May Newsletter 2022

Jun 7, 2022News

We have had a fantastic month here at Blackberries with the children accessing a range of educational child-led activities initiated through their individual interests. The children have had fun in our outdoor environments enjoying the glorious sunshine tending to the plants within the gardens, water play, and exploring the nature garden and our forest school.

The children used channelling poles to put the guttering at different levels so they could pour the water down the guttering and see if they could catch it at the end. They have also been rolling the balls and sea creatures through the guttering into the trays.

Physical Development

Fit themselves into spaces, like tunnels, dens and large boxes and move around in them

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Communication and Language

Copy your gestures and words

Understanding the World

Begin to understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment and all the living things

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Our baby units have been busy with colour exploration using their senses to discover new colours and textures through their play. They used their gross motor skills to discover the gardens and take part in a range of activities that have extended their learning. They enjoyed colourful gloop to make marks with their hands and splashed in the water with colourful yellow ducks. Their favourite activity has been the foam soap with a soft texture for them to mould and explore.

Our babies have also explored all things Jungle in our topic Rumble in the Jungle. They loved exploring a different animal each week, so they were able to learn about the different features of the animals. They washed the animals, explored black and white sensory trays for Zebras, explored feathers, painted pictures of crocodiles using green paint and made animals in the playdough.

We welcomed all our new babies and spent time getting to know them. We are pleased to say that they have settled well and enjoyed participating in our summer theme. They created some beautiful summer images using different textures and mediums.

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Communication and Language

Constantly babble and use single words during play

Literacy

Enjoys sharing books with an adult

Personal, Social and Emotional

Play with increasing confidence on their own and with other children, because they know their key person is nearby and available.

Physical Development

Enjoy moving when outdoors and inside

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Our Toddler units have had great fun exploring the outdoor environments. They have taken part in the gardening club, practising filling, and pouring the watering cans to water the flowers. The children have been investigating the different marks that they can make outside using a variety of different textured materials such as gloop, paint and shaving foam.

The Toddlers also enjoyed exploring the Rumble in The Jungle topic. They loved singing and dancing away to animal-themed music, as they act like different animals. The toddlers have been painting their favourite animals, making playdough animals, making giraffes using coloured resources and cheerio’s and making parrots using a range of coloured feathers. They also loved washing the animals with water, sponges and soap.

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Communication and Language

Listen and respond to simple instructions

Mathematics

Notice patterns and arrange things in patterns

Expressive Arts and Design

Start to make marks intentionally

Physical Development

Explore different materials and tools

Understanding the World

Use their senses in hands on exploration of natural materials

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In our preschool units, they have been busy with their topic of transport, where they have been learning about the many ways you can travel around, which people drive the vehicles and what their occupation is called. The children linked mathematics with the topic and described the shapes they used as they designed and made their own trains. The children have been busy in our outdoor environments developing physical skills, riding bikes and scooters and taking turns with their peers.  

Following the children’s interests, they even made their own potions, creating different recipes, exploring smells and finally making the perfect potion.

The preschool children have also moved on to a day on the farm. They decorated farm animals to go on our display boards, using paint and coloured resources for each one. Farm animal puppets were made, numbers matched to the number of animals, farm exploration trays, tractor print rolling and read books all about the farm.

Within our PE sessions, the children have been encouraged to turn-taking and listen to one another as we get into our school readiness programme. The children also read our kind book during circle time and the children discussed how they can be kind to one another.

Understanding the World

Show interest in different occupations

Literacy

Write some letters accurately

Physical Development

Develop manipulation and control

Expressive Arts and Design

Join different materials together and explore the different textures

Personal, Social and Emotional

Choose the right resources to carry out their own plan. For example, choosing a spade to enlarge a small hole they dug with the trowel.

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