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Lots of sparkle this week, with glitter everywhere and having lots of fun creating Christmas surprises. We've been singing lots of Christmas songs and rhymes and have been sharing Christmas stories too.
On Wednesday We had a visit from Stanton Drew School and they shared their Jack and the Beanstalk story and song. We had lots of Fee Fi Fo Fumming and it was lovely to see how confident the children who left us in July were. We also had our Sing up, movement and music session and we have been Stretching, curling, stand up tall, curl up small. How else can we move? Jump, hop, slither, wriggle, walk, knees up high
Thursday at Forest School we did lots of climbing, crawling and walking along a really big fallen down tree. Some were a little unsure and preferred to watch, whilst the others were happy to try out their balancing skills.
On Friday we had our Ofsted inspection, which went very smoothly and there was very positive feedback from the inspector. We will inform you of the outcome and make the report available as soon as it comes through.
A special Thank you and well done to Lisa who impressed the inspector with good interaction with the children especially with the added pressure of knowing she was being observed by the inspection process. Well done! Great Job!
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Weekly Makaton Signs - Hello, Good and Thank you.
More practise of our Christmas Songs with lots of Snoring Kings and bumping Camels.
Lots of sticking and snipping creating wonderful pictures to share with our loved ones. Also a parent kindly donated inner tubes of toilet and kitchen rolls. Its amazing what things you can create from these with a little imagination.
Music and movement. Seeing how our bodies can move. We had a lot of Kings in amongst us as we listened to "3 Kings" another one of our Christmas songs.
Monday Yoga and our story is 3 Little Pigs stretching, curling, being tall and being small. How can we make ourselves tall, how can we make ourselves small. Balancing and swaying.
We also have the props out for 3 Little Pigs, which the children have been accessing freely. Using the props to tell the story to one another and everyone having a part to play.
Thursday Forest Club - Bit wet, bit muddy but hey! Lots of fun. Slipping, sliding whoa mind out! Climbing trees, writing in the mud, finding toads in the road. let's help him to cross. Jump, jump high. How high can we jump. Snacks and lunch under a shelter and hot chocolate mmm lovely.
As the weather is set to get chillier gloves, hats and scarves maybe needed, keep those fingers, necks and heads warm.
Babies have been out this week. Lots of understanding in how to care for them. Feeding, drinking, washing, keeping warm and most importantly cuddles, Lots of very good caring mummies and daddies. Taking the babies for a stroll around the garden. Make sure they are strapped in and keeping warm.
Makaton signs – Hello, Good and Thank You. Ask your child to show you.
You may have started to hear some of our Christmas songs. We have started to play this music in the background, during sessions, to get the children used to learning these tunes ready for the end of term when we like to share them with you.
Thursday Forest Club – This week the Forest Witch left our den alone, but we still found some extra sticks to build it bigger and better. Some of the sticks we found we used as horses to ride around on, some were swords and some were magic being used by Knight Leaf, Knight Stick, Princess Pink and Princess Rainbow. At story time we had hot chocolate to drink. We talked about fire and safety and how only Lynne was allowed to be in the fire circle. Some of the children were coming up with ideas of what else we could use on the fire, hot dogs, toast and marshmallows. Yum, Yum some great ideas guys!
We have a new toilet for outside use now which makes it easier to use when needed. A new camping toilet bringing the inside outside.
Lots of splashing with our wellies and creating rainbows by using powder paints in the puddles and watching where the water runs and how the colours mix.
We have been looking for “putting our own coats on”. Now that it is getting colder and wetter we need to help ourselves rather than wait around for that adult. Its a good idea to first put the hood of the coat on your head, like a cape for a super hero, then put one of your arms in the armhole of your coat then find the other armhole and yeah you've done it. Mission complete.
A new term and the weather has changed, but there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing, so as long as we are dressed right there is nothing else to stop us.
We have been talking about the fireworks, loud bands, with all the pretty lights in the sky. Some of us like to watch from inside the house, others like to be outside but with ear muffs on. Some in their own garden and others going somewhere else to see them, some don't like them at all! We must remember any pets that we may have. We need to either keep them inside or make sure they are all put away and safe because they can get very scared and frightened from the bangs.
Wednesday we have our Sing Up CD where we have our movement and dance. Where we learn to just let our bodies move to the music. To move any way we feel and perhaps learn other ways that we can move, by watching others and how they move.
Thursday – time to wrap up and lets go splashing and squelching in the mud and that was just on the way to our outside area. The bad witch had been to our area and pulled down our den, but we don't mind, we will just build it again, bigger and better. She won't defeat us. Some of us helped to create a “Guy” for the bonfire at the Druids. We helped to stuff trousers and a jumper full of paper, leaves, grass, sticks and twigs. Some of us had a go at climbing trees and climbing over the big log. Which way was best? Watching others to try different ways. Taking turns, waiting for one another. So many things to learn. We had lunch under our tarpaulin. It was like being in a cave. Later we walked our “Guy” up to the pub.