Butterflies

September 2021

Welcome to Butterfly Class!

The children are settling in and learning the routines in our class. We are busy playing with the resources and trying new activities!

We are reading the story ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell as our core story for this half term. The children are exploring some new words in this story including owlets, swooping, tree trunk and claws. We are learning about different types of owls and about what owls do by using the internet as well as information books. The children are starting to help with retelling of the story and asking questions or making comments about it. We will also introduce other night time animals including hedgehogs, bats and moths as our topic develops.

We have been collecting lots of sticks from the Woodland garden and have been looking at the different trees that are around us outside. The children have been using the sticks in different ways and learning new skills. They have been winding wool around them, painting them and using them to paint with to make pictures.  Also, we have had some fishing rods and wands being created independently by some of the children. 

We are starting to talk about the season of Autumn and finding fallen leaves in the gardens. We have looked at some information books about Autumn and read the story ‘Going on a Leaf Hunt’ by Steve Metzger. 

We have been singing lots of songs and rhymes some which are familiar to the children as well as some new ones! The children love singing and joining in with some of the actions. 

Welcome to Butterfly class!  We have mainly 3 and 4 year olds in this class, but we also have some older 2 year olds as well. Our classroom is quite different to the other two rooms as we have a conservatory attached which gives us views of our woodland garden. The conservatory houses our art studio and it gives children the space and resources to create all different styles of artwork. In Butterfly class we also have a cookery area, equipped with child sized equipment and outfits which was set up using a National Lottery grant.

As with all the classrooms, we have divided up the areas using shelving, so children have direct and easy access to the resources available to support their independent play.  We tend to have many resources that stay the same, so that children can return to their activities over a period of days, and revisit their favourite activities.  However, we also add resources that may be of interest to the children, such as fairy-tale outfits in the home corner.

All children have their own coat peg and pigeon holes. Upon arrival in the morning or afternoon, we encourage children to find their peg and put all their belongings away. The pigeon holes can be checked by parents at the beginning or end of a session, for letters or leaflets.
 
Who is in the Butterfly Team?
Emily - Class Teacher
Nicole - Classroom Deputy / Classroom Senco
Amanda - Early Years Assistant 
Amanda - Early Years Assistant
Ali - Early Years Assistant
Kira - Centre Support Worker 
 
May 2021
 

We have been reading our core story ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This is a rhyming story so we have been looking for words that rhyme and listening for initial sounds in words. The children have been retelling the story and learning about the different characters. The characters are the little old lady, wise old man, hen, goat, pig and cow. We have been making lots of hand print animals for a display in the classroom and practising drawing people. We have read lots of rhyming stories and looking at information books about farm animals to learn more about them. We’ve also had plastic farm animals and Duplo people for the children to play with.

We have been looking for signs of Spring in the garden and the Woodland garden. The children have found lots of different flowers and are noticing different types of weather. We have been planting lots of seeds including pumpkins and lots of different wild flowers in the both gardens for the bees and butterflies.  

The children have been looking at some frog spawn and tadpoles that I found in my pond at home so have been learning about the lifecycle of a frog. We have looked at some books about frogs and butterflies. Also we have been really lucky and we have had some tiny little black caterpillars that have very recently made their cocoons so we are watching and waiting until the butterflies appear! We have read the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle a lot as this is story the children really enjoy looking at and listening to.

Thank you very much for your continued support!

 

February 2021
 

We have been reading our core story ‘The Gingerbread Man’. The children have been using the characters from the story to retell it and they enjoy joining in with the repeated phrases including ‘Run, run as fast as you can!  You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!’. We have been lucky enough to have some small gingerbread men for snack and the children enjoyed watching Amanda making gingerbread. We have all had a go at painting and drawing a gingerbread man to add to our classroom display. 

 

We have been learning about the season of Winter and the children have especially been enjoying playing outside in the snow. They have made snowmen after being shown how to roll a snow ball and exploring ice. The children have been carefully using hammers to break ice into small pieces.

Also we have made some bird fat balls during bird watching week and using the binoculars to look at different birds in the garden.

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year and will be trying some different foods including egg fried rice, soy sauce, plum sauce, spring onions, noodles and prawn crackers. We have watched a video on CBeebies about how Chinese New Year is celebrated and also we are busy making our dragon in preparation for the dragon dance.

Have restful half term break!

 

December 2020

We have been busy learning about Poppies, Bonfire night and Diwali as well as the season of Autumn. The children have made firework pictures using several different methods including flicking paint using paint brushes and printing using various sizes of cardboard tubes. We have watched fireworks on a video clip and made a pretend fire with Autumn leaves with battery operated tea lights. The children have tried some different foods associated with these celebrations including hot dogs, hot chocolate, rice, naan bread and poppadums. 

Our core story is ‘It was a Cold Dark Night’ by Tim Hopgood which is about Ned the hedgehog who is looking for a home.  We will be making hedgehogs using sticks, paint and clay. As well as learning facts about them and saying some rhymes about hedgehogs. 

We will be continuing to practise putting on our own coats, wellies, hats as well as practising doing up fastenings on our clothes and shoes.

 

October 2020

The children have settled in really quickly into their new Butterfly class and it has been great to have them back. We have had some new children start and welcomed back lots of returning children. 

Our core story for the next few weeks is ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. We will be reading the story and looking at the pictures to help us to start learning about owls. We have started finding out facts about owls using some non-fiction books and drawing and painting owls. We have been finding feathers in the woodland garden and looking at different birds using the binoculars. 

Also we are learning about the season of Autumn through finding lots of fallen leaves, seeds, pine cones and conkers in the woodland garden. The children have been enjoying playing with conkers, putting them down tubes and the guttering outside.

Please could the children bring some named wellie boots and a warm waterproof coat as the weather is getting colder and wetter as the term is progressing. The children love playing in the woodland garden and it can get very muddy!

 

September 2020
 
Please see the video below which shows how the classroom will look when you return to/start at Caverstede. There are changes in place due to COVID-19 and information will have been sent to you through the ParentMail facility. Please take the time to read through this to ensure we all stay safe while at school. Thank you.

Spring term 2 - 2020

This term will see us explore different celebrations such as Mother’s Day, World book Day, Easter and Pancake day, we have also had a visit from a real author, Ellie Sandall, which was an amazing day!

Our key story this term is not one but several reads, these are the works of Nick Sharratt and his amazing line of Shark in the Park story books, this also includes Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a windy Day. We will learn about sharks and explore their underwater world to see what we can discover about these amazing creatures. We will bring these ideas to our role play and small work and will be searching for sharks outside. Inspired from the stories we will also explore telescopes mainly to see what we can find around us when focused on one area.

We have lots planned for our time in the Woodland Garden too with shape and shark hunting and also trying more activities around the fire circle, which the children really appear to enjoy. This term will see us explore different celebrations such as Mother’s Day, World book Day and Pancake day, we have also had a visit from a real author Ellie Sandall which was an amazing day!

We continue to develop our skills around number, reading, storytelling and mark making as well as the other areas of the EYFS. We will also explore the works of Andy Goldsworthy who creates artwork using natural materials such as leaves, sticks and stones and see how this can influence our creatives sides.

Spring term 1 - 2020

This term our core story is the Three Billy Goats Gruff, we have a variety of different adaptations of the tale that offer a selection of details and endings, which we use to build on our role play like building a bridge in our reading area to see how the troll lives and small world play where we retell the struggles of the characters. Using inspiration from the story we have begun to learn about goats, places we call home and share what we think about trolls. We continue to explore outside during our woodland days that take place on a Friday now and recently we found a friendly troll who has moved into the classroom! We plan to investigate further for any more and plan to plant some cress that we could also use at snack time.

We have made some changes to our role play and have a Chinese theme present as we explore Chinese culture and look forward to celebrating Chinese New Year, this includes making a large dragon to use in our dragon dance performance. We will also be sampling some different foods from China and some of the traditional music as we dive into the culture.

We continue to build our number sense, storytelling and creative sides using paints, pens and pencils and will be looking at the art style of Georges Seurat who creates amazing pieces using dots in his Pointillism art work of the world around him

October 2019
 

The children have settled in really quickly into their new Butterfly class and it has been great to have them back. We have had some new children start and welcomed back lots of returning children. 

Our core story for the next few weeks is ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. We will be reading the story and looking at the pictures to help us to start learning about owls. We have started finding out facts about owls using some non-fiction books and drawing and painting owls. We have been finding feathers in the woodland garden and looking at different birds using the binoculars. 

Also we are learning about the season of Autumn through finding lots of fallen leaves, seeds, pine cones and conkers in the woodland garden. The children have been enjoying playing with conkers, putting them down tubes and the guttering outside.

Please could the children bring some named wellie boots and a warm waterproof coat as the weather is getting colder and wetter as the term is progressing. The children love playing in the woodland garden and it can get very muddy!

 

Autumn 2019

The children have settled into the nursery routine well and are enjoying getting to know their classroom, teacher, key people and friends.

We have enjoyed a visit to Paston Church to celebrate Harvest and have taken part in the activities Reverend Mark provides. We also had lots of parents/carers join us and we hope that you also enjoyed the activities! Thank you for joining us. It is a great help to have so many parents/carers help us to walk to the church.

Woodland days have now started and we have a new pupil, Ivy, on display in the reception who is well wrapped up for enjoying being outside in all weather! 

Our core story for this term is Owl Babies. 

Please remember to check your child’s pigeonholes daily as this is where we put information we need to send out. Whiteboards are also displayed outside each classroom and updated with information on things that are going on within the nursery. We also use ParentMail and Facebook to keep you informed of what’s happening and also have a ‘News’ page on our website - www.caverstede.peterborough.sch.uk.