Let investigate Autumn!
As the leaves change colour and begin to fall it is a wonderful time of year to celebrate and explore the environment around us. As part of the Early Years curriculum it is important the children learn to observe, care for, comment and question the world around them. For the first two weeks back after half term we will be exploring the theme of ‘Autumn’ through a variety of activities, for example;
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development
· Circle time to discuss safety on Bonfire Night
· Doctors role play
· Circle time on independence and ‘using our words’
|Communication, Language and Literacy
· Reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books (Percy the Park Keeper, The Gruffalo, Stickman, Leaf Man)
· Phonics Phase 2
· Letters to the Gruffalo
· Write Dance (movement and music to support writing)
· Dough Gym
· Name writing in mud with sticks
· Making clay models
· How to keep healthy and avoid germs!
· Recognising numbers
· Counting leaves, sticks and conkers
· Weighing and measuring
· Counting what the Gruffalo eats each day matching numerals to quantity
|Understanding the World
· Autumn Welly Walk
· Collecting natural objects
· Observing seasonal vegetables
· Celebrating with our families (Bonfire night, Remembrance Day)
|Exploring using Materials and Media
· Designing and making a house for the Gruffalo
· Using natural items for art
· Colour mixing
In order for the children to embrace and experience the seasonal changes this autumn we would like to enhance this topic with a ‘Forest Day’. This will involve staying on school grounds yet spending the day outside! Of course we will be able to use the toilet facilities and if the weather proves too poor we will adapt the plans to use inside as well.
For our Forest Day we would like to invite the children to come dressed in non-uniform, in an outfit designed to keep them warm and dry. Layers would be advised so the children can take clothes off if the weather warms up or if they warm up due to physical activities. A warm, waterproof coat and warm trousers along with welly boots (with warm socks) or trainers that are ok to get muddy, should allow for the children to enjoy the benefits of learning in our outdoor environment without becoming cold or uncomfortable.
During the day the children will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as model making, natural art, a treasure hunt, wide games and woodland investigations. We have a fantastic outside space and are excited to share it with the children. For the purpose of this special day we will see the children in as usual before heading outside. Pick up on the playground at 3.15pm will also remain the same.
If you are happy to supply your child with a packed lunch on this day it would be very much appreciated, if not the kitchen will be able to supply a picnic bag consisting of a sandwich, cake of the day and some fruit. We will supply a mid-morning fruit snack as usual and as a special treat will have hot (warm) chocolate and a biscuit in the afternoon. Please advise your child’s class teacher if you would rather your child does not eat these foods.
Our Forest Day will be on Thursday 14th November. Fingers crossed for dry weather!
If you have any questions about this event please no not hesitate to speak to us as soon as possible.
Kind regards, Early Years Team