Welcome to Maple class’s Term 3 blog! It has been an exciting time for all of us and we have thoroughly enjoyed playing and exploring, learning and investigating, building and creating masterpieces! Here are some of the highlights of our first term together 😊
Our theme for this term was “Let’s Pretend”, and our Maples have really given it their all! We have learnt about different types of puppets, made both finger puppets and hand puppets, invented stories for our new friends and explained how they are feeling. We also produced our very own puppet show! I am very proud of their endeavours, take a look on the ‘Youtube’ link and tell us what you think! 😊
We have worked very hard on our Maths, through a variety of different activities. We are learning new songs and rhymes to help us all add up to twelve confidently, using cubes, dominoes, jigsaws, Montessori boards, ladybird houses, acorns… everything! We all really enjoyed using the Numicon shapes to help us make number bonds up to 10, and we made the most awesome collage display of numbers 1 to 12! We are learning to recognise and create simple patterns and we know that we can count in 2s on Pam’s Snakes and Ladders board 😊
Literacy is awesome and we have loved sitting, or lying down, to listen to stories, including “The very lazy ladybird”, “Fantastic Mr Fox”, “The Gruffalo”, “Three Little Pigs”, “Don’t wake up the bear!”, “The very busy spider”, “One Hungry Monster” and more. We have shown that we remember many key details, we can predict what can happen next and we are very good at sequencing events and empathising with characters in the story. Our Maples are also amazing artists! We are sharing the joy of reading by bringing our own books into class, e.g. “The Three Little Pigs”, comparing endings and saying which one we prefer, and why.
As well as reading, our Maples are learning Phonics through the Jolly Phonics method. We love the short stories and actions and our Maples have an excellent recall of all the songs they have learnt so far. They are teaching me well!
Our class love Art, and they put a lot of effort into everything they do. The children have enjoyed drawing puppets on paper plates, painting forest items on trees, rainbow waxing, cotton bud painting, making flowers out of toilet rolls, making finger puppets and hand puppets, even making Bear bookmarks! We have just finished our first Maple class canvas, but you won’t see the completed masterpiece until the auction… 😊
Our Maples love exploring both the forest and the orchard, and we are making our very own display of “Felix the Forest Man”, using natural materials found on our daily visits. We also use nature to help us count, compare and trace in the mud, especially when it is too slippery to go cycling outside. We are starting to classify and compare different items such as leaves, trees, twigs, (branches!) and flowers, and we are beginning to understand that we should not pick any flowers or leaves that are still living, as they will die. We are learning that the weather and seasonal changes impact upon nature, and upon animals habitats, and that we should leave animals where they are, including worms, as they prefer soil to concrete. Our Maples love free play and exploration, and they adore climbing trees! They are learning that thin branches are not necessarily the safest to stand on, and they must be very careful when taking risks.
Maple class are very musical and always eager to sing in different languages and embrace different cultures. They are learning about tempo and how to count the beats to a song, dancing whilst singing so that they can feel the music and relax. Just wait for me to introduce them to the Waybuloos….
Et voici ce que Maple ont fait ce trimestre, en français.
Let’s finish with videos from Maple and Chestnut classes.
The Early Years classes are Willow, Chestnut and Maple, for children between 02 and 05 years old.
Our second term was such an exciting adventure! Through the topic “The Magic Toymaker”, Chestnuts were given the opportunity to get even more creative by designing and building their own fun!
The primary learning goals of this unit are communication, enquiry, team-work, independence, creativity, adaptability and respect which all Chestnuts had to bear in mind whilst working with their classmates on various projects.
Throughout the term, it was important to give the Chestnuts a voice in order for them to be able to express what type of toys they would enjoy creating and for this, they had to consider each and everyone’s personal preferences all the while working towards a common goal.
During Numeracy this term we have continued exploring number skills including counting, addition and subtraction. The children enjoy using these skills during turn taking games such as the dice games ‘Frog jump’ and ‘snakes and ladders’. They have been working on using their fingers to count, add and take away! We have began exploring other number games too such as dominoes and ‘beat the dragon’ The children really enjoy working and playing together and often select these games during free choice play times!
Our 3D project for this term was to build the Big Ben clock for the Christmas show. We learned how to make the cuboid and a square based pyramid (for the top). We also practiced our understanding of time with the moving hands on the clock face!. As part of our topic work we explored scale and using a grid to enlarge an image.
Also this term we have continued to explore measuring, sharing and quantities in our weekly cooking activity where we bake something for ourselves and some of the other classes in the school! The Children have been splitting in to 2 teams and working through the recipes with little adult input encouraging them to use each other for help. The results have been great and they are developing a strong understanding of units of measurement such as litres, grams, or spoons.