What a lovely first week of our Summer Term. Welcoming back old friends and making new friends, introducing additional adult guided learning in the routine for our older children which they engaged in fully, and enjoying the sunshine with lots of outdoor play and in particular lots of bug hunting.
Working together on a phonics puzzle before our adult guided activity.
Snails, slugs and worms have been well looked after this week.
Keeping the children safe is our number 1 priority, so our annual Easter Egg hunt with families was this year replaced with fun and exciting Easter themed activities throughout the week , including finding the eggs hidden around the setting.
We also enjoyed preparing for and taking part in our own Carnival, as celebrated in many cultures, usually before Lent, involving public celebrations, parades and street parties. We made homemade masks and provided the children chance to dress up before we had a parade around pre-school to ‘chase away the winter and welcome spring’. We finished off our busy morning with a yummy doughnut.
Thinking about pattern and colour as we began on our Easter creative activities.
Using boiled eggs to think about gentle hands, if we hurt the egg we can’t take it back.
We were excited to try using stickers and dye to decorate our hard boiled eggs.
We couldn’t wait to take the stickers off of the eggs when they dried to see the resulting patterns.
We had a lonely egg visiting pre-school, the children decided the most important things to provide were a bed, food, things to play with and friends that they eagerly created.
Sharing and taking turns with new toys and resources
Carefully looking after our egg characters.
An invitation to create masks for our CArnival parade.
Dressing up provided on the final day of term proved very popular.
We have been encouraging the children to engage in risk-taking whilst considering their own and others safety. We have also been positiviely reinforcing their wishes and choices to look after each other and their pre-school this week.
We stepped back allowing the children to work together creating their own play area.
Testing the bridge they decided to make, to see if it is safe.
The children were invited to dress as their favourite characters for a morning filled with familiar stories, active story telling, story creating and opportunities for reading and enjoying books throughout the setting.
Exploring the oats in our Goldilocks Role-play area.
During difficult times we have based our planning on the children’s happiness and wellbeing. We have therefore been focusing on what is important to them, what they like, want and need, and we have particularly enjoyed learning about and celebrating festivals and special events.
Harvesting our own vegetables as we thought about the harvest festival
We worked together to design and make this amazing scarecrow
Our Halloween home corner
Every witch and wizard needs a stock cupboard
We painted, poured and scratched in the paint to make these beautiful pumpkin carriages.
Bugs in jelly discovery play
Pre-teaching experimenting with ingredients before providing potion making opportunities.
Pouring, combining, mixing colours.
Developing fine motor skills as we used pipettes to help with our potion making
Extending with various ‘ingrediants and measuring scales.
Creating and then using our own pumpkin cauldrons.
Introducing a space theme in support of our learning about Bonfire night.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1…….
What would we see from our spaceship window?
What is inside these moon rocks?
We thought about being safe with fireworks whilst making our rocket pictures
Thanking people who keep us safe, on Remembrance day.
Proudly displaying our poppies
Colour and pattern in our discovery play as we introduce Diwali
Making Diya lamps
Creating our own Mehndi designs
Bright and spotty play for Children in Need
Making our own Pudsey Bears as we think about helping others.
As we think about moving on we worked together on activities that made us think about growth and change. We started with plants including lifecycles and growing cress, beans and flowers, before exploring fruit and vegetables as we began to think about our own health and our own growth.
Can we sequence the lifecycle stages in the right order
Now that we know the lifecycle we can grow our own plants.
The children were still talking about our ‘fun science lesson’ so we thought we should try the ‘skittles’ experiment with them in support of our colour theme this week. We were very impressed with their interest, focus and their patience as they waited for the exciting results, initially watching how to create a skittle rainbow, before having a turn to try independantly. The highlight for the children turned out to be mixing the colours at the end, and finding out what happened to the bottom of the skittles.
“wow”, “it’s a rainbow”
Carefully positioning our skittles around the plate
One of the children asked “will the colour come off the bottom?” so all of the children decided to find out.