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Weekly update – 9th Feb

Week commencing: 5th February 2018

This Week:

We have been exploring the concept of floating and sinking. The children looked for objects in the playroom and had to guess what they would do when they put them in water.

On Wednesday afternoon we went for a walk to the park as the weather was so lovely. The children explored the play equipment. They learnt about taking risks and learning to balance and work with each other.

Later in the week the children had great fun making monsters and creatures using clay and various materials such as lollypop sticks, googly eyes and coloured feathers.

We have also been on the bikes and tricycles in the hall, learning about spacial awareness and having fun.

The children had an amazing time at Forest School this week. When we first arrived, the children saw a tractor and large bonfire in the farmers field. They were interested in watching the smoke as it rose into the air. We talked about whether we could see the flames and how we can keep safe around fires. The children then extended this learning by deciding to be firefighters and ran around making the noise of a fire engine putting out fires with their hoses.

We also went to a ‘bear hunt’, walking through swishy swashy grass and thick gloopy mud. The children were really excited to find the bear fast asleep in his cave. Some of the children went on to give him hot chocolate and a biscuit in case he got hungry.

A couple of children commented on finding ice in a log. We talked about why it hadn’t melted and what makes ice melt.

We would like to say a big thank you to the parents who supported us on our walk to and from Forest School this week.

Would you like to see what we do and the fun we have out in the fresh air? Maybe you would like to offer your help walking the children down to Forest School or back. Maybe you would like to stay for a Forest School session? Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

Next Week:

Half Term!

Weekly update – 2nd Feb

Week commencing: 29th January 2018

This Week

We have been exploring the ocean. This followed on from our exploration in the pasta/rice and glitter where the children used their imaginations to create an ocean for their sea creatures to swim about in. We used water, stones and sea shells as our under the sea and the children had a great time imagining their creatures swimming about in it. Some children thought the stones made great treasure. A nice link into pirates maybe for next week.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the large cardboard boxes that we bought in. We have made boats, cars, shelters and beds to lay in. We have used pens to create additions such as windows and doors as well as a great media for mark making. Some children have been showing an interest in magnets, so we have been exploring how they work and looking around the playroom looking for objects that attract and repel.

The children had a great time exploring the flour and sequins, pouring it into containers and using the diggers to transport it from one end of the tray to the other.

The children had a wonderful morning at Forest School in the sunshine. There was lots of imaginative play going on. We had a lovely cake made from mud. One child went fishing for fish to make fish fingers. Whilst we were there some of the children made bird feeders using fir cones and covered them in a mixture of bird seed and lard. We hung them on the trees.

When we were sat drinking our hot chocolate we watched our resident Robins investigate the seed we had left for them in a tray.

We would like to say a big thank you to the parents who supported us on our walk to and from Forest School this week.

Would you like to see what we do and the fun we have out in the fresh air? Maybe you would like to offer your help walking the children down to Forest School or back. Maybe you would like to stay for a Forest School session? Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

Next Week

We will be carrying on the ideas of treasure, boats and pirates. We will make a treasure map and the children will look for clues.

Weekly update – 25th Jan

Week commencing: 22nd January 2018

This Week

We have enjoyed continuing to follow the interests of the children. We have used the plastic bottles that were kindly bought in as skittles. They were decorated and the children looked for stones to weigh them down. This sparked an interest in the patterns, sizes and shapes of them so we will be looking at this as an extended activity next week.

We took the ride on bikes out in the garden, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

As an alternative to using water in the water tray we used dried pasta, rice and glitter. The children explored the textures and poured it into a variety of containers, making it into cakes, cups of tea etc. It was a very popular activity.

forest school

The children explored items in the tray. They felt their textures and discovered new ways of using them. They looked at threading ribbon through the holes in the masher and candle holders.

Thank you for all the lovely baby and family pictures that have been sent in so far. We are continuing to create a ‘Life Book’ with each child, so please could you bring in photos of their family, pets, favourite toy etc. The books would then be kept where children could freely look at them and talk with their friends about them. This is a great way to support children to understand how they are the same, but different from one another.

The children had a wonderful morning at Forest School in the sunshine. They went bug hunting and created a den with tree branches. Some children made ‘mud’ paint and painted the tree trunks.

tray of toys

We would like to say a big thank you to the parents who supported us on our walk to and from Forest School this week.

Would you like to see what we do and the fun we have out in the fresh air? Maybe you would like to offer your help walking the children down to Forest School or back. Maybe you would like to stay for a Forest School session? Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

Next Week

The children decided to place sea creatures in the pasta/rice/glitter mix in the water tray so we will be supporting this interest and making an ‘ocean’ using coloured water and other materials.

The children have really enjoyed the new role-play area and they have been making picnics using the teddy bears and play food. We will extend this and make porridge as the children commented on using three bears in their play and introducing the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have of course also been using oats in the water tray this week so we will link the oats to the porridge.

Weekly update – 19 Jan 2018

Week commencing 15th January 2018

This Week:

The children decided to be robots. They moved around the room in a ‘robot like’ way and talked in a robot voice. This was later extended in the afternoon by the children making a large robot from the construction pieces. They worked together fixing pieces nuts and bolts to ensure it didn’t fall apart.

The children showed an interest in making different sounds with objects, such as putting lego bricks in the metal play saucepans. We extended this play by bringing out the musical instruments for them to
explore. They looked at how the sound could be changed from loud to soft and fast to slow.

The children thoroughly enjoyed bathing the dolls and the dinosaurs in the water tray. We will continue the interest of water by adding various objects to it, such as containers, numbers, letters etc.

Thank you for all the lovely baby pictures that have been sent in. We have enjoyed looking at them and talking about how we have changed. We would like to continue and create a ‘Life Book’ with each child. The book would contain pictures, for example: their family, pets, favourite toy etc. The books would then be kept where children could freely look at them and talk with their friends about them. This is a great way to support children to understand how they are the same, but different from one another.

Thank you to the parents who attended the social evening on Monday. It was lovely to see you and talk in a more relaxed atmosphere. We will be arranging another social evening soon. The date is still to be confirmed.

The children had a wonderful morning at Forest School. They decided to sit on the long log and pretended they were on a train going to the beach. Some of the children helped make a shelter and some made fishing rods from sticks and string and fished for whales and sharks. When they had caught them, they put them in their pockets for safe keeping.

We would like to say a big thank you to the parents who supported us on our walk to and from Forest School this week. Would you like to see what we do and the fun we have out in the fresh air? Maybe you would like to offer your help walking the children down to Forest School or back. Maybe you would like to stay for a Forest School session? Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

Next Week:

We will begin compiling our ‘Life Books’ with each of the children. Please could you continue to bring in photos of your child as a baby if you have not already done so as well as family, special friends, pets, favourite toy and anything that you feel your child would like in their book. We are still collecting 2ltr plastic bottles. If you have any please could you drop them into preschool.

On Tuesday 23rd January at The Plough at 7.30pm we will be having our committee meeting. It’s a great opportunity to get to know how the preschool runs as well as meeting other parents. We look forward to seeing you there.

Weekly update – 12 Jan 2018

Week commencing 8 January 2018

This Week:

We have had some new children start and We would like to welcome you all to preschool.

All the children have settled well after the break and have been busy exploring and learning. Many of the children have been roleplaying in the home corner with the babies, pretending to feed and look after them. There have been some lovely creations made with the Duplo and wooden bricks and some great team work between the children as they support each other to build their structures. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our sessions with the scooters and ride on toys. Forest School was enjoyed by all and everyone had a great time digging and looking for bugs with magnifying glasses.

We would like to say a big thank you to the parents who supported us on our walk to and from Forest School this week. Would you like to see what we do and the fun we have out in the fresh air? Maybe you would like to offer your help walking the children down to Forest School or back. Maybe you would like to stay for a Forest School session? Please speak to a member of staff for more details.

Next Week:

We would like to follow on from this week’s role-play and continue with the ‘baby’ theme as it has
proved very popular with the children. Please could you bring in a photo of your child as a baby so we can talk about how they have changed and developed.

We are collecting 2Ltr plastic bottles. If you have any please could you drop them into preschool.