This week we have made salt dough decorations, started to decorate our Christmas tree, posted letters to Santa and had more collaborative construction – a beautiful snowman and a block sleigh, with children aboard singing ‘Jingle Bells.’ Alongside this has been lots of mark making and maths. There has been large scale mark making outside - on the walls, ground and even lying along a log. We all loved the sensory experience of the water beads and how they bounced down the guttering. The children worked well together, problem solving as they constructed marble runs and filled Numicon boards. Numbers were ordered and written onto dice, which were used to make up their own games, which involved counting claps and jumps. All the children looked brilliant in their Christmas jumpers and we would like to say a huge thank you for your generosity donating to the charity Crisis.
At Forest School, the dragon had left the children a note, thanking them for their help last week. The children found a key tied to a tree, which unlocked secret underground tunnels. There was lots of excitement as the doors were unlocked. The children, armed with torches, headed in and surprised us with their bravery and ‘can do’ attitudes. They emerged from the tunnels with an immense sense of satisfaction and pride in themselves, with an almost visible boost to their self-confidence and self esteem, which was wonderful to see.
In Rainbow room the children have also been decorating their Christmas tree. They have been exploring ice and engaging in lots of mark marking with paint, pens, even in flour and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of glitter!