This half term we have continued our topic on traditional tales. Favourites we have listened to are Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. The children enjoyed measuring various objects using big and small footprints and handprints. They began to talk about different heights when measuring themselves against the height chart. The children have continued to enjoy cookery experiences, making cakes for Grandma.
Forest school sessions have begun on a weekly basis. Activities the have taken part in are mud play, safety games, made dens for a woodland animal, created nests for the giants hen and made a trap to catch the big bad wolf.
Fine motor activities have continued through our DEMS program.
To celebrate Mother’s Day the children made a card using different shapes to create a figure of their mom. We held a Mother’s Day creative evening that was very well attended and enjoyed by all.
During the last week of the term to celebrate Easter the children created an Easter weaving egg or rabbit. They enjoyed making chocolate nests during our cookery activity. Reception joined Nursery and Holly Tots for an Easter Eggstravaganza
where they participated in numerous activities and had their face painted if they wished.
January saw us welcome new children, parents and families into Holly Tots. The children have settled very quickly into the daily routine and are forming good relationships with peers and adults.
This term we have enjoyed listening to and joining in with repeated refrains from traditional tales. Favourites we have listened to are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs. The children have talked about different emotions and right and wrong actions of characters in the stories. They have created a forest for the book corner having worked collaboratively over a number of weeks developing their fine motor skills. In the construction corner lots of building work has been going on using sticks, straw and bricks. Looking for shapes in the environment and talking about their characteristics as proven to be a popular activity.
Thank you to all of you who brought in your project ‘Traditional Tales’ the children have enjoyed talking to us about which story they chose, what happened in the story, how they made their project and who helped them. We are sure you will agree they look amazing.
The children have enjoyed a variety of cookery experiences, making an apple loaf to link in with Snow White and of course Gingerbread men yum, yum!
To celebrate British values the children listened to the story the Run Away Pancake, made pancakes, talking about the changes they observed happening to the ingredients and then once cooked enjoyed eating them adding sugar, lemon or syrup if they wished. The children also noticed similarities in this story and the Gingerbread Man.
To incorporate other cultures and traditions the children have been learning about China. We have listened to the story The Chinese New Year where we found out about the twelve animals having a race, moved like different animals during PE, attempted to write Chinese numerals and made a dragon. We also looked at a globe and found out where China is, learned about Chinese decorations and made vegetable spring rolls. At the end of this half term the children enjoyed a Chinese banquet and performed a dragon dance to the rest of the school.
Autumn term 2 started with the whole school one book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ topic.
To celebrate Bonfire night Miss Mantle our schools forest school leader took the children into our forest school area where she lit a real fire for the children to see whilst they ate hotdogs and drank hot chocolate.
During Diwali the children did some Bollywood dancing, played in the Indian restaurant role play area and attempted to create rangoli patterns using lots of different materials and colours. ‘Symmetry’ was introduced as a wow word.
Our Winter craft day at the end of November was very well attended and a great success. Thank you.
December saw the children join forces with reception children and take part in their Christmas production ‘The Santa Suit.’ To end the term all of the Early Years children enjoyed the magician and Christmas party.
We would like to welcome all returning and new children, parents and families. The children have settled very quickly into the daily routine and are forming good relationships with peers and adults.
Thank you to all of you who brought in your summer project ‘All About Me’ the children have enjoyed talking to us about their families which we have displayed alongside their projects.
The children have expressed an interest in finding out all about apples over the last few weeks. They have had a great time looking at differences between real and artificial apples, tasting a variety of different apples and making a favourite apple graph. Helping to collect apples off the nursery apple tree was an enjoyable experience which led to the children asking Mrs Heap our school cook if they could make an apple pie. She was only to happy to oblige spending some of the session time with the children making individual apple pies that the children got to take home. Thank you Mrs Heap.