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This is where you will find photographs and videos of our Autumn Adventures
All too often we are told by the children "I can't do it!". We do not accept this at all! In actual fact Owls you might just not be able "to do it yet!" We have shared Tom Percival's story 'Tilda Tries Again' (See link to story video below). The story introduced the concept of developing a mindset of 'keeping on trying' and 'not giving up'. We do not have to know everything or how to do everything all at once but what is great is if we can 'give it a go' We have seen so many examples already whereby you have all 'been like Tilda' ... putting on your own coat ... cutting your own food at lunch time ... taking off/putting on your own shoes and socks before/after PE. The first time we went out to the 'purple track' to 'do our daily mile' how you all moaned. I thought we had a class of wolves, you 'huffed and puffed' so much at the thought of running around the track. I had to keep checking for the Three Little Pigs and their houses Fast forward to the present day and already your attitudes are changing ... we can now complete half our daily mile (2 laps) with increasing speed. I think we need to up the challenge, don't you?! In the woods we have witnessed so many of you persevere with climbing the trees and using the rope and tyre swings ... we are so proud In the classroom you are overcoming challenges daily ... finding ways of solving problems ... using your name cards to support you to write your name on your works of art and so much more. You are developing your resilience skills. Keep it up Owls!
If you take the time, engage your 'noticing' eyes and simply take a look you will find so many mathematical opportunities around you ... in your home ... on a walk ... when you visit the supermarket ... and of course in our classroom. The colourful Numicon shapes in our classroom support us to make connections between numbers and how they are made up of smaller numbers, the concept of 'odd and even' numbers and even counting in 2's. When we use the junk modelling on offer to us we are using our measuring skills ... how long will my tape need to be to connect these two things together? ... as well as our understanding of how different shapes fit together ... what will a straight sided shape do for me or would I be better with a curved shape? Our magnetic shapes allow us to explore the concept of shape too. Natural materials offer so many opportunities to practise noticing similarities and differences ... What is the same and what is different? ... "this leaf is purple and that one is green ... they are different!" ... as well as 'noticing' small quantities of objects within a larger group instantly ... "I see a 2 and a 1!" (indentations on the coconut) ... What do you see and how do you see it? In the instance of the conkers they fit perfectly in our ten frames. Who needs counting when you have a ten frame? The use of five frames and ten frames support children to recognise relationships between numbers. Take a close look what mathematical things can you discover around you?!
One of our young Owls discovered a snail shell which is not uncommon in the Woody P Woods. However, it having something inside it is! How to entice it out?! What did we think?! "I know let's put it on your hand Ms Hayward" send our little Owl Always up for a challenge Ms Hayward provided her hand and low and behold it worked ... from inside the shell emerged a tiny snail! Evidence was duly secured on our iPad for all to see. As it moved across Ms Hayward's palm it felt like the snail was tickling her. Being respectful of the fact that it was a living creature we explored this further and noticed that it left a trail of slime behind it as it moved across our hands ... it could even 'hang upside down' on our palms too. We were able to observe at close quarters how it uses its tentacles to 'test' its surroundings to move safely and find food. One pair allow it to see and the other pair of tentacles allow it to smell. We noticed that the snail was moving its tentacles quite a lot, sometimes they contracted them and at others they extended them. We talked about where the snail might be happiest and the conclusion was somewhere "dark and damp" so off to the area under the slide we went. Who'd of thought that such a small creature could keep us occupied for the whole afternoon
Having control over our bodies is of such importance now and in the future. Much is involved when sitting, standing, walking and running and climbing and that is all before turning the pages of a book, picking up a pencil to write and draw. There is so much for a little person to do in this area of our development and learning. Sitting still, be it on a chair or the floor, is not as easy as you would think. It takes so much control over all our muscles in order for us to remain balanced etc. In Owls Class we are provided with many wide and varied opportunities to develop our gross (large) and fine (small) motor skills. Ripping and cutting herbs for our potions ... moulding and manipulating playdough .... exploring connecting junk model pieces and even making a 'party bus' ... connecting pieces of Duplo ... climbing in trees and working out how to pull and swing ourselves on the rope and tyre swings ... all contribute to the development of our motor skills. For us we are simply playing and exploring, doing the things we like, working out things work and what we need to do to be successful. Without even realising it we are slowly but surely developing our motor skills. Big movements, whole body movements ... running, climbing, swinging, kicking and throwing a ball or bean bag ... are the most important thing to gain control over. There is no point in trying to hold a pencil to form letters if we have not gained control over our large movements. We can do it but it may well be more tricky and can prove frustrating for us! So .... get climbing and running, throwing, catching and kicking balls, just move in a 'big' way Owls! It will help you so much