Ladybirds and bees

Sunday 17 June 2018

Our ladybird and bee activities were popular last week; children especially enjoyed sampling different types of honey and looking at real honeycomb. We talked about how bees make honey and how it is collected from hives. It was lovely to see lots of creative activities throughout the week. Children painted and drew some great pictures of ladybirds with spotty wings and stripy bees. Outside, we used some large rollers to explore painting with different colours and textures. This led to lots of talk about colour mixing as children used the rollers to paint over existing patterns with different colours. At the end of the week, children enjoyed creating a giant race track down the hill using pipes and guttering.

Week 3 – What are we learning this week?

Hopefully, children will have told you that we have some caterpillar visitors in Nursery. Well, we did last week! We’re hoping that they will have been busy making their cocoons over the weekend. This week, we will read one of our favourite stories – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

In the maths area, we will make caterpillars with repeating colour patterns and will use loose parts to create caterpillars of different lengths. We’ll learn about symmetry and experiment in the art area with ‘butterfly’ printing and colour mixing to make different shades of green. Our letter sound this week is ‘b’ for butterfly. Please listen to the Jolly Phonics song on-line and sing a long at home together.

Visit this website for a fun caterpillar counting and ordering game or this website for a simple game about symmetry.

Transition to Foundation Two

For those children that will join Foundation Two at Scholes, we have begun our transition activities to help to prepare them for September. Children are getting to know the staff, visiting the classrooms and playground and are beginning to go to assemblies in the hall with the older children. At lunch time, children are learning how to carry their tray carefully to the table without spilling their lunch or dropping their cutlery! They’re doing very well.  We’re talking to children positively about the changes ahead and we hope that this will help them to feel happy and secure about the move to ‘Big School’.