Our new topic is, 'Where do squirrels hide their nuts?'
This week we have been exploring pumpkins, many of the children had carved their own pumpkin at home. The children scooped out the insides of a pumpkin to investigate what was inside, discovering different textures. The children wore goggles and used hammers to knock golf tees into a pumpkin using fantastic hand eye coordination. We also had a variety of autumn vegetables on display to explore. In our small world we had a pumpkin house which the children used some fantastic imagination to create their own stories.
This week we got to make and taste pumpkin soup. The children had great fun helping to prepare the pumpkins for the soup. We scooped, chopped and mashed the pumpkin during the process of making the soup, once it had cooked and cooled we tasted it.
We spoke about Bonfire night and how to keep safe around fireworks. We explored our voices making different firework sounds. The children then made some fantastic firework paintings using paint, glitter, pipettes and straws.
This week we have been investigating the outdoor environment and the huge amount of leaves we have in our garden . The children worked hard to clear up the debris, having fun along the way! They enjoyed watching the leaves flutter as they threw them in the air and used them as a soft cushion to have a rest. It was great team work - but we may have to do it all again next week! .
After making pumpkin soup we decided to role play and make our own version from lentils. We used measuring jugs and discussed capacity as we measured the ingredients into the saucepans.
This week we have been exploring the delights of the fruits and vegetables available in the autumn. We have tasted sweet potato, curly kale, swede, parsnip and blackberries. The children are becoming more confident at trying new foods and widening the variety of foods they enjoy. This week's food definitely received a thumbs up.
We used the conkers we had been given to help us build CVC words to match the picture cards.
We had some new blocks given to us , which stimulated some great maths work. Measuring the length of the wall, how many we had and how many more were needed to finish the job. They used the spirit level to check the line of the wall and worked as a team to get the task done. Great job !
We created some autumn sun catchers this week using leaves and coloured translucent paper to allow the sun to shine through. We also used autumn leaves , cones and other items collected in the garden to create autumn pictures.
This week we read a poem called 'Autumn Winds'.
Autumn winds begin to blow
Coloured leaves fall fast and slow,
Whirling twirling all around,
Till at last they reach the ground.
The children explored the meaning of the words through drama .
Following the children's interests this week the Grove building site office opened. It was certainly very busy with lots of customers and building projects going on. The garage was also open for car washes and services, with children discussing their needs and waiting patiently for their turn.
This week we have been exploring pattern . Making patterns with bricks and even human patterns! Can you spot which patterns have been created?
We also made apple crumble. Carefully chopping the apples, adding some raisins and then making the topping. First we had to mix the flour and the butter, and then rub it in to make breadcrumbs. We then added a little bit of sugar and spread it on top of the fruit. It was yummy!
It has been wonderful to see families working together to produce some wonderful examples of 'Autumn'. Have a look at a few of the examples on display in our creative area. Thank you for all your hard work!
Thank you for all the donations for Children in Need and again for the wonderful Pudsey bear themed costumes . We had a lovely day and raised money for this worthy cause.
Some of the children came back to school for bedtime stories. The children got to listen to three stories and enjoyed a hot chocolate and biscuits. It was lovely to see all the children looking warm and cosy in their pyjamas.
We have been reading one of everybody's favourite books this week!
We have also been singing the song along with Julia Donalson and re-telling the story through drama and small world with story stones. The children have remembered lots of the story language and vocabulary and we have discussed the characters feelings and intentions.
This week we enjoyed the sequel to the Gruffalo, the Gruffalo's child. We compared the stories recognising the similarities and differences between the two. The children have really enjoyed using the stories as a basis for their learning and have been able to retell both stories through their drawings.
Once again Ms Wilson produced a fabulous Christmas dinner for the school. We enjoyed crackers containing our hats and jokes. It was a lovely whole school meal, thanks to all those in the kitchen and the midday supervisors who helped us enjoy our special meal.
After the snow last week made our outdoor area very exciting we discussed the process of freezing and melting with the ice. We then decided to change our milk shakes onto frozen milk pops! They tasted just as good !
We have had a wonderful last two days full of festive fun! We all loved our Christmas party which involved dancing, party games and party food. We have also had the opportunity to do Christmas crafts and watch a film.
We hope you have a magical Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to having you all back safely in January.
From all the Early Years team :)