Real experiences enrich our learning, making it memorable . . . Baby Rowan

We have been learning about babies as part of an Understanding of the World project.

We have analysed objects, looked at baby photographs, learnt songs, nursery rhymes and explored a variety of books about babies.

We now know a range of vocabulary and concepts linked to this.

“When I was a baby I went in a pram because I couldn’t walk.”

“I was a baby a long, long time ago.”

“Babies need a high chair or they would fall off!”

“A crib like rock a bye baby.”

“I’m a child. I have a cup not a bottle.”

Today we had an expert visitor, a real baby visit the setting. We noticed the size of the baby, it’s clothing and the things it needed. We told his mummy what we knew and asked whether the baby drank from a bottle or had a nappy. We sang it a lullaby.

Our school library is open!

We have hundreds of new, engaging books that children will be bringing home to read. They depict a diverse range of characters and settings. Every child in our school can pick up a book and see themselves reflected in it. They can be the hero, adventurer or sidekick!

We have books for everyone; all ages and abilities are catered for. These texts will develop a life-long love of learning for our children. We also have a fancy online library system to track children’s interests and reading journey.

Our children know that they must care for and respect the books. This is one of our school values. Please ensure that they are loved as much at home as they are in school.

Keep posting your child’s fantastic reading on Seesaw. It makes such a huge difference to their learning and happiness.

An expert visitor to kick start our learning . . . Laura the hairdresser!

We design our Early Years curriculum to reflect our community and address the needs of our children.

It starts with ideas that all children can access . . . this term is identity, because all children have one. It also helps children to feel seen and heard.

As part of this we are focussing on our appearance and therefore we have a Hairdressing Salon in our role-play area. This also links to the planned Expressive Arts and Design opportunities of drawing and form as children will be creating portraits of themselves. It also links to Science and body parts.

Laura the hairdresser visited us, showing us the tools she uses and describing what she does for her job. This has already enhanced the vocabulary the children are using and helped them to take on roles and use their imagination.

Next week we are having a different hairdresser to visit in order to address and highlight diversity. Staff have shared books such as Rapunzel set in Africa and My Hair is a Garden so that children are seeing a range of hair types.

Baking in The Den

This week we have been super busy in The Den making chocolate chip cookies.

What do you think we will make next week ?

Baking in The Den.

A visit to the library with our families

We visited the library with our families and enjoyed the books.

We found books that we already knew and some we didn’t. A very popular one was Little Bird by Rod Campbell. The repeated language is so helpful in making us storytellers! He is one of our favourite authors. If All The World Were . . . by Joseph Coelho brought a tear to our eyes. We sang nursery rhymes from Tony Ross’ Animal Rhymes book too.

Lots of parents signed up for a library card and took books away. They are also taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge in which they will read six books and gain stickers and a medal!