One Child One Seed
Our book of the week was ‘One Child, One Seed’ which is an African counting story. As the story has a focus on number, it has helped us with developing maths skills throughout the week.
We have worked on our concept of 1 more than each number up to 10. Ask you child to tell you one more and see if they can remember or work it out. Some children even started early addition work, by splitting a group of coloured teddies into 2 groups, saying how many were in each group (or part) and how many altogether (the whole). This is a simple activity, but helps the children to recognise that 2 groups can be combined to make a large group.
The children also used the story to develop their writing skills. They described what they noticed about the book from the illustration and then wrote down the letter sounds they could hear in the words they were saying. It also helped us to notice things that are the same and things that are different to our lives. For example, we noticed that their skin was brown, they had to walk a long way to get to the shop, and they even managed to carry pumpkins on their heads!
Our song of the week was ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish’ and this has helped us to develop our understanding of counting in order and recognising numbers. See if they can sing this song at home with you.
Whilst we have been outside for large parts of this week, the children have been building dens, playing and exploring with water and building too. The water was brought to a new level of fun, through the use of drain pipes and our water wall – the children had to puzzle out how to get the water to travel where they wanted it to go. This is such an enjoyable experience for all children, and is developing their large motor skills as they move around.
Stars of the day this week were Freya, Harvey, Jamie and Eva-Rose – well done to you all.