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Our Topics are based around adult led tasks and child initiated, we will be watching the children operate independently as well as guiding them to work in a formal manner.

 

Your input and home observations are invaluable, so please share anything of interest or significance whilst we work through our Topics in the children's Tapestry Learning Journals.

 

Our Topics:

 

Term 1      Harvest

                 Food.

 

 

The children have started the term very excited about our new Topic as many of them have been watching the Harvest in progress, the boys have been particularly excited. We have read books about harvest time, how the fields are planted up what grows in them and how the giant combine harvester cuts the corn. The children have started making natural pictures with gathered items off the field, planted up trees and tried fruit that grows in the orchards that are harvested later in the year. We have used wheels from farm toys to make pictures and apples to assist in our number work.

 

The first week of our Topic Fields
The children gathered natural resourses
Inside we will make pictures to support our Topic
Lets look at what we have gathered
The children chose the items they wanted
Making natural pictures
The younger children access the same
Fruits that are Harvested
Lets look at and name the fruits and try them
Tree planting
What do we need to make things grow (water)
The children listen to the story Harvest Time
All the children listen with interest
The group participate in recall
Patterns
The tractor wheels are used to form patterns
Choosing colours
The Harvested Fruits are used in number work
Matching
Number recognition
Planting Cress
The Cress will be use when harvested in a sandwich
The children put the Cress in the green house
Creative Letters
B for Barley
Jack decorates it with cherrios stems
Bread making in a machine and manually
Linking numbers to cooking
Zac adds the ingredients
The children take turns to stir
Kneading by hand the children have great fun
How many rolls can i make
Sapphire counts 2 into my hand
The bread is out of the oven
Zac enjoys eating his bread roll
Today we have set up the table with printing
Our printing items are fruit and vegetables
The 2 younger children experience the same
The children are so excited it's fun
The younger children try all the colours out
The harvested pumpkins have been scooped out
The pumpkins have jelly set in each one
Pumpkin creative bags
Zac cuts out his ghost for his bag
The children enjoy spooning the jelly in and out
Imogen loves the orange coloured jelly

This terms Topic has now come to the end, the children have thoroughly enjoyed the activities especially the bread making and finishing with our pumpkin messy play and craft bags, which they said would be used for Trick and Treating.​​ As a professional its been very rewarding to see how the younger members of the group have enjoyed and participated in the same play and activities as the older children, giving valuable information to their Learning Journals. With careful planning all children can access the same activities and have the same amount of fun.

 
 

 

 
 

 

Term 2.    Diwali

                Bonfire night /Autumn

                Christmas Makes

 

This term the children will be looking at culture difference and the Festival of Light, how we celebrate the New Year in many different ways. We will then make fireworks with the children as many will go to displays with their families.

This will then lead us into Christmas Makes, we will spend weeks with the famous fairy dust (glitter), glue and coloured card where the children will be so excited with the run up to Christmas. The advent calendar will give the children daily activities, jobs to do and treats, in the past this has been very successful. Our letter to Father Christmas from the Children will be posted on the 6/12/2015 and we await our response.

Imogen makes her Catherine Wheel firework
The children paint there plates green
Rolling marbles for patterns
Jack rolls the marbles to form fire like patterns
We make a bonfire picture
The brown card forms the logs
Our hand are like the flames coming from the fire
Texture awareness
Yellow painted hand to form our pictures
Poppy adds the orange to her flames
Even the younger members can participate
William enjoys the feel of paint
Let's all look at the Diwali festival of light
The children make candles using CD disks
We put glitter around the edges
The children add jewels to the disks
Tea lights are put in the centre for decoration
We make sparklers
Tin foil make really good sparklers
Some use pipe cleaners to decorate them
Let's look at our finished craft ideas
Autumn Fun.
Leaf Gathering
The children gather their own leaves
Let's turn our leaves into pictures
Isla makes a peacock
We turn the leaves into wings
We all talk about the colours of the leaves
Imogen makes hers too
Seth makes a tree with leaves
Our communication and memory book
We look at the things gathered outside
The children give their input
Our Autumn Tree
After gathering the leaves we paint them
Ellie looks at the prints from the leaves
Ordering cards
Our cards have an Autumn theme to put into size
Cheerios threaded on pipe cleaners
Linking our bird feeders with number work
Fine motor skill work
Our plant pot bird feeders
Isla attaches the fat ball to her feeder

Well the first term has now come to an end with our Christmas party which took place in the school hall. The children really enjoyed the company of the older children and we celebrated together all of our Christmas makes, our place mats and crowns. The children's letters to Father Christmas were posted off and I'm sure they received all they had asked for well done.

Let's all have fun together
Look at the hats we have made
I love the Christmas crackers
Look at our place mats
Annabelle enjoys the fun
We love the Christmas music

The Spring Term

 

This term we are going to do Nursery Rhymes looking at colours, shapes, numbers, and Literacy.

 

 

We love the story Baa Baa Black Sheep
Can you help me draw a sheep
How many wheels for our Bus
Let's paint it red William
What sounds can we hear on the Bus
Zac you draw the wheels on our picture
We can make lots of different sounds
Who's for a ride
I can make a sheep from a plate
So can i
We can help with that story
I like this one better
Look I can put the animals in separate fields
Stamford anyone
Let's make our own buses to take home
I can do a pattern on mine
Little Miss Muffet looks good doesn't she
Mine too and my spider
I like her yellow jumper

Term 6

This term we have planned to cover Mini Beasts, the children will be looking at the habitat of insects before making ladybirds, bees, butterflies and caterpillars. They will be making sunflowers, trying natural honey and watching caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies before letting them go in our meadow. All our 7 areas of leaning will be evident throughout the topic.

Seth makes binoculars to find the mini beasts
How many can you find
Imogen finds a Bee
We find an insect in the nursery
The children make a home out of sawdust
We try and make a caterpillar trail
Zac counts the correct amount of spots
Let's put more things in the tray
Imogen makes a ladybird home with mud rock
The children paint the homes brown
Will we all make a ladybird
Seth helps to paint the bee hive
Look at our bee
The girls try the natural honey
Imogen makes her sunflower
Scarlett and Alexander listen with interest
To the nursery rhyme incy wincy spider
Sienna put her spider on the blocks
The children look at symmetry
Can we make our own pattern
Let's all move like insects
The children make caterpillars from salt dough
Seth paints his caterpillar
Lovely flubber and spiders
We have made snails using sponge and now the trail
William brings in a real snail to observe
Our caterpillars have now turned into butterflies
We all go to the meadow
Look at butterfly released into the wild again
What a successful topic the children have really enjoyed this one, they have all worked hard in producing some lovely and creative pieces of work.

space.

 

The children enjoyed learning about space, some had visited the space centre in Leicester and the parents really appreciated us following the children's interests. We then purchased a light table, the children talked about how they could build a rocket from the different shapes.

Spring 

 

With spring around the corner we have looked at how the changes are happening in the environment, the children have made their own pictures with blossom finger painting. We also played a game on the 4 seasons and talked about the words at the top of each card (French).

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