As I walked around the Early Years this week, I observed some amazing teaching and learning going on. F1 were learning an ‘Animal Boogie’ from the story and all got up to name and move like the animals. They went on to look at animals and buildings that were tall and short.
F2 got a new pet goldfish. Everyone learnt about how to be careful and look after it. This was just like the rabbit in our PSHE story last week. Elsa the elephant was not kind and caring towards her friends so Miss Beanie the class teacher would not let her help take care of the class rabbit.
The Gingerbread Man found a new home in the F3 classrooms and everyone had the opportunity to create their own using a variety of different skills. Some children sewed around the edges, some drew and cut him out and others decorated him with lots of patterns. They are really starting to develop their fine motor skills and some children are becoming really confident at using the scissors.
One of the things I would like to take out of this week is that we are caring. At BVIS one of our Golden Rules says that we should be caring towards each other. This not only means helping a friend if they fall over or feel sad but also by sharing, taking turns with the toys and using our kind words on each other. We can only learn to look after pets or animals once the teacher knows we can be kind to each other.
Children can learn a number of life lessons from having a pet and the F2 children have been learning about some of these this week.
- Responsibility - Caring for a pet is a great way for children to learn responsibility by letting them feed it or by encouraging them to help clean it out each day or every week.
- Healthy eating and diet - They need to feed them the appropriate food and cannot, for example, give them candy or chocolate. Some animals will get sick if you feed them the wrong food. Some animals will also get overweight, if they are not engaged in regular exercise.
- Behavioural awareness - The children can’t be too noisy around pets or handle them to roughly as they will get upset. Animals respond in different ways when they are distressed including things, like biting or running round in circles.
- How to cope with loss - Animals have a much shorter lifespan than people do. If your pet at home dies, this will be an invaluable experience for your child and will prepare your child for life. Try to pay a tribute to their pet by drawing a picture, lighting a candle or by saying a goodbye prayer.
Alongside the things above, they will also be gaining confidence at looking after a goldfish as they have had the experience at school. The children decided to name the goldfish ‘Banana’ which they all found very funny. Everyone enjoyed the idea of having ownership of the goldfish as a whole class.
The Nursery Rhyme Week also went well this week and we are pleased to say that we all enjoyed learning some new words and rhymes. Some of the older rhymes were a lot harder to remember but the tunes were very catchy. Please don’t forget to try some of them out at home.
Ms Julie Walton
Head of Early Years