Early Years Foundation Stage Update

Crèche trip to Text book Centre at Two Rivers Mall & Swimming Demo

The Crèche trip to Text book Centre at Two Rivers Mall was indeed the highlight of the “Eric Carle” theme. The children had a great time singing nursery rhymes in the bus as we embarked on our journey.  What caught the children’s eyes at the book store, was the variety of books which were displayed on the shelves from all over the world.

They were drawn into the magical world of fairy tales as they took turns to independently select and read a book of their choice. In the end, they purchased their favourite hard cover story book, a pack of crayons and a colouring book.

Thereafter we played a few games, then had a picnic lunch in the garden within the mall.

What a better way to introduce the second half of the terms theme, “Teddy bears,” with the story of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” Next week the children will go for a bear hunt and dramatise the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.”

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the children proudly displayed their skills in the pool during the Crèche Swimming Demo. We would like to thank all the parents who came and celebrated their children’s progress.

Foundation Stage 1

This week we embarked on the theme - On The Move. We started off by exploring transport by road.  The children excitedly talked about the models of their parents’ cars and brought in their toy cars, buses and trucks. We recycled milk and juice cartons to make the different car models.

The song of the week wasThe wheels on the bus go round and round…’ To crown it up, we went for a bus ride at the car park in our school bus. This gave the children an opportunity to understand more about bus engines, bumpers, headlights, wing mirrors, exhaust pipes, boots etc.  They were also able to count the various parts of the bus and compared those that were different.  

Next week we shall focus on modes of transport used in water.

Foundation Stage 2

“Nothing lasts forever, not even the best machines. And everything can be reused.” Hephaestus

The topic, Machines has taken off quite well as the children showed great interest in the common ones which they are aware of, such as washing machines, computers, phones, and clocks among many others. Discussions led us to realise that;

  • Machine is a tricky word
  • Machines make life easier
  • All machines need operators
  • All machines need a source of energy e.g., humans, batteries, fuel or electricity.

We integrated these facts in the different learning areas. The children used their imagination to come up with models of self-chosen machines using a variety of resources both in and outdoors. They went ahead and took up the roles of machine operators and engineers. Some of them chose to paint and draw familiar machines found at home.

While at the construction area, the children were able to use positional language such as; bottom, under, on top and above to describe their process of building. They ably labelled these models and wrote down a few simple operating instructions (on/off, hot/cold, up/down). Team work was evident as children planned and worked towards achieving the same goal.

Next week, we shall focus on simple machines such as well pulleys, axles and inclined planes.