The children in Otter Class have been working very hard since coming back from their half term break. We kicked off the week with our new Art topic – Printing and Textiles, investigating materials and pattern. They children have been focusing on ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ materials, exploring which is more effective for printing in paint. We enjoyed exploring the sensory materials bag before looking at ‘hard apples’ and ‘soft bananas’ – seeing how well we could print with each fruit. The children were happy to investigate each fruit but worked out very quickly that it was easier to print with the apple, rather than the banana.
We had a lovely swimming session this week. The children practised floating on their backs and pouring water with the various pool equipment and toys. The children were extremely independent in entering the water safely and are beginning to anticipate the end of the session using the shower cue.
Carrying on with our Healthy Eating topic, the children are focusing on apples, bananas and lemons this half term. Most of the children remembered what they needed to do during this session and showed excitement when first presented with the lesson materials. It was lovely to watch the children try new foods and begin to independently request the fruit using their preferred communication method; object of reference, symbols or Makaton signing.
We have also continued with our Snow Bear story for our Ice Worlds topic! The children are still practising their comprehension skills by matching the symbols to the pages in the book and are beginning to show good progress. After the story, we enjoyed exploring ice and some frozen watermelon slices!