Posts Tagged ‘EYFS’
Monday, June 10th, 2013
We started our new learning topic today, ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’. We are investigating the seaside – what you do there and what you see there.
To get us started we developed our outside area into a seaside scene. We created rock pools, cliffs, a sandy shore, beach huts, the bottom of the ocean and a camp site.
Take a look at our photos to see us in action.
Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Well, we had no idea we had so many mini ballroom stars! The ball was great fun, all the children looked fab-u-lous and followed Miss Hickisson’s instructions brilliantly. Thank you to all our grown ups who came to take part, we noticed quite a few twinkle toes amongst you too! Take a look at a few of the photos. Can you spot the fab Mrs James dressed as Mr James? And the wonderful Miss Hickisson teaching dance moves to over a hundred of us !!!
So, why did we do this? The Foundation Team were challenged to deliver three creative days of teaching and learning by Mr Boxall using our mystery box object. We had a photo of the 1995 Montgomery Combine School Ballroom Dancing Team, coached by our very own Miss Hickisson, and this put us in the mood for dancing. After watching the YouTube video of Matt Harding (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvdivB5kTUU ) we explored lots of different styles of dancing and thought about how dancing made us feel. It seemed only right to finish our three creative days with a grand ball where we showed off our fancy steps.
The children, staff and the childrens’ grown ups had a fun time together but what did we learn?
The three days really focused on the 3 Prime Areas of the EYFS curriculum.
- Communication and Language – the children had the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. They also practiced their speaking and listening skills following Miss Hickisson’s dance steps.
- Physical Development - the activities in the week provided the children opportunities to be active and interactive. Also to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement skills. The dance steps challenged some of the adults too!
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development – did you see the smiles on the children’s faces at the ball? The experience helped the children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others. They were encouraged to form positive relationships and develop respect for others by taking turns, partnering each other and working together to create dance routines. This also developed their social skills and their understanding appropriate behaviour in groups. The whole experience provided the opportunity to have confidence in their own abilities.
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Inspired by our mystery box photo (see our previous post) we have been dancing our socks off all over the place! We have been learning dance moves with Miss Hickisson, making costumes and putting on dance shows. We even had fun judging with score cards, SEVEN! There was a show inside and a Festival of Dance outside.
We can’t wait until our ball on Friday. Are you coming to learn a few ballroom dance moves? Be there at 2pm ready to put your best foot forward!
Friday, May 24th, 2013
What an amazing afternoon.
Two days of anticipation. 13 Boxes across 13 classes. All with mystery objects inside!
Now begins the challenge to plan the most creative learning experiences possible from each object.
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
We started our week by watching a film clip of Disney’s ‘Ugly Bug Ball’. We loved the little cartoon and funny song. It inspired us to get creative and dress up as Ugly Bugs off to the ball. We used our dressing up clothes, props and fabrics to create mini-beast costumes. All dressed up we then enjoyed dancing to classical music, just like a real ball. We also took it in turns to be the ball’s Official Photographer, taking photos of our friends in all their bug inspired finery. Some children extended their learning by using these photos in a writing task. Such fun!!!
Thursday, May 16th, 2013
We’re going on a bug hunt,
We’re going to catch a small one,
What a chilly day,
We’re not scared!
Oh wow a worm,
A wiggly squiggly worm!
Today we went on a mini beast hunt. Using magnifying glasses to investigate our outside area we discovered a worm, a spider, a caterpillar, an ant, a slug, a daddy long legs AND a bee. Using our writing skills we recorded every bug we spotted and stuck the list up on our mini beast display.
Next we built an area to attract more mini beasts. We filled pots with wood chips, made log and rock piles, and turned containers upside down to give bugs places to live and hide. We even used our old fruit snack scraps as food to attract mini beasts. We have closed the area off the area for a few days to give the mini beasts a chance to move in. We can’t wait to investigate on Monday.
Monday, May 13th, 2013
This morning Red and Blue Groups walked (very sensibly) to Devon Wildlife Trust’s Cricklepit Mill and met Paul Martin. Paul showed us around the mill’s garden and told us all about the local wildlife. We had a great time exploring and discovering what attracts the huge variety of wildlife to the garden. We spotted birds, bees, butterflies and bluebells amongst many other things. We were fascinated by the leat and were lucky enough to see the mill’s water wheel in action.
Thank you Paul!
The children returned to school eager to look for mini-beasts in our own school wildlife garden. We will be using the experience as inspiration for this week’s writing activity. The children will be writing a whole class ‘We’re Going on a Bug Hunt’. You will be able to see it on display on our Open Learning Day Thursday 23rd May. We will also be performing our Mini Beast Maths song.
Friday, May 10th, 2013
Our wonderful Lead Learners have been hard at work, documenting all that goes on in school in the Monty Magpie – our e-zine.
New and future editions can be found on our newsletters page.
We really hope you enjoy them.
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
The weather today was extremely windy . So we packed away our equipment (that was being blown about quite a bit!) and got our ribbons and scarves out to play with. There was lots of running, skipping, twirling and whirling. Plus LOTS of fun and laughter.
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Our focus book this week is Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. A well known story that many of the children brought home in their Book Trust bags at the start of the school year.
To get to know the story we role played it in our outdoor area. We went through the long wavy grass, a deep cold river, thick oozy mud, a big dark forest, a swirling whirling snowstorm and a narrow gloomy cave. When we found the bear in the cave, we got a fright and ran away.
Can you tell the story using our photos?