Children learn best when given time to be able to explore and investigate. This week one of the activities we provided came from a discovery from the children, they had found some ice outside in the preschool garden and were talking about it to each other “I think it looks like glass” “Does it break?” So we decided to freeze food colouring for the children to explore the properties of ice further while experimenting with colours.
Children need lots of first-hand experiences to develop skills and concepts through play. They met the activity with lots of enthusiasm and it provided plenty of discussions. We put a little salt on the ice to speed up the melting process and it produced some interesting patterns which the children observed.
We will display the pictures up on the wall for your child to show you and talk about them.
We have enjoyed our woodland mornings this half term, engaging in lots of outdoor activities.
This week the children put on the preschool waterproof suits and ventured over to the woods. We found that ‘Mr Rubbish’ had been up to mischief and had made a mess! The children worked together to help collect all of the items that Mr Rubbish had left lying around and put them in the recycling bin – sorting and thinking about keeping their environment clean and tidy.
Later, at story time we read a book called ‘Michael Recycle’ where the green caped crusader rescues the town from rubbish and proves that recycling can actually be quite good fun! But the children knew that already! 🙂
With Safer Internet Day being celebrated this week on the 5th of February, we thought it would be a good opportunity to talk to the children about online safety.
This was talked about in a simple, fun and understandable way, appropriate to their age group. We read a story called Smartie the Penguin where the children joined in with Mummy Penguin’s song and followed the adventures of Smartie the Penguin as he learned how to be safe on the internet.
Please click on link if you would like any further information, you can also find the Smartie the Penguin resource here www.childnet.com
We have started the week off with an energetic P.E lesson! The children have been moving in a variety of ways including, marching, wobbling, skipping and hopping. We are grateful to be able to utilise the space that the school can provide giving opportunity for the children to develop their physical skills, which is key to their health and well-being.
Tuesday we will be talking about the Chinese New Year, this is a good way to help children understand one another’s cultures and beliefs in a diverse and vibrant world. We can bring festivals to life with a range of activities for the children to engage in. We will serving noodles at snack time, making paper lanterns and paper plate pigs to celebrate the Year of the Pig.
The children have also been busy creating a new display for the Preschool. They have been decorating large alphabet letters with writing, pictures and photos. As all children will be having an input in this we are adding to it all the time!
We endeavour to venture outside every day so please remember to bring warm clothes suitable for the outdoors and a spare change of clothing incase the children get wet or muddy.