We would like to thank all our families that joined us for our Christmas stay and play.
We hope you enjoyed the children singing their Christmas songs and the fun creative activities that were out for you to share together.
We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
We have all been in a festive mood this week, being creative in lots of Christmas activities and singing songs.
Please pop in and take a look.
The children have been practising following lines and learning new directional words. They helped us tape out paths to follow on the floor and at first they walked on them, they showed lots of focus throughout.
A little later on in the session the children used the small world vehicles to travel on the lines.
We used sponges, water and soap for a fine motor activity.
This activity the children squeeze the sponges to create foam and bubbles, this helps to strengthen the child's hands.
We used the light box with trays of glitter and paintbrushes for a different and interesting way for the children to practise their simple shapes (circles and lines)
Every child chose to go to this activity and were fully engaged at a high level.
We shared the story about a rainbow with the children. One of the children asked to paint a rainbow after so we set up a finger painting activity where they explored the paint and created their own rainbows.
Lots of sorting has been going on this week with the children in their self chosen activities.
They have encouraged others to join them and worked together until they have completed their task.
Following a child's interest we decided to do an Under the sea theme.
We have had lots of small world activities in the water extending the children's knowledge of the sea creatures names, what they eat, where they live and how they move.
We have enjoyed lots of stories based around our theme and watched clips so the children see them in their habitat.
The children have been really engaged and focused throughout our creative activities and have been really proud of their finished masterpiece.
Thank you to everyone that came to our messy Halloween stay and play. We all had a great time and it was lovely to see so many families enjoy our activities.
We wanted to see how well the children got on using ICT equipment so we downloaded a doodle app onto our I pads.
The children amazed us at how fast they picked it up. They showed good listening and understanding as we modelled how to use the app.
The children were able to use the icons in the app to create colourful pictures, changing the style of pen each time if they wished to.
We set up the sand a little differently today. instead of putting items into the sand tray ready to go, we placed trays of items beside it so that the children could choose independently.
Lots of learning and exploring took place.
The children had fun outside today exploring natural resources.
They developed their pincer grip whilst using the pipettes and paint to make marks on pumpkins. They explored the leaves in a tough tray by listening to what sounds they made as they crumpled them up in their hands.
Some children accessed other resources and toys and added them to the leaves to play in other ways.
Thank you to everyone who brought in their favourite story from home.
As one of our activities from our topic All about me we created puzzles of the children's faces to see if they could piece them back together?
They did an amazing job and we also enjoyed mixing the photos up. This made the children laugh and communicate with each other.
We have been working hard on our cutting skills. The children have been persevering and showing good concentration throughout.
We can all now create small cuts along the edge of a piece of paper.
An activity linked in with our topic 'All about Me' this week was a fun and messy mark making activity.
The children had fun exploring the paint with their hands and noticed the marks that were left behind. We looked at how we could create handprints and compared them by using language of size.
It was lovely to see all our children so involved and confident whilst getting messy.
We used our handprints to create a border for our future display.
Does your child have a favourite story at home?
If so we would love for you to bring it in so we can share this with the other children at story time.
We have been on many learning walks around the school in the first couple of weeks back.
To extend the children's learning we used some of the leaves we collected from outside to set up a cutting activity. The children are becoming more and more confident whilst using scissors, gaining more control and strength in their hands.
Our topic for the first term back will be 'All about me'. We will be taking a look at ourselves and our friends and how we are similar/different.
We will be doing many different and exciting activities throughout the term that will cover our Three Prime areas of development.
We first set up an activity where the children had to use their sense of smell to see if they could recognise what was inside the pots.
The children found this activity fun and interesting and it kept their attention for a lengthy period of time.
This is a really easy activity that you could do at home. Feel free to ask a member of staff for ideas.
We would like to welcome you all back to the new school year.
We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and we look forward to working with you.
Our first week back we have been enjoying the story called 'Only one you'
We have enjoyed water play activities with a variety of fish where the children have noticed the details on each of them.
We have also been busy mark making on fish shaped paper, noticing marks that have been left behind, deciding on which hand to hold the pens and how to hold the mark making tools.
This week we have had a variety of activities at our finger gym station.
This is where the children can develop their fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up pom poms, pushing/pulling Popoids, roll and squeeze playdough etc.
If you would like any ideas on how to help/improve your childs' fine motor skills then feel free to speak to a member of staff.