The F1 children have been having a fabulous time learning about what it’s like to be a farmer and what different animals live on a farm. When I visited the class one day, they were on the astro turf pitch with the wheel barrows pretending to dig up vegetables and herding the sheep and other animals around. The children have learnt lots of fantastic new vocabulary and songs in both English and Vietnamese.
As part of this learning, they were taught the importance of caring for animals. They know they have to be gentle with the animals and that they need feeding and cleaning. Some of the animals produce things that we can eat such as milk and eggs and they have had fun pretending to milk the cow and hatch the hen’s eggs. They have also been learning about how to grow things by planting seeds.
Every day, the teachers have been putting out activities that support not only their physical development by scooping and pouring but also their sensory skills by allowing them to feel and touch the different objects. Their sensory tray has included rice, beans, soil, sand, cornflour, dough, gloop and straw. The children have really enjoyed exploring the different media. It is vital for the children at this age to have as many opportunities as possible to develop their senses through activities involving their vision, taste, smell and touch. This helps to develop their brain’s ability to receive, interpret and effectively use information.
Some of these websites will give you some ideas on sensory activities that you can easily do at home with your children.
A great video to show you what a child under 2 is learning from sensory activities:
10 Simple Sensory Activities for Toddlers video
The children are all practicing hard for the Christmas Performance and the Early Years has been buzzing with the sound of music and singing every day. Please do keep checking Class Dojo for any notifications and try to help your child by practicing the words at home. Letters have gone out this week, explaining what clothes you need to send in for your child. Please do read this letter and try to send these clothes into school as soon as possible. F3 also have had letters about the lines that they will be saying. If you have any questions about this performance or anything that you are unsure of, please do ask the class teacher or send them a quick message on Class Dojo. We are really looking forward to seeing you all at this performance on Wednesday 12th December. If you are unable to attend then please do try to send another family member or friend in your place so that your child has someone to support them on the day.
Miss Julie Walton
Head of Early Years