Well it’s been a while since the last blog, but here is a little update of news so far!
The children have come back with their usual enthusiasm, vigour and excitement and we have had a wonderful start to the term.
Our focus this term will be endangered animals and saving the world! Can you do your
Many of the children are continuing to show their growing independence in bringing in their own bags and belongings, this is something we value, however please do come inside should you wish to speak to your key person, or have a look around.
Already this week we’ve talked about pandas and tigers and the troubles that they face…. The observational paintings are amazing!
Lots of the children are showing their skills in writing, mark-making and cutting at the moment – so please remember to check out the book bags for any small creations.
Heavy rain stopped outside play for a short while this morning, but we do try to get outside at all times, so wellies, a waterproof coat and spare clothes can be very helpful.
Lots more excitement to come - and I can't wait!! Don't forget to make your vote for our adoptive animal!
Watch this space......
This week has been full of more activities relating to China and the Chinese New Year. It is lovely to see the children becoming more and more engaged…. We now have a fully operating (well – almost..) restaurant in the home corner and you can take a seat and someone will ask you what you would like to eat….. chicken nuggets, noodles, rice or curry sauce?
Yesterday we starting the morning with a visit to the hall with Reception for a ‘trip around the world’, visiting India, USA, Ireland, Scotland as well as China, the children experienced a range of songs, poems and music in many different styles, finishing with a foot stamping, hand clapping extravaganza of Scottish dancing! Lots of children individually took to the centre of our circle to show off their moves!
We also had a range of shapes hidden in…. shaving foam!! This is a lovely, sticky,gooey activity which the children really enjoyed, delving into the mess to guess what shape
they found… how many corners? How many sides? Can you think of a shape like that?
Today we created a ‘reference board’ for mixing colours which encouraged the children to try all sorts of combinations, shaking hands with other children to see how weird and wonderful shades they could create!
We also gave the children the opportunity to make a ‘shaker’ with a choice of rice, pasta or spaghetti. We plan to have a ‘band’ later in the week to listen to the different sounds that these shakers make.
In between the heavy rain spells we have been outside enjoying the space and the mud kitchen. Thank you to everyone who donated items, they are being well used! The children particularly like the utensils like the potato masher and the ladle. If anyone has any other items they aren’t using then we would like to take them off your hands – especially things like drainers, cutlery pots, scrubbing brushes, empty washing up liquid
We been encouraging the children to count groups of objects outside and indoors, recording the number of things they can find, adding them up and labelling their pictures. Some fantastic ideas!
I can’t believe it is only Tuesday – and so much more planned too! The Chinese New Year display is looking lovely now that we have some labels on to show when everyone was born… please feel free to tell us about sibling’s year of birth too. I wonder which animal will be the most popular??
The interest shown by the children has been great this week. We have had great fun watching the children run their own chinese restaurants! We now know all your favourite dishes!!
In addition to the food and cooking, we have been making dragons..... writing our names and finding our what our names look like in Chinese!
We have also made a display with a Chinese Calendar, which we will be adding our names too.... why not add your too???
We have had a very busy week with so much going on, we are sure everyone must be really tired so some good night's sleep are on their way!!
Today, we were invited by Reception to join them for a science experiment. How exciting!! Do you know what happens if you drop a Mento (mint) into a bottle of coke? Ask your child - it was amazing! Or check out the photographs here.....
More to come next week! Have a great weekend.
Welcome to the year of the horse! Chinese New Year began on 31st January and we will be following the traditions and stories that surround these celebrations.
Today the children began to ‘spring clean’ the home corner, sorting out the clothes, food and bits and pieces, ready for our New Year Celebrations to begin.
In China this is done by the family to get rid of the old and welcome in the New Year.
One traditional tale is that on New Year’s Eve, the family are visited by the Kitchen God, Zao Zun, who visits heaven and reports the family’s activities over the year. The
family will then be rewarded or punished depending on how good they have
been! It is therefore a good idea to have a clean kitchen!!
We have lots of activities planned our these celebrations, and hope that the children share them with you at home!!