Welcome to Tiny Treasures!
The Tiny Treasures are the youngest class in our school. We are a group of 36, three and 4 year old's who love to play and have fun. We learn the most when we are following our own interests and leading our own learning- play is serious business!
In our class you will meet our teacher, Mrs Rowcroft and our wonderful teaching assistants Miss Cowan, Mrs Cookson and Ms Lear.
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Dressing Up Box
Our teachers are trying to be more environmentally friendly. We have a new dressing up box filled with lovely finds from the local charity shop. We have handbags, blankets, scarves and hats. We can be anything we want to be and use our imaginations!
March Movers- Yoga
During March, the Sports Council have challenged us to get active every day. Today, we took part in a Yoga session. We tried really hard to learn lots of new poses!
In maths, we have been looking at repeating patterns. We can now extend an AB pattern and some of us can spot and correct a mistake. We loved making patterns using the compare bears.
World Book Day 2022
This year, we decided to reuse and recycle for World Book Day. We were allowed to dress as anyone or anything we wanted to. We looked at the book Animals by Oliver Jeffers and even made our own class book based on the book.
We learnt all about Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day around the world. We designed our perfect pancake and then we made and ate our pancakes! In the garden, we used frying pans to toss pretend pancakes. What a fun day it was!
Safer Internet Day 2022
Tuesday 22nd February was Safer Internet Day 2022. In Early Years, we took a funny picture and posted it on the school Facebook page to see how far it would travel and how quickly. Within an hour it had made it to Canada, Poland and Australia!
We also listened to a story about Digi-Duck and role played the story using character masks.
Science Day 2022
We began Science Day by attending our very first assembly! During the assembly, we learnt about women is science and about possible science based careers.
We returned to the classroom, and had the opportunity to take part in 3 different science experiments. One experiment, was to make a parachute to slow our superhero toys down as they were dropped from a height. The next, was to learn about viscosity of different liquids by looking and how marbles moved through them. The final experiment was to see if we could make play dough float.
In the afternoon we went to the hall and tested out our parachutes. What an exciting day!
Chinese New Year
We have had a brilliant time celebrating Chinese New Year in Tiny Treasures. We acted out and retold the story of the Chinese zodiac, made lanterns, tasted some Chinese food and even had our faces painted as tigers for the year of the tiger. We were very lucky to be gifted a lucky red and gold envelope containing chocolate coins too!
In the Tiny Treasures, we follow the interests of the children. The children became fascinated by volcanoes so we read books about them, watched videos about them and even built one of our own! This was a very exciting time in our class which culminated in our very own volcanic eruption!
In our Tuff Tray, we have been playing with Orbeez. We have thought of lots of words to describe how they feel including "squashy, squishy, bouncy, cold and jelly-ish." We filled and emptied containers with them, sorted them by colour and enjoyed the sensory experience they provided.
We noticed, if we fill a bowl with Orbeez and push our hand into them, the erupt like a volcano. This led onto our next topic all about Volcanoes.
In our first PE lesson, we changed sensibly into our pumps and went to the hall. We were introduced to the parachute and learnt to make waves with it. We also learnt how to make a mushroom. We all had to work as a team to make it work properly. We took turns listening for our name and running underneath the mushroom. Finally, we played a colour game. When our colour was shouted we had to run around as quickly as we could and sit back in our place.
The children were pretending to build a comp fire in the garden. They were introduced to a wooden camp fire toy that even comes with marshmallows! The children enjoyed toasting and eating their marshmallows. We used this opportunity to talk about fire safety with the children.
Who Needs Toys?
Mr. Upton got some lovely new furniture for his office and kindly gave us the empty cardboard boxes to play with! We have played in the boxes all day long and have had a wonderful time. We have used our problem solving skills to find a way to get in and out of the boxes as our legs aren't quite long enough. We also decided to draw on and decorate our boxes with chalk.
In our PSHE lesson, we have been looking at happy and sad feelings. We looked at ourselves in mirrors and made happy and sad faces and also matched photographs to a smiley and sad face. We also spoke about things that make us feel happy at school. Sharing, taking turns and snack time all make us smile!
Today, Friday 8th October, we have raised money for young peoples mental health by supporting Hello Yellow. We sang to yellow submarine, danced to Superheroes Unite and listened to the story of Colour Monster. We talked about lots of feelings we can feel and then coloured our own colour monster pictures.
We gathered some Autumn objects from our garden, we found lots of leaves and sticks. We already had some conkers in the classroom so we added those to our collection.
We put everything into a tuff tray and played a matching game. Next, we sorted the items into sets. Finally, we sorted them into smaller sub-sets. We sorted the leaves by colour and the conkers and sticks by size.
The children were very interested in Halloween and were talking about the costumes they were planning to wear. We did some Halloween themed crafts throughout the week and finished with a dress up day on Friday.
In our PE lesson we did some firework dancing. We used ribbons and twirled them around above our heads, to the sides and near the floor. We danced and skipped to the song Firework too.
Super Scientists- Colour Mixing
We listened to the story of Room on the Broom this afternoon. We decided to make some potions of our own! we each chose 2 colours to add to our potion and predicted what colour we might make. We used pipettes to carefully put the coloured liquids in our tube and then watched as the colours changed. It was super exciting!
We have been looking at the Hindu celebration of Diwali. We began by watching a CBeebies video about how a little girl and her family celebrate. A huge part of Diwali is light, colour and yummy food! We made some sparkly firework pictures with paint and glitter and then made some delicious Diwali sweets. We added desiccated coconut, vanilla, food colouring and condensed milk to create our sweets. We all had a turn at mixing the ingredients and then, the best part... we got to taste them! Some of us thought they were delicious but others weren't so sure.
We have looked at the Red Rose of Lancashire and coloured some beautiful pictures using the correct colours. We have talked about our local area and places further afield within our country and other countries. We looked at lots of different places and the children observed their features and discussed what they liked, didn't like, similarities and differences to where we live.
Finally, we tasted some delicious Lancashire foods. We tried Lancashire cheese which was very yummy and some buttery Chorley cakes.
Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Dinner
We were very excited to support Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day. We also enjoyed a delicious, traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings.
We partied the afternoon away in Tiny Treasures to celebrate Christmas. We played musical bumps and statues, danced and boogied and played pass the parcel. We had a very special visit from Father Christmas- we must all be on the good list, as he gave us some yummy sweeties! We ended our party with some delicious party food- cocktail sausages, bread sticks, cakes and a glass of juice to wash it down.