All of our activities will be running alongside children's individual interests.
January is always a difficult month to return to the routine of day to day family/work life after the extended Christmas and New Year break. We hope everyone had a wonderful festive period and we are very much looking forward to getting active as we move into the Spring Term.
In the Baby Room, the children will be focusing on age appropriate self care, being supported in learning how to wash hands and being encouraged to use utensils at meal times, together with help dressing ready for the winter weather. In readiness for this topic, Miss Kellie has set up a display outside of the Baby Room with further helpful tips and advice on the subject.
The children will also be enjoying the sensory experience of playing with rainbow ice and fake snow (unless the white stuff starts to fall!), as well as leaving marks when moving with paint and wellies.
Our Toddler Room children will also be looking at self care, together with the celebrations of the Chinese New Year on 28th January.
Using the resources of our home corner, the toddlers can practice dressing themselves and we will continue to support them when identifying and putting on their own coats and hats. This leads onto further encouragement and support with other aspects of self care such as face washing and tooth brushing.
Creative activities will include making Chinese themed collages, Chinese lanterns and baking biscuits to take home and enjoy. Looking at different flags and exploring textures of foods from different cultures will link to our topic of Chinese New Year.
To encourage further communication and language skills, the toddler children will be learning songs to support their development in anticipating routines such as the 'dinner time song'.
This month the Pre-School children will be refocusing on 'getting physical'. Practitioners will be implementing well planned and purposeful activities and this, coupled with sensitive intervention, will engage children in the learning process. By revisiting this topic, it will encourage children to develop on skills they already have, consolidating their learning and enable them to build on new skills. The Pre-School staff are keen to develop children's understanding on the effects of physical exercise on their bodies (EYFS 30-50 months) and the importance of eating a range of healthy food and why (EYFS physical development 40-60 months). This will provide practitioners with an opportunity to enhance children's understanding of the importance of exercise and a good diet and sets the foundations for future health and well being.
Over the weeks of 2nd and 9th January, we will be blowing away the Christmas cobwebs to get stuck into football, relay races and gymnastics to get the blood flowing. The following week will see the children exploring where certain foods come from as well as trying new tastes and making some delicious fruit smoothies.
As we move through the month, the children will be looking at the effects physical activity has on our body such as heart beating and sweating. This element has links to the interests the children shared at the recent Christmas party by having a dance-a-thon to keep up the heart rate. To round off the month, we are looking at what makes us special. Maths skills will come into play through measuring our height and then comparing it to others as well as looking at our own physical features and appearance such as skin, eye and hair colour which makes each one of us unique.