Thank you to everyone who provided photos of your special families, the children loved sharing them and telling each other who their special people were. Lovely conversation starters with lots of photos being at weddings, birthdays and Christmas time which linked in perfectly with our topic for the week.
In maths we have been using lots of time based Language- For example, ‘tomorrow we will’, ‘yesterday we did’. First, next and then.
We also used 1 minute timers to time us doing different exercises to learn the concept of how long one minute feels.
Stick man next week! And we will also be starting to rehearse our nativity.