Buzzy, busy bees!
This week in the Acorn Preschool the children have been focusing on bees. The book of the week was ‘The Very Greedy Bee’. The children have loved sharing what they know about bees, as well as learning that they drink nectar from flowers and turn this into tasty honey. They also learnt that they live in a hive with the Queen bee, that lays all the eggs. The children have used their creative skills to draw, make, decorate and paint bees. Also we made some honey flapjack and enjoyed some bread and honey – which they all found was yummy!
To use our physical motor skills, the children have created minibeasts out of salt dough. Worms, dragonflies, bees and butterflies – they all look fantastic!
By Tuesday, the caterpillars had completed their transformation, and were emerging as butterflies – the children have been so fascinated by this transformation. By Friday, we had named our butterflies Catboy, Wonderwoman, Daisy and Lovely Flower, then we set them free. A few more minibeasts visited us in the Nursery, including a grasshopper and a large hairy spider.
On Wednesday we enjoyed our final visit to Rosie on her farm. This time we were in the meadows bug hunting. Using large nets, the children swept for minibeasts in the long tickly grass – we found lots of ladybirds, butterflies, a caterpillar and lots of other jumpy creatures.
The children have worked very hard this year on developing their phonic skills, so that they can recognise the letter shapes, which represent each sound. They have also built on their fine motor skills to support them with controlling a pencil to form the letters that they wish to write. In these final few weeks of Nursery, before the children move on to Reception, we are so pleased to see the writing that the children are now beginning to produce – including writing CVC words (e.g. cat, mop, ten, peg etc), and in recording lists of words to describe what they say (e.g. describing a bee) – all independently. All children are so keen to write their name, either from memory or by copying the letter shapes – and they are doing so well.
The children are so eager to record in print, and so should be encouraged to just write the sounds they hear (even if they are not the correct spellings) as this is the start of early writing skills. We just encourage them to record the key sounds they hear when sounding out the words they wish to write. For example, when trying to write ‘butterfly’ – the children have recorded ‘butafly’ which is a very good phonetic attempt at spelling it. Please could you encourage the children to do this at home too. In this way, they do not get hung up on things being ‘spelt’ correctly, and work on applying their early phonic skills.
Due to the extreme hot weather the children have had great fun spending lots of time making dens and shelters to help them to hide away from the sun.
The Stars of the Day this week were Max, Harvey and Molly – well done to you all.