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Spring

The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks.  She went for a walk in the forest.  Pretty soon, she came upon a house.  She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in.
At the table in the kitchen, there were three bowls of porridge.  Goldilocks was hungry.  She tasted the porridge from the first bowl.

"This porridge is too hot!" she exclaimed.

So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl.

"This porridge is too cold," she said

So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge.

"Ahhh, this porridge is just right," she said happily and she ate it all up.

 

Just like Goldilocks, we enjoyed tasting porridge and adding some extra healthy treats to make it taste just right. 

So, why should your children play with rubbish?

 

There are loads of junk modelling benefits, so here are just a few:

Junk modelling encourages their imagination and design skills

Your child has the freedom to make whatever they choose. This requires them to visualise their end product and then transform the items from ‘junk’ to alien, robot, castle, ice-cream etc. If they want to create a completely random sculpture they can do, there is no right or wrong.

It develops problem solving skills

What? How does sticking bits of rubbish together help with problem solving? Honestly, it does. Your child selects items from the pile of ‘junk’ and comes up with a plan of how they’re going to put them together to make their creation. In doing so, they discover which things stick together and frustratingly which things don’t stick together! They often work out their own way of attaching one item to another…by using copious amounts of PVA glue, wrapping wool around the objects, or mastering the art of sellotape!

Builds self confidence

It’s a way of creating an end result that is truly original, personal and unique to them. As they’re not following strict instructions it’s less frustrating, as they’re not going to get it wrong. It can suit a range of ages, with the child determining the complexity of the creation by their ability. Allowing children to create in this way gives them a real sense of achievement and builds their self-confidence.

Develops fine motor skills

Ok, so this is pretty obvious. You have to cut with scissors, do a lot of glueing, holding things together etc. It also develops the parent/carer’s fine motor skills, as they have to find the end of the sellotape! All of this is beneficial in developing the efficiency of fine motor skills to carry out tasks in everyday life. So at a very basic level, the junk modelling will help your child to get dressed more quickly in the morning!

Develops negotiation and communication skills

You may think I’m taking this a little far now, but junk modelling is very popular so your child will have to negotiate with other children to gain that neon blue fabric that they so desperately need. Hopefully they will be able to trade it for the egg carton in an amicable way!

Teaches children about recycling

Junk modelling materials can come from waste in your own house. You could use: cereal boxes, egg boxes, bottle tops, foil trays, product packaging, food nets, pipe off-cuts, fabric remnants, buttons etc. So, junk modelling teaches children that things that they would normally throw away can be turned into something else, with a little bit of imagination.

 

How to make gingerbread men at home

Ingredients

100 g softened butter
100 g dark brown sugar
50 g golden syrup
1 large egg
250 g self-raising flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (160 C Fan)/350 F/Gas Mark 4. Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper
  2. Measure the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Whisk until light and fluffy using an electric hand whisk. Add the syrup and egg and whisk again. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until the mixture comes together.
  3. Lightly knead into a dough and wrap in cling film. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour until firm.
  4. Flour a work surface. Roll out the dough. Stamp out men using a gingerbread cutter.
  5. Place on the baking sheets. Bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden and just firm in the middle. Leave to cool.

 

Library Visit

This week, we went on a trip to the local library. It was all very exciting. Our class trip was to our local library in Lower Kersal. The trip began with a ride on the school minibus. It was so much fun riding in the minibus and singing the wheels on the bus to Mr Thompson. Once we arrived, we met a lovely lady called Pat who showed us around the library, explained how to borrow a book, let us look at and read all the lovely books and read us some funny stories. We had a great time and we look forward to going again

 

All grown up!

This week, we have been looking at how much we have changed and grown since we started in Reception. We looked at how tall we are now, how our hair has grown, how our hands and feet are bigger and how good we are at our work now compared to how we were in September. We represented these changes in drawings of ourselves and compared these drawings to the drawings we completed in September. We added our drawings to our ‘We are Reception’ display. Please come in and have a look.

Early Years Supervised Tooth brushing Programme

 

We are participating in Greater Manchester’s supervised tooth brushing programme. The tooth brushing activity involves your child brushing their own teeth, using fluoride toothpaste after lunch.

 

Supervised tooth brushing in early year’s settings has been shown to be effective at improving children’s oral health. This activity is not intended to replace your child’s tooth brushing at home and it is important that you continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day, last thing at night and on one other occasion. It is important that your child’s tooth brushing is supervised by an adult until at least 7 years old.

 

The aim of the programme is to help reduce dental decay in children and with your support we can work together to reinforce your home tooth brushing routine.

 

Why do we need a tooth brushing programme?

  • 36% of 5 year old children in GM had tooth decay compared to 25% in England (Public Health England 2015)

    Key messages to promote good oral health.
  • Brush teeth twice daily, last thing at night and at one other time of day using a fluoridated toothpaste (1,350-1,500ppm)
  • Spit out after brushing, do not rinse your mouth.
  • Supervise children until at least 7 years old.
  • Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary foods and drinks. Keep to mealtimes.
  • Visit a dentist as often as recommended.

 

How can you help? Safe snacks for teeth.

  • Plain Milk & Plain Water
  • Fresh Fruit – any fresh fruit (not dried fruit or fruit juices). E.g. A banana, apple slices, grapes, pots of berries.
  • Salad or vegetables, celery sticks, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, pepper sticks.
  • Plain Bread sticks, pita breads, crumpets, plain bagels.
  • Hummus, try dipping bread sticks, pita or vegetables in.
  • Cheese, Soft cheese is great for dipping bread sticks in.
  • Lean meats and fish, either on their own or as part of a sandwich.
  • Natural yogurt, add chopped fruit to it for flavour (not flavoured yogurts).

Is yoga good for children?

 

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.

Patterns

This week we have been looking at patterns and we noticed that they are everywhere. 

We decided to use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns. We loved using lots of different equipment to do this

British Science Week 

Today we answered the question, what’s inside your body?

In groups we decided to draw around a child and labelled the different parts of the body that we knew. The children showed very good knowledge and were able to name many bones too. The children took it in turns to help each each another write the labels. We researched what parts we were missing and learned new vocabulary such as collar bone, ribs, spine and ankle.‚Äč

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