We have also observed Remembrance Day this week. We have been inspired by poppies at the craft table and have used paint and collage techniques to create our own poppies. The children observed a 2-miute silence at 11am on Wednesday, whilst watching the Cbeebies rabbit animation, we then talked about people we would like to remember - especially poignant during the current lockdown!
Finally, on Friday, we had plenty of Pudsey themed fun for Children in Need. We coloured in our own Pudsey Bears, and used cotton buds to add our Pudsey spots, as well as exploring a Pudsey rice tray with opportunities to scoop and pour the rice! Feeling inspired by Bears, we then enjoyed the story, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' - with many children able to join in with the story and add in actions too. We also shared another bear story called, 'Be Gentle' - all about a bear who learns to look after his new kitten. This was a wonderful link to our golden rules, reminding children all about using their kind hands, nice words, and listening ears!
Our weekly Jolly Jo sport session focused on making animal movements and noises, superhero races, chasing hula hoops, and making a friendship line holding hands! We also used the large hall for group games on Friday, playing games such as , 'What's The Time Mr. Wolf' - this is a great opportunity to combine physical games with maths, focusing on numbers from 1-10
As well as introducing children to various festivals and events, it is important that we follow their interests too. Junk modelling has been especially popular this week. Many children crafted using a range of egg boxes, bottles and craft trolley supplies, making robots, houses, vehicles and more! Children have also enjoyed crafting their own roads by taping together large sheets of paper and decorating with road markings!
Other interests this week have included; playdough and using it as cement to 'build' with wooden blocks, marble run, dolls house, and train track.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
The EYFS states that children should recognise special times or events celebrated at home, as well as have awareness of those events special to others. In focusing on Diwali this week - we have also talked about other things children might celebrate at home. Why not have a discussion about what is special to your family? What do you celebrate and why? What do you do to celebrate? Many of our children talked about getting sweets for Halloween or presents for their birthday!