This week we have learnt the Chinese New Year story of the 12 animals racing across the river so that each animal could have a year named after them. We have been counting coins into red envelopes and ordering numbers on the Chinese dragon using the interactive whiteboard. We have enjoyed filling, tipping and pouring rice using the Chinese spoons and bowls. We have been working on our fine motor skills by using chopsticks to try and pick up the noodles and using the scissors to cut them. We painted and printed some beautiful blossom trees and made paper lanterns. We enjoyed eating Chinese food for snack time. We tried noodles, rice, spring rolls and prawn crackers!
As Remembrance Day was also this week, we made a poppy display in our window and went to pay our respects at the Garden of Remembrance. What a busy fun-filled week we've had!
We have had a lovely time in Owls learning about hedgehogs over the last fortnight. We have read 'The Very Helpful Hedgehog' and 'Wide Awake Hedgehog' by Rosie Wellesley. The children have really enjoyed these stories about Isaac the hedgehog and have really impressed us with the way they have talked about the characters and recalled the main events. The children have loved learning about hibernation and we talked a lot about the seasons and why animals hibernate for the winter. We have made hedgehogs with clay and playdough, using matchsticks and spaghetti for spines. We have been learning to recognise numbers and have been practising our counting by clipping pegs on to the hedgehog to match the number. We are amazed by how many facts the children have learnt about hedgehogs and they are using some great vocabulary such as 'hibernate,' 'nocturnal' and 'hoglet.' One of our favourite activities this week has been making chocolate hedgehog nests - they were really delicious and we enjoyed them at snack time.
This week in Owls we have been learning about Autumn and Harvest time. We have painted Autumn trees using Autumn colours, we have played with the small world farm. We have been role playing in the green grocer shop and have been learning to recognise our names on the carrots buried in the rice. We have made some tasty vegetable soup and counted leaves and conkers.
This week in Owls we have been celebrating Diwali. We have been busy making our own diva lamps and lanterns because Diwali is a festival of light. The children have enjoyed colouring Diwali cards for their friends and decorating hands with mehndi patterns before practising their scissor skills and cutting them out. We have been counting diva lamps and matching the number to the correct Numicon shape and finding the matching numeral. We have arranged shapes to make our own rocket fireworks. We have listened to the story of Rama and Sita and retold it using the characters in the colourful rice tray.
We had a lovely time this week getting spooky in Owls! We read ‘Funnybones’ and have been very busy doing lots of exciting activities. We baked our own gingerbread men and decorated them to look like skeletons. We have talked about why our bones are important and how they protect organs in our bodies. We enjoyed writing party invitations for our friends and building houses with the bricks in the Funnybones small world tray. We practiced our counting by making different potions. We had a fabulous time playing party games, dressing up, dancing and having a special party snack.
The Colour Monster
Owls have been busy colour mixing with shaving foam and powder paints, playing with colour monster peg dolls, drawing colour monsters using the smart board, looking at colours on the light box and making playdough colour monsters.