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The children have been very busy this week learning about different celebrations. They have made Valentine’s cards using their hand prints, explored the history of Shrove Tuesday and made heart shaped waffles using a pancake mix of eggs, milk and flour. They have also learnt about Chinese New Year and made dragons and lanterns! 🐉

This week was Children’s Mental Health week with a theme of ‘My Voice Matters’. We read the book Hug about a little chimp who needed to be heard. The children spoke about the people they could talk to if they had any worries or things to share. They took part in mindfulness activities and a yoga session. 🧘‍♂️

The children were happy to see some sunshine this week! They enjoyed being outside and even took their coats off for a bit! ☀️😀

This week, we spoke with the children about the RSPB Big Garden Bird watch. The children were interested to talk about the birds they see in their gardens. They painted some lovely birds and made bird viewers to use outside. The children took home a garden bird tick sheet so they could record the birds they see at home over the weekend.

To finish our core book The Gingerbread Man, the children made Gingerbread of their own.

We have been reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. The children made ‘gingerbread men’ using play dough and cutters. The children wanted an oven to pretend to bake them and we suggested making one with a box. This was a very popular activity and the children were soon very busy creating with tape, collage material and recycled boxes!

The children have been experimenting with water to see if it will freeze. They made ice decorations using leaves, berries and twigs in a pot. They added water and left them out overnight. They were a bit disappointed the first night as the temperature wasn’t cold enough. However, the following night the temperature dipped and the ice decorations froze! There was much excitement!🧊❄️

We have been reading the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children became ‘engineers’ and built bridges of their own. 🌉

The children enjoyed their last morning before the Christmas holidays by baking cakes for themselves and the nursery children. Mrs Ramsey helped them and they took them to Mrs Dean to bake in the oven. 🧁

Christmas dinner day wearing our Christmas jumpers! 🎅🎄

Our African snails are growing. We have been trying them on different food and have decided that cucumber is a favourite!

This week, the children performed their Nativity on stage. It was lovely to see all the hard work come together. The children sang beautifully and used their ‘big voices’ when speaking. ⭐️ 🌟

Lots of mischief in reception today as the children decided it was now an elf school!

Christmas pantomime! The Wind in the Willows. The children enjoyed a visit from IMAGE Musical Theatre. They had a great time joining in with the songs and actions!

Christmas Art Day in Reception - It was lovely to see so many parents at our Christmas art day. The children had a wonderful time showing their artistic skills! 🎅🎨

We have been very busy learning the story of The Nativity and practising our Nativity performance. The children are enjoying playing with the knitted figures. They are so old. They come out every year and the children love them. There has been lots of role play to support the story. ⭐️

❄️ Winter is definitely upon us and the children were very interested in the ice and frost on a very cold morning at school. They talked about how water freezes and why it melts. 🧊

Christmas has begun in Reception! The children were asked to decorate the tree in the foyer ready for our very successful Christmas Fayre! We wrapped presents to go underneath and the children wanted to continue this in class. So we put up our own tree to put the presents under. The children also made decorations, using the hole punch to attach ribbon. 🎄🎁

Odd Socks Day! 🧦 We are proud to be different!

The children took part in a Balanceability training session. They learnt how to use their ‘dinosaur’ feet to run with the bike, to glide and manoeuvre the bike safely. They had lots of fun! 🚴

Remembrance Day - the children have been learning about the significance of the Poppy on Remembrance Day. We watched a video from CBeebies which sparked lots of questions and conversations in a child friendly way. The children then made their own poppies.

Happy Diwali! We have been learning about Diwali. We watched a video on CBeebies explaining how families prepare and celebrate. We chopped mint to make a dip for our poppadom snack. We also created our own Rangoli patterns, made firework pictures in salt and glitter, and decorated hand prints.

We have been very busy this week. On Monday we had a visit from the author C.S.Clifford. He told a very animated story of The Ugly Duckling and the children joined in enthusiastically! On Friday we had a drama workshop from the company Perform. The children followed instructions and acted out a story.

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Puzzles - puzzles enable children to develop problem solving skills, cognitive skills and support fine motor also. We have been helping the children to complete simple puzzles and to develop the confidence to try more challenging puzzles also.

Crystal Salt Painting- This week, we have been learning about absorption using paint, glue and salt. We printed shapes with pva glue, added salt and dabbed on paint. The paint spread across the glue as the salt absorbed it.

Pumpkin Fun! 🎃 This week, the children have been talking about Halloween. We read the book Pick a Pumpkin and carved our own pumpkin. They were excited to explore what was inside the pumpkin.

This week we have been learning about Autumn and the autumnal changes. 🍁🍂 We read the book ‘1,2,3 What Can You See?’, supporting our maths subitising also. The children printed leaves, exploring colour mixing.

In maths, we have been practising subitising. Perceptual subitising is being able to look at a number of objects and know the number instinctively. Conceptual subitising is to look at a number of objects as a combination of smaller amounts.

This week, we have been reading Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. This led on to talking about dinosaurs and the children had lots of questions. We looked at a book called Questions and Answers About Dinosaurs to see what we could find out. The children also painted some lovely dinosaurs and role played at being palaeontologists!🦖🦕

The children were making the most of the ongoing warm weather this week. They wore firefighter hats and ‘rescued’ things from the trees. They also enjoyed lots of climbing, scooting and water activities! 💦

Today Nursery and Reception held a Macmillan coffee morning to raise vital funds for cancer support. The children were very proud to invite their parents into their classes and shared some lovely cakes! ☕️🍰

The children have settled well and are enjoying exploring lots of activities!