The Reception children have been fascinated and completely engaged whilst working with clay. “It’s cold”, “It’s wet and squishy”, “It’s heavy.”
The soft, responsive, tactile material encourages sensory development and has a uniquely calming, therapeutic quality.
The effects of all the squeezing, poking, pinching, rolling, pressing, twisting and pulling are not only great fun but also build up strength in the tiny hand muscles and tendons. These same muscles are used for holding pencils to write and scissors to cut. The children particularly enjoyed the fact that mistakes could easily be repaired and liked to restart over and over again.
This week has been a hive of friendship activities. We have been thinking about what makes a good friend. The children have been writing acrostic poems and performing them for the class. As part of Anti-bullying Week, we also completed posters to show ‘It’s ok to be different’. The children thought of some wonderful ideas. Well done, Year 1!
This week in Year 2 we have been continuing with our Towers, Turrets and Tunnels topic. In our science lesson we ventured outside and built our own fortress. We discussed how to make our fort strong and secure. We then selected different projectiles and made predictions about the damage it would do to our fort. The children really enjoyed making their predictions and ensuring that we carried out a fair test. It was lots of fun!
‘Championee!’ were the cries of excitement as the boys arrived back from the Etihad stadium... and that was just from the staff! We could not be more proud of our Year 2 Football team. They came, they saw, they conquered… their little faces beamed with pride as they relived their successful morning. We look forward to our Celebrations Assembly on Monday!