The Kits have had an amazing week and all performed wonderfully in our Harvest Festival on Friday. Our new joiners have only been with us for a couple of weeks and for them to stand on the stage and join in with some of the Harvest songs was an amazing achievement. We are all very proud of them!
Our topic book this week has been Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin and the children have quickly picked up the words to the song from the book and we have enjoyed singing it throughout the week. In the book Tom Farmer is shocked to find that his fields are empty and so goes on a hunt to try and find out where all the animals have disappeared to. He ends up being in for a big surprise when he eventually finds them...in the kitchen!
We have loved re-enacting scenes from the book in Art where we used the farm animals to paint with, stamping them up and down in the paper to make a range of different marks and pretending that they were jumping ‘on the sofa’ and ‘on the dresser’. We have also developed the children’s imagination and communication and language skills by engaging them in small world play with the farm animals. We incorporated the small wooden people into our play, discussing what emotions and feelings we thought they had and why, observing whether the characters looked happy, cross or sad.
The Kits have also loved taking the farm animals into the Outside Learning Environment where they have played in the mud and sand and enjoyed pretending to feed them leaves and pinecones.
In Maths this week we continued our learning about shapes and their different properties. We experimented with playing with the shapes in the shaving foam and jumping on different shapes on the floor in the Outdoor Learning Environment.This encouraged both our understanding of what shapes look like and also what they feel like, including how many sides and corners they have. In Science we made predictions and explored the properties of different materials as we learnt about sinking and floating. The activity introduced lots of new vocabulary and gave us the opportunity to have lots of fun exploring the world around us whilst enjoying getting very wet at the same time!
In Free Play we have been focusing on refining our fine motor skills and we have explored a number of ‘Practical Life’ and ‘Finger Gym’ activities including pouring, threading and pegging. We continued this by peeling and sticking stickers and placing small pegs in the peg boards. All the fine motor activities help support the development of the children’s hand muscles in preparation for them learning to write and form letters.
Well done Kits you’ve had another great week!