“Do you want to build a (miniature) snowman?!”
It may not have lasted long, but the snow was around just long enough for Foundation Stage to explore this strange cold white stuff for the first time at school!
A ‘Special Place’
To end a busy Term 1, we wanted to give our children the chance to stop for a moment and reflect on the things they care about or are concerning them. Winnie-the-Pooh had a ‘Thoughtful Spot’ to go to and we turned the Music Room into a ‘Prayer Space’ for the week.
All of our children had the opportunity to explore any or all of the eight activities designed to help them ‘Be Still’. Many wrote a ‘Thank You’ on a leaf for our ‘Friendship Tree’ and all contributed to a giant ‘Friendship Flower’. Some used the ‘Sorry Sand’ and ‘Fizzy Forgiveness’ to put behind them times of upset and others said ‘Let it go!’ to worries or fears. Some simply sat quietly watching the ‘Bubble Tubes’, wrote prayers or read the letters from the children of the AES in Jordan as we thought about our world. One of our youngest children, in Foundation Stage, summed up the activity perfectly in what he told his Mum:
“I got to do a lovely thing today. I went in a special room, and it had special lights. It had lots of special things for us to play with… Not toys, special things. I put rocks in water and they went away! There were fishes in a tent, and flowers, and you could draw a picture of the person you wanted to say sorry to. In my classroom, there was green sand where you could say sorry. You say sorry to the person and then you go in the sorry sand. Today was a good day”.
Who built the best house for Mr Mole?
Foundation Stage had a competition in the wooded area to see who could build the best house for Mr Mole. The children had to work in teams and could only use natural objects.
The people of the USA might be choosing who should live in the White House, but we asked parents to decide which was the best Mole House for Mr Mole by liking their favourite on our Facebook page.
Which do you think is best?
After a wide range of activities we all agree that Maths can be fun! Over the course of the week children made maths games, Top Trump Cards, giant 3D structures and even ate Numicon Biscuits!
The children also went on number searches and followed Maths Treasure Trails around the town designed by Mrs Cass and the week culminated with a design a Maths Hat Competition.
We all learnt that numbers and shapes are all around us and some parents and grandparents found Maths can be fun too!
Mud Day Fun!
The children and staff in Foundation Stage had great fun exploring all things mud related as part of International Mud Day! No-one in the school was safe from a mud pack (including the Office!) as the outdoor area became a giant ‘Texture Kitchen.’ However, the ‘Mud Pudding’ tasted delicious!
Foundation Stage had lots of fun searching the school’s ‘Secret Garden’ for flowers and interesting plants! The children were very careful where they walked and recorded their findings in detail. A big THANK YOU to our Site Manager Mr Gaunt for creating an exciting path through the woodland (to the hidden pond!) for the children to follow.
Wonderful Water Wall!
The children had a great time exploring their new ‘Water Wall’ put together by Mr Fox and Mr Gaunt! With assorted tubes, piping and funnels, the children can learn all about plumbing and how water flows – including down sleeves! Even better, the children can unclip the pipework to construct their own water pathways.
Mud Kitchen Fun!
The children had a great time exploring their ‘new’ Mud or Texture Kitchen built by Mr Fox (with help from Mr Gaunt and the watching encouragement of the children!)
It wasn’t long before we decided that we were creating the next generation of University Students. The sinks were full of unwashed items and the meals were all being made in the microwave!
Good to see so many boys in the kitchen!
First they built up the sides stacking bricks one on top of another and looked at how stable the sides were. Miss Bonner showed the children how to build the walls by overlapping the bricks. The children, however, didn’t think this was the right way to do it and continued their way using mud as the cement to hold the bricks together! Once completed they added water, but the water started coming out of the gaps so they tried putting other objects in the spaces. As this didn’t stop the water coming out they tried Miss Bonner’s idea of building the walls by overlapping the bricks instead and found a liner to go inside. Finally they filled it with some water to see if it stayed in there.
Having read the delightful story “Whatever Next?” about a teddy bear heading off into space, the children in Foundation Stage designed, built and launched a different variety of ‘Rocket’ using air pressure!
So, not only are they growing ‘rocket’ from space to eat, the children are sending them back up too!