20th-24th March ~ Spring is sprung! 🐣

Spring finally arrived this week with spells of warm sun, short sharp showers, rainbows and blustery breezes. Bumblebees have been embracing springtime indoors and out. We began making our Easter cards, exploring making marks in different ways.

We used collage to make a Spring chick.

We have enjoyed exploring outside. Climbing, running and bouncing help develop our gross motor skills.

6th-10th March: Colour Monsters, Music, Stories and SNOW!

Though this week was cut short due to snowfall, we still managed to fit lots of fun and learning into three days

We have started to explore our feelings using the book ‘The Colour Monster’. We have started this by introducing the yellow colour monster, ‘happiness’. We have looked at photos of children who are happy and have used a mirror to learn about our own expressions of happiness. We also painted a picture of the yellow colour monster, making choices about which painting tool we wanted to use.

We have continued our ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ sensory story. We are learning to join in and engage with the story, enjoying the different textures and sensory experiences. We have also been developing our play skills, playing with the cars and trains and learning to play alongside each other, sharing the toys.

Some of us have been developing several skills during 1:1 activities with an adult. We used our fine motor skills during a mark-making activity with chalks, and chose which colours we wanted to use. We communicated to the adult with symbols whether we wanted ‘more’ of the activity, or had ‘finished’.

On Wednesdays, Bev visits us for a music session, she brings lots of fun instruments for us to try. Bev sang a train song and a song about Mothers Day, we played along on the instruments and clapped. This week’s favourite instrument was the xylophone.

We’re going on a bear hunt (27th Feb to 3rd March)

This week we celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and we practised many different skills whilst having lots of fun. Some of us used art to create the different parts of the story using paint and collage. Some of us liked the feel of the paint on our hands and some of us enjoyed playing in the water.

We created our own bear hunt as a bare foot walk. Some of us enjoyed walking through the different materials, experiencing the feeling of the different textures on our feet and some of us preferred to watch.

We brought our favourite teddies into school and had a teddy bear’s picnic. We sat very well at the table, eating our snacks.

We all took part in a ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ sensory story. This helps us to concentrate and enjoy the story and to have different sensory experiences like feeling the water and the wavy grass on our skin. We also enjoyed making our own bear cave in the classroom and mark making using mud on the wall outside. We discovered that we could use a paintbrush in the mud and make marks.

Bryan was our Superstar of the week ⭐️