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Terrific threading!

Today is fun Friday at Cart Mill! We decided we would like to make our own necklaces or bracelets!  We discussed what we would need to make them and decided we would need ribbon, some beads, and some scissors to cut our ribbon.

We carefully cut our ribbon and used our problem solving skills to discover we would need to tie a knot at the end of our ribbon to stop the beads falling off!

We carefully shared out our beads and each chose our favourite colour, design and size of bead. We had to concentrate really hard as it was tricky to thread the ribbon through the small hole.

We concentrated very hard and demonstrated fantastic patience and teamwork. Finally our Terrific Threading was finished!

We had lots of fun deciding which thread was the longest, shortest, which followed a pattern and which had our favourite colours. We decided we liked the rainbow threads the best! 🌈

We decided it might be a wee bit dangerous to put some of the threads around our necks as they were too tight so we decided to tie them to our bags instead!

Threading is a great activity to help develop fine motor skills, strengthen muscles, develop hand-eye co-ordination and concentration skills. It’s a lot of fun too!

Fun Day!

Today was our Cart Mill Fun Day and we really did have lots of fun!

We practised our balance and co-ordination with our potato and spoon race!

Lots of jumping fun during our sack race! We did so well not to fall over!

And of course we saved the best for last, our super fun water slide! We added lots of bubbles to make us slide super fast!

Not sure who enjoyed the slide most, the children or the staff!!

We had so much fun today and I’m sure we’ll all be ready for an early night!!

Cart Mill Gardeners

Our Cart Mill gardeners have been so excited to look after and water our plants and to see how much they have grown over the last few weeks!

We decided that our plants had grown so much that there was no more room for them in their pots! We could even see the roots popping our the bottom of the pot!

We lifted our plants out very carefully and discussed that we had to be very careful not to damage the roots so that the plant keeps growing.

We remembered that we needed to put some compost in our new pots and make a whole to pop our plant in. We carefully put the plants in and carefully “tucked them in”. Then we gave them a big drink of water before we popped them back in the greenhouse to keep them warm.

Our tomato plants have grown so tall that we needed to pop them into a bigger pot. We used a bamboo cane and tied the tomato plant on so that it grows “tall and it doesn’t break”. The plants were so heavy but we managed to carry them carefully to our greenhouse.

We can’t wait until our vegetables are ready so that we can have  them for our snack!

 

 

Forest Fun!

We had lots of fun exploring our new Forest school site this morning.   The children noticed that the river was “going really fast” and had “lots of water in it”. The children thought this might be because it has been raining.

We have been investigating floating and sinking. We collected some stones, sticks, long grass and leaves to experiment which would float and which would sink.

We had lots of fun throwing our stones into the water. We found that the stones sank to the bottom of the river. We discovered that the bigger, heavier stones made a bigger splash sound and made “lots of big circles” and that the smaller, lighter stones made smaller splashes and “little circles” in the water.

 

Next we decided to try our grass and leaves. We discovered that they all floated! The smaller bits of grass and leaves floated away faster than the longer grass. We had lots of fun watching them race down the river. The small grass and leaves won the race!

One of the children made a fantastic boat using a large leaf and some small sticks. We were  so delighted to see it float in the river!

We decided  to explore further up the river and discovered a brilliant slide! We had lots of fun climbing up and sliding back down!

After so much fun, it was time to have a wee snack before heading back to Cart Mill for lunch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigating Minibeasts!

Our children have shown an interest in minibeasts over the last week.

We read our book all about minibeasts and the children were able to identify the ones they recognised such as grasshopper and dragonfly.

We were able to use the information we had read in our minibeasts book and compare it to our minibeast chart. We asked questions such as “What colour is it? How many legs does it have? Does it have wings?” to collect information and match each minibeast to the correct picture on our chart.

We used our magnifying glass to have a closer look at the features of our minibeasts. We counted how many legs each minibeast had and recorded our information on a chart we made.

We then sorted our minibeasts into a group that had 6 legs and a group that had wings. Brilliant investigating children!

We were so lucky to spot  a beautiful butterfly at Forest school!

Outdoor art

Our boys and girls had lots of fun in our garden today further developing their gross motor skills. They collected lots of different materials and chose their favourite colour of paints to create their artwork.

The children chose lots of different sized brushes so that we could see the different marks they would make on our screen. We made lots of big sweeping movements with our large brushes and tiny little movements with our small brushes.

The children chose to paint some shells and pine cones which they then pressed and rolled onto the screen to see the beautiful patterns they made.

We mixed lots of our colours together and made “rainbow patterns”. The children discovered that when they mixed the blue, orange and green paint together it turned brown!

“It looks like waves on the sea”

”It’s a rainbow snake”

We had lots of fun using the rollers. We stretched up really high and crouched down really low!

Of course the best fun of all was painting our hands and making lots of handprint patterns. We made lots of squiggles,  lines and wrote our names with our fingers.

Brilliant work boys and girls!

Easter fun in the sun!

We have had lots of Easter fun this week at Cart Mill!

What beautiful Easter bonnets you have made at home boys and girls. Thank you so much for bringing them in to show us!

Some of the boys and girls decided to design and make their own Easter crowns, aren’t they fabulous!

Our children are so creative and had lots of fun writing  their Easter egg hunt clues and designing maps to help their friends find the eggs! We had lots of fun searching all over the garden. We were so excited to find our eggs!

We have noticed lots of lovely daffodils on the way to Cart Mill. We decided to plant our own! We popped them in our greenhouse to keep them warm.

We were so lucky the sun came out this afternoon so we decided to finish off our Easter fun with a Bookbug session with Jo.

Have a love Easter holidays boys and girls.

 

 

Outdoor Fun

It has been so lovely to welcome our children back to our Cart Mill garden and to hear it filled will laughter again.  We’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a wee look at what we’ve been up to!

Our budding gardeners have been busy digging our planters, filling pots, watering them, and of course making some mud pies! We hope to begin our vegetable and flower planting soon and plan to make good use of our amazing greenhouse.

Our new obstacle course has been very popular. The children have demonstrated brilliant teamwork and turn taking when constructing their own obstacle courses using loose parts.

Physical activity is so important to improve our health and well-being. Our children are very active and have demonstrated excellent gross motor skills through throwing, catching, balancing, stretching, pushing and pulling.

The children have demonstrated their excellent numeracy and literacy skills through mark making and making good use of our number square.

We are always amazed by the wonderful imaginative thinking and creativity of our children. From using block play to construct a castle to “keep the dinosaurs out” to building a castle using mud to “stick the bricks together like a proper castle”, we certainly have some budding architects, builders and artists at Cart Mill! Of course we can’t have a castle without some Princesses, so the children decided to make their own! After tidy up time the children decided to make their own Fairy Tree!


Through exploring their curiosity, the children decided to collect some sticks from the “big tree we see from our garden”. It was wonderful to see their creations from, campfires, making their own trees to having a sword fight!

We’ve had a bit of mixed weather over the last couple of weeks but we’ve used it to our advantage! From collecting rainfall, exploring measuring and pouring by making “cupcakes” in our mud kitchen to just having fun splashing in some puddles!

 

It’s always a day filled with fun and laughter in our Cart Mill garden!

 

Fun Friday!

As today was our last day with our children attending the hub, we decided it should be Fun Friday!

The children chose some of their favourite activities. We started with choosing different materials to make some beautiful artwork.

We made beautiful patterns in our play dough and managed a bit of climbing too!

We demonstrated fabulous numeracy skills and turn taking while using our interactive board.

The horrible weather didn’t stop us having lots of fun in our garden.
We investigated making special potions using different colours of paint. We demonstrated lots of fabulous pouring, mixing and measuring and of course we had to add a little sparkle!

With a bit of teamwork, we constructed our obstacle course. Even though it was a little bit windy, we managed some brilliant balancing!


We demonstrated excellent ball control, teamwork and sharing during our game of football.

We decided we needed a little rest so we headed inside for a tasty snack.

We decided to relax with a little yoga!

Of course we had to fit in some fabulous dancing before it was time to go home.

Phew what a busy day. It really was a fun Friday!

We have loved getting to know the amazing children attending our hub. We have  had lots of fun and made lots of new friends.
Take care and we will miss you lots. Xx

Chinese New Year

We have been learning a little bit about Chinese New Year. We learned that this year Chinese New Year begins on 12th February and that celebrations take place for 16 days. It is the most important holiday in China, but it is also celebrated by people all around the world.  We enjoyed learning all about the Lantern Festival which takes place at the end of the celebrations. We looked at lots of lovely photographs of the lanterns and decided to make some of our own!

Although traditional  Chinese lanterns were red to symbolise fire, good fortune and joy, and gold to symbolise wealth, they can also be all different shapes, colours and sizes. We decided to choose our favourite colours and worked really hard to decorate our lanterns to make them nice and colourful.

We used our excellent fine motor skills to fold and cut our paper, it was a little tricky!

Then it was time to carefully glue our paper to make our lantern shape. We had to be very careful not to rip our paper!

We wondered how we would carry our lanterns? We used our problem solving skills and carefully cut some paper and decided to use more glue to stick it onto the top of our lanterns to make a handle.  Well done boys and girls!

Our lanterns were finished! Don’t they look amazing!