The children are really enjoying their Forest School sessions and are growing in confidence every week. When they arrived this week there was lots of excitement as they found a letter from the fairies, explaining that a storm had damaged the dragon's home and they needed some help. The children worked together, planning and making decisions, working out how to rescue the dragon and build a new home. There was an abundance of imaginative role play alongside some critical thinking as the children predicted how many children could fit on a tree stump.
A small act of kindness in the garden led onto a few days of engaging in some wonderful hospital role-play. It started outdoors with beds made of blocks and moved inside with hospital notes being written, legs being bandaged and lots of great language. This ended up tying in with some play that had started indoors, which had stemmed from a child and their toy spider. A web was constructed using tape. This play continued, with the web developing daily, visited by different groups of children working together, talking to each other, planning and problem solving. They persisted when they couldn’t find the end of the tape and maintained focus whilst also showing high levels of energy and fascination. Everywhere we looked things were being ‘taped,’ particularly arms and legs as our ‘doctors’ set about making us all better. As the temperature dropped this week, we also enjoyed some hot chocolate in the garden to help keep us warm.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the families who contributed in raising money for Children in Need and also for all your kind words and support during our Ofsted inspection this week.
This week the children have shown an interest in boats – building them out of Lego, researching them using the ipad, designing and trying to create them out of paper. It has been great to see them testing out their ideas and changing strategy when things don’t quite go to plan. Shadows are still being explored inside and outside leading to lots of comparisons eg. ‘My legs are longer’ and ‘your hands are the biggest.’ It was also exciting as we found our first pieces of ice in the garden with the children working together and using lots of different strategies to break it. Children are interested in writing names and there has even been some Jedi writing going on with light sabres!
In Rainbow room there has been lots of interest in babies – bathing, changing and hair washing. The children have been developing their physical skills in many different ways from crawling to digging and getting lovely and messy as they enjoy the sensory experience of using their hands to explore paint.
We finally have our new classrooms! The children have been exploring the new space and we are all excited to see how the rooms evolve. We have been painting leaves to decorate our new space and all the children have painted a poppy for Remembrance Day to raise money for the British Legion. There has been lots of interest in colour and light, using the overhead projector to create shadows and project different shapes and images onto the wall. A group of children created a train out of chairs and then used coloured shapes to project a train onto the wall, whilst some danced in front of the projector for the sheer joy of watching their dancing shadows. One child discovered that if you hold coloured blocks in front of the iPad camera, it creates a coloured filter and he was very excited as he turned us into ‘red goblins.’
We will also be setting a weekly maths challenge every Friday - if you would like to take part, please pick up a challenge sheet (by the fish tank.)
This week the children have been using their senses to explore different textures and smells – scooping out pumpkins, exploring the properties of slime, giving dinosaurs a bubble bath, painting branches, with one little girl discovering that when she adds water to cardboard, she can make her own ‘play dough.’ In the garden we have been sticking and mark making, with the children being very resourceful as they found the ingredients for ‘lemon drizzle cake’ There have been many laughs and smiles, from spinning in the garden to storytelling with wolves. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to all our new friends and their families who have joined us this week.