12th January 2018
This week, we explored the book ‘Blue Penguin’ in more detail. We reread the text and focused on the feelings of the main character Blue Penguin. This developed the children’s vocabulary for talking about emotions and developed their understanding of their own and others emotions. In Literacy the children enjoyed making information books about penguins. To help them find out more about penguins the children used the internet, videos, pictures, books, magazines and so on. Also this week the children had fun dressing up as penguins and creating music and songs in the Antarctic role play area and writing messages to their penguin friends to come and watch their singing shows.
Next week we will be exploring the book ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. As well as role playing this story and discussing the events and characters the children will find out information and facts about owls. They will use this information to create their own information posters about owls. As part of this theme the children will enjoy a special visit from some real life owls and have their photo taken with an owl.
Also next week the children will help to develop the role play area into an Antarctic Animal Hospital where they will become animal doctors or patients. This will support the children’s literacy skills as they can write patient notes and prescriptions.
Happy New Year everyone and welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your Christmas break. The children have missed each other and have been very excited to be back.
This week we talked about winter and the changes in weather. We introduced the book Blue Penguin and talked about Antarctica and animals that live there. We created pictures along to winter themed music, such as, The four seasons by Vivaldi – winter, Howard Blake - We’re walking in the air and Emilie Waldteufel - The skaters waltz.
Based on the story of the Blue Penguin we transformed the role play area into Antarctica and decorated elements from the story. We drew penguins and fish. Together we created a collage of the Blue Penguin, a whale and a sun. We made penguin head bands, microphones and snowflakes.
Next week, we will delve into the book ‘Blue Penguin’ in more detail. We will read the text again but this time focussing on the feelings of the main character. We will be making information books about penguins and exploring the different ways we can find this information for example, internet, videos, pictures, books, magazines and so on.