This week was our final week of Forest Schools. We had fun with the clay making creatures and homes and then searched for wiggly worms! We will miss our Forest School sessions but can’t wait to start exploring the secret garden ourselves! Check out our video below to see what we got up to this week…
This week was the first day of our forest school sessions. The children spent time in the secret garden, learning in the outdoors and exploring nature. We had lots of fun listening to stories, digging in the mud, making mud pies, finding flowers and even mud painting!
Check out our video below!
Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!
We started with learning about the countries that our families come from. We learnt that members of our family were born in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Lithuania, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Congo and Ghana and we wanted to learn some dances from other cultures.
Then the children made their own maps. There were maps to the jungle, maps to get home, maps to see the princesses and even maps of our own pretend planets!
After that we moved on to story maps and the children drew some great maps to go with their stories. We even made some books on the computer.
Our story telling continued as Andy the story teller came to tell stories with us…
What a busy week! The children have loved learning about maps and lots of children carried on making maps while they played. Why not encourage children to make more maps as they play at home. They are great for teaching children about the world around them and learning about where things are.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching we have had a busy week making things to show our mummies how special they are to us.
We have all tried really hard with our Mother’s Day cards. We drew a picture of our mummies and we had to think very carefully about what they looked like. We chose the right colour for their hair and eyes and thought about what they wear. Then we described our mummies.
My mummy is…
“A beautiful princess”
“Clever coz she goes to college”
“Kind coz she gives me cuddles”
“Nice coz she helps me”
“My best friend”
We all had a good try at writing our names in our cards and some of us wrote messages too!
Then we wanted to make a present so we threaded bracelets. It was very tricky and we had to be careful to hold the elastic and thread one bead at a time.
Once our presents and cards were ready it was time for our special Mother’s Day performance. We invited our mummies, aunties and grandmas and learnt a special song to sing called Skidamarink. We sang to our grown-ups and gave them our special gifts.
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us. We hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day. Click here to listen to Skidamarink at home!
We love to learn about different cultures and celebrations and this week we have been talking about Chinese New Year. Before the break we watched videos of how Chinese New Year was celebrated and the children decided that they would like to create their own dragon puppets, dragon stories and to do a dragon dance!
We worked together to paint our dragon. We have not painted something this large for a while and we learnt that we needed to use different techniques to when we paint on the easel.
When we had finished painting our dragon we added glitter and fabric. Then the children decided that they would like to make drums to play as we danced like we had seen in the video. Everyone had their own way to make their drums, then we tested them to listen to the sounds they made.
We were all so excited to do our dragon dance and finally it was time to take our giant dragon to the hall. We danced to the music and moved up and down in time to do our dragon dance.
We had so much fun the children decided that next week we would like to learn about music and dancing from different countries. Check back to see what we get up to!
Yesterday was our Mother’s Day Celebration. To celebrate we made cards for our mummies. We drew pictures of our mummies and thought about what they looked like, what colour their eyes and hair were and what they like to wear. We chose how we wanted to decorate our cards.
Then we made our mummies a special present. We used clay to make a sculpture that we thought our mummies would like. We added jewels and stars and beads to make them extra special.
Then we learnt a special song to sing to our mummies for Mother’s Day. It was called Skidamarink…
Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you
Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening and underneath the moon,
Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you, I love you too boo boo bi doo!
We performed our song for our mummies and gave them presents
We hope you enjoyed our special performance, thank you to everybody who came. Here are some of the reasons why you are special…
After building lots of bridges to save the gingerbread man we decided to read the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Everybody loved the story! All week the children retold the story and acted it out with the goats, on the bridge outside and at group times…
Lots of the children were inspired to produce some AMAZING home learning all about The Billy Goats Gruff …
Olivia’s beautiful Billy Goats Gruff scene inspired lots of clay work to create trolls and goats
We built lots of bridges with all different types of blocks and in the workshop too, we had to work as a team and test our bridge to see if it was string enough…
In Maths we learnt about the size of the Billy Goats then followed instructions to put them in different positions…
We were learning to..
- Retell the story
- Give the characters voices
- Remember what happened at the beginning, middle and end
- Solve problems to build bridges of our own
- Work together and share ideas
- We learnt about size with the big, middle and little goats and position as we moved the goats around
- Mould the clay into the shape we wanted and add features
We have been getting ready for our new friends arriving in nursery and the older children going to their new classes. To get ready we learnt all about what makes us us. We thought about the ways we were similar and the ways we were different and what makes us special. We looked very closely at ourselves and our friends and painted our portraits on mirrors. What do you think of our paintings?
We had to think about our skin colour, using paint chips to choose the shade we needed. We thought about our hair colour and eye colour and chose the colours we needed. Then we looked at our friends’ work and critiqued it to think about how we could make it even better. We reminded our friends about adding ears and necks or changing the colours they had chosen. Painting on mirrors is also a lovely sensory experience for younger children who like the feel of the paint on the smooth surface. You can try this at home on any smooth or plastic surface like an old container that you do not want anymore.
We had a fun afternoon in our art studio today making…Splat Art!
First we squeezed blobs of different coloured paint onto our card. We talked about the colours we could see before hiding them under circles of cotton wool.
Next came the fun bit. We hit the circle with a plastic hammer and watched the paint go splat!
We experimented with tools and hitting to try and make the biggest splat!
Then we took away the circles and looked at our pictures.
Finally we mixed the paint together with our fingers to see what colours we could make.
We had lots of fun making our splatter art. Why not continue having fun with paint at home?
Try painting with tools from around the home – spoons, mashers and spatulas make great painting tools. Playing with finger paints is a really good way to explore what happens when you mix colours.