This desire to experiment was observed elsewhere, with a group of children interested in mixing various ingredients. We mixed baking powder and vinegar to create a 'fizzy goo', as well as mixing cornflour and water to create 'gloop'. This was then extended into the garden, with the mud kitchen being used to explore mixtures of soil, water, leaves and sticks! As we explored these mixtures, children were encouraged to talk about their observations - discussing what was happening and why!
Cars have been popular all term, with children favouring using these with ramps. We decided to extend this play, and introduce a focus on emergency vehicles this week. The emergency vehicles were set up as a role play, alongside dressing up props, small world people and building blocks. This led to some lovely role play where children re-created rescue scenes, including the cat needing rescue from the top of a building block tower! On Friday, we extended this further, and used our small world figures to explore a range of different job roles - discussing different people who help us.
Stories continue to be important, and we share a range of stories daily with our children. This week, we introduced a new focus story, 'Rosie's Walk'. This is a simple story about Rosie's walk through a farmyard that focuses on using positional language, such as 'under,' 'over,' and 'through.' This led to us playing a game where children had to correctly place a bear in a certain position using a chair and a box - 'on,' 'under,' 'in,' 'behind,' etc. We also enjoyed 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and 'The Tiger Who Came for Tea' this week, as well as a robot fact book that inspired many of the children to junk model their own robots on Friday!
Other popular activities this week have including; using glow sticks in our dark tent and talking about the different colours, using cars for mark making, rollers and shaving foam, constructing train track, puzzles, and playdough.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
With many fireworks displays cancelled due to Covid this year, there is a short Cbeebies clip below, set to music, showing some fabulous fireworks. Why not watch this, then talk about the sounds, the colours and children's own experiences of fireworks...