Lots of new skills learned today; some different faces used the saw to create a tree cookie to decorate and others had a go at lighting a fire with some success! The children enjoyed using clay to make woodland animal footprints.
The new pile of soil that the builders gave us was really popular - both with digger play and in the mud kitchen (thank you!)
Down at the pond we spotted frogs, a waterlouse and a whirligig beetle.
We had lots of fun at today’s Forest School session.
We started by thinking about Autumnal changes - and went on a hunt for signs. After recapping on how to stay safe, the children were free to go off and explore.
Using a flint and steel was very popular today, with several children managing to persevere and get sparks...we even had a fire lit!
The children enjoyed balancing on the slack line, printing trees with broccoli, sawing, looking for frogs, making hedgehog pictures and playing in the mud kitchen.
Phonics and reading
Today you should have received a letter explaining all about how we teach phonics in school. In the letter I mentioned some videos that would be helpful for you to watch as they demonstrate the correct pronunciation of sounds. This will really help your children as you can help them at home and it would also be great if you asked them to teach you, they can then show off their new knowledge!
Here are the links to the videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s (Sound pronunciation)
http://www.phonicbooks.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/how-to-say-the-sounds-of-letters-in-synthetic-phonics/ (explanation of segmenting and blending)
If you have a questions please do ask,
The new climbing frame arrived!
There was great excitement this lunchtime when the new climbing frame was ready to use. Mr Lowe has spent the last 2 days building it for us and the children have been very patient and waiting for it to be ready. Today they could finally have a go!
Thought you might like to see their excited faces!
Our first music lesson
On Tuesday afternoons the children have a music lesson with Miss Reynolds. Today the children sang songs, wriggled, jiggled and learned to play the claves. They had lots of fun and listened really well. We are so proud of how well all the children are doing after only 4 days in school!