Spring Term 2
We are looking forward to the weather warming up and spending time in our garden.
We will be planting flowers in old wellingtons to brighten up our fence and will also be preparing our vegetable patches.
We are learning about Traditional Tales and the children are deciding which stories they would like to learn about and which activities they would like to do.
It’s going to be very busy making Gingerbread People, making traps for The Big Bad Wolf and lots more.
We had a great time when we visited the Cotswold Wildlife Park just before half term and have put some photos on to show you.
We are learning about People who help us and we have been very lucky to have had visits from Sienna’s and Oscar’s daddy who are firefighters and also Annie’s mummy who is a doctor. They came to talk to us about their jobs and we asked lots of questions.
We also had the fire engine in and looked around it and even got to squirt water!
It got called out twice to real emergencies whilst they were here!
We have also been talking about all the people who help us in school.
Dan and Adam the firefighters came to talk about their uniform and what they do. They then played with us in our role play fire station and taught us what to do in an emergency.
We all had such great fun. Dan and Adam enjoyed the afternoon too!
Characteristics of Learning
In the booklet you were given at Parents’ Evening, it talked about the characteristics of how children learn. I would like to involve the children in this and get them to think about what motivates them and how they learn. To make this fun, I have introduced dinosaurs which they can match themselves to. There will be cards in the classroom explaining these. Your child may come home with a sticker or a sticker may be stuck in their Learning Journal to show their individual characteristics.
Here is a summary of the different characteristics
Playing and Exploring
“I explore everything around me.”
“I ask questions and find things out.”
“I try my best and never give up.”
“I stick at tasks and persevere.”
Creating and Thinking Critically
“I work hard to solve problems.”
“I think carefully about what I learn.”
“I share my ideas and resources.”
Our ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ Achievosaurs
What are the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’?
They run through and underpin the seven areas of learning and development, as detailed in the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’ (2014). They describe learning processes that occur throughout every day activities and experiences. They also support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
What are the Achievosaurs?
There are seven Achievosaurs altogether, each linking to an aspect of the characteristics. They enable children to become more aware of how they learn, and give them language to explain the skills they use when learning.
I am sure the children will really enjoy telling you all about our Achievosaurs!!