At Busy Bees, the children who are due to start school in September, join our Butterfly group. All children in this group take part in fun, interactive daily phonics sessions using the Read Write Inc scheme. The sessions are led by our Deputy Manager, Bev.
We concentrate on one sound per week and as the weeks continue we revisit the previous sounds learnt to broaden the children's understanding. The sessions help children learn to recognise the letter and the sound it makes, air write the letter and distinguish between the letter shapes.
We would like parents to work with us to support the children's development and encourage their child to bring something in for the sound of the week. This helps further develop the children's understanding of the sound and offers the children a broader range of objects every week beginning with a particular sound.
This week, the sound of the week has been 'h' and we have included some photos below of objects the children have brought in.
Parents will be notified of the sound of the week each week - have you 'liked' our Facebook page yet? This is regularly updated with important news and information, including the sound of the week.
For more information on how we deliver Read Write Inc sessions, please refer to the 'Phonics' section under the 'Parent Info' tab. Alternatively, please speak to Bev.
This week we tasted honey!
The children have recently shown an interest in the story of Jack and the Beanstalk so this is currently our focus. This afternoon, the children have been planting their very own 'Jacks's Beanstalk with Fay and Jodie'. The children who wanted to join in this activity each had a small pot which they filled with compost. They made a small hole in the compost using their finger and then pushed in a magic bean which they then watered using the watering can.
We will be watching our magic beans very closely for signs of growth which we will be recording. The children will be recording the growth in photos and measuring the beans using rulers. This activity will extend the children's learning in the area of 'Understanding the World' and 'Mathematics.'
Please look out for news of our Sunflower competition coming after Easter.
On Thursday 7th March, we celebrated World Book Day at Busy Bees. We asked the children to come in dressed as their favourite character from a book and also invited them to bring in their favourite book to share.
We were very impressed with the costumes and have to say a big thank you to the parents for putting in so much effort to support this occasion. Some of the charaters the children dressed up as included:
* Mr Happy
* The Gruffalo
* The Witch from Room on the Broom
* Minnie Mouse
* a Cat
* Woody from Toy Story
The children also brought in a wide range of books to share with us. These included:
* Tabby McTat
* Room on the Broom
* The Gruffalo
* Giraffes Can't Dance
* The Pirate Cruncher
* I Don't Want To Go To Bed
* Mr Little's Noisy Car
* Mr Happy
* Pirate Island
* I Want My Tooth
We have included some photos below:
We would really like to involve parents in their child's learning at Busy Bees. Children's Learning Journeys are a record of their time with us and contain photos, observations, drawings, emergent writing and many other things. These belong to you and your child and we welcome you taking your Learning Journey home to add to. Please find some more information on Learning Journeys below
Some of you may already be aware that Busy Bees now offer Extended Services and we are now open from 7:45am - 6pm all year round. Please find below some information on what we offer:
On Valentines Day, the children made some Valentines biscuits to take home. They added the ingredients to the bowl, stirred the mixture, moulded the dough, rolled it out and cut the shapes. They waited very patiently for their biscuits to bake before icing them with red icing.