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Curriculum Newsletters 2023 - 24

                    2023 - 2024

We have had a fantastic first couple of weeks at school, and we are pleased to see how well the children have settled in.

2022 - 2023

We have been exploring this terms theme of transport and using different forms of transport to mark make through different sensory materials.

We celebrated our Eid Celebration day on the 26th of April this year - it was so much fun to join in with the celebrations. We tasted traditional foods, dressed in traditional clothing and enjoyed some different crafts. Our favourite was exploring the chocolate henna on ice hands!

We had so much fun for world book day- we explored lots of activities relating to the book 'The day the crayons quit' by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. We made our own mixed colour crayons, explored making melted crayon art. We also made some art using different crayons and explored colour trays.

This week we have introduced our topic of 'From seed to flower' - we have looked at how seeds can grow edible fruits/ vegetables and herbs. We planted our own, explored cutting herbs and using our different senses to see what we liked/did not like and made herb paints that all smelt very different and had different colours to them.

We have been looking at the story 'Let's Build a House' this half term and through our sensory story we have explored what materials we might use to build different structures.

Today we have been looking at Chinese New Year. It is the year of the Rabbit so we have explored some different craft activities relating to the Rabbit and then some sensory trays of rice and noodles with chopsticks and Chinese fans. We finished the day with some relaxation to traditional Chinese music.

This week during our topic of materials we explored different ways to use fabric for artwork. We used fabric to make collages, fabric paints on material and we explored making tie dye t-shirts. This was so much fun and the colours were so vibrant.

We have had a great start back to school, we have enjoyed exploring winter activities. We have looked at the different weather conditions. We used confetti with fans and hair-dyers to create a snow storm, we explored ice sensory trays and used relaxation with umbrellas and rain shakers.

We haver had so much fun the last 2 weeks for Christmas. We started by looking at some sensory trays to explore the nativity. We then explored some different Christmas crafts and got party ready. This week we have enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas, our Christmas dinner and our Christmas party! Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

This week we performed our Christmas Nativity - we had lots of fun and all did amazing in our dance. We hope everyone who came to see us, really enjoyed the show!

This week we have explored lots of autumn activities, from shapes stuck in cob webs, to autumn stories, crafts and even a sensory campfire in class! We have had so much fun using all our senses to explore different autumnal activities!

We have been exploring percussion in music this half term - we have explored glitter on drums and painting with drum sticks to a beat. We then looked at body percussion and clapped with shaving foam/stomped in puddles, we enjoyed some non-instrumental percussion finding different items to use as drums and finished by making our own drums and monkey drums! It was a very loud week but lots of fun!

In Art we looked at making mixed media family trees. We first made our own recycled paper, we painted on textured wall paper and then collaged on our family photos.

We have been looking at our sensory story 'In Every House on Every Street'. We have explored sensory trays to match each room in the house and looked at what we do in the kitchen baking cakes to having bubble baths in the bathroom!

In RE this week, we have been looking at Hindu Dharma at how worship might help us remember what is important. We started the week looking at different people, items and celebrations might be important to us. We then looked at ways to show our appreciation for those that are important to us. We finished the week with a sensory session looking at the ritual of Puja, and looking at how Hindu's may offer flowers and fruits as part of their ritual. We explored flowers frozen in ice, made fruits salads and had our feet washed whilst listening to traditional music and smelling different incense.

This week we have been looking at plants in Science. Each day we have explored a different part of the plant life cycle through sensory activities. We have looked at seeds, leaves, edible plants/herbs, the importance of sun, water and soil for plants and the different parts to a plant such as the petals and the stems. We made some petal collages, some sunflower paintings, our own herb playdough and a poppy seed and lemon cake. We also explored using our senses through some messy play trays, a herb cutting station and planting our own seeds which we hope will grow!