We hope all our Bumblebee families are having a great time at home. Our ever changing weather certainly keeps us on our toes, but we have had plenty of sunshine so hopefully you have been able to get out, and perhaps meet up with family members in gardens and parks.
The Bumblebees’ team are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our Summer term topic, which is “Flowers and Insects”. There will be an abundance of creativity in this topic, sourced from sensory, imaginative and art resources. We will of course continue to work on communication, physical and personal independence targets.
Our first text will be ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. There are quite a few resources available online. We are going to show the children the story and there are also songs relating to the book, or just caterpillars. You might like to have a look at these and enjoy them with your child.
With only 2 weeks until Easter, preparations have began within the Bumblebees Class. We’ve started listening to our favourite Easter songs, learning all about the letter ‘E’, as part of our Phonics sessions and also started some Easter Sensory Arts & Crafts.
All our Bumblebees are having so much fun, we thought you may want to join in at home as well. Below are some ways you can bring Easter to life through your child’s senses.
With the fantastic news that more of our friends at Oakwood will be joining us back at school soon, we thought it was important to remind our Bumblebees of some favourite ‘cue’ songs that allow our busy bees to transition for one activity to another.
Consistency, repetition and familiarity are very important in making our little ones feel safe, secure and in control of their environment.
No matter the theme, topic or skill, our ‘cue’ songs remain the same. So, when things are different around our Bumblebees (World Book Week, Themed days, Celebrations) our ‘cue’ songs bring them back on track.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy listening to some of our ‘cue’ songs. We hope you love them as much as we do.
A skill we are focusing on with all our Bumblebees is; following the lead of an adult; especially when tidying up. All the little ears in the classroom respond to this song.
The next one is a favourite one for us all; OUR LUNCHTIME SONG.
After our bellies are nice and full and we have had a great play outside, we come back together and say ‘Good Afternoon’.
Towards the end of the day, when the learning & fun comes to an end, we sit together and enjoy some softer, calmer, quieter songs to end the enjoyable day and say ‘Goodbye’ to our friends.
And then another school day has ended. A day where new memories have been made, new experiences carried out and new learning embedded.
***We know our busy bees learn through experience, touch and feel. So, below are a few sensory activities you could also try.
***Fancy getting hands on and being able to eat it afterwards? Below are some Toy Story inspired recipes. DON’T FORGET your good waiting whilst the food is cooking and good sharing when taking turns in mixing the ingredients.
Can you copy an adult and stir the mixture? How about pouring some of the ingredients in to the mixing bowl?
***After all that making and baking, how about you sit back, relax and enjoy our favourite song from the movie; ‘You’ve got a friend in me’.
On Friday 5th March we will be dressing up as our favourite Toy Story Characters. You can join in too… I wonder who you will be? We can’t wait to see all your pictures sent through to email@example.com.
Always remember it’s not about the outcome, but about the process and the fun!
This week in school, the focus is on Celebrations. We have some wonderful celebrations coming up that we will be exploring in school. Maybe our Bumblebees at home would like to explore some of these too?
Chinese New Year – 12/02/21
Valentine’s Day – 14/02/21
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day) – 16/02/21
Chinese New Year
Xin Nian Hao and Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone who is celebrating the New Year. This year it is the year of the Ox.
Many people, around the world, traditionally will be celebrating the New Year through good food, fireworks, traditional dance, brighten up with colour and share their wealth with family & friends.
Whether you are at home or in school, let’s join in with the celebrations.
Let’s start by listening to a song all about the New Year. Do you have a drum at home you can bang to the music? Or even a pan and spoon? Let’s make some noise and celebrate the festival.
You can even make some foil sparklers at home and shake them to the music.