The children in Room 3 have been busy having lots of spooky fun this week. We had our own (home grown!) pumpkin patch in class and enjoyed exploring the story of ‘Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin Picking Plan’. We went jumping in leaves after sweeping them up, had lots of fun picking the perfect pumpkin while taking in the sights and smells of the patch then it rolled all the way home! The children particularly liked our very interactive spooky singing session. We have explored lots of interesting toys and objects which might dance, sing, light up or blow bubbles – some amazing visual and auditory tracking has been happening. Halloween messy play was a big hit…we tried out jelly, gloop, spaghetti and rice crispies – some of us even tried it out with our feet! We participated in the school pumpkin carving competition and took great delight in getting hands on with a drill to make a starry night pumpkin. Everyone looked fantastic in their costumes on the big day itself and we even celebrated a Halloween birthday. Well done Room 3 for your very active participation.
This week the pupils in Room 3 came back to school and some of our pupils celebrated their first day of Primary One.
We explored the story ‘First Day at Bug School’ and the children engaged so well as we moved through the different classes that the bugs attend! We started the story and went through the grass (Pom Poms helped set the scene!) then listened to the ‘tiny school bell ring’ which took us into bug school. We started by doing the register where we hid under the cloths before pulling them off our heads just like we do in our class! In Spider science class we loved watching the water fall down the spout (there was quite a lot of splashing too!), in Ladybird maths class we spun the spinner before listening to/feeling on body counting to the same number, in PE class we worked hard to push the huge gym ball off our trays and it was so much fun to watch it bounce across the classroom and music class with the Crickets was a huge hit too! Almost as much fun as a day at Orchard Brae.
We are super impressed with how quickly the children have settled into the school routine for the first time/after the long holidays and are very excited for all the learning ahead of us in Room 3 this year.
The beginning of summer is upon us! As we head into the final stretches of the school year, everyone should take time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year. What worked? What flopped? How can you improve for next year? What from your old job will you bring to your new one? What must you definitely leave behind?
However, when we take time to reflect on our year and take stock of how we’ve grown and changed, we are more able to acknowledge the gifts of this passage and harvest our own learning for the future.
Let’s find out together our best moments.
Technology is fun!
All children in Room 11 have been participating in language and numeracy lessons and have been encouraged to use technology. Some children in our class use switch to operate a range of educational programmes, some use touch screen to navigate pages and the other ones are really good at using eye gaze to wider their experiences and develop communication skills.
We all like our sessions as they are fun!
The children in class 10 have been learning to identify cards in a pack and how to work together as a team in a game. We are then going to work on learning a card game to play with our friends and families.
The pupils in Room 4 have been very busy exploring maths in a range of fun and practical ways. They have been exploring water and different coloured foams, and enjoyed working on measuring, weighing and comparing them as well as sorting by colour.
We regularly play maths games in groups and with partners in room 10 to consolidate some of our learning from our maths lessons and to make maths fun.
In these pictures we are using non-standard measures, calculators and some of the mathematical language we know.
The pupils in Room 2 have been working extremely hard on their book study of ‘The Colour Monster’. The poor Colour Monster is all mixed up, his colours are all over the place and therefore his feelings are too.
We explored each colour and feeling by initially doing Sensology work exploring objects of each colour and listening to pieces of music, mainly classical, which helped create the appropriate atmosphere. After this we did a BIG art session for each colour and feeling which was so much fun!
When we explored yellow and happiness, we used our favourite art techniques. We rolled balls down ramps, crinkled cellophane, used the salad spinners, shook pasta in a metal tin, painted with beads – each child used their favourite technique before happily exploring those of their friends. There were SO many smiles in class!
Blue brought the feeling of sadness and we did watery art. We were all amazed to listen to, feel and look at what happened when we blew straws into bubbly water! We also sprayed paint from bottles and made incredible marble prints.
During our angry, red session we made lots and lots of noise! We stamped our feet in the paint as hard as we could and banged on drums and cymbals…paint went flying everywhere!
As we discovered about black and fear, we made ‘scary’ creatures scurry over our bodies before dipping their feet in black paint and make them scurry over our paper! Some pupils were mesmerised while we dropped the heavy, clanking chain onto the floor after dipping it in paint and there was some amazing requesting for ‘more’.
There was a lovely, gentle atmosphere in class when we explored green and calm. We made balloons fall from a height and beautiful patterns from gymnastics ribbons made beautiful marks on our paper. A definite highlight was waving the big green cloth to create a textured collage; we started off by waving it gently although many pupils communicated that they liked it going fast fast fast!
We are very proud of our pupils for their fantastic engagement and new learning from this project. We will check back in with the last little bit of our Colour Monster book study work before the end of term!
The morning children at Ashgrove have been very busy learning about vegetables. They went on a shopping trip to select and purchase the ingredients required for making soup. Once back at Nursery they had the opportunity to explore and cut the vegetables in our interest table. Some children were particularly engaged and interested. They were able to make and taste the soup during snack. To extend their interest and learning they were given the opportunity to make lovely pictures using the vegetables.
Room 12’s Post Office
As part of our school topic “Our World of Work”, we have been looking at Post Offices and have set up our own one in the classroom!
We have been given some resources for role play from one of the local Post Offices and have been using them to write our own postcards to people in school, posting them and delivering them.
We have been using stampers and stamps, envelopes and parcels. We have been exchanging items for money at the till and taking turns to be the cashier. We have been learning how Post Offices work and the journey of a letter from writing it to its delivery. We have listened to stories relating to letters and postmen/women and used everything we have learned to role play and have fun at the Room 12 Post Office!
More photos to come!!