What an amazing first half term it's been in Dosbarth Porffor!
We've been busy getting to know eachother and exploring everything that's been on offer - with incredible energy and enthusiasm! It's little wonder that your little ones have been returning home tired out!
Things have looked a little different this year, in light of the ongoing Corona Virus Pandemic. What a 'big ask' it was for the children to accept their teachers wearing ppe in class! Facemasks, visors, plastic aprons and gloves have now become the norm. Hands have been regularly sanitized and toys and equipment thoroughly cleansed after use - all necessary measures to keep everyone safe.
Despite being in such strange times, every effort has been made to ensure that our 'newbies' have had an enjoyable a start at Riverbank. So far, so good!
We have been learning to recognise our thumb and first finger as these help us to say 'yes' or 'good' and help us point at things we want - two vital gestures in developing early communication skills.
Here's a video that your child may enjoy watching that introduces our fingers as characters.
We made a lovely big plum tree together for Tommy Thumb to hide in and had great fun feeling, counting and eating lots of juicy plums - you could do the same at home.
Careful of the stone inside - you could plant it in your garden and grow your own plum tree!
We watched The Very Hungry Caterpillar and looked out for the plum tree in the story (see below).
Hey ho! Down we go!
We've been very busy practising our mark making skills in class - we are learning to sing 'Hey ho! Down we go!' as we make top to bottom marks in the air with our Peter Pointer finger.
Some of us have been making marks in pen and paint on paper, in chalk on our huge chalkboards and on our interactive whiteboard. You could have a go at home too.
You could try making circular marks too and sing 'Hey ho! Around we go!'
Can you build a tall clock with boxes at home too? You could use your Peter Pointer finger to be the mouse running up and down your clock.
Here's a video of the nursery rhyme - don't forget to say 'tick tock'!
We have been learning about autumn leaves falling down too!
We've had a great time exploring our Magical Sensory Garden at school and have delighted in collecting golden leaves as they've tumbled to the ground in our very own little boxes. Back in class we've sorted and counted our leaves and enjoyed sticking them on paper to make pictures.
Look at the photo below - who is making a leaf angel on the ground? Do you remember?
Maybe you could collect some leaves when you next go to the park?
Have fun walking through the crunchy leaves!
Can you catch a falling leaf and put it in your pocket?
We learned a song about autumn leaves.....(to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
'Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down...
Autumn leaves are falling down, to the ground!'
Here is another song about autumn leaves falling down:
The end of the first half term in Dosbarth Porffor saw us decorating an autumn pumpkin - we called it Party Pumpkin because it looked so happy in it's colourful clothes!
Here's the Pumpkin song that we watched together in class: