Welcome back. The children have started the Term with much enthusiasm. They have enjoyed talking and drawing about their holidays. We have also read some books about being kind and a funny story about Smarty Pants. The children have done some amazing drawings of Smarty Pants. Investigating cogs and gears as well as playing with the train track and Lego were favourite activities in Week 1.
Continuing to develop the children’s curiosity, imagination, creativity and persistence are all goals for this term. We had previously observed that the children were not naturally drawn to the painting area or to playing with the natural materials, the blocks of wood, shells, stones or pebbles in the classroom. In response to this we have set up several provocations to encourage the children to play in new and different ways.
In the art area we covered tables with paper and encouraged the children to play with the colours. We started with blue, yellow and white. At first the children were hesitant to touch the paint, then one finger fiddled with the paint, then two and finally the whole hand was used to move the paint around the paper. Some comments from the children were: “This is fun.” “The paint feels cold.” “I can make light blue from blue and white.” “I painted a TV with my hands.” “Blue and yellow make green.”
Next, we brought the nature tables from outside into the classroom. At first the children weren’t sure what to do but then they began to sort the materials, use the magnifying glasses to look more closely at the items and to draw what they saw. Some of the comments were, “I was sorting the shiny rocks they look like diamonds.” “I could draw the logs by looking at them through the magnifying glass.”
The third provocation involved the large wooden blocks. The children had played with them at the beginning of the year but hadn’t been recently. So, with the introduction of some wooden people the children started to play with them. Some made New York city another group decided they could use them to measure what was heavy and light. Mathematical and scientific principles were being discovered through play. They had made a simple machine.
It has been wonderful to see the children investigating colour, sorting materials, town planning and making simple machines. They have been working collaboratively and creatively. I am excited to see where they take these investigations.
SPORTS EVENT REMINDER:
On Wednesday 24 October Reception will be holding a fun mini sports event which all families are invited to attend. In preparation for this event the children have been practising, the egg and spoon race, sack race, bean bag balancing and hoppers. It is fun time where all children will have the opportunity to participate.
The times are as follows:
AM 8.30 – 9.15 am Oct 24
PM 1.45 – 2.30pm Oct 24
Susan Blumenthal | Reception Teacher