This week in the literacy area we have been talking about letters! We shared what we know about letters with each other and discussed different ways we could learn more.
Some children were interested in writing letters so we provided lots of learning opportunities for them to explore writing letters in different materials. As usual we have got a little messy at times but that’s all part of the fun!
Some of the children went to visit newborn lambs and chicks during their holidays and they are keen to learn more about ‘new life’ in the world around them at this time of year.
This week we explored the wonderful story of Whose Nest ? The children had great fun guessing which animal the nests belonged to and learned how each animal creates their nest in a different way to keep their babies safe.
We brought in some nests for the children to investigate
The children discussed who these nests could belong to? They had the idea they could use the story to help them and used the clues and pictures to help them decide. They decided they would show their answers through drawing. You can see some of their fantastic creations below.
This week we have been exploring signs of Spring. The children were keen to share all the things they already knew about Spring and what they would like to learn more about. We made a list of all the Spring words we could think of .
We have been having fun in the shaving foam and sand exploring different ways to make marks such as using our fingers and daffodil stems!
Over the last few weeks the children have been very busy preparing to open their own coffee shop. A group of children visited Costa Coffee to explore the kinds of things we would need. We had a tasting test to see what kind of tea we would like to sell, and decided on blackcurrant and peppermint along with coffee and everybody’s favourite hot chocolate!
The children also wanted to make some yummy cakes to sell. We made these from a variety of art and craft materials and we all agreed they looked good enough to eat!
We have had great fun this week visitng our coffee shop and taking on the different roles of customers and waiters. We have been taking orders in our notebooks, and serving drinks and food to our friends.
This week we have been continuing to explore patterns through the wonderful story of Pezzetino by Leo Lionni. Pezzetino is a little square who lives in a world where all his colourful friends are much bigger than him and can do daring and wonderful things. He is very small and just one little piece so he feels he must belong to someone else and he sets off to find out where he is missing from….
The children were curious to find out what the word Pezzetino means as they had never heard it before! We discovered that it means ‘little piece’ in Italian which we thought was a very good title for the story!
In the story Pezzetino speaks to some of his friends who are all different shapes and sizes to find out where he belongs. Some of the friends he visits are ‘ the one who runs’, the ‘strong one’ and ‘the swimming one’.
The children decided they would like to make their own creatures using losing little squares.
You can see some of their fantastic creations below!
The children have been working hard to prepare for opening their new coffee shop in the role play area. After some of the children visited Costa Coffee, they decided they would like to sell tea in their shop. To decide which tea they would like to sell we had a tea tasting session!
We began by exploring where does tea come from? We looked on the internet and found out that tea comes from a plant. We decided to cut open a tea bag so we could see what the tea looked like inside!
Some of the children were saying their Mummies and Daddies liked to have sugar in their tea so we explored the different kind of sugar we could have in our shop. The children decided that sugar in little packets would be best.
We had four different teas that we wanted to test, strawberry, lemon, peppermint and blackcurrant. We all had great fun tasting the different flavours.
We decided to record which ones we liked best.
Our favourites were strawberry and lemon.
We are looking forward to the nest steps in our preparations, making sponge cakes and designing our logo !
This morning some of our boys and girls visited the ladies and gentlemen of Bonnyton House. The children enthusiastically sang a variety of their Christmas songs and the ladies and gentlemen even sang a rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas back to us!
After our singing we had a chat with the ladies and gentlemen about what we thought Santa would be bringing us this year.
We then all sat down to enjoy some juice and crisps as singing is thirsty work! We had a lovely morning making some new friends and thanks to the residents of Bonnyton House for having us!
We are looking forward to welcoming them for a visit to Cart Mill in January for some Scottish singing and celebrations.