This half term we shall we looking a many different celebrations that are shared across the world. We shall begin with Diwali which is being held on 30th October 2016 . We are very excited! Diwali is a festival of light and so we shall be exploring the meaning and stories behind this celebration the first week of term.
We have been working hard to to hold our writing implements correctly during our handwriting sessions. The children have made brilliant progress and are now ready to make different shapes, even numbers and the letters from our name! Well done everyone!
We had two wonderful Christmas share sessions. The activities were all Christmas based and the children were very busy! We cooked a 137 mince pies - and they have all gone! Obviously very good cooks! Thank you all for your support. We really enjoyed sharing our learning.
This week we have been practicing for the play, 'Grove Nativity'. We hope you all will enjoy it! The children are very proud of the wonderful costumes you have provided and they look great!
We made some bird 'cake' to make sure that our wildlife are well feed over the winter months. Although the squirrels seem to enjoy it as well! We have been continuing to try to remove all the leaves from the garden - it is a never ending job!
This week is the beginning of Advent which means coming. Advent starts on the the first of the four Sundays before Christmas, when Christians celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. The Advent wreath traditionally has a candle for peace, love, joy and hope. The centre candle is lit at Christmas to celebrate Jesus's birthday. We made our own wreaths and used our role play house to act out the story of Mary and Joseph before they set off on their journey for Bethlehem. We also made maps to help us on the way!
We also made lots of decorations , biscuits, reindeer food and lights to sell on the stall for the Christmas fayre. Thank you for all your support.
This week we have been looking at wedding celebrations. We read the book , Scarecrows wedding, by Julia Donaldson. We went on a hunt in the woods to find all the items needed for the wedding and then sang some songs to celebrate!
Celebrating the birthday of Prince Charles
This week it was Prince Charles birthday. He was 68 years old. We wrote invitations to a party which we held in the woods. We made carrot cake and enjoyed singing and dancing, as well as games. It was great fun with all our friends across the Foundation Stage.
As part of the whole school commitment to remember those who fought in the many wars that have taken place we discussed why the poppy is a special symbol to many people. We took part in the two minutes silence. The children decided they would like everyone to follow the Grove Primary school ethos to be kind and gentle. We then made some doves which we hung in the trees as the world symbol for peace.
This week we have talked about the fireworks we saw over the weekend. We described our feelings when watching the displays. We then discussed the story behind Bonfire night and the man who started it all Guy Fawkes.
Our role play area outside was a fire station - just in case! We also sold tickets for our own firework display. We used the ribbons and music to recreate some the fireworks we had seen - it seems the favourite was the rocket! It was very messy but tremendous fun to recreate a firework display in paint, splashing colours onto a large piece of paper. The effect was brilliant and there was lots of descriptive language from the children during all the activities.
We made soup to keep out the chill and had to write a list because we had run out of party food. A very busy week!