Welcome to Early Years!
Just look at our amazing classroom. We are so lucky to learn and explore in such a unique and special building.
The children have settled wonderfully into the new term of learning!
Our topic this half term is “Handa's Surprise”.
This text links in nicely with Autumn and Harvest time.
Literacy and Communication and Language
Understanding the World - Science
Here are some of our recent science activities…
Our forest school sessions are so much fun! We love getting crafty using lots of natural resources and exploring our beautiful forest area.
We are very lucky to have Emma our forest school practitioner from Inside Out Forest School who leads forest school sessions every week. Throughout these weekly sessions, the children develop resilience, self-confidence, communication skills, creativity and risk assessing. Head to our 'Forest School' page to see what we get up to each week!
We love sharing and reading books with our friends. We also enjoy choosing a book from our book corner and cosying up in the quiet area to read.
Understanding the World – Geography
The children have enjoyed learning about place knowledge. Where we have explored Scotland and Africa looking at the similarities and differences between each place.
This term the children will be focusing on place and locational knowledge. They will explore the location of castles, castles in other countries and explore our local area of Combs. The children will look at maps, including a map of Combs and go for a walk around the village to spot key features.
Understanding the World - History
past and present technology and uses of communication. The children enjoyed exploring uses of communication from the past such as type writers and thinking what they were used for.
Understanding the World – Religious Education
Expressive Arts and Design – Art
Expressive Arts and Design – Design and Technology
This term we have an exciting design and technology week, where we will focus on castles. The children will design and make their own castle using junk modelling. We will then order and write simple instructions for making a castle.
Expressive Arts and Design – Music
Jenni is our fabulous music teacher. We are always excited for her music lessons and love her guitar she brings and plays each week. We do lots of singing, use instruments and play music games. This term we will learn songs all about castles.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We are incredibly lucky at Combs to have Jess, our mindfulness teacher. The children enjoy taking part in her weekly mindfulness and yoga sessions. These valuable sessions give the children the opportunity to relax, feel calm and share any worries or concerns. Jess helps the children to feel special and loved.
The children are encouraged to reflect on how they are feeling each morning using the 'Colour Monster' display. We listen to lots of stories and have enjoyed making self-portraits using different materials, drawing our families as well as making faces using playdough.
This term we will focus on being safe and following rules. We will discuss what rules are and understand why it is important to follow them.
The British Values are incorporated throughout the children's daily routine, and this is highlighted on a day to day basis, from being a nice friend, following instructions and using our manners to having responsibilities, understanding boundaries and looking after ourselves and doing what makes us happy. We always have one value that is a main focus and this term it is “Individual liberty”.
Each of the British Values are incorporated through the children’s PSED lessons, daily learning and they lay the foundations for discussion during our weekly class assemblies. Our student council meet and suggest ways of how we can filter the understanding of these values throughout school, they talk to the other children and bring their feedback back to the meetings, promoting a voice for all the children at Combs.
Our PE lessons are so much fun with our PAS coaches. This term the children will focus on the fundamentals of small ball skills and multi-sport games. The children will take part in different games and activities to develop these skills, including individual ball work, rolling, dribbling and bouncing, body parts game (Football based) and playing team games.
We are continually developing our fine motor skills and know how important it is to help the muscles in our little hands grow and develop. We love our box of fine motor challenges, our favourite is dough disco! There is also lots of activities in the provision to support with our fine motor skills such as cutting, threading and using tweezers.
There are always so many fun and exciting activities set up both inside and outside our provision to encourage and promote learning. There is maths challenges, writing, role play, small world, fine motor challenges, building in the construction area, water and sand which is our favourite. We also have lots of opportunities to get creative with playdough, paints, cutting, sticking and junk modelling. Activities are changed and added to weekly to support the focussed learning outcomes of each week. Our provision also supports key skills such as communication, teamwork, and physical development. Here are some pictures of our exciting creations…