This week we have …

November 4, 2016

It has been a very very busy and action packed week at Orchard!

On Monday we had our Halloween Party, we loved seeing all the children dressed up and joining in with games such as apple bobbing, wrapping a Mummy, pass the witches hat and sleeping pumpkins. I think the children’s favourite part was the party tea! Thank you to all who came along and especially to those that stayed and helped.

The children drew pumpkin designs and two of these were then chosen to be carved in to our pumpkins. The children commented on the smell of the pumpkin and how it felt.

We have also had Boogie Beat this week, the children continue to love these sessions, following Hannah’s moves and directions. It’s great to see them remembering actions and “what’s next”.

The older children have been looking at hearing initial sounds in words. There have been a range of activities on offer to do with this: A sound hunt where the children had to listen to the sound and then find an object starting with the correct letter sound, letter lotto, letter and sound books and our Jolly Phonics songs.

We have been getting creative making fireworks pictures using cut up toilet and kitchen rolls. These made a lovely effect and the children then counted how many fireworks they had on their picture and had a go at writing the number.

The children enjoy taking part in singing our “days of the week” song every day. They are also getting the hang of seasons. (although there is still often confusion over months and days!) We have been talking about different things that happen in the seasons and the children love talking about the leaves changing colour and falling off the trees. There’s also still lots of talk of a chocolate calendar!

We have been playing matching games, encouraging the children to look at features of items and match them according to different properties such as size, shape, colour etc.

We have been doing some den building with blankets and materials and the children have been creating role play scenarios around these (they often involve super heroes and monsters).

Our Hotdog and sparkler event went really well last night and it was great to see so many of you there. Thank you so much for coming along and we hope you had lots of fun. The children have been very good at talking about the rules of sparklers and how we need to use them safely and it was great to see this being demonstrated. We enjoy putting on these events and it makes them really worthwhile when we have such a good turnout so thank you again.

Another reminder to order your Christmas cards from Chilled Chestnuts before 9th November, we’re really pleased with how they have turned out.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for reading.