This week we have been working on fine motor skills by using the buttons, gems and beads to follow chalk patterns. Some children used markers and pens outside to follow a trail that Goldilocks had left! We have been planting more seeds and we are growing tomatoes and strawberry plants.
We have been reading dragon stories and making dragons this week working on our scissor skills. We used describing words to talk about dragons and made some large scale dragons using a range of natural resources. We were investigating the unusual eggs on the nests inside and outside, which we thought were dragon eggs. On Wednesday one of the eggs hatched and there was a baby dragon on our stage roof!
The children were fully involved in the retelling of the story “Room on the Broom” and they used various props and small world toys to re-enact the story. The glittery builder’s tray was used for name-writing and other mark-making. The children worked on scissor hold and control whilst cutting the jelly cubes and mixing the cubes with bugs and eyeballs for their magic spells! There was wand-making and broomstick making inside and outside using sticks and different textured fabrics, working on fine motor control.
We made lots of ‘Silly Spells’ to learn about rhyming words using a range of objects in the cauldron. Here is our song that we sing as we stir …
We’re making lots of silly spells
We’re making spells so silly
We’re going to cook it in the fridge
To make it nice and chilly!
We listened to the story of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See?’ learning the repetitive phrases from the story. The children used the animals from the story to learn colours and to retell the story. One group of children wanted to change the animals to create their own version of the story and enjoyed telling it to the class – there were lots of animals involved!
We practiced our scissor skills and mark-making whilst making a bear mask.
The skittles were used for counting, sorting and for a experiment watching the effects in milk. The children were fascinated by the colours and changes.