Term 3 in the Tigger Room
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Chinese New Year
Stay and Play
It’s hard to believe that we have reached the end of another term. Term 3 has seen the children beginning to develop an understanding of healthy practice and habits. With lots of illness before the Christmas break, we felt it was essential to revisit children’s learning on how to wash hands and most importantly when and why. This learning was reinforced by an experiment about how germs are spread. Using glitter to represent germs, the children were astonished by how easily the glitter passed from each other and onto the toys, and the struggle they encountered in washing off the glitter. Children discovered putting hands under a running tap had little effect and quickly learnt that soap was a necessity for clean hands.
The remainder of the term we have been doing lots of learning through the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The story is based on a little caterpillar that is very hungry. The children have followed him through the weeks as he eats lots of different fruits and other foods too, until he is big and full. The children have talked about the fruits they have tried and like to eat, and also about healthy eating as the caterpillar ate lots of other food that made his tummy ache. The children then had the task of making their own healthy lunch boxes, which as you can imagine was interesting.
This story is rich in opportunities to extend learning. We took advantage of reinforcing counting skills and supported children in matching quantity to a given number (1-5). The outcome: a fantastic fruit number frieze which the children made based on what the caterpillar ate. Please remember to take a look in the snack area, as the children have worked hard and it is very effective. Well done everyone.
At the beginning of February, we celebrated Chinese New Year. A group of excited children set about transforming a cardboard box into a Dragon’s mask, the session ended with a grand finale of everyone taking part in the dragon’s dance. Listening to the laughter, everyone had great fun, and the dragon a great success.
Once again, we welcomed parents into the setting to join us for Stay and Play. Parents joined their child in bubble painting, which is always a popular activity, ending with rhythm sticks and parachute games. I think those who attended will agree, exhausting but fun. If you would like to join us, please keep a look out for next term's dates as places do get snapped up quickly.
Another term has come to an end, and the children have really enjoyed learning through literacy, revisiting The Very Hungry Caterpillar independently lots of times in the reading area.