The Kits have had a very exciting week this week. Our topic book for the week has been Tough Guys Have Feelings Too by Keith Negley and it has been a great platform to discuss emotions and feelings with the children. In the book we discover that everyone has feelings, from wrestlers to knights, to superheroes - and even our mums and dads!
To support our learning and understanding of emotions we decided to make emotion stones during Art. We painted stones the colour of our choice and then added eyes and mouths to create a face. There were. a mixture of faces made, from happy to sad, to excited and grumpy! The children continued their discussion of emotions during our Communication and Language Focus Time and we listened to each other talk about what makes us happy, sad or cross. In Maths we focused on counting using the Unifix to support us and the children developed their mathematical language as we used words such as long, tall and short to describe the Unifix towers we made.
In our Cookery lesson we made fruit juice from a range of citrus fruits including oranges and lemons. This was a great opportunity for the children to tase the fruits and express their likes and dislikes. The children also developed their hand strength through using the juicer to squeeze the juice out of the fruits. Tasting the juice was great fun and we used descriptive language such as ‘sweet’ and ‘delicious’ to describe the orange juice. The children laughed as the lemon juice made them pull funny faces and we described it as being ‘sour’ and ‘bitter’.
One of the highlights of the week has been our role-play area which has been set up as a ‘Science Lab’. The children have explored textures, colours and reactions through mixing different media together using tools such as pipettes and spoons. It was lovely to see the children working together on these experiments, offering support and advice and talking through the reactions they were observing! We also explored nature in the Science Lab with a flower dissection table and extended this further when we looked for blossom on our community walk.
Our new outdoor mud kitchen has continued to be a hit with the children and they have been busy making mud cakes, soups and pretending to fry eggs with water and bubbles. They have shared the resources amicably and we are very proud to see them demonstrating our Classroom Principles of ‘Taking Turns’ and ‘Kind Hearts’.