What have we been up to this week

SUMMER TERM 2 2017 

Week commencing 17th July 2017 – The end of another academic year!  Our Green Bod leavers play this year was the Very Hungry Caterpillar and all of the children performed beautifully and got a huge and well deserved round of applause from all their friends and family who were watching. We had all of the children’s favourite activities on offer all week including water, playdo and gloop.  We rounded off the week with our end of term picnic for all off the children and their families and it was wonderful to see so many of our children and parents enjoying the warm (if not sunny) weather in our garden.  We wish all of the children who will be moving on to school or other settings a fond farewell and look forward to seeing some old and new faces when we return in September.

Week commencing 10th July 2017 – As we move towards the end of term we set up a role play school.  We had  with uniforms from our local primary schools together with some picture books of the classrooms and staff kindly produced by some of the teachers. Our Green Bod children were able to use this to talk about their feelings about moving on to reception in September and our Orange Bod children had a few fun sessions to discover what it will be like to be a Green Bod.  As well as all of this we had lots of fun exploring slimy activities both indoors and out.  Our favourite is always cornstarch gloop where we can explore texture and discover what happens when the dry powder combines with water and then drys out again.  It is always a good chance to develop our language skills by exploring new descriptive words too!

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Week commencing 3rd July 2017 – Our role play beach shop opened for business this week with lots of  suncream, beach towels and sunglasses to purchase.  We even made some delicious looking ice lollies to sell.  We arrived at Pre-school one morning to find that our caterpillars had hatched from their cocoons and emerged as beautiful butterflies.  We watched them for a little while before setting them free in our garden.  Hopefully they will come back and visit us soon!  We then went off on a bug hunt and found some slimy snails hiding among our plants.  We gave them some cucumber and carrott to eat rather than them munching on our petunias!

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Week commencing  26th June 2017 – Ahoy me hearties its been all things Pirate this week !    We had a pirate den complete with a pirate chest where we could store all of our looted gold coins and other treasure.  To support our role play we made eye patches, pirate hats and telescopes and no pirate would be complete without their parrot!!!     Pirates do not always have time to eat a healthy meal so we made them pitta bread pizzas with lots of healthy ingredients such as tomato, sweetcorn, pineapple, cheese and tomato paste.   Our pirates had their pirate boat in the garden with lots of other resources to help them run, climb and scramble to keep them fit and healthy.  Our Green bod children used our Samsung tablets to take pictures of their best friends at Pre-school.

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Week commencing 19th June 2017 – letters s,a,t,p,i,n – Dads and Male Carers Week – This week we welcomed Dads, Grandads, Uncles, Brothers and all other male carers into our setting (as well as female carers!), although we are always reminding members of our Pre-school family you are welcome to come and play any time without the need to be invited!  We added goal nets, our pull along cart and water play to our garden.   We were all able to work together with our guttering and stands to make water chutes where we could watch how the water flowed down the gradient.   We had lots of fun showing our visitors around the setting and introducing them to our friends.   The children have been able to observe how our caterpillars have changed over the short time we have had them.  Hopefully they will soon turn into beautiful butterflies and come back to visit our newly completed bug hotel.

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Week commencing 12th June 2017 – letters p,i,n – Our role play Garden Centre opened for business this week with lots of things to sell, plant, and pot up both indoors and outdoors.  As it was Fathers Day on Sunday we made cards to give to our Daddy, Grandad, Uncle, Brother or anyone else who was special to us.  We are sure you will agree that our Camper Van and Car cards look  fantastic!  We went bug hunting in our garden and used our magnifying glasses and fact books to identify the things we had found. We began work on our bug hotel which will soon be open to any insect looking for a safe and cosy home.

 

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Week commencing 5th June 2017 – letters s,a,t – We are recaping on these letters as these, together with the letters p,i,n are the ones our Green Bods will be introduced to first when they move onto reception class in September.  We made clay aliens, aliens in flying saucers, sunflower pictures and star biscuits and discussed past and future to represent time.    We linked our Green Bod group to our sunflower growing competition by producing sunflower pictures and counting how many petals we had on our own sunflower pictures.

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SUMMER TERM 1 2017

Week commencing 22nd May 2017 – Letter z – Off we went on safari this week as we focused on the letter Z.    We had our cog box as a jeep with binoculars to spot all of those elusive wild animals hiding around the room.  We made a den where we could spot animals or use our dressing up and pretend to be our favourite animals!  We made some wonderful animal masks to support our play and had our all of our usual messy activities.  Our Green Bod Group listened to the Dear Zoo story and then produced their very own Dear Zoo books.  We are sure you agree they are better than the original!

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Week commencing 15th May 2017 – Letters x and y – Our role play was transformed into an X Factor stage this week complete with lots of fantastic and outrageous dressing up and accessories together with musical instruments of all kinds.  We could entertain our friends on our own or even work together to form a band.  We made X factor stars with lots of glitter and glitz too!  Both inside and outside we had lots of fun exploring yukky activities where we could combine lots of different textures and explore how they felt and use our imagination to describe just how they felt and smelled.

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Week commencing 8th May 2017 – Letters v and w – These are tricky letters to cover to we decided to combine them and had lots of fun with volcanos, violets, welly printing and even a car wash!  We did some explosive experiments learning how by combining vinegar and bicarbonate of soda we could make a volcano in a cup.  Even more exciting was diet coke and mentos!    We made some fantastic water creature pictures – our favourites being the wonderful wales.  We got out our water play in the garden where we washed toys and had a car wash for our Pre-school cars.  We turned our role play area into Goldilocks and the Three Bears where we were able to act out the story with our very own three bears with their very own bowls, beds and chairs where we could decide which was the biggest, the smallest, the hardest, the softest, the hottest or the coldest!  Our Green bods used their observation skills to draw some beautiful pictures of a vase of violets

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Week commencing 1st May 2017 – Letter j – Jungle, jumping and jewellery this week!.  Our role play was transformed into a safari area with our cog box as a jeep and binoculars to spot all of those illusive jungle animals hiding in the undergrowth.  We got out our cube and steps in the garden so we could practice our jumping skills and learn about safety by taking turns to wait for our friends to jump before it was our turn.  We made some beautiful necklaces and bracelets carefully using our fine motor skills to thread pasta and beads onto strings.  We even had time to make some jiggly jellyfish with long wiggly legs – how many do you think we needed?  Our Green bods carefully cut out pictures to make their very own jigsaws.

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Week commencing 24th April 2017 – Letter q and St. Georges Day – We celebrated St. Georges Day at Pre-school this week with lots of princess and knights role play.  We got out our dressing up and our soft play so we could work together to build castles fit for a busy knight and princess after a day fighting dragons!  We made hobby horses so we could race off at a moments notice and decorated castles using wooden blocks to make brick patterns.   Our Green Bods were introduced to our new wordless books that they will be taking home as part of our library scheme.

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SPRING TERM 2 2017

Week commencing 3rd April 2017 – EASTER! –  It has been a really busy week with lots of lovely Easter and spring activities to enjoy.  We made bunnies and decorated Easter egg pictures with lovely patterns.  We made Easter chicks and even baby chicks hiding inside eggs!  To round our week off we had our annual Easter Bonnet Parade and were lucky with the weather too so we could finish with an Easter egg hunt in our Pre-school garden

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Week commencing 27th March 2017 – letter ‘b’ – its been baking, bugs, butterflies and bees all of this week!  We invited our mums in for our annual mums week where they were able to help us with our Big Comic Relief Bake Off.  We made some yummy cakes all week to sell from flapjacks to banana muffins and we were able to donate our hard earned cash to a good cause.  We collaged butterflies and made some lovely buzzy bees.  We got out our water tray and played with boats in the garden as well as making some boat pictures using different shapes.  Our Green Bod children played a cross the river game where they had to use their listening skills to select the correct object before being able to cross the river.  It was tricky working out c-u-p, p-e-n, b-oo-k, but we all did really well!

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Week commencing 20th March 2017 – letter’f’ – Our focus this week has been families to link in with the letter of the week.  We set up our home corner with our kitchen and dolls where we could encourage the children to talk about their families and the times they enjoy spending together.  As its Mothers Day on Sunday all of the children made Mothers Day cards to take home for the special day.  We collaged fish and played with lovely messy flubber and foam as well as our old faithful playdo! We were even able to get up close and personal with Freddy the Fish where we could describe the feel and texture of a real fish.   The children really enjoyed making froggie headbands too.  Our Green Bod children thought about who was in their families and made their own individual family trees.

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Week commencing 13th March 2017 – letter ‘h’ – We transformed our roe play area into Holy Trinity  hairdressing salon this week where we had customers queuing up for a re-style and pamper session.  We got out our hairdressing doll heads so we could do a little practice before venturing to the real thing!  We made some yummy bread roll hedgehogs, practicing our snipping skills with scissors to give them lovely prickles.  We were able to see how they changed from squishy dough into bread rolls when they were baked in the oven.  We made happy hands and heart pictures too.  We talked about the human life cycle and how we grow from being babies into adults and why we all age.  On Friday we made some shamrocks with cress seeds to celebrate St. Patricks Day and played a game involving a snake hunt!  Our Green Bods discussed all the different types of houses that people live in and then drew some pictures of their own houses, thinking about the size and shape of their house and how many windows and doors it may have.

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Week commencing 6th March 2017 – letter ‘r’ – Its been rainbows, robots, rainmakers, ribbons and rockets this week as we explored the letter ‘r’.  We used a variety of different resources to build robots both large and small.  We had to select the boxes we wanted and use our skill to carefully fit them together, adjusting our work as we went along.  We are sure you will be impressed with our results below! We even found time to make some red rose handprints.   Our Green Bods used rectangle shapes to make their own individual robot pictures too.  We were even lucky enough to have a visit from Bailey the Rabbit!

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Week commencing 27th February 2017 – letter ‘e’- It was a very busy week to start our new half term with Shrove Tuesday and World Book Day.  We made some scrummy pancakes to eat at our snack table and practiced some pancake tossing using tortillas.  Wemanaged to fit in some beautiful Elmer the Elephant pictures as well as making elephant headbands and some egg box modelling.  We had our water trough outside so that we could develop our mathematical skills by filling and emptying containers allowing us to explore volume and quantity.  Our Green Bods focused on their colouring matching skills and pencil control by colouring in their own individual Elmer pictures.

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SPRING TERM 1 2017

Week commencing 13th February 2017 – letter ‘k’- The letter ‘k’ covers two sounds phonically these being ‘c’ and the harder sound of ‘k’ so we covered activites from cooking to kings!  As it was Valentines day on Tuesday we made some beautiful valentines cards to take home to those people we love.  We cooked some yummy carrot cakes and played with crunchy cornflakes in our tuff spot.  We even found time to make some kites, and crowns!    We made some koala bear puppets and we took the childrens lead to extend the learning by finding out about where they come from and all of the different animals found in Australia.  Our Green Bods practiced their ICT skills using our remote controlled cars.  We set up an obstacle course and had great fun negotiating our way around it.

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Week commencing 6th February 2017 – letter ‘c’-  We got out our soft play and large construction this week so we could explore shapes and sizes and fit them together to construct things.  We even did a spot of box modelling and made some brilliant aeroplanes and robots! We had our climbing frame in the garden so we could practice our climbling skills.  We made colourful cats and some very hungry caterpillars!  We even made a wonderful hungry caterpillar display for our wall.  Our Green Bods used duplo bricks to do some more focused construction.  We talked about what we might like to build first and then used our fine motor skills to make some lovely detailed models.

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week commencing 30th January 2017 – letter ‘o’ – Happy Year of the Rooster.  We have had fun playing with orange playdo this week to link in with our letter ‘o’.  We used kitchen roll tubes to make ‘o’ patterns and then we were able to find other things that would make the same shape. The children enjoyed making octopus using their counting skills to see how many tenticles their octopus had!  Our counting octopus was about so we could check if we were right!   We all worked together to make our Chinese Dragon.  We discussed how people of China celebrate their new year with dragon dancing and we were able to take it in turns to be the dragon and play the music to dance to.  Our Green bods practised their scissor skills this week to make Chinese lanterns.  They had to listen carefully to what they were going to do and then carefully cut the strips, not going over the lines.   Once they were decorated they looked beautiful!

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Week commencing 23rd January 2017 – letter ‘g’ – A really busy week as we went on a Gruffalo hunt.  We had our den frame out for the children to cover and hide in. We used binoculars and torches as we went off on our search and we had lots of gruffalo and woodland animal dressing up.  As well as all this fun we made sparkly goldfish using lots of lovely collage materials to decorate them.  We mixed shaving foam, glitter and glue to make some fabulous works of art!   Rachael brought her guineapig in to play and the children were really kind and careful feeding her carrot and stroking her. Our Green bods  played a guessing game.  We had to take something away from a selection of items on a tray and try to guess what had gone missing.  They were really good!

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Week commencing 16th January 2017 – letter ‘d’ – We had lots of lovely messy activities linked to our letter of the week.  We had a dinosaur den, a wonderous dino world, dotty dinosaurs and even a visit from a Daddy with a Fire Engine.  The children had the opportunity to have a look round the engine and took  turns to sit inside.  It was very exciting even though the weather was a little wet!  Our Green Bod children had the opportunity to tell the staff stories this week and we had some wonderful funny, exciting and scary stories.  We will print these out and put them in our book corner so they can share their adventures with their freinds.

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Week commencing 9th January 2017 – letter ‘m’ – We began our letter of the week for our new term with the letter ‘m’.  We made monsters, masquerade masks and did a spot of marble rolling.  We are sure you will admire the children’s handywork!   We continued with our role play home corner with dolls to look after and the workbench to help out with a spot of DIY!  Our Green Bods drew beautiful pictures of their mummy’s.  They first looked in the mirror to see if they looked different than their mummy and talked about why their mummy was special to them.  One of our Green Bods even brought along his mummy to play as she began with the letter of the week!

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Week commencing Wednesday 4th January 2017 – Settling Back.  We have started our new term with familiar activities to help the children settle back after the Christmas Holiday.  We have had playdo and pasta threading as well as our usual favourites. Our home corner has been a big hit with lots of cooking and babyminding to do as well as the odd spot of dressing up.  Our Green Bods had circletimes where they could share news of family events or visits from Santa!

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AUTUMN TERM 2 2016

Week commencing 12th December – Fun week.  We have been really busy in our Santa Grotto this week helping to wrap presents!  The children have been putting them into the bikes in the garden to deliver back to Santa who has then put them into his boat ‘sleigh’ and finally we have helped put them under the Christmas tree.  We had great fun guessing what was in each parcel as before we unwrapped them to see if we were right!  We decorated Christmas fairy cakes and put them into festive reindeer boxes to take home to share with our family.  The glitter has continued all week with lots of lovely Christmas crafts and then our Christmas Party on Friday!  Merry Christmas Everyone see you in 2017!!!

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Week commencing 5th December 2016 – letter of the week is ‘n’ – Christmas has really set in at Pre-school this week with our Santa’s Grotto role play, making Christmas decorations and Christmas cards as well as our Nativity Play for our Green Bod children.  There has been glitter and glue everywhere and we have all had a great time!  Our Green Bod children have been writing Dear Santa letters, talking about what special present they would like Santa to bring them and then carefully drawing a beautiful picture of what they would like.  We have had some wonderful drawings.   Our Nativity play was wonderful and we would like to thank all our wonderful parents for their support as always.

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Week commencing 28th November 2016 – Letter of the week is ‘i’ – The letter ‘i’ is a very tricky letter to cover as it is ‘i’ as in insect but not as in ice-cream!  We played with insects frozen into blocks of ice to see if we could melt the ice to set them free!  We decorated our Christmas tree and began our Advent calendar this week too!  The children have been decorating their mini Christmas cakes to take home and we are sure you will agree that they look really pretty.  As well as all of this we went off on our Post Box Walk on Friday to post our Christmas cards home.  We were able to talk about what would happen once they were posted and it was very exciting when they began arriving at our homes!

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Week commencing 21st November 2016 – Letter of the week is ‘p’ – Shiver me timbers!  Its been all things Pirate this week as we thought about the letter ‘p’.  We made feathery parrots, pirate hats and pirate faces from paper plates.  Our role play pirate cave was filled with treasure and treasure maps and guarded by a skull and crossbones flag!  We decorated people on sticks so we could use them in our Pre-school puppet theatre and make up our own stories.  Our Green bods have been practising their pencil control by writing their names in Christmas cards ready to post on our Post Box Walk next week.

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Week commencing 14th November 2016 – Letter of the week is ‘t’ – A really busy week this week as we have been making our yummy mini Christmas cakes.  All of the children have had a go at smelling the ingredients, weighing, chopping and mixing.  We made tiger headbands and explored the different smells of flavoured teabags in water in our messy kitchens outside.  Our Green Bod’s have been doing a spot of weighing and predicting using different fruit and vegetables to make our scales balance.  We learned that it is ok to have a guess and get it wrong because we can then have fun finding out what we need to do to make it right!

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Week commencing 7th November 2016 – Letter of the week is ‘a’  – We have been getting messy this week as we did a spot of apple printing.   We made some absolutely brilliant ambulances using different shapes and we were able to talk about the colours of ambulances and the sounds that they make.  Our new mud kitchens in the garden are fantastic for experimenting with different textures and exploring what happens when we mix different media together – whoever said it was learning!!!  We explored our garden and found lots of different natural objects.  Pinecones are great for counting and talking about different sizes.  On Friday we made some beautiful poppies for Rememberance Day.   Our Green Bod’s were using their number skills to sequence rockets from 0 (a very important number) all the way to 5 where they could BLAST OFF!!!

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Week commencing 31st October 2016  – Letter of the week is ‘s’  We started off our new half term with chill in the air as it was Halloween!  We made some brilliant halloween  pumpkins and even carved our own real halloween pumpkin.  The children had the chance to explore what a pumpkin feels like, digging out and counting all the seeds and describing how it was stringy, squidgy and squishy!  This also linked in with our letter of the week ‘s’ so we made some super sparkly and shiney firework pictures using sequins and a few slippery snails slithered in too!   Our Green Bod group had a circletime where we were able to share all our holiday news with our friends.   It was fun to start off with a sparkly BANG!

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AUTUMN TERM 1 2016

Week commencing 17th October2016 –  We finished working through our colours individually this week so we decided to mix them all together and see what happened!  We experimented with painting on cooking foil and then mixing it all up with our fingers.  We made some lovely modern art pictures to rival the professionals!!!!  We also painted our feet different colours and then walked around on big sheets of paper so we could look at the patterns we had made.  The finished result looked fantastic and we have hung it up in our garden.   Our Green bods thought about story structure this week.  We listened to the story of the Tiger Who Came to Tea and  talked about what happened at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the story.  We also discussed what would happen if a tiger came round to our house for tea!

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Week commencing 10th October 2016 – It was Yellow week this week.  We made some scrummy banana muffins to take home to eat and the lovely smell of them cooking made us all really hungry!  We played with yellow ducks outside in the garden to see if we could match the number on the duck to the number on the cards.  We were very good at it!  We had yellow custard to play with and there were lots of yellow leaves to collect in our garden which we tied up with yellow wool to take home.  We even made yellow Minions (its amazing what you can make out of a paper plate!)  Our Green bods did a spot of sorting using our sorting set farm animals.  We had to throw a dice and carefully count out the right number of animals into our bowls.  They had to check they had the right amount and were really good at guessing who had more or fewer.

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Week commencing 3rd October 2016 – This week we have been looking at the colour Green.  We have had lots of fun exploring green activities especially our frozen peas in cornstarch gloop!  We were able to see how the peas made the water freeze and then how they turned mushy as they began to defrost.  We did a spot of collage with some real green leaves we collected in our garden and made some lovely green turtles using green collage.  As well as all of our green activities we made some lovely pasta necklaces, using our fine motor skills to carefully thread the pasta onto the string.  Our very own Green Bods had lots of fun learning how words are made up of different sounds.  We used a clapping game to see how many syllables our names had and discovered that some people had more than others.  Then we used paintbrushes, pots, toothbrushes and lots of other objects to play loudly and softly, quickly and slowly each taking a turn to be the conductor!

 

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week commencing 26th September 2016 – It was Blue week at Pre-school this week and the colour explosion continued!  We made bluebirds which we are sure you will agree look really sweet!  We did blue collage using lots of different shapes and textures to make our pictures.  In our garden we had water play with blue food colouring where we could look at how the colours of different toys changed as they were submerged into the water.  We even found time for a spot of box modelling.  Our Green Bods drew some brilliant self portraits for our display.  We  talked about how we all look different but share lots of different characteristics such as one nose, two eyes, one mouth and two ears!

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week commencing 19th September 2016 –  This week we have been looking at all things Red as we begin our work on colours.  We have used different sized red blocks to mark make and painted some wonderful red fish to make a display in our entrance area.  Earlier in the year the children helped their keyperson to plant potatoes and we decided it was about time we dug them up to see if there was anything in the tubs – we found lots of lovely potatoes!  We washed them, cooked them and ate them at our snack table – they were yummy!   Our Green bods have joined in circletimes to talk about what it is like to be a Green Bod.  They were introduced to Pre-school Ted and Red Bod who love to watch us play and be kind to our friends.   The most exciting thing of all is that the new surface is complete in our garden and it looks brilliant!  We got out the bikes and had lots of fun pedalling round and round the new area.

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