It was lovely to great the Hopscotch children back after their Christmas break and hear all about their holiday adventures.
We only had a few days in school last week, but packed in a lot of learning! Our learning focus was winter-themed and began by reading the book ‘Guess How Much I Love you…in Winter’, by Sam McBratney. The children enjoyed looking at the winter pictures, and as part of developing their Communication and Language they talked about what they could see and developed their vocabulary.
Concept Cat taught the children about the concept ‘bottom’, and they used this to learn about where things might be placed. They had a few icy sessions, using ice cubes to paint with, extending their winter vocabulary even more: noticing what they could feel and what was happening to the ice cubes as they melted. They then used the ice cubes to make pre-writing shapes on sugar paper.
In maths the children counted snowflakes onto numbered gloves, and began to subitise, using snowball pictures.
Forest school children looked for signs of winter, and identified trees with and without leaves, learning the words evergreen and deciduous.
Our fine motor sessions were great fun, and everyone enjoyed a Friday finger gym session, racing each other with poppet mats, and letting their fingers dance to Dough Disco.
The children have been taking charge each day to help write the News board, to share their learning with parents and other family members. Well done, Hopscotch!