We are still continue to practise Thank you, Good, The Hello Song and Hello in Makaton signs.
On Wednesday we had a visit from Stanton Drew Primary school Class 1 as part of our transition process. They showed us their dance from the Chew Valley Dance Festival and then sang us a song about India. We had a break and a play and then they showed us their storymaking tiger story. We enjoyed joining in with the actions and all had a nice time.
We have had lots of water play this week. Sinking and floating. What floats? And why do some things float and some sink?
Plenty of obstacle courses – under, over, jumping, climbing on, balancing and investigating what we can do with the planks. It was discovered that a see saw could be made. Then we had to work out how to make it work. Sometimes we needed some help from others. The children enjoyed working out that some children were bigger/smaller, heavy/not as heavy. Good teamwork.
Last week we played with the grass – this week we made pictures with grass – so many things to be done with grass.
On Thursday afternoon the children were mark making with different natural objects and making colours using dandelions, daisies, leaves, pine cones, mud and sticks!
We bashed down some stinging nettles to get down to our den and then explored down to our tunnel. We were able to climb through the tunnel and find our way over the hill. It was a great adventure.
On Friday we had pizzas for snacks which the children made. We had pitta bread for our base and red sauce to spread over. Some wanted cheese, cheese and ham, some no cheese! Lovely pizzas but we’ve only made 5, but there are 10 children – wait cut them up in ½. Now we have 10. Better make one for Lisa!!!
We are still learning Hello, Thank you and the Hello Song in Makaton signs. Get your child to show you what they have learnt.
Yoga – Come on Daisy. By revisiting, the children are really get to know the story and the actions and feel comfortable to join in as they know it.
Grass – finally cut grass to feel, smell, let it fall, use it to make pies, to hide things underneath. Grass – so many things you can do with grass. Where did it come from? How did you make it? How does your mummy or daddy cut the grass? Was it a ride on mower or a push along? What's the name of your ride on mower? Who eats grass? Who lives in the grass? The grass opened up lots of discussion. All from grass, so much information and group play.
Pegs and Pegboard – so many children have worked really hard on their concentration using the pegs to fill the holes. There are 100 holes to fill. Wow – what a lot of naming colours as they go and counting as far as they can., and when finished, individually taking each peg out. Excellent fine motor skills.
Thursday afternoon. It was a very wet day but we dressed up in our waterproofs and had great fun splashing in puddles. We saw Mondi (the hen) hiding in the bushes but no chicks! Ask your child who Mondi is? We put up a shelter to stand under and decorate sticks and some of us enjoyed a ride around on the tarp. We finished off with a game of “What the time Mr Wolf” before heading back to preschool.
Although it was a Bank Holiday Monday, on Tuesday we carried out Yoga, as all the children when asked “What's next?” gave a cumulative cry of “Come on Daisy”. Poor old Daisy wandered off from mamma duck, and felt very sad and lonely, once the adventure had stopped. Oh no, what's that? Mamma duck... Daisy is happy again.
Wednesday afternoon Lynne and the children starting at Pensford School in September went for a visit to the reception class as part of their transition. All children were very confident and had a great time.
We have started to look at the “My School Book”. This is in readiness for transition on to school. These wil be left in the children's drawers. These may be taken home to add to or look at, but we ask that these are returned daily so that we may look at them with the children and maybe add more to them. Thank you.
We were off again on Thursday due to Polling Day – so a very short week.
Weekly Makaton signs are Hello, Thank you, Good and Hello Song.
For Yoga this week we had Come on Daisy. Remembering the sequence of events and the actions for each one such as dragonfly, fish, eagle and frog. Lots of flying, jumping, running away from that eagle. Also talking about feelings. How does Daisy feel? Sad, lonely, scared, frightened, shivering? Show those faces of feeling sad and scared, but wait its OK, its mumma duck. “Come on Daisy”. Daisy is now happy – let's see those happy faces.
Babies, they need lots of care and attention. Looking after the babies giving them a wash. Oh! someone needs a clean nappy. Come on let's change them, then we can go for a walk with the buggy, don't forget a blanket – its a bit chilly today.
Outside fun – having sleepovers. Some were lying on top of the table and others lying underneath for their bunk beds, but oh such noisy neighbours – we can not get to sleep, and who is that snoring? Its OK we have a potty by our bed if we need to go in the night, but best to go before we get into bed. When mum and dad are asleep we can play with our toys!!!!
Noisy Neighbours game – the children are introduced to the instrument, the sound it makes, sometimes different sounds from one instrument depending on how it is played such as shaking or tapping. The children are then introduced to the name of the instrument. Everyone then pretends to be asleep on the mat, whilst one child hides and plays one of the instruments. The others are woken by this sound and have to guess which one it is. “Oh do be quiet, we are trying to sleep.” Each child gets a turn to hide and play one instrument.
On Thursday afternoon we went to our Outdoor Area. We reminded the new children of our rules to stay safe. We were very careful around the stinging nettles. We finally finished with a game of “What's the Time Mr Wolf” and we carefully walked back to Preschool.
Fruit kebabs – on Friday we were talking about different types of fruits, which one's we enjoyed and the texture of them. We all had a kebab stick and pushed which fruits we wanted onto it. When it came to snack time we all sat down and enjoyed eating them together.