This week in the Warren we have had three learning intentions, like every week the learning intentions come from our learning wheels and they are based on our next steps. The cells on our wheels which are not highlighted green or are orange, means that we are working towards the desired learning outcome.
Our first learning intention this week has been “attempts sometimes successfully to fit shapes into inset boards or jigsaw puzzles” We have provided the children with arrange of 4 and 6 piece puzzles. The puzzle that we chose were animal puzzles as the children have an interest in animals. As Early Year’s Practitioners we encourage the children to take part in this activity by talking to the children about the animals and the noises that they make. Some children were able to pick up the puzzle pieces and match them to the correct picture on the board, some found it a bit tricky to slot them in, however they could name the animals and make/recognise the noises along the process of completing the puzzle. A few of the children were able to complete the 4 piece puzzles; twisting the pieces until they slotted into the correct slots. There was evident celebration’s happening when the children managed to complete the puzzle, whereby the children clapped and smiled at the end product! We are so proud when the children recognise their individual achievements.
Our second learning intention has been “holds cup with both hands and drinks without spilling much”. This learning intention has been an ongoing goal over the past few weeks which I am sure you are aware of, due to a few changes of wet clothes. A lot of the children are becoming very competent at drinking from a Tommy Tippee beaker without a lid…..practise makes perfect. Some of the children when handed a cup with a lid on, have been pointing and requesting for the lid to be taken off.
Our third learning intention has been, “develops own likes and dislikes in food and drink” We have been providing the children with arrange of different foods to sample during snack time. Myself, Cat and Abbie have been role modelling good behaviour and participating in doing this. We have tried Lemons, Olives, not always being a favourite some of us have been pulling some funny faces, whereas, others have been requesting more. Banana, Apple and Pear have been a favourite of ours. We have also been trying Honey, which in turns makes very sticky fingers and lips!!
Our learning intentions can take a few weeks to achieve, adults need to allow enough time for children to try things over and over again, repeating experiences create strong brain connections, this is why children often want to hear the same song or story, which at times can be repetitive for the adults; however, this is essential for the children which achieves deep level learning!