This week we have …

February 24, 2017

We have been busy here, moving the rooms around  a little. The children have loved exploring in the role play area now there is a little more room, and accessing our new creative area, where they can help themselves to paint, chalks, pens and pencils!

We have been exploring in the hall, jumping really high and landing on the big mats. We also worked together to help tidy up afterwards. 

In small group we are really getting good at singing the phonics songs and saying the sounds of some of the letters. 

The children have been busy constructing towers, and cars using duplo, and the large wooden bricks too. 

‘Doris’ the storm made quite an appearance this week too, she pushed over our bird house and our gazebo! the children watched the trees blow around in the wind and we then found objects we could blow around the table just like Doris! Cotton wool balls and cotton reels worked the best! The wind was very loud, but wasn’t scary when we were having so much fun!

Counting quantity and using number stencils has also been a highlight of the week. Some of us can count up to 100! 

We spoke a little about the fire engine coming on Tuesday, children that do not attend this day are welcome to come but must be with and adult. Please park in Pinewood park as the road will get busy! 

This week we have …

February 10, 2017

The week is nearly over and we have been up to lots of fun things.

We have had fun playing games with balloons. We have been bouncing them, kicking them and trying to keep them in the air. We took them in the garden so we had lots of space to move around with them.

We have also been blowing bubbles and popping them. This has been helping to promote our oral skills and our turn taking.

We put cars in paint and enjoyed making tracks with different vehicles and in different colours. 

We have also been doing lots of dressing up and role playing. We have been doctors, policemen and pirates as well princesses and “baddies”. Role play has recently become a really big part of the children’s play and they use various resources for different things and make up brilliant story lines to act out.

We have been looking at forming letters by using the tablets, pencils and other resources to form letters and to help letter sound recognition. Some of the older children have looked a little at capital letters and when we may use them.

We have been very active doing Tumble Tots and Sticky Kids, exercising our whole bodies and different muscles and making sure we have a big drink afterwards.

In the hall we have been climbing on apparatus, practising our balancing skills and looking at different ways to jump.

The younger children have been playing some colour match games with the bricks and have enjoyed building towers and knocking them down.

I’d like to say a big thank you for all the lovely messages, cards and gifts I have received. I will keep you all informed of when baby comes along and i’m sure Laura will send out an email with details. I have also promised the children I will pop in so they can have a cuddle.

We all hope you have a lovely weekend (even if it does rain!) and I will see you all in a few months time :)

This week we have …

February 3, 2017

It’s Friday again already!

This week has flown by and we’ve been having lots of fun doing various activities.

The children have been very creative at the easel, using our new brushes and paint pots to create masterpieces.

The children have also been creative with junk modelling. We set a “build a house challenge” and the children thrived on designing their own houses and looking at pictures of different houses to create.

There has been lots of letter work going on this week. The children have used a variety of media to explore letters, such as: the whiteboards and pens, paint, sand, wooden bricks and crayons. The children are enjoying identifying letter sounds and working on forming letters. Please take a look at the Jolly Phonics songs on Youtube, this is mainly what we work with and the children know lots of the songs and love to sing them.

We have also been looking at patterns, we have used our pattern boards and bricks to make different patterns, the children have made them using different colours and shapes.

We added some candles to the playdough resources this week so I think all the staff have aged dramatically as we have had happy birthday sung to us so many times! That said the children usually say we are 3 years old so it’s not that bad :)

There has been so much Roleplay going on this week, it’s hard to keep up with all the different storylines. The children often represent home life and things they have seen in their play, it’s great to watch them become so engrossed. They particularly enjoy using the old mobile phones and cameras that we have, as well as filling bags up with various items.

There has also been lots of investigating going on with the big magnifying glasses. The children have been finding various objects to look at in detail and like to tell us all about them. They have also been listening to the sea in the shells and if you listen very carefully you can also sometimes hear mermaids talking!

Next week is my last week before I go on maternity leave, it’s come around very quickly!

From week commencing 13th February Laura will the person to direct all your enquiries to :)