Class 1 - Stingray
Term 2 ReportWeek 1
We have settled back into our school routines really well after our week and a half off! We have focused on Bonfire Night and Fireworks this week. We have enjoyed making edible ‘sparklers’ using breadsticks, icing and colourful sprinkles. We’ve practised our communication using PECS to request paint colours to create our own firework paintings. The weather has been very rainy this week so there has been plenty of puddle jumping too! At the end of the week we learnt a little bit about poppies for Remembrance and we made our own poppy biscuit to take home.
Another busy week in Stingrays class. In Maths we have been exploring shape and position. We have focused on the festival of Diwali too; we have made our own diya lamps using clay, danced to music with ribbons and scarves and tried some Indian foods. On Friday we had a pyjama day to mark Children in Need. We have enjoyed Pudsey playdough, painting and fine motor challenges. In the afternoon we had popcorn and cakes in our PJ party!
This week we have focused our literacy learning around the story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We have practiced our skills in opening packets and containers and enjoyed lots of role play with tea parties. In Maths we have been thinking about size language and sorting objects into categories as well as developing our positional language understanding. We painted our air dry clay diya lamps for Diwali and they are looking great!
We began our week with a visit from Paul Stickland who is the author of Dinosaur Roar – we enjoyed hearing him tell us the story on the big screen in the hall. This week our story focus has been the Stick Man. The children have enjoyed lots of ‘stick’ themed activities including eating ‘stick-like’ foods and saying whether we liked or disliked them, creating our own ‘magic’ sticks and enjoying snow dough. In Maths we have been focusing on counting to match numerals, solving simple problems and developing our understanding of ordinal numbers. The weather has been very windy and rainy so we have enjoyed lots of puddle jumping too!
Our sensory story focus this week has been ‘The Snowman’. We have enjoyed retelling parts of the story, complete with flour ‘snow showers’ and we have made melting snowman biscuits. We have loved the wet weather this week and the puddles that emerged in our outdoor area. Some of the children played with boats in the puddles too! We have started our Christmas celebrations in class this week. We have been learning our Christmas carol ‘Jingle Bells’ and have been mark making in glitter!
The children performed their song ‘Jingle Bells’ at the Carols Around the Tree event, which was attended by so many of our parents. We sang and sat so well in a very busy hall! This week we have enjoyed the story ‘We’re Going on an Elf Chase’. We have worn elf hats and have found elves in our outdoor area and have loved making snowmen out of mashed potato! Some children went on a Santa and Elf Dash off-site down in Westbury and had a great time in the ‘snow’ showers getting messy! They all behaved really well and had lots of fun. Meanwhile the remaining children on site joined with Turtles for a lovely school garden session making Christmas decorations with Ruth.
Term 1 Report
We have had 6 new children join us in Stingrays this week. They have settled in so well and have been getting used to our environments and routines. We’ve enjoyed lots of messy play, singing songs, exploring instruments, painting and building. We have coped really well with new transitions on the buses and going to the hall for assembly and lunch. What a great week!
This week we have enjoyed den building outdoors. We have had a go at painting our own self-portraits and drawing with chalk outdoors. We are getting more used to our routines and the long school day! The adults are feeling really proud of us! During the week we have also had a go at some number challenges and making pizza faces! On Friday we had our first drumming session with Luke which we all enjoyed. Another busy week in Stingrays!
During week 3 the children have enjoyed a focus on the story of the Three Little Pigs – we’ve seen so much fantastic role play following on from our popular sensory story. We have also explored mark making in different media such as salt – some of us are super at writing our own names! We’ve enjoyed time outdoors even though the weather has been a bit rainy – we’ve practised our gross motor skills through lots of water painting outside.
This week we have enjoyed the sunnier weather and took a trip to visit the school garden – for the reception children this was their first visit! We learnt how to operate the water butt to fill up watering cans so that we could water the plants. We enjoyed spotting pumpkins and tomatoes! We have also had a focus on the story of The Gingerbread Man and took part in cutting out gingerbread men and then decorated them with raisins, chocolate drops and icing. We also had our first PE session of the year in the hall – the adults were very impressed with our efforts to get ourselves dressed and undressed! A very busy week in Stingrays!
We have focused on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! The children have enjoyed tasting some of the foods from the story, indicating which they liked and didn’t like. We have explored using knives to chop up fruits in the tuff tray and also used these to make our own painting using fruits to print the paint! Later in the week we enjoyed exploring conkers and rolling them down the guttering as we counted them. Our communication is improving all the time with lots of children using PECS to request with greater confidence! Super work!
We have enjoyed celebrating Harvest Festival. We invited our parents to come in and join in some harvest celebrations with us. We had fun printing with apples, apple bowling and apple bobbing! We have also been learning the story of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and have explored this in a sensory way.
This week we have focused on self-care skills. We have had opportunities to practice bathing our toy dolls, putting on dressing up clothes and hanging them up on a washing line. We have also enjoyed teeth cleaning activities (on laminated paper!) with real toothbrushes. Over the term we have made great progress with our independence skills such as washing hands and developing our toileting. Well done!