Our New Playground
After many months of planning the early years playground has had a makeover. Thanks to FOMS and Lottery Funding for helping to fund this project. Many of the children have been watching the diggers and machinery and have used this learning in their role play. The children have at last been able to use the trail and new climbing frame. Hopefully when the weather improves we will be able to make the sandpit available too.
Spring Term Topics and Learning
This term Early Years have been busy with our topics.
We started the term off with People that help us. We had many visitors, Police, Nurses, Physiotherapists and Mr Armoogum came to talk to the children about his job.
Many of our visitors were parents so I would like to thank them all for their time.
We also took a walk down to the Markyate Fire Station to see how it all works.
The topic for Spring 2 has been Take one book, we have chosen different books to work through with the children. Activities have been varied with each story. Books included What the Ladybird Heard, Georges Marvellous Medicine, Rhinos Don’t like Pancakes, The Way Back Home and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
The whole of Early Years then had a trip to Radlett Theatre to watch the show We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The children all enjoyed the show and talked about their favourite thing about it. It seems getting wet was top of the list!
The new Nursery children have really settled well. We have been getting used all about the different activities and routines and they have had great fun exploring and learning, with help and encouragement from all the children – it has been lovely to see how well our children work together and help each other. We have really enjoyed our topic ‘Places Far Away’, and have really produced some beautiful drawings and paintings of African animals. We have looked at a map of the world to see where the different countries are and have been learning about the different people, cultures and weather. We were lucky enough to have a visitor for Chinese New Year to talk to us and we learnt about the food, writing and numbers. We also watched some Chinese drumming and created our very own collage of a Dragon and a Snake which we now have hanging up in our classroom which looks amazing. We have had our own Travelling Ted, who has started to visit the children’s homes and he seems to be having great fun so far!
Earlier in the term, some of our Nursery children spent the morning at the village coffee shop where we bought juice and biscuits. The children showed impeccable table manners and learned how to order and pay for food. Customers commented on the excellent behaviour and abilities of our children of whom we are very proud. When we came back to school, we made our own biscuits, using rolling pins and cutters to make different shapes. We then decorated them and ate them – yummy!
We are now into our next topic Spring and we have started with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and have talked about some different lifecycles, and how the little egg becomes a beautiful butterfly! We have produced some beautiful art work of caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies. We will be exploring different aspects of spring, looking at animals and plants, doing some planting of our own and talking about the changes in the seasons and the weather.
It has been a pleasure this term to start our Open Coffee Mornings, Stay and Play sessions and Parent Workshops as we seek to further develop our links with families and their involvement in their children’s learning.