What a busy circles and triangles week Robins and Wrens have had. On Monday we recreated Kandinsky’s Circles painting during our focus art and went on a circle hunt in the classroom. To extend our learning further we made circle and triangle biscuits on Tuesday during cooking with Mrs Lew. Nursery adventure took Little Wrens to the library where they looked for books on Birthdays ready for us to begin our new RE unit all about Advent and Birthdays. We then made birthday cards for Kipper the dog and play dough cupcakes in the home corner. With all of the wet weather we have had this week, Billy decided to construct an umbrella in the construction area. We talked about what materials would be waterproof and then made umbrellas using different materials to test out on our umbrella walk on Thursday. It was very wet and surprisingly the tissue paper umbrella lasted the longest. We have also had a Doctors surgery in the home corner this week and explored the role of a Doctor and a Nurse and how they are super heroes. This inspired us to make a loose parts skeleton and draw around our bodies to fill them with organs; Abigail reminded us not to forget the muscles too!
This week we have made healthy pizzas, we chose to use as many food groups as we could on our pizza to make them varied and full of healthy vegetables. We celebrated anti bullying week by wearing odd socks and trying to pair them on our washing line, we also enjoyed some role play and acted out some bullying scenarios and talked a lot about how we could help the bully and how the bully felt.
This week the Swifts have been very creative learning about how bullying can appear deeper than what we see on the surface. As a class, we created a dance symbolising that many children who appear as the bully may in fact be suffering themselves and have walked the journey in the shoes of a victim. We discussed how bullying may begin, develop, ways to manage our emotions and what to do if we see a person who may be showing signs of bullying. The dance created many discussions where the children could see from the bully’s point of view as well as the person being bullied and how a cycle can be created between the characters in the story. They have done a wonderful job retelling the story of a bully’s cycle and choreographing their routine this week. A very creative story from the children who feel very proud of their learning this week.
The children have also been creating their chosen mountains from their geography learning, focussing on how different mountains are formed. Using a range of materials, ICT and construction skills, the children are onto their final stage of painting their mountains ready to showcase in school. They are going to look fantastic when they are complete!
As part of anti-bullying week, we have talked about different ways that individuals involved in bullying incidents can ‘reach out’ for help. The children considered different bullying scenarios and performed short role plays for their peers. We all recognise the need to ‘reach out’ to the victim, but we also understand that in most cases the bully is hurting or struggling with something in their own life too and a kind word or listening ear may be all they need to change their actions.