As we returned from our October break on the 31st October, the children were excited about Halloween. We added some dressing up costumes to our house corner and encouraged the children to try to put them on independently.
As there had been some fireworks going off for Halloween and Guy Fawkes night, we began discussing these events. We watched some videos of the fireworks and listened to the sounds they made – “BOOM!” “BANG!”. The children developed their mark making skills in glitter creating their own swirling firework shapes with their fingers.
Outdoors, we made our own bonfire role play area and had discussions about creating a real fire. (Hopefully we will be able to do this one day soon)
As one of our spine reading book this term is Red Rockets & Rainbow Jelly we have been talking about rockets! Every day at the beginning of the session we have been “Blasting off” from the carpet. This has been developing the children’s numeracy skills, counting by rote. The children have been choosing a number between 1 and 10, then talking about the number being higher or lower than the other, choosing then to count up or down to blast off! This has been a great way for the children to be able to develop their rote counting, not always starting from 1.
Within this half term there have been lots of celebrations which involved lots of learning! – Remembrance Day, Diwali, odd socks day, Children in Need, Road Safety week and the dentist’s also came to visit.
On the run up to Christmas we have been very busy!
The children have developed their mark making skills by writing letters to Santa and cutting out images from catalogues to send to Santa. We have made our own Christmas cards by painting and printing to give to our families.
For the Christmas Fayre in school, the children made some salt dough decorations and glittered lots of pinecones to sell. The children had been exploring reindeer dust which then we also sold at the Christmas Fayre too!
For our sing along celebration, the children learned some new songs and have been great at practicing these. The children enjoyed their singalong and all did great at joining in. The children have really enjoyed using the bells and other instruments while practicing on the run up to our sing-along and right up until the last day. At times, we have been singing that loud outside Santa may have heard us from the North Pole!
We hope everyone had a great Christmas break and are looking forward to being back at Early Years. We are looking forward to welcoming some new friends to REY in January!
Happy New Year!