Library books to be returned on Mondays
Dear Parents and Carers,
For the last two weeks, the Home Learning Activities are aimed at the children who have not returned to school. These activities mirror the ones that are being done in school. Thank you to all the parents who are supporting their children at home.
Summer Term Second Half Term
Well, what a change!
Many of the tadpoles have developed into froglets, with both back and front legs. They still have their tails, but they are getting shorter. The froglets have been exploring the pond and are now getting ready to leave. We have made a wooden bridge for them to make things easier but they seem to be quite happy with crawling up the side and jumping out!
Where are they going?
Goodbye little froglets, take care.
We hope you find a safe new home.
While the School is Closed
Just before the school closed a kind teaching assistant, with a keen interest in nature, brought in some frog spawn. The eggs hatched over the next few days and the children were amazed at the sight of the tiny tadpoles wriggling about.
When the school closed the little tadpoles made the journey to my house. They are now happily swimming about in their new mini-pond.
You could find out some tadpole and frog facts.
What do tadpoles eat?
Do they have teeth?
How long does it take for them to change into a frog?
What are baby frogs called?
What do frogs eat?
What do tadpoles and frogs drink?
Do they sleep?
Let's wish the little creatures the best of luck!
Monday 6th April
The tadpoles are loving it in the sunny weather. They seem to be eating all the time and they are certainly growing.
I noticed some birds, particularly a blackbird, taking an interest in the tadpoles so I've covered the pond with a net to keep them safe.
Can you find out -
What are the natural predators of the tadpole?
What does the word, predator, mean?
Meet the frog family!
Make up a story about their adventures.
Monday 20th April
The tadpoles are doing well. They have now got much bigger and have mottled heads. They seem to be eating non-stop and my pond is the cleanest it's been in a long time.
I have been observing them closely, but no legs yet.
Today, a magpie landed on the edge of the pond. Was he thirsty or looking for some food?
Monday 18th May
It has taken a while, but now I have seen some of the bigger tadpoles with short back legs. They are not using the legs yet, but continue to use their tails. Recently, they have been feeding furiously and I hope you can tell that they have grown.
I have had to keep a close eye on the pond because a neighbourhood cat has been visiting and peering in. So far, the tadpoles have stayed safe.
Spring Term First Half
The Skippers have been getting excited about Numbers. They really enjoyed Number Day. Look how smart they look in their number clothes.
We learnt a new number song, played number games with students from Townsend School and made number biscuits.
See if you can spot numbers with your children when out and about.
Which is the biggest number?
To complement our story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the children invited their own teddies in for the morning. All the teddies worked very hard and they had fun meeting 'Old Bear'.
Can you spot any differences between the old and the new teddies?
Happy New Year to all the Skippers.
This week we started exploring shapes. The children found circles, rectangles, triangles and squares in different parts of the Nursery. When you next pop in, look up at all the triangles on the girders. You can hunt for shapes with your children at home and name them. We then had fun printing with different shapes and got all messy!
The garage in the Home Corner is very popular with the children. There are lots of opportunities for speaking, listening and writing in the office area and children are 'building' their own cars using our Simple City program.
Welcome back to the Skippers
The Skippers are working hard on their maths. This week we have been threading numeral cards and playing snap on the interactive white board. Snap is a great game to play at home. We worked with the numbers 1-5 but you could go higher if your child is confident.
The children had fun this week mark making on the chalk boards. We also have chalk boards outside and the children can chalk on the floor in the garden too.
Finally, look at our tree! The Skippers were very excited to have a real tree in class. We talked about what it was growing in and how we had to take care of it. The children noticed that the leaves were changing colour and we are going to link the changes to what we observe in Forest School later this month.
The Skippers had a great morning at Forest School. The children explored many areas of the school grounds and they observed the signs of Winter. We enjoyed a very noisy story in the story hut and had fun in the fallen leaves. To finish off, we had a 'traditional' hot chocolate in the Forest School area.
A big thank you to all our helpers.
Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
Autumn Term First Half
A warm welcome to all the new Skippers who started this week. They are all settling in well and they are enjoying learning both inside and outside. The climbing frame is very popular with all the children and they are improving their gross motor skills by climbing, balancing and sliding. You can support this by lots of visits to the park.
Last week I visited all the children at home and I would like to thank the parents for being so welcoming and for helping me get to know their children.
The Skippers are exploring 3D shapes.