Pets and vets have been very popular this week. The children enjoyed looking after the pets, taking them for walks and understanding the need for exercise, food and grooming them. The children decided to make a dog display by cutting out pictures from magazines and then sticking them on their display.
For Yoga this week we had the story about going to the fair. The children travelled there in different transport moves, packing a picnic to take them on their journey. The children loved the poses of the fairground rides. Ask them to show you some.
Outside the children enjoyed the lovely weather and had the climbing frame. It was a huge success. The bottom of the climbing frame was turned into a den. Waterplay was also very popular and the children enjoyed watering and looking after the plants in the garden. After much request, the giant sandpit returned and the safari animals where out again!
On Wednesday afternoon we sang our familiar Sing Up Song, the children made different versions and movements. We then played noisy neighbour and the children had to guess familiar sounds. When they guessed the sound correctly, it was then their turn.
Duckling visit - as part of our life cycle theme, we were very lucky to have two day old ducklings visit on Thursday morning and the
children were extremely interested for a long period. They all had the opportunity to smooth or hold a duckling and were all very careful. We are hoping that the ducklings will visit again before the end of term so that we can see how much they have grown.
On Thursday afternoon we were able to go out earlier and have
our lunch in the orchard (kindly made possible by a child's mum and dad). We heard about the dragon who frightened away the fairies and then found fairy breath in the trees so we knew they were OK. We built some houses for the fairies and then stopped for a story. This was followed by a bug hunt, some rolling down the slope and then we finished with a game of "Mr crocodile" and "123 where are
you". We were very busy but luckily we had lots of helpers - a big thankyou to the two mums.
We have received lots of Wow notes which is brilliant. The children are so proud when we read them out at snack time and it is another good way of boosting their confidence and encouraging independence. We hope to see these continue and a big tthankyou.
Parent exchange meetings have been taking place this week and
we have had positive feedback from parents. If you have not
had a meeting and would like one, please speak to a member of staff.
We also have a new volunteer, Fiona, who some of you may know
her as she used to come with her older child. Fiona is looking to do a level 3 training course in childcare from September and will be volunteering at preschool on a Thursday.
For yoga this week we had a story of going to the fair, with new moves. The childdren showed great concentration and good listening skills.
We have been learning about life cycles of different animals. The children have put our now hatched tadpoles into our pond in the garden and will continue to observe their changes.
The easel was outside and the children enjoyed mixing various colours to see what new colours they could make.
The construction vehicles were popular and the children enjoyed using them to move sontes, branches and twigs. The children worked well together as a team.
The sandpit was popular as well with the wild animals hidden inside. The children played alongside eachother brilliantly. The children could be heard telling each other stories of animals and passing the story onto the next child. Excellent communication skills.
When the children built a den, they played dragons, princesses and knight. The had a BBQ and made up happy stories to keep they happy and away from the dragon.
On Thursday afternoon we went to the allotments and planted some potatoes. We went on a fairy footprint hunt and also made some potions. We also played 123 where are you.
Our Yoga lady was unable to come this week, so we did it ourselves. We practiced our moves and made our own story about a bear in a forest. The children were given the option to choose their own moves.
We had lots of fun matching up Easter Egg Shapes - matching the colour to the shape. The children showed good concentration skills and working out by trial and error.
We went on a walk to collect frogsprawn and we talked about life cycles. The children did finger painting and made frogsprawn pictures and tadpoles.
Outer Space is still very popular and a few children have made their own rockets to bring home.
Wild animals have also been popular. There is a large tree trunk and the children enjoyed making their animals climb across it and making up lovely adventure stories.
Lynne and Manda had a fantastic week of training at Ashton Court. for the Forest Schools Award and will both be working towards improving our Thursday outdoor session.
On Thursday afternoon the children walked to the allotment hunting for fairies. The children each found a fairy pot which they filled with fairy treasure which they collected themselves. We had a quick story in our secret hideaway and talked about all the treasurers we had found. It was fairytastic!