Chinese New Year

We have had another fantastic week at school, the children have loved exploring resources linked with Chinese New Year. We have looked at Chinese numbers, made Chinese lanterns, painted Chinese dragons and tasted noodles, rice and sweet and sour sauce. We are so proud of everyone for exploring and engaging with all of this week’s activities.
We have also experienced a litter workshop where we had an insight into what our world would look like if we didn’t put our rubbish in the bin. We encouraged children to use litter pickers to pick up rubbish and put in the bin. Well Done everyone!

Balancing skills

We have continued with our circus activities in the classroom , exploring all the sensory materials , balancing , making circus tents using shapes and listening to circus songs.We have introduced a new song “Elephants have wrinkles”, all the children have joined in with some of the actions or moved to the music. In P.E we have extended our skills of balancing by jumping off the benches , we will continue to do this in our next session . Swimming has given the children an opportunity to use all their muscles and develop their independence . All of the children are working really hard in and out of the water to help dress and undress themselves.

First week back to school

The children have had a fantastic first week back at school, everyone has got back into our school routine and have been engaging well with our focus activities. We have began our new topic “The Circus is coming town” , the children have loved our new story song “Nelly the elephant”. We have enjoyed lots of lovely activities, our favourites this week:

We have been developing our core physical skills to support our self care with using knives and folks during our cooking skills session. Some fantastic use of the utensils!
During forest school we have focused on exploration and number, some children enjoyed counting our natural resources with our number line. We also used play dough to explore the shapes of leaves, twigs and petals, making marks in the dough.
Following our Circus theme we used benches to balance on during P.E, we had special coloured lights and circus music to help us get into the act. The children showed great body awareness, co-ordination and balance skills. We will be developing these further during this term.
Some children experienced a visit to the donkey sanctuary, this continues to support our confidence with leaving school on the mini bus and exploring new surroundings.

Well Done everyone !

Christmas Trip!

We all had a wonderful time at the Snow Dome for our Christmas school trip. All children coped really well with travelling on our school mini bus and the new surroundings of the snow. We had lots of fun on the mini sledges and tubing. We explored the wooden house on the snow and the slide.

Well done everyone!

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Take care and see you all in 2020


Festive Celebrations

When the children arrived they were greeted with a winter wonderland of activities.

We had some help from parents with our activities and the search for Santa.

Our special visitor arrives !

The children had an amazing experience with Santa and immersed themselves in all the activities.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

We have had lots of interaction during the last couple of weeks from all the children while we have listened to a musical stage version of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Every child was engaged during the activities in a variety of ways . Some singing along , repeating pieces of the song , turning pages of the book , exploring the sensory tuff spots , or becoming involved in the role play equipment.

Forest School

The children have responded really well to going to forest school at Rushall. We have been exploring the mud and paint in the mud kitchen, climbing on the wooden planks and wooden stepping stones and exploring the open spaces. We are so proud of all the children for experiencing these new surroundings and cannot wait to discover more of their amazing skills as we continue our outdoor learning.

Diwali Celebrations

The children have had a fantastic first week back to school, they have all settled back into routine and have had lots of fun. We really enjoyed our whole school Diwali celebrations, exploring coloured rice and designing rangoli patterns, dressing up, smelling spices , playing our drums and Bhangra dancing. Massive well done to all children in Ladybird class for confidently and independently exploring all these activities in the hall.

Pumpkin Party 🎃

When the children arrived in school the classroom had been transformed !!

Everyone had a great time exploring the pumpkins , potions and sensory tuff pits, the children worked so well alongside each other sharing and exploring the activities together.
In the afternoon we had a disco and a game of pass the parcel , everyone waited patiently for their turn . Just before home time we had a party , thank you to everyone for making our day amazing by contributing costumes, food and decorations.

We hope that you have an enjoyable week with you children ,we are so excited for next term and can not wait for your children to immerse themselves in the activities.

The Early Years Team