Dates for your diary:
Wednesday 10th July 2019- End of term trip to Avon Valley
Top tip for talking;
Talk to your child about what they are doing. Come alongside your child when they are focused on something and comment about what they are doing "I can see you are making the big bricks into a huge tower". Use words and sentences that the child will understand.
Sing; place index and middle finger together and place next to left side of your lips. Move fingers out towards the left in a spiral position.
Stickosaurus at Forest Club
The children have been showing lots of interest towards dinosaurs over the past couple of weeks, exploring dinosaur land in a tuff spot, talking about if they are herbivores or carnivores and the types of things they might eat and practising their big dinosaur stomps. Following this interest the children who attend our forest club session wanted to make a dinosaur out of sticks.
First of all we went on a hunt to gather together the resources we thought would be good to use to create our dinosaur.
The children found different sized sticks to use for the body, which helped to support their mathematical language development using words such as long and short to describe the sticks. Once the sticks were placed in the places in which the children wanted, we began to talk about the features in which we could add. The children came up with some very good ideas "We could use spiky leaves to make the sharp teeth" "Different coloured leaves like yellow and green for the body as that's what colour lots of dinosaurs are" and then they began the search to find these things.
Once all of the features were added, the children stepped back to look at what they had created. They were all very pleased with themselves and as a group decided to call him; Stickosaurus.
Find more pictures of Stickosaurus at the end of this blog!
Lots of our school leavers have had their transitions days at school over the past week or so, visiting their new school environment and having a taster for what a school day at their new school may be like.
Children have come back positive from these visits, keen to tell adults about what they have been up too and the names of their new teachers. To support children's transitions to school we have made contact with all of their new schools, completed relevant moving on documents and are in the process of making transition books with each of the children. Transition books will help to support your child in becoming familiar with the school they will be attending and the names/pictures of their new teacher and can be discussed when you feel is relevant for your child. We will be sad to see our school leavers leave Stanton Drew but hope all transitions are a smooth and enjoyable process.
Changing for PE
As you are aware our older children are preparing for transition to school and we are doing as much as possible to help make it a smooth transition. Through discussions with reception teachers, changing for P.E and using a knife and fork are a couple of areas that children struggle with when they initially start school. To help with this we are planning on giving the children practise changing on an afternoon before practising for our sports day.
Over the past week the children have really enjoyed having the opportunity to practise changing into a PE kit, promoting their independence skills and also offering their peers a helping hand if they can that they need a bit of help.
If your child attends till 2.45pm could we ask that you send them with a bag with and a t-shirt & shorts in to keep on their peg so that we can continue practising this over the next couple of weeks.
Knife and fork practise
Following on from the discussions we have had with the reception teachers recently we have been promoting the children's fine motor cutlery skills, using plastic knives and forks to cut spaghetti. At first and adult demonstrated the way in which a knife and fork is held and that the motion we need to create to cut things is moving the knife forwards and backwards. Lots of the children took this on board and were very eager to try cutting the spaghetti independently with their knives and forks "The spaghetti is really slimy but if i put my fork in it I can make it not move so I can try and cut it".
Children's cutlery skills are promoted lots throughout our sessions with children helping to prepare and cut up the snacks for each-other. We are aware that using cutlery is quite difficult for children to grasp and it is stated that;
Children between 2 and 3 years further develop their spoon feeding skills as well as learning to use a fork to stab. By 5 years a child is learning to spread and cut with a knife. It is often not until they are around 7 years of age that a child can use a knife and fork together to cut up food and are truly independent with self-feeding.
If you would like to more information regarding the use of cutlery, the link below is a great tool in which you could potentially use to support this;
Week 5 of our Early Years Public health programme; Looking after our teeth
We have been speaking to the children lots over the past 2 weeks about when to brush our teeth, how we brush teeth, looking at toothpaste and talking about its texture and taste and who we need to visit if we have any problems with our teeth. They have all demonstrated great understanding of how to brush their teeth and the importance behind this and have told about their experiences at the dentist "We have some special water we wash our mouth out with its pink" "After the dentist has checked your teeth, they give you a sticker to say well done".
The children have been given a brand new toothbrush each to take home, to keep up the great cleaning of their teeth, like they already do!
A very warm welcome back to Term 6.
Top tips for talking:
Join in with your child's play - A language and thinking will develop through interactions with others. This arises naturally from a shared activity which provides something of interest to talk about and gives clear context for words and meanings.
Top tips for two year olds:
I can do it myself!
Even though it may take me ages to do something and I may not get it right; its really important I have a go. I may become frustrated if everything is done for me. You'd be surprised how much I can do given the chance.
Makaton signs for the term;
Good- thumb out in-front of body
Thank-you- place hand on chin, move directly forwards in-front of self
Enjoying the Great British weather at Forest Club
Our last few Forest club sessions have been very wet! However this hasn't stopped us from having lots of fun, putting on our waterproofs and welly boots to embrace the weather. First of all the children enjoyed splashing in the puddles on the walk down to Forest club, jumping in with 2 feet, creating mighty splashes "Stand back, I'm Splashing, 1,2,3 go" . Once we arrived at Forest club the children enjoyed playing lots of games, such as tag, finding it very funny when they were slipping and sliding on the wet grass.
When we ventured to our exploring area, the children had a bank to climb and every single one of them done a fantastic job, stabilising themselves, by using their hands and reaching/holding onto near by branches. While at the exploring area the children enjoyed hiding in dens and behind the tree's waiting for adult to find them, giving them clues by shouting "We're over here".
"Guys I'm going to slide down the bank, watch me, wahoo" the children were very excited to be able to slide down the bank on the way back down leading them to hot chocolate and marshmallows much quicker! Lynne very kindly built us a shelter from the rain, where we could listen to our stories while enjoying hot chocolate.
To coincide with week 4 of our Early Years Public Health programme, we have created a shop at pre-school with real produce, tills, money and mark making to create our very own shopping lists. All of the children have enjoyed selecting different foods and produce to fill up their baskets with, engaging in detailed conversations about why they have chosen specific things. They have also been demonstrating their brilliant knowledge and understanding of the different food groups, telling each other which food group they thought some of their products came from "This is fruit so that will be green stickers, green things are good for our eyes".
We have also been exploring and making our own money, using mathematical language related to money to talk about the value of different notes and coins and how much things might cost.
To extend some of the children's mathematical skills adults were asking about how much change they might need if they paid for something with more money than the cost e.g. "If I pay with £5 and it costs £4 how much change will I need?".
Mark making, cutting and sticking
All of the children have loved cutting and sticking over the past couple of weeks, demonstrating great hand to eye co-ordination skills using the scissors to cut out paper cut outs and to make snips in their art work and to carefully place and stick cut outs in the places that they desire.
It has been great to see the children engage in lovely conversations while taking part in this activity, working together as a team to support each other cutting around objects and to hold the paper still while the other person was cutting.
The opening and closing motion of cutting with scissors helps children develop the small muscles in their hands otherwise known as fine motor skills. These muscles are crucial for holding a pencil or crayons and gripping and manipulating other objects.
This has also been great for our younger children, developing those early fine motor skills by exploring the chunky felt tip pens to make marks on their paper, really grasping the feel of the mark making resource in their hands. Developing fine motor skills will support children in later life to perform basic everyday tasks such as dressing, tying shoe-laces, preparing food, and other self-care tasks.
All of the children have created beautiful pieces of art work, which if they haven't been taken home already, can be displayed around pre-school.
Top Tip for Talking
Join in with your child's play.
A language and thinking will develop through interactions with others. This arises naturally from a shared activity which provides something of interest to talk about and gives a clear context for works and meanings.
Makaton signs for the term
Good; thumbs up in front of yourself
Thank-you; Move hand from chin in a forwards motion
Dates for your Diary
Thursday 23rd May 2019- Preschool closure for polling station; EU elections
The children have shown lots of interest in being shop keepers over the past week, creating their own shopping lists and visiting the pre-school shop where they could purchase the products on their lists. Children have enjoyed using their imaginations and imitations from previous experiences to take on different roles during their play such as The Shopkeeper and shoppers.
Wet weather and water play
We have been embracing the wet weather we have been having recently, splashing in big puddles and making mud hot chocolate and mud pies. The children haven't let the rain stopping them from having fun, they have got rain ready applying water proofs and wellies and embraced the Great British weather.
They have really enjoyed splashing in the big puddle that is created at the bottom of our garden, using two feet to jump in and observe how big of a splash they could create " 1,2,3 SPLASH". They have also been observing what the wet weather can do for animals, farms and plants, tuning in on what is happening in their surrounding environments "When it rains it helps the plants and the crops to grow so that they will be ready to harvest".
There has also been lots of team work to open our very own preschool café, with a menu that consists of mud hot chocolate, mud pancakes, mud pies and muddy juice. The children went off in different groups to collect the ingredients for specific dishes "For our pancakes we need mud, leaves and lots of water" the pots and pans they were going to use "This big one will be best because we can the most in here" and to have café workers who will announce when the café is open and closed.
All of the children have loved exploring our water play this week, using the new resources provided to develop and challenge their fine motor skills, creating motions such as tipping, pouring, squashing and squeezing. Some of our new resources consist of pipettes, different sized jugs and squeezy bottles.
The children have demonstrated high levels of attention while exploring the water tray, remaining engaged for long periods of time.
They have enjoyed learning how to operate the pipettes, placing the plastic bit into the water while squeezing the top and letting go of the top when it is in the water "This is really tricky, you show me what to do". Once modelled how to operate these, all of the children were independently able to use them, squirting them on the floor and walls.
Little Rabbit Foo Foo story
Many of you may already be aware of our story for this term; Litttle Rabbit Foo Foo, hearing your children re-telling the words and turning people into "Goonies". Little Rabbit Foo Foo sets off on a journey riding through the forest, when he scoops up field mice, worms, a tiger and goblins and bops them on the head. A good fairy then comes down and says "Little Rabbit Foo Foo I don't like your attitude scoping up the field mice (repeated for the other animals and Goblins) and bopping them on the head, you've got 3 chances to change, or ill turn you into a Goonie". Unfortunately Little Rabbit Foo Foo didn't use his listening ears to listen to the good Fairy and "POW" got turned into a Goonie.
The children have really enjoyed this story, re-telling it without using the book and completing all of the actions which coincide with the words!
Tummy Ache; board game
We have been exploring a new board game this week called tummy ache, which links into the Early Years Public Health programme we are currently taking part in. The aim of the game is to select different cards which are face down to build up a plate for dinner, which doesn't consist of things that could give you a tummy ache. Now these aren't any ordinary things. Tummy ache cards consist of, spider spaghetti, beetle waffles, spider juice and many more. If the children pick up a tummy ache card they need to shout "Tummy ache" and place it onto the correct space on their board.
The children have really enjoyed this game and it has supported them to take turns, play as part of a group, engage in conversations and use their knowledge of the different food groups to state which food belongs to which group.
We have been supporting the children with their school readiness skills recently, encouraging independent dressing (putting on own coats/jackets/shoes) and supporting with own bottom wiping.
These skills will help to support your child when they move onto primary school as ratios are higher and are the skills in which teachers would like us to support the children with before they transition across.
If you would like any support or advice in regards to school readniess, please talk to one of the pre-school team.
Welcome back to Term 5
We hope you all enjoyed your Easter break.
Makaton signs for Term 5
Good- Thumbs up in front of yourself
Early Years Public Heath Programme
Over the past week we have been taking part in week 1 of our Early Years Public Health Programme which was looking at the different food groups, exploring eat well plates. The children really enjoyed taking part the activities planned around week1 and started off by making a big eat well plate, colour coding it into the different food groups;
Green= Fruit and Vegetables
Purple= Fats and oils
Once we had had made and coloured in our eat-well plate, we began to look at the variety of foods the children had in their lunchboxes, using small coloured dots to highlight which colour food group that specific food would be in. The children really enjoyed sticking the dots to their pots/packets and very quickly began to pick up which colour represented which food group. It was lovely to hear the children talking amongst themselves about the eat-well plate and the coloured dots, choosing pretend food from our home corner and selecting which food group that type of food would belong too.
Week two of our early years public programme is looking and talking about Portion sizes, which will begin on Tuesday 7th May 2019.
The children have shown lots of interest in looking for bugs over the past week, using magnifying glasses to study them up close, counting how many legs they have and what colour they are. This has supported children's mathematical skills, allowing them to count different amounts of legs and wings and understanding of the world, furthering their knowledge and understanding of insects and their habitats.
The children became very excited when they were digging in the mud on a bug hunt and a centipede popped out "Wow what is that its moving so fast and has so many legs". Together we counted how many legs it had; 32 and then used our bug book to find out so more facts.
While digging in the mud the children also came across lots of woodlice, talking about their hard shells and tickly legs. They then decided to build them "safe houses" filling up their boxes with leaves and flowers so that the bugs could stay hidden and safe "We need to be careful with them, we don't want to squash them do we".
We have had a slightly different approach to the Dinosaurs this week, adding them into a tuff tray with some of the natural materials they might of lived amongst all of those years ago. To the tuff tray we added; sand, leaves and sticks.
The children really enjoyed having these materials mixed in with the dinosaurs, acting out role play scenarios with them, pretending they were looking for dinosaurs bones in the sand "Do you think under the sand would be where the bones were hidden".
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to continue learning about and practising our fire drill. This will enable the children to become familiar with the procedure we need to take if a fire was to break out.
When the fire whistle is blown and the children hear it, they have to leave their toys behind and do their careful walking outside to the shed, where the register will then be called. The children have to respond "Yes" to their name and once everyone is accounted for, we will talk to the children about what might happen next.
Lots of the children are aware that if a real fire was to happen we need to call 999 and ask for the fire brigade. However most of the times the children will hear it, will just be a practise!
Dates for your diary
Please note that we have had to change our inset day from 30th April to Thursday 2nd May 2019 as the hall is going to be used for a polling day.
Please could you ensure that your child's lunch boxes and water bottles are labelled with their names to ensure the right lunches/drinks are provided for the children.
Parental Job interests
Over the last couple of weeks all of the children have been showing lots of interest in the jobs that other people take part in.
Following this interest we very kindly had a visit from one of the children's mummy's on Monday, who is a Nurse. She described in child friendly language her job role and how she helps poorly children get better and brought along pictures of the hospital in which she works at. She also brought along some bandages and showed us how to correctly put a bandage on someone, which was really fun! The children then took it in turns to bandage each others arms and legs. After this we learnt a little bit about medicine and the different types of syringes nurses use to administer medicine to poorly children. We learnt that a purple syringe is the one we use to put into our mouths to take medicine such as Calpol and the white syringe is used to give us injections/jabs. The children then thought of some questions they could ask the nurse and listened attentively to her replies, speaking about her visit throughout the rest of the day. A great big thank-you for visiting preschool, we all really enjoyed your visit.
We have also been implementing into our everyday routine and speaking to the children about stereotypes. The analysis of over 150 articles, books and interviews suggest that children between the ages of 2 and 6 learn stereotypes about toys, skills and activities that are “typically” associated with each gender; these are boys’ toys and those are girl’s toys. As a pre-school team we are supporting the children to understand that you are entitled to explore and play with whichever books, toys or activities interest you and that it is ok for both genders to take part in the same games. If any of your family members or parents/carers take part in a job that isn’t "gender typical" we would love for them to come and visit pre-school and have a chat with the children about their jobs!
If any parents/carers or family members would like to come in and talk to the children about their job roles, please speak to a member of the pre-school team who will happily organise a date with you.
Dates for your Diary
Tuesday 30th April 2019= Inset day
Wednesday 8th May and Thursday 9th May= Parent exchange meetings
As of next term, which starts on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, our session times will be running from either 9:15-12:15, 9:15-13:15 or 9:15- 2:45. Meaning morning sessions and morning session with lunch will be running for an extra 15 minutes. Session booking forms will be sent out at the start of next week w.c 25th March and can we please ask that these are returned by the end of term 5th April.
Thank-you very much to all of those who attended/donated towards our coffee morning on Tuesday 12th March, we are always very grateful for your involvement and generous donations. It was a lovely morning and both children and parents/carers thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The money raised funded our trip to the local farm.
Life cycles of butterflies
The children have been showing lots of interest in butterflies over the past two weeks and have been asking lots of questions in regards to where they come from, what they eat and if their babies look like them. Supporting children to learn about life cycles is a perfect way to help them understand the world around them and to connect with nature.
We started off by using a set of sequencing cards in order to help the children to understand each step in a butterflies life cycle which helped them to visually make those connections of each step, "Caterpillars turn into butterflies but I didn't know they were eggs first". It was amazing to see the astonishment on the children's faces when they began to process the important steps of how a butterfly is formed.
Following on from this interest, the children used what they had learnt from the life cycles to create their own versions of butterflies and caterpillars using a wide variety of craft resources. Completing this activity linked to several areas of development; using imagination, mathematics- counting how many sequins they wanted to stick on and self-confidence- being praised for the fantastic work they had produced. Once the children had created their butterflies or caterpillars we put them up on display, valuing and respecting each of the children's pieces of work and it allowed the children to engage in many conversations with both peers and adults in regards to why they made theirs look like it did.
Trip to Chew Valley Country Farm- 22/03/2019
The children have been showing a huge interest in farms and the animals they contain over the past weeks and we thought taking them on a trip to the local farm would help them to embrace the environment around them and allow them to get up close with real life animals!
We had a fantastic day and started off our morning by exploring the play park, where the children engaged in imaginative, role play activities such as being crocodiles crossing the water and exploring the climbing equipment, demonstrating great confidence in their ability to maintain their balance and move across the apparatus.
It was then time for us to head to cuddle corner where we were allowed to handle the animals including; bunnies, guinea pigs, pigmy hedgehogs, chicks, chickens, mice and tortoises. This was a great experience for all of the children and helped them to understand about living creatures and how we need to look after them "These are so cute and fluffy" "They like to have their shells touched it tickles them" "Bunnies and Guinea-pigs like to eat straw and little nuggets to keep them healthy". We then moved next door where we learnt about the baby Pigmy goats and Lambs. We were told that pigmy goats need to live in pairs as they become lonely on their own and that baby lambs only spend very short periods of time away from their mummies before their mummies get really sad and call for them back. The children enjoyed holding the baby goats and lambs, feeling the textures of their fur and petting them on their laps, however the goats spent most of their time running and jumping around the barn, making everyone laugh!
We then explored the rest of the farm, learning the names of animals we weren't familiar with such as; wallabies, artic fox, meerkats and looking at a wide range of birds. It was then time for lunch which we enjoyed eating at the picnic tables and then it was time for a small play in the park before the grown ups arrived.
"I've had so much fun today, it was good"
Makaton sign of the week
People who help us
Over the past two weeks the children have been portraying a huge interest in people who help us, especially fire fighters and police officers. We have been exploring the different roles of these important figures in our community and been taking part in several role play based activities, using appropriate props to support the children’s play.
The interest in this has taken place both inside and outside with children building a police station using the open-ended resources and dressing up to take on each role and inside where we have had the small world, emergency vehicles and fire station out to explore.
Supporting this interest helps children to make connections between themselves and the outside world. It aims to make them more aware of the different jobs and roles people take on in their own homes, in school and in their local community. It also encourages children to notice places and people in their community and, show them that they are part of a wider community and opens possibilities for them to consider future careers. Also, it can play a major role in helping to break down gender stereotypes and ensuring equal opportunities for everyone.
When asked lots of the children would tell us “Policemen put badies in jail and take them away”. As much as this is correct it is also important that when exploring people who help us that we don’t make children scared of these officers, they are there simply to reach out to if they are scared or need help.
We have had a special visitor visit preschool recently; Nigel who has very kindly made bird boxes with the children. He supplied the resources to make the bird boxes and fascinated all the children by using his tools to construct them.
The children were put into small groups which allowed them to each have a turn putting the boxes together. First, Nigel explained what each of his tools done in the process of making the box and supplied the children with a pair of safety googles. Nigel then supported the children to line each side of the wood up before, fixing in the screws and drilling them into place. The children absolutely loved using the drill, while being supported by adult, demonstrating fantastic listening skills by following the instructions provided “Wow Nigel let me use his real-life drill, it was so much fun”.
Once we had completed each step of the instruction’s we had two completed bird boxes, one which was suitable for Robins and one suitable for Great Tits. From this lots of the children began asking questions in response to the different types of birds, extending their knowledge and understanding about this species.
We are looking forwards to putting our bird boxes up at Forest club soon and hopefully we will get to see some Robins and Great Tits!!
Thank-you for a fantastic afternoon Nigel!
Chinese New Year
We have had a busy couple of at weeks at preschool preparing and celebrating Chinese New Year. The children have enjoyed taking part in lots of craft activities, building a dragon for Dragon dancing, making pig masks to celebrate the year of the pig, making paper chain hand held dragons and exploring a sensory activity of noodles and chopsticks, practising how to hold the chopsticks in the correct way in order to pick up the noodles!
Our mat time song for the past week has been Happy New Year, in Chinese and all the preschool children have picked up the words really quickly and have enjoyed singing it each morning!
Gung Hay Fat Choy (In the tune Frere Jacque)
Gung Hay Fat Choy,
Gung Hay Fat Choy,
Gung, Hay, Hey,
Gung Hay, Hay,
Gung Hay Fat Choy,
Gung Hay Fat Choy,
Gung, hay, hay
Preschool have enjoyed learning and exploring The Chinese New Year story, gaining an understanding of how each animal became involved in the story and learning Makaton signs which supported us to tell our story.
We have also used our senses to explore Chinese food, creating a “yummy” stir fry to try at snack time. The children helped to prepare the stir fry, chopping up the different vegetables with adult support, smelling each of the different smells and using good describing words to describe what they could smell.
Once it had been cooked, each child was offered a small bowl of stir fry for snack. All off the children were willing to try the food and enjoyed learning how to use chop sticks to pick up their food “These are like little sticks, that you pinch together to eat”. Our social snack time allowed us to listen to the different crunches the vegetables and prawn crackers were making and to answer any questions the children had in regards to Chinese New Year.
On Friday preschool took part in a Dragon dance holding the dragon they had created above their heads and walking around the room singing Gung Hey Fat Choy.
What a lovely way to end the term!
We hope you all have a great week off and we look forwards to welcoming everyone back on Monday 25th February 2019.
Top Tip’s for talking
Use open ended questions: Open ended questions can give you opportunities to continue a conversation. For example, "I wonder what the little boy wants?" Can encourage children to respond in full sentences. In contrast, the closed question "Does the little boy want the car" leads only to a Yes, No or I don't know answer.
Goldie locks and the three bears.
The farm animals have been a huge interest of all off the children the past couple of weeks, building farmyards, talking about the life cycle of different animals and taking on the role of specific animals, moving around just like the animals would.
The children have enjoyed creating the sounds of the different animals, doing so by singing Old Macdonald which helps to support children create speech sounds and build the muscles around their mouth.
Farm animals haven’t just been a hit inside, children have used their imaginations to build farms outside, using open ended resources to build pens and gates to keep the animals in their pens.
We have also been observing the tractors that have been passing by pre-school, using our senses; sight and smell, to guess where the tractors are going and what they might be transporting.
Please note that as of Term 4 which begins on Monday 25th February 2019, Forest club will be held on a Friday. If your child does not attend a Friday session but forest club is something, they may be interested in doing, please do not hesitate to inform one of the preschool team.
The children have been very busy at forest club over the past 2 weeks, playing what’s the time Mr Wolf, helping each other climb up and down banks, digging for bugs and re-building the den that we had created back in September.
Working as a team, the children explored the exploring area to collect sticks and logs to re-build our den making it “bigger” and “much better” than it was before. They began to prop the logs against a tree to build an outer shell, in order to weave sticks in and out of and cover with leaves and branches to stop “the rain getting in”.
Logically placing the logs against the tree, enabled the children to build and balance, promoting them to use their problem-solving skills and self-confidence.
The children have also been observing the horses in the field, watching them gallop around and create big loud “neighs”. They have also been able to pet Magic and feed him some grass, as he is very confident to approach the fence where the children are standing, wanting to say Hello!
All off the children were aware that to safely feed Magic, we must keep our hands flat and let him take the grass from our hands when he is ready too. They have also enjoyed stroking him, talking about and describing the texture of his fur, exclaiming it is “spikey on the short bit” but very “soft and cuddly” everywhere else.
Please note that Monday 21st January 2019 is an inset day
Top tips for talking
Get down to your child's level when talking to them. It is easier to talk to each other if you are face to face. Whether it be playing on the floor or the grass, kneeling at bath time or sitting together at meal times. Being down at your child's level makes it easier to keep eye contact when talking together.
Story for term 2
The story for this term is The Christmas story. This story explains the reason in which we celebrate Christmas day in a way that the children will understand. We have been learning lots of new names such as, Mary, Joseph and the Shepard’s.
The children have been very busy at forest club over the last couple of weeks, finding natural materials to create Christmas tree’s and helping each other climb up and down slopes, using both their fine and gross motor skills to help them do so.
The children enjoyed making a Christmas tree out of pine cuttings that had fallen from the tree’s, using descriptive language to talk about how the leaves felt and how we could change them to fit in with our tree. While creating the tree, the children we were able to demonstrate their mathematical knowledge, exclaiming that the shape of the tree looked like a triangle.
Its been a great couple of weeks for exploring, the children have been working together to help each other climb up and down slopes, using long sticks to pull peers up and using their language to guide each other where to place their hands and feet while moving up/down the slope.
Making sleighs and filling them with presents
The children have been using open-ended resources to make sleighs, logically slotting and sticking boxes and materials together to achieve a desired outcome. All of the children worked together to create the sleighs each imputing how exactly they wanted it to look. There was lots of scissor work involved in this task, cutting cello tape and string, which supported the children’s fine motor skills. They also added reins to the sleigh, pretending that Rudolph the red nose reindeer was guiding it through the sky.
All of the children demonstrated lovely imaginative and role-play based skills during this activity.
We have supported the children in recognising letters this term, using the pictures on their name cards to help support recognition. We began by recognising the pictures on each individuals name card, helping the children to become aware of what their name looked like. The activity was then extended by hiding the children’s names around the room and asking them to find it, using their pictures as prompts to help them do so.
Furthering on this task for those who we believe could recognise their names; we chopped the pictures from the cards and again hid them around the room. Many of the children were able to recognise their names and were able to phonically sound out the first letter of their name.
We have also had lots of letters out during our free flow play, placing the tile cards in the sand tray which was a huge hit, with the children asking adults to support them in finding the first letter of their name.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year and we look forwards to you joining us in Term 3 ready for lots more fun!