We enjoyed an exploration of the outdoor environment and the real experience of growing things outdoors after discussing sowing, growing and harvesting. This activity was a lovely opportunity to continue forming good relationships with our peers and part of a group. Watering, weeding and picking, involving teamwork, and self-control. Because we were working outside we took part in personal care and hygiene of our self’s – getting dressed, washing hands and our wellies . We Counted our bulbs and shared them out. We also measured how deep the holes were that we dug to plant the bulb according to the instructions on the label. Growing things outdoors involved lots of conversation and planning. When and how do we sow, feed and harvest? This activity was stimulated from our engagement and fascination in harvesting pumpkins and pulling up that turnip from the giant turnip story.
“The more risks you allow your children to make, the better they learn to look after themselves.” Roald Dahl We enjoyed our first-hand experience of holding and manipulating the screwdrivers. This activity was an excellent opportunity to develop our hand and eye coordination, fine motor skills and take a risk assessments of our actions. The children worked on a variety of levels being supported by Mrs Thomas. Some were able to directly apply pressure and twist in the screws theirs with support twisted in screws partly fitted to the pumpkin. It took concentration and stick ability to master this proses. Through being empowered to use real tools, by being given some responsibility and accomplish the task that the children found initially challenging, they have started to gain new skills and took pride in their efforts.
Today we played full Circle. We focused on sounding out the individual letters then blending the words together. We are building our confidence in this activity and are ready to try new words. Please see attached words in letters and sounds we will be using in preparation to reading fluently. When reading together we are sounding out words and blending them together, this experience is beneficial to early reading and will help us in our writing.
As a class we discussed fire safety in preparation to bonfire night. We watched bonfire safety tips from fireman Sam and talked about different fireworks, the noise, our experiences of bonfire night and how they are different chemical reactions. Mrs Thomas demonstrated what a chemical reaction was. We predicted what might happen then described it, as it took place.