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Welcome to Bumblebees Class:

 

Welcome to the Bumblebees Class and a Happy New Year:

Bumblebees are a lively, fun loving, and affectionate group of 8 Early Years pupils (6 boys and two girls). We all enjoy being busy and learning new things. 

The Bumblebees are supported by 3 members of  staff.

We use Dojo's to communicate on a daily basis between home and school.

We  use a variety of resources and props  including a multi sensory approach to support the curriculum. We also use ASC friendly strategies such as Social Stories, TEACCH and Attention Autism to enrich and support the teaching of our Curriculum. 

In Bumblebees class we use total communication strategies including: 

  • Objects cues and objects of reference
  • Sign, pictures, PECs, visual timetable, symbols and real objects
  • Communication aids, and technology help us to access learning and respond to the world around us.

Each half term we will focus and learn about different topics within our subjects. 

Keep checking back to see pictures of all the amazing things we are doing here in The Rowan Tree.

The Bumblebees Staff Team x

 

 

 

Summer Topic 2: 

This half term our topic will be: Can we explore anything else?

 

Literacy: Bumblebees are introduced to a Phonics sound every Monday morning, this letter and sound is reinforced throughout the week during 1:1 shared reading time and continuous provision activities.  

In Literacy this half term, the books we will read will start with 'Dinosaur Roar', this will be followed by stories such as 'Dinosaurs loves Underpants'  and 'Stomp Dinosaur Stomp'. All  pupils will be encouraged and given the oppotunity to mark make / write usings a variety of media. Bumblebees will be encouraged to use pictures, symbols and story mats to interact and  take part in our story sessions. Pupils will be given the opportunity to share a book with an adult 1:1 at least 3 times a week. 

Mathematics: Pupils will explore and learn about heavy and light, big and small, height counting and colour.  Bumblebees  will  continue to participate in Doh Gym and Funky finger sessions. . 

Bumblebees will take part in small group and 1:1 maths box activities. Maths will feature heavily in our continuous provision activities. 

Communication and Language: Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the props, puppets and story mats that support the story. They are encouraged to look at the words and repeat the frequent words used in the story. 

Role Play - pupils are given the opportunity to dress up as their favourite explorer, pupils will be encouraged to dress as explorers equiped with binoculars and magnifying glasses. They will follow the dinosaur footprints, explore the dinosaur eggs and be given the opportunity to explore a variety of dinosaur figures and follage including rocks, wood and leaves. 

Bumblebees will be encouraged to join in with songs and ryhmes, these will be associated to our topic or story. Bumblebees will be encouraged to engage in a lot of 1:1 Intensive Interaction.

P.S.H.E: Lots of learning to take turns and sharing equipment /toys. Bumblebees will be encouraged to hang their own coats up and to carry their own bags to and from school.  They will be encouraged to tidy up after snack, lunch and play activities.  This half term we will introduce trying new foods, we will look at herbivores and carnivores.                                                                       Bumblebees will continue to engage in relaxation and massage sessions.  

Bumblebees are encouraged to follow a visual timetable and to listen to auditory clues (songs) that are associated with the next activity e.eg. Tidy up song / are you hungry song? 

Physical Development: Digging in sand, outdoor RAP visits these are great for gross motor development. Bumblebees will take part in Dinosaur dancing, catching games, chase and preparation for sports day. 

Lots of fine motor practice - sensory mark making, finding fossils in the sand using tweezers and small brushes. 

Expressive Arts and Design: Making dinosaur fossils with salt doh, looking at dinosaur eggs and making a volcanic eruption. 

Understanding The World: We will be looking at the weather, den building, volcanoes. This will be extended our own ECO schools - we will be exploring recycling (litter picking), planting, animal habitats and generally looking at ways that we can protect our planet.

Cookery: Dinosaur footprint biscuits, bread bones, dinosaur egg krispie cakes. 

Keep a look out for Bumblebees photographs. Watch us having fun whilst learning

Bumblebees first ever sports day - well done to everyone. A big thank you to bumblebee parents and Rowan High pupils who helped make this a fabulous occasion.

 

Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils - Bumblebees made fossil prints in salt dough. We will let them dry then take them home.

Baby Dinosaur Hatching - Wow! Bumblebees now have their very own baby dinosaur 'Rexxy', he hatched from the egg. He is so cute!

Free the Dinosaurs - Bumblebees excavated the dinosaurs from the ice, they used a variety of tools to chip away. Some pupils tried to free the dinosaurs by licking the ice!

Phonics 'Ch' threading 'CHEERIOS': Bumblebees showed amazing focus and determination when threading the Cheerios. They also enjoyed the odd nibble!

Choice Play time: Bumblebees had free choice, they explored sensory items, books, and dinosaurs.

Spinning Wheel Paintings: Artist of the month Kandinsky

Exploring a Dinosaur Egg: Bumblebees explored the dinosaur egg before placing it in the water it need to hatch, we will keep watch for the baby dinosaur hatching!

Summer Topic 1: 

This half term our topic will be Can we explore it?

 

Literacy: Bumblebees are introduced to a Phonics sound every Monday morning, this letter and sound is reinforced throughout the week during 1:1 shared reading time and continuous provision activities. The letters and sounds we will learn about this half term are j, th,v, w, y, z.

In Literacy this half term, the books we will read will start with 'Walking through the jungle', this will be followed by stories such as Dear zoo, Handa's Surprise and From head to toe. All  pupils will be encouraged and given the oppotunity to mark make / write usings a variety of media. Bumblebees will be encouraged to  use pictures, symbols and story mats to interact and  take part in our story sessions.  

Mathematics: Pupils will explore and learn about  counting, pattern (including rangoli) and shape . Bumblebees  will participate in Doh Gym and Funky finger sessions. . 

Bumblebees will take part in small group and 1:1 maths box activities. Maths will feature heavily in our continuous provision activities. 

Communication and Language: Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the props, puppets and story mats that support the story. They are encouraged to look at the words and repeat the frequent words used in the story. 

Role Play - pupils are given the opportunity to dress up as their favourite jungle animal, pupils will be encouraged to dress as explorers equiped with binoculars and magnifying glasses. 

Bumblebees will be encouraged to join in with songs and ryhmes, these will be associated to our topic or story. Bumblebees will be encouraged to engage in a lot of 1:1 Intensive Interaction.

P.S.H.E: Lots of learning to take turns and sharing equipment /toys. Bumblebees will be encouraged to hang their own coats up and to carry their own bags to and from school.  They will be encouraged to tidy up after snack, lunch and an activity. This half term we will introduce Den building and looking at what we might need to pack for an adventure. Bumblebees will continue to engage in relaxation and massage sessions.  

Bumblebees are encouraged to follow a visual timetable and to listen to auditory clues (songs) that are associated with the next activity e.eg. Tidy up song / are you hungry song? 

Physical Development: Digging in sand, outdoor RAP visits these are great for gross motor development -lots of climbing etc. Hopefully we can start swimming-this has to be confirmed, balancing on benches, bouncing on yoga balls etc..

Lots of fine motor practice - using small lego, using tweezers to collect straws, feathers or twigs. Playing with Mr. Potato head, threading, Funky Finger sessions. 

Expressive Arts and Design: Making snake paper chains, jungle binoculars, exploring with animal prints. (Zebra, Giraffe patterns)

Understanding The World: We will be looking at the weather, den building, healthy and unhealthy foods. This will be extended into starting our own ECO schools - we will be exploring recycling, planting, animal habitats and generally looking at ways that we can protect our planet.

Cookery: Jungle jelly with jelly snakes, fruit salad, animal biscuits. 

Keep a look out for Bumblebees photographs. Watch us having fun whilst learning.

Amazing Winners! Bumblebees won 1st Prize in the design  a recycling poster competition. Here is a photo of the winning poster and a photograph of Oliver accepting the winning prize. Well done Bumblebees. 

Bumblebees making their Recycling Poster Competition entry:

Choice time in Bumblebees - building blocks, potato head, play doh, road tack and cars, train set, works bench and tools etc..

School Disco - lots of blurred photos as the Bumblebees class sure know how to dance!

Handas Surprise - Fruit salad

Role Play -Hairdressers in Bumblebees Class

Bumblebees at the Garden Centre - we ate in the cafe and explored the plants and surroundings

Going on an Exploration - Bumblebees looked for hidden jungle animals

Bublebees impression of Andy Warhol - Pop Art

Painting - finishing touches to Bumblevees POP ART - Andy Warhol tribute and painting bird boxes for Enterprise.

Icing cakes and Biscuits:

Having fun in Bumblebees including a cheeky visit to the park while we completed our sponsored walk.

Hard at work in Bumblebees: Phonics 'V' making a volcano. Bumblebees demonstrate increased focus when completeing their indivual tasks

Eco Schools - as part of our Eco School and 'understanding the world', Bumblebees have been learning about birds in the Jungle aswell as birds in our environment. Bumblebees have been making bird seed biscuits and hanging them on ribbon. The left over bird seed was placed in bird feeders and Bumblebees chose areas around school to hang them, this included giving the feeders to other classes.

Making Tiger Patterns - with paint and shaving foam:

Bumblebee Explorers - Bumblebees being introduced to our 'can we explore it' topic. Bumblebees look at Jungle animals and insects.

Painting using different shades of green - Bumblebees used their hands (and brushes) mixing various shades of green to make leaf prints.

WoW!! Look at our Broadbeans - Bumblebees planted broadbeans before the Easter holidays. Look at how they have grown.

 

Spring Topic 2: 

This half term our topic will be Can anyone be a superhero?

 

Literacy: Bumblebees are introduced to a Phonics sound every Monday morning, this letter and sound is reinforced throughout the week during 1:1 shared reading time and continuous provision activities. 

In Literacy this half term, the books we will read will start with Real Superheroes - a celebration of key workers , moving onto the adventures of Supertato! -  pupils will be encouraged to mark make / write usings a variety of media. Bumblebees will be encouraged to  use pictures, symbols and story mats to interact and  retell the  story. 

Mathematics: Pupils will explore and learn about Number, colour, shape, big / small, heavy / light and will participate in Doh Gym sessions. 

Bumblebees will take part in small group and 1:1 maths box activities. Maths will feature heavily in our continuous provision activities. 

Communication and Language: Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the props, puppets and story mats that support the story. They are encouraged to look at the words and repeat the frquent words used in the story. 

Role Play - pupils are given the opportunity to dress up as their favourite super hero, this includes key workers e.g. nurses, doctors, paramedics etc..

Bumblebees will be encouraged to join in with songs and ryhmes, these will be associated to our topic or story. Bumblebees will be encouraged to engage in a lot of 1:1 Intensive Interaction.

P.S.H.E: Lots of learning to take turns and sharing equipment /toys. Bumblebees will be encouraged to hang their own coats up and to carry their own bags to and from school.  They will be encouraged to tidy up after snack, lunch and an activity. 

Bumblebees are encouraged to follow a visual timetable and to listen to auditory clues (songs) that are associated with the next activity e.eg. Tidy up song / are you hungry song? 

Physical Development: Digging in sand, climbing (climbing hangar), balancing on benches, bouncing on yoga balls etc..

Lots of fine motor practice - using small lego, using tweezers to collect straws, feathers or twigs. Playing with Mr. Potato head.  Threading!

Expressive Arts and Design: Making super hero masks, making shields, making our own Supertato's

Understanding The World: We will be looking at people who help us in our community. This will be extended into starting our own ECO schools - we will be exploring recycling, planting, and generally looking at ways that we can protect our planet.

Cookery: Bumblebees will be making some hulk jelly! We will explore chopping fruits to make smoothies and kebabs. 

Keep a look out for Bumblebees photographs. Watch us having fun whilst learning.

Egg Hunt, Egg Rolling, Easter Bonnets and Easter Chocolate Cake making :

Easter Crafts: Making Easter bonnets and decorating eggs for egg rolling ( some bumblebees tried to taste the hard boiled eggs )

Mothers Day Plants - Bumblebees planting plants in their individually designed decorated plant pot. It is all very exciting ( a big secret surprise! )

Learning through play - dressing up, role play, building, exploring, sensory and reading

Expert teeth cleaning - Bumblebees demonstrate how they now enjoy cleaning their teeth.

Look at our cress seed growing - Bumblebees taking care of their cress and beans. Fingers crossed the beans will start sprouting soon.

Let's get Physical - Bumblebees having fun at the RAP park

Phonics in Bumblebees - Overwriting and Copy writing

More Teeth Brushing - Bumblebees are growing in confidence brushing their teeth. Some pupils observe their work in the mirror.

Look at us Learning in Bumblebees - completing our work trays. Literacy

Observation Supertato - The Veggies Assemble - Bumblebees had to free the vegetables from the ice, make their own supertato, dress up as a superhero and free The Evil Pea

Looking at Going to the Dentist - People who help us! Key Worker Superheroes - Bumblebees brushing teeth.

World Book Day - Decorating Crowns

World Book Day - Bumblebees class had Spiderman, Alice in Wonderland, Princesses, Knights, Kings and Queen Bees in class today.

Brushing Teeth - Bumblebees are learning about People who help us in our community, this week we looked at dentists. We all explored brushing our teeth.

Working Hard 1:1 in class - Reading and Writing

Pancake Tuesday -Bumblebees flipped, touched, and tasted pancakes and a variety of pancake fillings

Superheroes including - People who help us!

Bumblebees working hard on Maths Activities: including shape, weight, manipulating doh and pattern

Learning Through Play:

Spring Topic 1: 

This half term our topic will be"How does that building stay up?"

We will be exploring a variety of different materials from wood, brick, straw, feathers, straws etc.. We will use a variety of materials to build and make things from to test the materails durability. 

Literacy: Bumblebees are introduced to a Phonics sound every Monday morning, this letter and sound is reinforced throughout the week during 1:1 shared reading time and continuous provision activities. 

In Literacy the books we will read will start with 'The Three Little Pigs' - pupils will be encouraged to mark make / write usings a variety of media. Bumblebees will be encouraged to  use pictures, symbols and story mats to interact and  retell the  story. 

Mathematics: Pupils will explore and learn about Shape, Colour, Pattern, Big and Small, Heavy and Light, Number and  Doh Gym 

Bumblebees will take part in small group and 1:1 maths box activities. Maths will feature heavily in our continuous provision activities. 

Communication and Language: Pupils are given the opportunity to explore props, puppets that support the story

Role Play - pupils are given the opportunity to explore 3little pigs, wolf puppet,  straw, sticks and bricks .

Bumblebees will be encouraged tojoin in with songs and ryhmes, these will be associated to our topic or story. Bumblebees will be encouraged to engage in a lot of 1:1 Intensive Interaction.

P.S.H.E: Lots of learning to take turns and sharing equipment /toys. Bumblebees will be encouraged to hang their own coats up and to caryy their own bags to and from school.  They will be encouraged to tidy up after an activity and to recognise our song signifiers. Bumblebees will follow a visual timetable. 

Physical Development: Digging in sand. Building using large bricks. Practice using tools.

Lots of fine motor practice - using small lego, using tweezers to collect straws or twigs. Doh Gym twice weekly 

Expressive Arts and Design: Make houses out of lolly sticks, Brick prints, Make windmills

Understanding The World: We will look atphotographs and pictures of  unusual buildings from around the World.

Look at windmills and homes for different animals. 

Cookery: Chocolate Rice Krispie blocks, Jelly ice cube blocks, Making and using ice cubes to build an igloo.

Keep a look out for Bumblebees photographs. Watch us having fun whilst learning.

 

The Climbing Hangar: Three Bumblebees managed to climb to the top of the Climbing Hangar - we are very proud of them

Watering Seeds: Bumblebees planted some seeds as part of Well Being Week - we have been learning about what makes the seeds grow.

Maths in Bumblebees: Number using dice, colours, blocks and matching

Exploring a Pineapple - look, touch, taste and smell

Physical Development: digging in the sand - including sweeping up!

Freedom of Choice: Bumblebees are encouraged to learn through play. They like to choose a favourite toy or object to explore.

Exploring Play Doh: Bumblebees learning how to roll, squash and cut out shapes using paly doh.

Dress up Friday: Bumblebees enjoyed choosing fancy dress clothing to wear. We had doctors, paramedics, supper heroes and princesses

Chinese New Year: The Year of the Tiger - Bumblebees looked at chopsticks, fortune cookies, prawn crackers, Chinese traditional clothing, writing and listened to some Chinese music.

Painting Buildings:

Sensory - Bubbles, Massage and Foot Spa's

Three Little Pigs - Bumblebees explore all the props used to support the story.

Bumblebees looking at emotions. We looked at our faces using mirrors and pictures

Construction using blocks, bricks and cereal!

Painting and Paint Mixing using bricks:

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