We have been reading stories about picnics and days out this week. It has been lovely to look at pictures of some of the children's days out over half term. We have made a teddy bears picnic display, complete with printed blankets. The children have also enjoyed having a picnic home corner so we decided to have a picnic lunch.
Next week we are looking at holidays from the past. Which we think will mostly be camping and going to the seaside. We have some books to look at showing holidays from the olden days. If anyone has photos of family holidays in the past we would love to see them.
Also if anyone has any camping chairs or equipment that is child sized we would appreciate if we could borrow them.
The newsletter will be coming out to you via email and/or paper over the next few days.
We have learned how to make leaf rubbings and print with leaves this week and made our own trees.
We also used the school field to run some races and practise using footballs. Lots of us know all about exercise and how good it is for us but as one little lady said "Sometimes all that running is just making me exhausted."
It as also been a lovely week for playing in the sun. We hope that will be the case after half term too so please don't forget sun hats and sun cream after half term.
We are back on June 7th but there is an INSET day at the school and Pre-school on Friday 11th. The term is seven weeks long ending on Friday 23rd July.
As you can see the children have really been filling our pond up with frogs and tadpoles.
Over the week we have looked at lots of books about frogs both non-fiction and my favourite fiction book, Down by the cool of the Pool. The children have done some amazing joining in and could probably tell me the story by now. They could also point out the words that rhymed.
We've also done frog maths! The children counted and told us how many frogs on their lily-pads and some tried to write the numbers.
It has been wonderful how many children had prior understanding and knowledge about the frogs life cycle and they have enjoyed colouring, cutting and gluing their frog activities. To which we have added their words.
Unfortunately when we went to the school pond we couldn't find any evidence of frogs but we still enjoyed ourselves and had a run round forest school.
It hasn't been totally frogs, many of the children have also been junk modelling.
Out last week of the half term is next week and we are looking at Trees. Remember it is a short week. Finishing on Thursday 27th.
Have a good weekend all from Emma, Sam and Louise.
As you can see our garden display board is stuffed with bugs! The children have loved completing our bug activities and making their own up.
This week we have been looking at different fruit and vegetables. We have done printing and tried to make simple repeating patterns.
We have also tried lots of different fruits and all helped to make a fruit salad.
A reminder that the last Friday of term is an INSET and this means the last day will be Thursday 27th May. We are then closed for a weeks half term and start back on Monday June 7th but we will also be closed on the first Friday 11th June.
Our second display board is all ready for the frogs and tadpoles next week!
We have started the Summer Term with wonderful weather and just right for looking for bugs!
As you can see the children have made a start on our bugs display and have loved making their butterflies and spiders.
Next week its more bugs as we are looking at bees and worms. I am amazed at how much the children can already tell us about different creatures.
Eddie found the most enormous worm and the children were very careful to carry him in and put him in a tray while they drew him. They also remembered to put him back in the soil when they had finished.
Making different insects is fantastic for patterns and counting. Ask your children what patterns they can find in the garden and how many eyes does a spider have?
As usual it is very busy at the beginning of term. You should all have received a Newsletter by now sorry it's such a long one (I will also put a link for it here....) Invoices or funding forms will be ready next week.
We have started putting seeds and plants into the tyres and pots but if you have any extras we would be most grateful.
Have a lovely weekend from Emma, Sam and Louise.
As you can see from the pictures we have been celebrating all things Easter this week. The children have made Easter Chicks for cards and decorated Easter Crowns. We all had lots of fun
They also enjoyed making Chocolate crispy cakes and counted on the eggs.
Some of the Children have been practicing fine motor control and numbers with dot-to-dot and colouring in. We've all had lots of fun.
Next term is Summer Term first half and we shall be looking at mini beasts, frogs, trees and all things growing. If you have any compost, pots, seeds or plants that you could donate we would be very grateful.
First half of Summer terms starts on Monday 19th April and runs until May 28th giving us 6 weeks to pack with play and learning.
Charlotte will be moving on in the new term to a position at the school, so at least we hope to still be able to wave hello. We will miss her loads but wish her all the best.
We hope you all have a lovely Easter Break and look forward to seeing you all soon.
From Emma, Sam and Louise. xxx
This week we have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We made a house outside and the children loved reading the book to each other using the different voices of the bears.
We had porridge with chopped fruit and honey for snack which nearly all the children loved. We also had messy play with porridge and bowls outside.
We coloured and cut out the story characters which is brilliant practise for helping us hold our pencils better. We also put the characters in order from "tallest" to "smallest"
The weather has been so lovely that we have managed to spend most of it outside. We tapped out rhythms with the claves and used the tree stumps as drums.
We even finished off our junk modelling outside. Next week will obviously be all about Easter so we will be looking at all sorts of birds and also other things that come out of eggs ……..
Have a lovely week end and we will see you next week for the last week of term, don't forget Friday is Good Friday so a bank holiday. All the Best from Emma, Sam, Charlotte and Louise.
We have been looking at were we live this week. We made headbands with giant ears on to remind us to listen when we went on our walk. We could see many different parts of the community from the school grounds like the "church", "shop" and even some of our own homes. We also heard lots of different noises and the children named "Seagulls" and "crows" as some of the birds.
Many of the children have been very interested in acting out our story from last week, which was The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, they have been taking turns using the climbing frame as the bridge and saying the lines "Who's that trip trapping over my bridge?" and "I'm mean and hungry and I'm going to eat you up!" also "No, don't eat me, I'm skinny. Eat my brother" They definitely prefer being the Troll!
We discussed the buildings we saw on our walk and introduced some junk modelling. The children's imaginations were not to be limited though and we have also had a lot of rockets and robots and even and automatic rabbit feeder. The children are working on these over several days so their ideas can develop. Some may still be waiting for finish touches before they come home next week.
We are very lucky to have a new brick set and the children have loved this sunny weather for building amazing constructions outside.
We have made Jam tarts and collaged giant red noses today. Thank you for any donations made, together with the school we made over £75.00.
Finally, a huge thank you to Charlotte for bringing Simon the Sheep in for the children to feed. He was a big hit and we have told Charlotte she can bring him in every week!
Next week our story is Goldilocks which is a great opportunity for numbers and size sorting. Have a wonderful week end and all the best from Emma, Sam, Louise and Charlotte.
Well I know it's not officially Spring yet but the children are enjoying playing outside together and have been talking about all the flowers they have seen. We had daffodils on their artwork and daffodils on our snack table as a talking point. When Charlotte bought them in on Monday they were still green and the children have enjoyed commenting on what is happening to them each day.
We have also been giving the children lots of activities to help their fine motor control. This will help the youngest to start holding a pencil or crayon with their fingers instead of their whole hand.
It will also improve the strength of the hand for the older children so that they can gain more control with writing their letters and be able to do more accurate cutting.
We have also been reading 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' all week and by Friday the children were joining in fantastically with a scary Troll voice.
Next week we will be thinking about where we live and will take a walk around the school field and grounds to have a look out at the community.
As it is Census week we will also be doing some counting!
On Friday it will be Comic Relief Day so children can wear something red (or funny!) and we will do some fun activities, they can bring a penny if they would like to donate.
This week we have been looking at farms and farm animals which the children obviously love. It has meant lots of singing Old MacDonalds 'Barn' and following the instructions. Also playing with and painting farm animals of which the children all have their favourites.
We even made farm animal masks.
We also concentrated on getting back into the Pre-school routines and this has been even more important as more of our friends are able to re-join us at Pre-school; remembering where to hang our coats and put our lunches as well as being as independent as possible.
The children obviously gain so much from being able to join in and play with other children again, whether it's been a week since the end of term or months since lockdown and it's a joy to see them following each other's play and talking to each other.
We have been playing games, singing together and looking at pictures together and importantly listening to each other.
The boys also made a farm on the Tuff Spot which gave us lots of opportunity to count and categorise the different animals as well as talking about the sizes.
Next week we will be learning all about Cornwall as it is St Piran's day on Friday. So there will still be farming but also fishing , beaches and making scones!
Perhaps you could talk to your child about where they live; what road, what village and where Cornwall is as appropriate to your child's age. Have a lovely weekend from Emma, Sam, Charlotte and Louise.
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