In the recent parent questionnaire, one comment that was made by several parents was that they wanted to know more about what their child had been doing each week. In response to this, we have decided to set up a Blog, so that we can communicate this information quickly and easily to everyone who has access to the internet. Please note: because this Blog is 'live' to anyone who is online, we won't be including any children's names, or referring to individual members of staff.
This week in preschool we've been doing lots of Hospital Role Play, in response to the children's interest in this topic. We set up an inflatable bed, and the children played at being doctors, nurses and patients. We also gave them some pre-cut body shapes, and they enjoyed using these as their 'patients' and sticking plasters on them!
Outside, we have been doing lots of playing the mud. We hid some insects (mostly plastic, but a few real worms!) in some soil in the Tuff Spot (the large black tray). The children then hunted for these. They are very keen on bug hunting, so we are going to invest in some new bug viewers and magnifying glasses.
This week we also put some frog spawn into the pond. The peas that the children planted last week are being kept safe in a greenhouse, they are growing quickly and will be sent home with you very shortly.
Outside, in the raised beds, the children have planted some carrot seeds, radishes and wild flowers. We're also going to be planting some pea seeds directly into the raised beds, as these were a very popular crop last year - straight from the pods!
The children have also loved the multi-sensory experience of playing with the gelli baff in the water tray, and hunting in there for insects. Yes, it's messy, but they learn so much about textures and sensory experiences through doing this!