The Acorns – The children participated in a walk in our local park where they found a Horse chestnut tree. They also had a snack at the park which gave them time to discuss the change in the environment from their walk two weeks before. The children found lots of horse chestnuts and brought them back to the setting, which gave the opportunity for sorting and counting. Since the weather has been lovely, they have spent lots of time in the garden developing their gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination by creating an obstacle course and created their own version of “The floor is lava”. They used blocks, logs, crates, and the climbing frame to create their game and used a timer to see who could get around it in the quickest time.
Seedlings – they have had a dinotastic few days in their dino world. The children have been exploring the tuff spot where they had an exploding volcano (red foam). There were dino coloured ice eggs where they had to use small hammers and nails to get the baby dinosaurs out. They had the opportunity to make dinosaur bones and fossils out of salt dough and also role-played using the dinosaurs in the small world. We think this is going to be a big topic of learning after our discussion on “what do we know about dinosaurs?”
Both Acorns and Seedlings groups have recently spent a lot of time exploring the water and sand so this week we mixed them together in one area. This has sparked lots of creativity. We have had blocked pipes and had to call a plumber (imaginary play!), sandcastle building where the princess was stuck inside, and couldn’t get out! and animals getting trapped in the mud! The farmer had to dig them out! The sand has sparked lots of lovely conversations and use of language with the children and many playing together that maybe wouldn’t normally play with each other lovely to see new relationships forming all the time. Lots of mathematical concepts coming from this area too, talk about volume and measurement. Developing an understanding of form and shape and textures, a simple understanding of science, and knowing the dry sand doesn’t make Castles, so problem-solving how we can solve that by adding water but if we add too much water what happens then?
Water play is always high on the agenda for the children also and although we have mixed the water and sand together inside there have been ample opportunities outdoors for water play. Water play can help to soothe an anxious child so this part of early learning is really important especially in the current time. It gives them time to focus and either learn alone or with others and is so important for early science, interactions, and maths but above all its so much FUN! So please make sure there are lots of changes in your child’s bag for us.
The children have spent lots of time outdoors this week enjoying the lovely sunshine. There was lots of water painting taking place. We gave the children buckets of water and paintbrushes and they decided the wooden house needed a makeover. This then led to mixing and creating water and mud.
We have enjoyed a yoga session this week and will make this part of our weekly routine before lunch.
Some of the children had a walk in the park this week and went on an adventure with Mrs. Fenwick. When they returned, they made drawings to record this and the children added their voice to these and made a display in the literacy area all about their adventure.
There have been some really lovely creative sewing learning opportunities with the threading boards too this week which is good for extending those concentration skills. Many of the boys after lunch have taken this time for a little downtime and have spent their time sewing or threading.
The seedlings have had a quiet week and have enjoyed quieter learning. There have been lots of stories being read and quieter learning taking place. Much of their learning has been investigation. They have all spent part of their day investigation and sorting the items we brought back from our walk last week. They have had the magnifying glasses and been able to see lots of things up close including a little fly. One little girl discovered the magnifier showed the rings on a log slice so that was a great counting opportunity, we managed to get to 13!
Again, much of the seedling’s days have been spent in the garden enjoying the many benefits of outdoor play and learning. There has been a lot of painting taking place and we discovered if you flick the paintbrush it makes an amazing splash pattern on the floor. This was a happy accident as a child was trying to shake the water from his brush to change the paint colour. He was fascinated to see the pattern on the floor but even more interested in how fast it disappeared, sparking a chat about heat and sunshine.
Another super busy learning week in King’s Park Early Years. We hope you all enjoy the long weekend and will see you all next week.
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