A typical week in any Reception class is packed full of exciting opportunities, made even more plentiful at Brabyns because of our smaller class sizes.
This term our theme is ‘A Pinch of Magic’ and we have been able to design some rather intricate and spellbinding art and craft activities for the children because of the small number of children in our groups. This half term the children have designed and made their own magic wands wrapped in string and jewels and have dyed their own salt to make miniature magic potion bottles. These are just two of many activities over the past few weeks, activities that engage the children and help them to learn new information and perfect different skills. The small group size affords us time to spend with children individually, supporting and challenging them with their next steps.
Forest School activities demand a high ratio of adults to children which means we are lucky enough to be able to do Forest School sessions every week as a full class. Engaging weekly means that the children progress quickly in their skills and understanding. This half term we have even been able to have a fire with the children where they learnt the ‘fire position’ for kneeling in front to toast marshmallows and remain safe. They have also learnt to tie knots and have been showing these off while making willow stars for Christmas.