Today we borrowed the big box of microscopes we have on loan in school . We learnt the meaning of words and phrases such as magnify, lens, field of view, in focus, adjust, and blurry. It was fascinating how to see how things look different under the microscope, especially the dead fly!
As part of our learning about The Little Red Hen story we decided to see just how hard The Little Red Hen had to work when she made the bread. We enjoyed kneading the soft, warm dough and then we popped it into the fridge and left it to rise overnight. All ready for baking tomorrow!
Today we received our brand new water/sand/sensory trays. The children could not wait another moment! They quickly filled them with warm water and got down to the serious business of water play straight away!
Water play releases energy, it can be both invigorating or relaxing and calming for young children. It increases their ability to concentrate on one activity when presented as a tranquil and repetitive activity (scooping, pouring and running their hands through the water). Gentle water play allows them to unwind, order their thoughts and relax.
Water Play also gives so many opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills across all the age ranges. Children will improve their hand eye coordination through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing.
It also encourages role play and crucial social skills like cooperation and sharing. They learn to work with one another, to take turns and share the space and accessories with their friends.
WE LOVE OUR NEW TRAYS!
On our first day back to school after the Easter holiday we played a game of Friendship Bingo. We talked about how it is important to have friends. It is great to be able to get on well with other people and have friends to play with. Making and keeping friends is not always easy, our bingo game helped us think about how to make friends and what to do if we quarrel with our friends. We all agreed that to have a good friend, you need to be a good friend!