Real ‘Owl babies’ visit the Acorn Preschool
This week in the Acorn Preschool the children have explored the story ‘The Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell, focusing on what babies can and cannot do. The children also enjoyed looking at photos themselves when they were babies – thank you to parents for sending them.
The ‘Owl Babies’ story has really helped the children with developing their listening and attention at story time, as they have been able to join in with the words at key parts of the story. The children have also developed their understanding of the characters and the setting of a story.
The children have loved making a variety of owl related craft – painting pictures of owls and creating leaf art and nests for the owls. The children also continued to explore autumn items through their art work – exploring action art through rolling conkers through paint.
On Wednesday, we enjoyed a visit from the Owl Sanctuary – who brought Casper and Gollum to visit us, so that the children could get up close and experience what an owl looks like. All the children loved holding and stroking these beautiful creatures and were very good at considering how we should look after wildlife.
This week we have been focusing on beginning to recognise and find own names. We have encouraged the children to look for familiar letter shapes, to count the letters in their name, noticing if their name is a long or short word. The children are being encouraged to listening closely to the first sound in their names.
Next we will be encouraging them to copy the first letter shapes they see. Next week we will provide a name card for all the children to take home – It would really help the children with recognising their own name if you would put this up somewhere in the house, so that they are regularly seeing their name in their surroundings.
During our investigation activities, we have focused on using our ‘nose’ to explore a variety of smells. The children were encouraged to decide if they were smells that they liked, or did not like. Strawberry, vanilla and chocolate were keen favourites; curry, garlic and lavender seemed to split the children, and no one liked the fish sauce!
To follow up from our story of the week last week – ‘The Gingerbread Man’, we started this week by baking our own gingerbread men. Unfortunately the gingerbread men ran away when Mrs Alford opened the oven, so the Acorns had to chase round the school and look for them – fortunately we found them back in the classroom and gobbled them up! (The recipe is available for any parents to make these again at home.)
On Thursday, all of EYFS enjoyed the Sponsored Toddle –thank you to all the parents and grandparents that came to join us. The sun was shining and the children thoroughly enjoyed their brisk Autumnal walk round the school field. We look forward to seeing how much money the children manage to raise for the EYFS department to spend on exciting new resources.
Stars of the day this week were Alexander & Lillia – well done to you both.