What We Learnt Last Half Term

People, Places and Planets

We’ve had a fantastic first half term and the new children have settled in brilliantly. Through our topic of ‘People, Places and Planets,’ we have been very busy engaging in many learning opportunities and experiences as well as getting to know each other and the class routine.

We learned about the different ‘places’ (learning environments) around school and developed our pathfinding and independence skills when walking there. We have enjoyed learning in the woods, Soft Play, Studio, MILE Room, Moomalade playground and Jack’s playground.

We listened and responded to the story/poem ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ where we learned to explore soft and plastic jungle animals in sensory media such as sand. Some of the children were very interested in looking at the colourful pictures in the book and others made choices between the different animals

In Move and Mark, we learned to hold onto scarves and ribbons, moving our hands to make patterns. Some of us were able to copy movements such as circles, up and down and side to side, when making marks in wet and dry media using our hands. In sensory learning, we engaged in water play, using our hands to explore, pour, fill and empty. During ‘messy’ play we explored mud in the texture kitchen, puffy shaving foam and alien slime!

In drumming, we developed our turn taking and anticipation skills, using our hands and beaters to make fantastic and noisy sounds on a variety of big and small drums.

We made choices using photos, symbols and real objects during daily communication games. In these sessions, we were able to choose a cause and effect toy, joint action song, dressing up item or anticipation activity.

We focused our attention when using light toys in the dark tent and developed our understanding of cause and effect on the plasma screen and iPad.

We learned to make choices in the shared play area. The children were very interested in the ‘doctors’ role-play area, where they dressed up and looked at themselves in the mirror and explored the toy medical resources, dolls and prams. We developed our fine motor skills when exploring moon dust and space themed toys in the large tray.

We developed our gross motor skills in soft play. Where we grew in confidence when learning to climb to the top of the play frame and come down the slide. In JABADAO sessions, we learned to move in different ways using stretchy elastics, fabrics, bouncy balls and spinners, supporting the development of our proprioceptive skills. (Body and spatial awareness)

We look forward to more exciting learning opportunities next half term during the topic ‘All the World’s a Stage’ and hope you all have a lovely restful half term.