The garden has provided all kinds of fun this week as we have had a wide range of activities outside. The water tray and sand pit are always popular as I am sure many of you have realised by the condition of your childs wet and sandy clothing! The guttering provides not only an opportunity to create a water feature, but last week was adapted to running the cars down at great speed. Looking at the way cars can speed up, slow down, vary by weight is a great way to introduce early physics.
A range of cardboard boxes have been turned into aeroplanes and the children have been flying off on their holidays. We always welcome donations of large boxes to paint or make into vehicles, space ships, animal homes etc.
Some of the children have been working on their own stories this week. We encourage them to think about how stories are structured eg Who is in the story? What are they doing? What happens next? An adult then writes the story out and these are displayed on the wall. The children become quite excited that they have created their own story and it is wonderful for their confidence and self belief when they are read back to them. We aim to continue with this theme for the rest of the term.
Next week we will begin a theme of mini beasts where the children will be encouraged to take part in all kinds of small insect and animal related activities.
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home:
· Try some planting at home. If you have space, allocate a small area or pot for your child to have their own garden. Alternatively a pot or small tray on a windowsill will do just as well.