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Spotlight on… Kindergarten!
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Spotlight on… Kindergarten!

Under the Spotlight this week is…Kindergarten!

Let’s find out about all the wonderful things they’ve been learning and doing this week!

Based around our Trinity term topic of ‘Animal Antics’ we have chosen to read and learn through sharing the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. We have been understanding how Gerald the giraffe might feel at certain points throughout the book and how we can support one another to view ourselves in a positive way. We have carried out some pair work where we have been giving one another compliments and learning what this long word means. We recorded some of these to make our own complimen-tree. We are learning how we can develop our own growth mindset by talking about things that we can’t do YET! 

Each of the activities that we have carried out over the week has linked in with Gerald’s feelings and taught strategies with how to cope, overcome or avoid these feelings. 

We have enjoyed time with the rainbow parachute, where we have whooshed away Gerald’s worries. The children made their own dough and then carried out dough disco activities, where we have been able to manipulate the dough in certain ways to help relieve stress and pressure. The dough disco session ended with the children’s own jungle dance where they were able to express themselves freely to the music and move to the rhythm. Blowing bubbles has allowed us to concentrate on our breathing in order to slow down our breathing patterns and allowing us to feel more relaxed. Watching the bubbles float away, up into the sky as they take our worries and fears with them and then popping, helps us to understand that the feelings are not always long-lasting. Miss Dalton led an animal yoga session which encouraged us to think about our ‘whole self’ and using each of our senses. The children were able to use their bodies to mimic and recreate movements and positions that represented the different animals featured in the story. For their homework activity, the children carried out an act of kindness over the week, towards one of their peers. These ranged from kind letters to gifts, sharing toys and offering help when needed. It has been so wonderful to observe these exchanges and small acts of kindness, that have a BIG impact. #bekind

We have been enjoying our music lessons where we are preparing for our EYFS sing-song. We have been learning some new songs, introduced by Mrs Thomson and we are looking forward to performing these very soon. Our weekly PE lesson has seen us developing our gross motor skills through a variety of activities that incorporate balancing, jumping, hopping and skipping. We displayed our listening and attention skills by participating in stop-start games. For our French session, Mme Pettecrew (and Jacques) shared some French rhymes and actions which supported the class with their memory and recall of some new French vocabulary.

We had a very exciting visit to the school pond, where we had the opportunity to ‘assist’ Gary in clearing it out. He got in wearing his waders and showed us how his big scooping net worked. We were very surprised to see how many newts were in our pond and we were able to carefully hold them and look at the interesting colours and patterns on them.

The week ended with our EYFS Sunflower Day. The children all arrived wearing bright and cheery yellow clothing or accessories. We have planted our own sunflower seeds and learned about how to care for and look after them to help them grow and flourish. We were excited to learn that there are a number of varieties of sunflower and that not all of them are yellow…I wonder what colour our sunflowers will be when they grow? We have tried tasting some sunflower seeds and did a class vote, most of us liked the taste of the sunflower seeds and asked for MORE! 

The Kindergarten Team.

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