This week we have welcomed two new friends into the class. Carlotta and Ivet are both two years old. Ivet instantly settled into the class and was really happy when playing in the class and farm environment. She settled into the class routines very quickly and was very confident to try all of the new activities. Carlotta found the new routines more difficult, particularly her first three days. However, towards the end of the week she became more settled and became more content to take part within the activities and school routines. It is a pleasure to welcome both girls into the class and I hope they will be very happy and have lots of fun in our EYFS group.
This week was a little different than usual. The EYFS and KS1 children spent lots of time practising their songs for our presentation to the parents. They especially loved practising the ‘down in the jungle songs’ and all of the children were very expressive with the actions, especially when making the gorilla sound. The children were very focused during practises. They listened and watched Jo carefully for each song as they were keen to learn the words and do the actions correctly. I am sure you will agree that the children did a great job of singing during the presentation on Friday.
The KS2 children also spent lots of time this week preparing their PowerPoint presentations and practising the parts they were going to read to the parents. The children really impressed me as their teamwork skills have really improved since doing the previous presentation. They all worked really well together and were great at organising their parts and listening to their friend's ideas. The children worked hard to practise their parts and they really impressed me with the amount of information they had learnt whilst preparing the presentation. I hope you enjoyed learning all of the information which the children shared in the presentation.
This week, we also had lots of fun doing Easter activities, in preparation for our Easter holiday. The children all made very individual Easter pictures of cards for their families. The children particularly enjoyed finger painting yellow circles, which they then turned into little chicks on their cards. All of the children were very focused when making their cards and try worked very independently to create their cars the way they liked it. I hope you all liked the cards your children made as they were all very proud to give them to you.
As part of our Easter celebrations, we also made little Easter rabbit boxes, which was quite difficult as the children had to think about how to fold along the lines of a 3D cube net. The children enjoyed creating their little boxes but they were even more excited to find out that they were going to do a Easter treat hunt around the farm to see if they could find treats to put in their boxes. The children loved running around the farm looking for 72 Easter treats, hidden all around the farm. The teachers had baskets and the children had to run and put any treats they found in the baskets. The older children did a great job of helping the little ones to find the treats and they showed real enthusiasm when the little ones found treats. We kept stopping and counting how many we had found so far and it was great to see how confidently the children counted up to 70. After lots of searching we managed to find all of the treats. We then divided them amongst the children. They were all very keen to ensure that they had the same amount of treats.
As part of our celebrations, the children had a great time making Easter nest cakes with Jo. They melted the chocolate and then mixed in the cornflakes. However, the best part was adding lots of different sweets to make the cakes look like nests and so that they were super yummy for the parents. The children had a great time making the cakes. I hope you enjoyed eating them after the presentation.
To end the week, the children showed their farm animal presentation to their families. The younger children did a fantastic job of singing and doing the actions for our three songs about farm, jungle and ocean animals. I was so proud of how enthusiastic they were and it was great to see all of their big, beaming smiles. The older children did a fantastic job of presenting their farm animal PowerPoints. They all spoke very confidently and explained their information in great detail. I was really proud of how confident they were as they were all feeling very nervous. I hope you all enjoyed the presentation and enjoyed learning all of the interesting information which the children provided.
I hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and do lots of fun Easter activities. I look forward to seeing you all back at school in a week’s time.