'I love knowing what the children have been doing and often use what I’ve seen/read to find out more from my child!’
Summer Term 2022
It was lovely to see so many of our parents at the coffee morning. We, and the children, really enjoyed showing you around. It was great to see the children so excited and to hear their happy chatter. We hope you all had a good time.
Everyone should have received a questionnaire. We would be very grateful if you could fill them out and either email or return a paper copy to a member of staff. Your opinions are very important to us and we value your feedback. Thank you to those that have already returned theirs.
The children were so excited to see some blue crystals grow and absorb water. 'It looks like snow but it is blue', one child exclaimed. They moulded it into balls, threw it in the air and made an Arctic floor. Great fun but very messy!
Continuing our look at shapes we made different shaped bubble wands. The children formed pipe cleaners into a variety of shapes by wrapping the pipe cleaners around the outside of a shape cutter. They made stars, squares, rectangles, diamonds and triangles. Once they had formed the shape they twisted the ends together, threaded on a bead and wrapped the ends around a wooden stirrer. Tape was used to secure the pipe cleaner in place. As the children worked we discussed what shape bubble they thought their bubble wand would make. The children all thought that whatever shape their wand was would be the shape of the bubble. We then went outside to blow bubbles and see what happened. The children were amazed to discover that all the bubbles came out the same - round spheres! They had a lot of bubbly fun blowing, chasing and catching bubbles.
Sorting And Counting
We had a selection of coloured cubes out for the children to build towers, count or sort by colour. Some of the children arranged them in a tray, organising them according to their colour. They told us which compartment had the most blocks in. Some made towers, counting the number of blocks in each tower, comparing the sizes and then placing them in size order. Others were able to say how many blocks were in their towers without counting them or estimate how many they thought were there and then count the blocks to check how close their guess was.
The children hooked various tubes onto our water wall stand. They used bungees to secure the tubes in place. The tubes were different lengths and diameters. Some they found easy to pour water down others they needed to use funnels. They added bowls and buckets to catch the water as it flowed out of the tubes. They watched the water trickle down the see through tubes. They realised that if the tube was pointing upwards the water would get stuck, if it was pointing downwards the water could gush out. They also noticed the more water they poured down the tube the quicker it came out.
We extended this play by adding colour to the water so the children could follow its progress more easily. Using food colouring we turned the water dark blue, this was a child's idea, 'so that we can see it go through the pipes'. There was then suggestions of turning the water into different colours, yellow, light blue and black. We mixed these colours into smaller containers. We wondered what would happen if we added the different colours to the dark blue water in the tray. Would the colour change? The children thought it would. So we poured in each colour separately, each time giving a good stir, unfortunately we couldn't see the yellow or light blue, but the black made the water darker.
The children made a shaker from a milk carton. First they decorated their shaker by gluing on coloured tissue and pictures cut from magazines. They then filled them with a selection of rice, lentils and pasta. The lid was firmly secured so that they could give them a good shake and listen to the sound they made. We played our shakers quietly and slowly then loudly and quickly. We then played them along to some of our favourite action songs - ‘Shake Your Sillies Out’ and ‘Beanbag Rock’. The children had a lot of fun shaking and tapping their instruments to the music and following the actions in time with the music.
The children love painting with our different shaped splatters. They dip them in the paint and then firmly splat them down onto their paper. They make a great sound - 'thwack' ! It is fun to see the different shapes and patterns they make. The children particularly like layering the different shapes and colours on top of each other. It can get very messy so always best to wear an apron!
We have a selection of cogs which can be fitted to a base and then placed so that they interconnect. The children discovered that by moving one cog you can make others move. The children experimented with different patterns, spinning one cog and watching to see how many would move. They worked together adding cogs to see how many interlocking cogs they could fit together. Changing their design as necessary, if one cog didn't cause another to turn when they tried it. A great way to develop problem solving and early engineering skills.
The children were interested in a pair of scales we had out in the mud kitchen area. They filled the bowl with stones to see which side would be the heaviest. They showed an understanding of the concept of balance. They knew they needed to put more stones in the bowl to make it heavier to balance the scales. They were pleased when they was able to make the scales balance. We used mathematical language such as heavy, light, heaviest, lightest.
We will be reintroducing book bags from next week. The children will each be given a book bag which we will place a book in once a week. The books will be changed on a Monday or a Tuesday, depending on which day your child attends. It is very beneficial to read to your child and reading the same book several times is helpful as when a child hears the same book multiple times they become familiar and comfortable with a greater number of words. It also helps children become aware of pattern and rhythm of text. Language is more than just words - it is how words sound and connect to each other. Hearing the same book helps with comprehension which prepares children for more complex stories later down the road. We hope you enjoy reading with your child.
Dates For Your Diary
Sports Day - Tuesday June 14th (June 21st if postponed due to rain). All children and parents invited.
End of Term Concert - Thursday July 14th 11am. All children who are in on a Thursday and all of our older years group are invited. Tea and coffee will be served after the concert.
Family Learning Courses Online - New Courses added
Buckinghamshire Adult Learning are running free workshop for parents of early years children to help support early language, play development and healthy, active lifestyles. The short courses are practical and provide valuable opportunities for parents to meet virtually, talk, share ideas and explore how to support their child's development. Please click on the following link to see the flyer for more information:
Buckinghamshire Healthy Start poster amended (1).pdf
Let's Try To Keep The Germs Away!
We always teach the children to cough into the crook of their elbows to keep their hands clean and stop the spread of germs. As there are a lot of colds and coughs around we thought it would be good for everyone to practise this at home too.
Buckinghamshire Family Information Service
Please take a look at the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) website for information on a range of topics relating to family life, from childcare, local services, education and family centres, to health, money and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The service offers open-access sessions and health services for early years children and parents from a network of 16 family centres across the county. It also offers a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years. For more information on all the BFIS has to offer click on the following link:
Tiny Happy People
The Duchess of Cambridgeshire is supporting this initiative from the BBC. Tiny Happy People is there to help you develop your child's communication skills. It has simple activities and play ideas for you to explore and find out more about your child's amazing early development.
Hungry Little Minds
Your child's brain grows fastest during the first 5 years of life. As a parent, you play a huge role in feeding your child's mind and helping them to communicate. The government has launched an initiative called Hungry Little Minds which is designed to provide information and ideas to support your child's development at home. We hope you will find this information helpful and interesting. The website can be accessed via the following link:
Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for Early Years providers to help them improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year-olds in need. Please use the following link to check and see if your child may be eligible to receive this additional funding.