“The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.” Margaret McMillan
We recognise the impact learning outside can have on children’s well being and physical development, so on Thursday 3rd December we spent the day outside. The rain didn’t stop the children having a fantastic time exploring nature and playing games in our lovely school grounds. In fact, the puddles made it even more fun! Langlands Garden Centre very kindly donated some daffodil bulbs, pots and compost so all children were able to plant their own bulb. The children were very excited to take these home! To finish the day, the children enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit.
We all enjoyed no pens day this week. As part of our project on structures we showed the children pictures of bridges and talked about what they were made out of. We then invited the children to build bridges to go over a river. Have a peek at our designs !
This week is Anti Bullying Week. On Monday, the children were very excited to come to school in odd socks to represent we are all different but we are all equal.
In Early Years we follow the Wanderlust Nature Study, from Hygee in the Early Years'. The 52 Week programme is organised around the natural rhythm of the seasons and offers opportunities to learn about wildlife, natural phenomena and the natural world.
We have a nature display to inspire conversation and develop curiousity. These are based around the weekly themes delivered in the study. In recent weeks, the children have been really interested in collecting Autumn treasures and placing them on our display.
Today, the children were very curious about the acorns attached to the oak tree branch. They enjoyed looking closely through the magnifying glasses and drawing what they could see.
Our finger gym provision helps to develop the strength in children's hands and fingers. This week, the children have loved stretching the loom bands over the pins - a fiddly task but one with which they have shown such perseverance!
The children really look forward to our Dough Disco sessions each week. So far, we have learnt the moves:
Have a go at joining in, whilst watching the video. You can use the playdough that we gave you in your child's welcome goody bag. It is also very easy to make using the following recipe.
This week, the Reception children have really enjoyed exploring our outdoor learning environment, particularly making imaginative potions in the 'Potion Kitchen'! They have used leaves, sticks, petals and spices to create their concoctions!
We are really looking forward to welcoming our new children and families to Reception over the next few weeks.
During the summer holidays we have been busy preparing our provision, ready for your children to explore. We hope you enjoy this video, which takes you on a tour around the classroom.