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It's been a busy few months again!

posted 30 Dec 2017, 05:33 by Zoe Hendy   [ updated 30 Dec 2017, 08:20 ]
Growing our own produce and developing our flower beds has given us plenty of opportunity to extend our learning through exploration, creativity and imaginative play.  The children have spent time over the last few months sowing seeds, planting out vegetables and flowers before harvesting some of these to take home to taste.  

We have also discovered where seeds come from by cutting open some of our vegetables and drying out seeds and pods for use in our garden again.

We have used herbs with play dough and then with clay to create our own islands...

with the children choosing to extend the play by introducing pirates and boats to the shorelines. 

We have concocted potions with old flower heads and herbs as well as creating mud kitchen delights too!

Not only are the children learning about the natural environment by observing growth and changes over time...

but we have also explored the smells and textures of our sensory trails as well as discovering windmills, sea shells and a variety of bugs hidden there! 

We have used our imaginations and knowledge of books we have shared to go on bear hunts, re-enact the Enormous turnip and look for the Gruffalo too.

Several children have been very interested in rockets and space. We provided them with recycled materials, pictures and books and they made these brilliant rockets and a spaceship which flew all round our play space.

At circle time we read QPootle5 and heard about the problems he had with the rocket booster on his spaceship! We made alien play dough in that well known shade "QPootle5 green". 

We also had a go at making our own ‘moon sand’ using different types of flour and oils.  The children moulded it in different ways and we also tried smoothing it out to make footprint trails.

The Autumn terms have given us plenty of opportunity to talk about our families and other people in our community considering traditions and celebrations, similarities and differences and festivals of importance. 

We made cakes and raised money for Children in Need helping the children to understand the importance of this charity work. 

We have looked at various festivals and special dates in the calendar including making firework pictures and lamps for Diwali,

fruit spiders and pepper jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, poppies and observing a silence for Remembrance as well as fluffy St Andrew’s day flags. 

Our story times often allow us to further explore and develop our ideas as well as creating our own play themes.  Over the last couple of terms this has been evident when the children were keen to create their own robots following the reading of Harry and the Robots.

Whilst we were collecting a selection of recycled resources, two of our After School Club Children wrote out instructions on ‘how to make your own robot’ as well as creating an example robot for inspiration. 

We re-read the story of Harry and the Robots and saw how he made his own robots before the preschoolers used the collected loose parts to make their own designs.

Some of the robots were very clever. Their "buttons" could make them do all sorts of things including talk, walk forwards, walk backwards, stand on someone's head and putting on sunglasses (to name just a few)!

We have also spent time reacting some of our favourite stories such as Room on the Broom and My Mother’s Sari as well as exploring traditional tales with puppets and props such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs and the Gingerbread Man.

Finally, in the last week of term we were delighted so many parents were able to come and join us for our open mornings to play with the children and make such a wonderful selection of crafts.