It has felt a bit like Christmas as the children have been very interested in some toy catalogues, cutting out pictures and sticking them down to make lists and collages. The children showed great scissor skills as they cut round the different pictures. There has been lots of painting, with the children painting over their reflection in a large mirror. Rainbow room have been bathing babies and squeezing oranges to make juice. We have seen lots of patterns and faces created with loose parts and had an ice cream shop, with a very orderly queue! The seeds we planted a few weeks ago have been growing well and the children planted them out in the beds this week, giving them a good water with the hose. There was a lot of excitement around a new swing, the queue was so long, we ended up painting numbers on the children’s hands and calling out the number to let them know it was their turn - great for number recognition. And one little girl wrote a letter to the queen, so we went to the post office to send it to Buckingham Palace. We hope you all have a lovely half term.
This week there has been lots of water play from using guttering to transport water, using a bicycle pump to make bubbles and creating ponds and rock pools. The rock pool sparked discussion about fishing, so we made fishing rods and the children showed great perseverance as they tried to hook the different creatures out of the water. There have been lots of physical challenges - climbing up a pole, through a ‘spiderweb’ and using a bow saw, which required great cooperation. The children have used real bricks as well as blocks, working together to build walls and houses. We also had our sponsored Huff & Puff. The children (and staff) ran, stepped, danced, jumped and shook the parachute to get their hearts beating faster. Thank you for all your support, your contributions will enable us to buy many new learning resources for the children. If you still have sponsorship money to donate, please give it to Jenny in the office - Thank you!
The children have been painting on different textures, using lots of descriptive language. They enjoyed using brushes and rollers to mix different colours together to see what would happen. There has been lots of block play - making bridges, towers and enclosures. There was a birthday party in the home corner, with lots of cakes being made for each other. Children have been creative with collage materials, using small pieces of wood on their pictures and one little boy used straws, filling each space with a different colour, to create a beautiful rainbow piano. The children are always fascinated when they make slime, seeing what happens when they mix their ingredients together, watching the slimy substance form, before they squeeze and stretch it in all directions. One little girl really wanted to show her picture to her grandma, informing us that she lives very far away, so we took a trip to the post office - we are sure grandma will be very happy to receive it. Please remember we have our sponsored Huff & Puff next week where the children will be taking part in physical activities to raise money for new garden and music resources - please try and fill in those sponsor forms. Thank you!!
We have had such a wonderful week outside. We hung a rope ladder and it was lovely to see the perseverance as the children tried and tried again to reach the top. They have painted tyres and their faces, made potions, a car wash and decorated trees with chalk. We found children excavating for dinosaurs using spades and brushes and they were delighted to find bones the following day, where they worked together to rebuild a skeleton. On Tuesday, we cooked sea bass on the fire. There was lots of discussion about the fish and where it came from, using lots of descriptive language as they handled the raw fish. They asked questions - ‘Is it alive because it’s eyes are open?’ and discovered fish have tongues as they took a closer look inside its mouth. The atmosphere was brilliant as we listened to calypso music as the fish cooked. We observed the changes and helped to prepare the fish for eating. The children demolished the lot and were keen to look at the skeleton that had been left behind.
We started a project this week which also incorporated some large scale collaborative art as we began to construct of our new stage. There was great teamwork as the children helped measure and join the pallets together using the drill. We added some fabric and instruments and the children have been singing, drumming, dancing and making lots of music together. Please leave a comment below if you enjoy seeing what we’ve been up to and we hope you all enjoy a lovely long weekend.