Photographs and Our Learning
Nature Explorers- Thursday 26th November
Today we went back to the paddock to see if any of the birds had eaten from our new bird feeders. We took our binoculars to look around the paddock - on the floor and up in the trees!
We have also talked about other things birds eat - worms! We discussed how birds watch the ground with keen eyes to see the worms poking out. We decided to have our own search for worms, some of us used small trowels to dig into the wet mud to see if we could find any worms, and WE DID! We made sure we were really careful handling the worms and then placed them back into the soil.
BilinguaSing Experience - Thursday 26th November
Today in our BilinguaSing session with our French teacher Jude. We sang the hello song where we say bonjour and ask ‘how are you?’ Como ca va? to each other. The session followed with lots of fun french songs including counting to ten, our family and heads shoulders knees and toes. We also began to learn a new french Christmas song ‘Ten little sleigh bells’ where we get to dance in the instrumental! We did such good listening and showed lots of energy and fascination in the french songs. Jude was so impressed with our singing that she gave us a special BilingaSing sticker which we are very proud of!
Nature Explorers - Wednesday 25th November
Today we went to our school paddock, we are very interested in birds in at the moment, so we decided to make some more bird feeders using a different fine motor technique - threading. We had to thread the multigrain hoops onto a pipe cleaner and then tie the pipe cleaner onto a tree for the birds to enjoy!
We are going back to the paddock tomorrow morning to investigate if the birds have eaten some of the food we have left them, we are very excited to find out if they have!
As well as creating bird feeders we explored the paddock using our senses and role-play with our peers! We were watching for birds and some of us spotted two blackbirds chasing one another around the trees - this was so much fun. We played hide and seek and some of us decided to be a pack of wolves howling and running around the paddock!
Expressive Arts and Design Experience - Monday 23rd November
This afternoon, in our EAD learning, the children have been introduced to the work of an artist called Kandinsky. We all discussed the shapes and colours we could see in the artwork and that there were lots of different sized circles used. At the creative table, we looked at a range of everyday objects and containers and discussed which ones were larger and which were smaller and how they could fit inside each other. Using the edges of these objects and a range of colours, the children then made their own prints. On an other activity, the children created collage work in the style of Kandinsky and were able to discuss the different circles that they selected.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 3
This week has been World Nursery Rhyme week, at home we have shared our favourite Nursery Rhymes via tapestry and in Pre-school we have been doing the ‘Rhyme a day’ challenge which included the wheels on the bus and five little speckled frogs! As well as our daily rhyme time we have been enjoying activities all about the wonderful story book ‘The Go-Away Bird’. We have had the characters from the book on our story shelf and have loved retelling the story using the props, we have been using watercolours to paint the characters and have had lots of fun exploring birds in our nature explorers sessions! As well as our adult initiated activities there has been lots of playing and exploring our own interests in the provision indoors and outdoors - we have really loved making dinosaur castles in our construction area Dino Den!
Gym and Tumble - Friday 20th November
Our gym and tumble session this week was lots of fun, we explored moving and stretching in different ways before our circuit activities where we moved over and along gymnastic equipment and began practicing handstands!
Nature Explorers - Thursday 19th November
This morning we have been out to the paddock to continue activities about birds, following our last session where we listened to the Go-Away Bird and made our own bird feeders.
Today we talked about the story the go away bird and that we were going to use clay to create our own birds! Together we talked about the colours of the birds in the story and how they all have one beak, two eyes and two legs. We then searched around the paddock for natural objects we could use to create our clay birds such as sticks for their legs.
To create our birds we used natural resources we had found and that were provided. We all independently created our own birds from the selected resources, first moulding the clay to create the birds body, then carefully pushing the two legs into the clay, adding feathers and pressing in stones for the eyes and beak.
We should all be SO proud of our clay bird creations, they are fantastic!
Outdoor Learning - Tuesday 17th November
This morning we have been nature explorers on the paddock!
We sat for snack time and listened to our book of the week “The Go-Away Bird”, we love this story because we can join in with the go away bird, shouting “Go away, go away, go away!”.
After we listened to the story we talked about birds we have in our environment. We explored the paddock for signs of birds using our good looking and listening, we heard some birds singing and spotted three nests in the trees! We then talked about the cold weather and how the birds may soon find it difficult to find food, therefore we decided to make bird feeders using pine cones and wild bird seed. After a little help to tie string around the pine cone we searched for the perfect branch around the paddock to hang our bird feeders. We were so proud of our bird feeders and really hope the birds enjoy their new food!
Expressive Arts and Design Experience - Monday 16th November
It's been a great afternoon of EAD with Mrs Clitheroe and in pre-school, the children explored the texture of clay and investigated ways they could make changes to it. Using water, pasta, tools and a variety of natural resources, the children manipulated the clay in many different ways. What began as Rangoli inspiration, soon became cakes, desks and other creative pieces, where the children each had their own unique design. The children tried the clay tools and were able to smooth and slice the clay and some children were able to roll the clay-changing its shape and talk about the changes they had made-great work by all!
Autumn Term 2 - Week 2
We have had a wonderful week which included Remembrance Day and Children in Need. Alongside these special events we have continued playing and exploring our indoor and outdoor provision. We have shown so much fascination and curiosity within our newly resourced outdoor area - thank you so much to all parents who have donated items. We have loved exploring printing, colour mixing and have been creating our own music using our nature drumsticks.
This week we have created our own listening ears for our listening walks! We all put on our wellies, waterproofs and listening ears to see what sounds we could hear around school and on the paddock. We heard the big children playing, we heard the metal gate opening and shutting, leaves crunching under our feet and the wind blowing the trees. We also heard cars and listened to the squelching sound the mud made under our feet. Some children decided to snap twigs to listen what sound this would make and also used sticks to tap different objects on the paddock to see what sounds they could make!
Gym and Tumble - Friday 11th November
We all worked really hard in our gymnastics session this morning and Miss Crewe was so impressed with our listening today! We did an obstacle course around the hall, using all of the different apparatus then finished off with some games and dancing. Well done everybody!
Children in Need - Friday 13th November
Remembrance Day - Wednesday 11th November
Today we have been talking about Remembrance Day within our Pre-School provision, we had a two minute silence and watched a short BBC Children's remembrance film, a beautiful and evocative animation that sees war as experienced by animals in a WWI battlefield. We talked about the film and how the animals would have felt during WW1. We have also been exploring Remembrance Day poppies around our provision; poppy meadow printing, creating poppies with loose parts and creating poppies using playdough.
Forest School Experience with Wild One Adventures - Wednesday 11th November
The children have had a very exciting forest school session today, we have been on a journey to explore the story of Stickman! We explored the forest with our Rainbow Elf, starting off at Stickman’s family tree where we saw Stickman, his stick lady love and his stick children! Then we went for a jog to the park where there was a dog trying to play with the stick man and stick man ended up being thrown into the river. Next we made nests for the swans to make sure they stayed nice and warm, then we visited the stream and played pooh sticks. We explored a little area of the stream and listened to the water flowing down.
Finally, we enjoyed marshmallows and hot chocolate by the fire and then even did an exciting stick dance.
We were amazing nature explorers and all joined in with the activities using our good listening to the instructions from Louise the rainbow elf!
Expressive Arts and Design Experience - Monday 9th November
This week, with Mrs Clitheroe for our EAD learning, we looked at printing with different tools. As we were adding spikes to hedgehogs, we used forks to create a print of spikes on to our hedgehog outline. It was messy fun and Mrs Clitheroe was really impressed with how well we all handled the forks to make our prints, pressing down firmly on to the paper. Some of us also experimented with some hedgehog craft using tissue paper. We tore and scrunched the tissue paper and arranged it on to the hedgehog outline.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 1
This week we have been settling back in to Pre-School after our week off. We have become more familiar with our provision and gained confidence to continue being curious when playing and exploring with our peers and key workers. This week our adult initiated activities have been all about bonfire night, we set up and explored our own small world bonfire, discussing bonfire night and how to keep safe around fire. We also used our listening ears to hear the sounds fireworks make and tried making similar sounds with our voices! In the malleable area we created fireworks using the play dough and also created fireworks and bonfires in the creative area using different techniques and resources. What a wonderful first week back!
Gym and Tumble - Friday 6th November
We all really enjoyed our gymnastics session this morning with Miss Crewe. She was super impressed with how much we remembered from before half term. 😁 In today’s session we practiced our forward rolls and we had to use different ways of moving to get around the hall. We walked with our arms out, jogged, skipped, jumped and walked like spiders! We played lots of games where we practiced good listening skills and lots of gross motor skills.
BilinguaSing Experience - Thursday 5th November
Today we continued our BilinguaSing sessions with our French teacher Jude. We sang the hello song where we say bonjour and ask ‘how are you?’ Como ca va? to each other. The session followed with lots of fun french songs including counting to ten, our family and heads shoulders knees and toes. We did good listening and showed lots of energy and fascination in the french songs. Jude was so impressed with our singing that she gave us a special BilingaSing sticker which we are very proud of!
Forest School Experience with Wild One Adventures - Wednesday 4th November
As part of our outdoor learning curriculum, we are very lucky to have Wild One Adventures leading a series of Forest School sessions! Today was our first session and our theme was the wonderful Julia Donaldson story ‘Room on the Broom’.
In forest school today we met Louise the woodland witch who lead us into the magical woodland. First we began with woodland story time and showed good listening to the story being acted out by the woodland witch and her elf! Next we made a magic broomstick by finding the perfect stick and attaching leaves to it, we then took our new broomsticks and went flying around the forest to see if we could find any of the witches belongings she had dropped from the sky! We were a little tired from flying around the forest so we decided to rest around the fire pit where we toasted marshmallows and warmed ourselves up with a hot chocolate. After the fire pit we made our own nature shakers by filling recycled Milk bottles with natural objects we found around the woodland floor. To end the session we had ‘wild wiggles’ time where we shook our shakers and danced to some fun woodland music! We had such a wonderful time and all enjoyed getting involved with the forest school activities this morning, Miss Clayton is so proud of you all for being such fantastic nature explorers!
Expressive Arts and Design Experience - Monday 2nd November
During our Expressive arts and design session with our Art specialist Mrs Clitheroe, we looked at some photographs of fireworks and used these to help us create our own firework paintings using some different tools. We got to use paper straws and sticks to paint with and they were quite different to a paintbrush to control. It was fun when we got to add some glitter to our paintings to add some texture and Mrs Clitheroe was really impressed with the different fireworks we created.
Autumn Term 1 - Week 8
This has been the final week of our first Autumn half term together and what an amazing first half term it has been! We have had an amazing term of exploring our learning new learning environment and developing our relationships with our key workers and peers at St.Paul’s Pre-School.
Miss Clayton, Miss Kearney and Mrs Walsh are so proud of all you have achieved this term and we can’t wait to see you again from Monday 2nd November, to continue our learning journey together. Have a wonderful week of rest with your families and keep us updated on Tapestry. 😀
Autumn Term 1 - Week 7
This week has been filled with building, creating, mark making, moving and lots of play! We have had a fabulous time in our BilinguaSing virtual experience where we talked and sang about people who help us as well as singing the colours of the rainbow in French!
We have enjoyed exploring Minibeasts in our small world woodland. We used binoculars, magnifying glasses, a net and the bug catcher, we took turns with the different equipment and we enjoyed looking and talking about the mini-beasts. Some children decided to build woodland houses for the mini-beasts and woodland creatures, making sure they were very comfortable and happy in their homes, using the wooden blocks and natural loose parts.
In our outdoor area we have been doing some gardening, we cleared the weeds and planted fresh bulbs for our spring flowers! We talked about how we need to take good care of the bulbs, what they need to grow and we will be waiting and watching closely to see when the bulbs begin to sprout and bloom! We have also been mini-beast hunting in our outdoor area garden, we found a large beetle, lots of woodlice, worms and spiders! Our outdoor play also included our house turning into an ice cream shop with lots of hungry customers ready and waiting for yummy ice-cream!
On our story shelf this week we have explored the wonderful book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, the children listened to the story, acted out the story using the small world characters and enjoyed the book independently and with their peers.
Gym and Tumble - Friday 16th October
Our Gym and Tumble experience was very exciting - beginning to learn how to do forward rolls and climb a rope! We listened, followed instructions and tried really hard. Miss Crewe was very impressed.
Autumn Term 1 - Week 6
This week we have been exploring autumn, we have been out on a nature hunt and used what we found to create our own small world British Woodland, we had some left over leaves from our nature hunt and used these to explore leaf printing. In our outdoor area we created a pumpkin patch and have been exploring different sizes, shapes and colours of pumpkins - we have also taken these into our texture kitchen to do some cooking! Our construction area has been filled with wonderful buildings, including bat-mobiles, castles and Boats! We have also been doing lots of fantastic mark making using the different resources available in our mark making area. We made our own pumpkin playdough and have had fun with messy play in our malleable area.
Autumn Term 1 - Week 5
This week we have had a brilliant time exploring our new outdoor area, we have been listening to the different sounds around the area, digging in the sandpit, mark making with chalk and water, cooking in the kitchen and performing songs underneath the tipi.
Miss Crewe and our teachers were so impressed at how well we listened and moved in our Gym and Tumble session this week. We really enjoyed running, jumping, hopping and crawling on the mats. We were very excited to try balancing and moving across the benches and gymnastic tables for the first time today.
Autumn Term 1 - Week 4
Our fourth week in Pre-School has been very exciting, we ventured out to the school paddock and had a wonderful time exploring the outdoors. We especially loved running and rolling down the hill and searching for mini-beasts - we found worms, a beetle and a frog! Indoors at Pre-School we have continued to enjoy playing with the small world farm and have done lots of exploration with mark marking using playdough, paint, chalks and pens.
On Thursday we explored a French garden in our virtual Bilinguasing lesson. We began by saying bonjour to everyone and our teacher Kirsty. We sang lots of fun songs about bee’s, frogs and the incy wincy spider. We counted to ten in french and finished with saying bye bye bubbles - au revoir. 👋
Friday morning in Gym and tumble with Miss Crewe, we all listened and followed instructions really well. We practiced what we learnt last week to sit in tuck, pick and straddle position and we ran, jumped and marched on the spot. We could squat down to the floor and reach our bodies tall. We used the benches to practice our balancing, we walked, slid and crawled across the bench until we reached the end and jumped off making sure that we landed safely on two feet. It was lots of fun!
Autumn Term 1 - Week 3
This week we are much more settled and confident in our new environment. We have continued to explore and play in our classroom and the EYFS outdoor area. We have been seeking out others to share experiences and developing some special friendships.
This week has been filled with lots of excitement and child initiated play. Indoors there have been many child-led activities such as role-playing doctors and Iron man, building spooky castles and towers in the construction area and creating a playdough Spider-Man in the malleable kitchen. Outdoors in the EYFS area we have been cooking fish and chips in the mud kitchen and role playing builders and firemen.
Our wonderful experiences have continued this week including our Bilinguasing where we learnt to say Bonjour to each other and had fun singing along to heads, shoulders, knees and toes - and doing the actions. We have also had a fantastic time at Gym & Tumble where we practiced our good listening skills with Miss Crewe. We walked, ran and jumped across the mats, we practiced sitting in positions such as tuck, pike and straddle and then finished with some fun games.
We cannot wait to explore our amazing new Pre-School outdoor area which will be ready for us by the end of next week. 😁
Autumn Term 1 - Week 2
This week we have continued to explore our environment and develop our relationships with the children and teachers in our class. We are settling in well to our new routines and becoming more involved in our classroom. We have especially liked playing with the dolls and puppets, exploring the sea creatures in the small world area and playing in the malleable kitchen area - making playdough cookies and cakes!
This week has also been the start of our very exciting experiences! On Thursday we met our new Bilinguasing teacher who is helping us to learn french and develop our communication and language skills. Then on Friday we had a wonderful time in our Gym and Tumble session where we all got involved in moving and stretching in different ways to support the development of our gross motor skills.
Our First Week in Pre-School - Autumn Term 1
We have spent this short week settling into our new environment and exploring alongside our new teachers and peers. We have been getting used to new experiences and routines. This week we have spent time having tea parties, playing with the dinosaurs and getting messy making playdough!