This week in Cygnets we are learning about dinosaurs. The children have each created their very own dinosaur using a variety of art and craft materials. They have also created some huge dinosaur footprints using stilts and were amazing at acting out being a dinosaur.
We all went on a dinosaur hunt this week. The children were all given a piece of paper with lots of dinosaur pictures on and they had to find dinosaurs outside and find out what they were called by matching them to the picture.
This week in Swans the children were surprised to see how big the caterpillars had grown, they are now attaching themselves to the tissue at the top of their individual pots ready to create their chrysalis. It is amazing to watch!
We have also been looking at how things grow, we sowed cress seeds on four different trays, which have tissue in them. We gave two trays water placing one in the sun and one in the dark, we also placed a tray with no water in the sun and the other in the dark to see which will grow the best! The children also had fun planting sunflower seeds in individual pots which they will take home soon.
This week in Reception the children have been imagining what it might have been like to have been a dinosaur at the time of volcanic eruptions. They have watched images of volcanic eruptions on our computer and seen a short clip from ‘Land Before Time.’ Using their senses, they have described what they might have heard, smelt and seen. We had great fun making a volcanic eruption using white vinegar, food colouring and bicarbonate of soda…..they loved watching the ‘larva’ covering the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs have been placed either side of their volcano using their skills of doubling and halving. The children have enjoyed making dinosaur puppets and creating short stories to perform to their friends.
Overall another fantastic week has been had in Early Years.
Each classroom has some caterpillars, which we are all waiting with anticipation for them to turn into a chrysalis. What an amazing way of showing our children how a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly.
We now have the final dates for our “Holiday House” Summer Club.They are W/C 16th July 2018 through to W/C 20th August 2018.
We are offering some fabulous featured events through the weeks. There will be a range of activities to suit all ages and abilities, from Master Chef to Sports Camps to Drama, Song and Action.
Booking forms will be coming home with the children soon.
This week we had a visit from a local author Rebecca Bourne, with her Dachshund Minnie Winnie. She read her book to the children called “The Wilbies Go To The Moon”. They all had a little cuddle with Minnie Winnie.
Reception had their First Swimming Lesson at the local Leisure Centre. It was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time.
We have had some great sessions this week at Forest School. The children are able to see the changes in the environment. They are able to see new growth and how the woods are looking so beautiful. Everyone has used their imaginations and some amazing creations and games have been had, from a Brands Hatch Circuit, to afternoon tea with our friends. We are so lucky!!
We have started an exciting new approach to our yoga, and we are loving it!! We are working through a story book each week. We concentrate and manage our breathing. We are each given a lavender heart which smells amazing. We also include a different sensory experience every week. This week the children experienced bubbles and balloons, which we all watched floating and bouncing, looking at the shapes and colours, the children were alive with excitement. We then finish our session with the children laying calmly with blankets and listening to some relaxing music.
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