We have had a very busy week in Beavers. As well as settling into our new classroom, we have been celebrating Chinese New Year and Shrove Tuesday.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – We have been getting used to our new environment and new routines. We have all adapted very well and are enjoying having more space to explore and learn. We have enjoyed lots of sensory experiences linked to our celebrations. This included trying noodles and pancakes, developing the skills of using a knife, fork and spoon and using our senses to explore.
Creative and Physical Development – We have used our creative skills to create pieces of artwork linked to Chinese New Year. We are learning to make choices linked to what colours we want to use and how we want to create our pictures. We enjoyed our music lesson with Bev and love to dance to lots of different types of music. We had our last swimming session of the term. We are constantly becoming more confident in the water. We are able to get in and out of the water independently and are getting better at floating and moving around in the water.
Communication and Language – We are continuously developing our communication skills using ALD’s, pictures, symbols and words. This week we used ALDs to help us to make choices with our artwork and we took part in daily Attention Autism and Sensory story sessions. We have enjoyed our new book corner this week and are beginning to develop independence when accessing books and are learning to use them appropriately. We have enjoyed making marks in different ways including using pens, chalk and the Interactive Whiteboard.
Problem Solving – We always enjoy problem solving activities. This week we have enjoyed exploring Numicon in water, play dough and rice. Our adults model counting and using mathematical vocabulary to help us to develop our number and problem solving skills. We have lots of puzzles and toys that help us to develop our problem solving skills. These include jigsaws, pegs, posting and ring stackers.