This term Green Class’s topic has been about farm animals. We have enjoyed hearing the sounds, learning the names and the Makaton signs for lots of animals. We have shared the stories “Noisy Farm” and “Oh Dear”, lifting the flaps and guessing what animal might be underneath. We have especially liked singing “Old McDonald had a Farm” and “Cows in the Kitchen” using puppets and props to support our understanding and anticipation of what might happen next.   For some children we have used massage and the sound board and instruments to support their listening and anticipation using these rhymes.

We have sung either 3 or 5 little ducks to develop early number skills. Some children have enjoyed looking for the ducks when they disappear and other children have had opportunities to develop their counting within play especially using the ducks in water play.  We have all enjoyed playing with the water and have explored it by filling and emptying, fishing for numbered ducks and splashing with our hands and our feet.

Some of Green class have been visiting College Park this term to look at the animals and to develop physical skills at the park. They have become more confident in climbing and accessing some of the equipment independently.

We began the term learning about our bodies. The children really enjoyed finding different body parts through the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and various activities including the use of mirrors to look at different facial features and craft activities, such as making faces. We also explored what our bodies can do especially through physical activities such as rugby and dance!

As Autumn arrived we began to explore Harvest through vegetable exploration. The children had the opportunity to explore a pumpkin. We also went on a sensory walk using our feet to touch and feel different trays of sensory media such as soil and leaves. The children have done a lot of other work around exploring different wet and dry sensory stimuli including food to encourage them to touch and explore different things using both tools and their hands; foam was a firm favourite!

We continued to explore our bodies and sensory experiences through the ‘Gruffalo’ story. We explored exciting items of interest linked to the story and made pictures of the Gruffalo face; everyone was fascinated by the wind-up teeth!

The term ended with lots of exciting Christmas activities; the children particularly enjoyed exploring shiny, sparkly Christmas materials and dressing up as Father Christmas!  It was especially exciting when Father Christmas came to see us in class and brought us all a present!