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Double, double toil and trouble!

Is it nearly Halloween?

Well it’s all gone a bit spooky in Cart Mill this week.  The witches and wizards have been creating magical potions of all sorts of toil and trouble.

Song of the Witches from Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Dinosaur World

Today we have been buliding a volcano from recycled materials to make a small world for our dinsosaurs. The children discussed what the dinosaurs might like in their world and they decided on a volcano and some plants. We used the promethean board to find out more information on volcanoes and what they look like so we could make our own. We used a plastic bottle and some old newspapers to cover it. Once it is dry we are going to paint it.

Watch out for the finished product!

Forest School

Today was a first ever visit to Forest School for some of our children, so they were very excited. We sang our Forest School song, did our group Risk Assessment and discussed safe boundaries.  We quickly realised whilst we were deep in the forest that the midgies are very much back in season as we were scratching and waving them away the whole time.  After our initial exploration,  some of the children spent some time decorating  a Forest stick to bring back to the centre. Calum found a very tiny stick and he was interested to measure it next to a larger one he had found. He also helped us to identify a jaggy nettle plant.

We moved higher up into the Forest to have our snack away from the midgies, that seemed to work!


Volcano Fun

Today Kaile asked if he could make a volcano.

Experiment 1

Stephanie had purchased some vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and she brought it into the family centre. The children chatted abpot what they thought might happen. Some thought it would be bubbly otherssaid it would be like a big volcano. The children were asked to pour some vinegar into the cups then add the bicarbonate of soda.

It was fantastic with lots of pink coloured fizz.

Experiment 2

The children used coke and mentos this time to make a volacano…that was even better.

Wow!! The bubbles and fizz rose high into the sky.

The best Volcano was the coke and mentos…whoop whoop!!

Fairy Tales in the Forest….

On our way to the forest today, we did Follow the Leader, and sang our Forest School song. Ask your child to sing it with you.

As always we did some exploring on arrival.

Ayana said “Look, this letter is in my name!”

The children remembered about the fairies last week and were surprised to see sparkly trails leading from the fairy tree. When they followed these magical trails , they were excited to find little Easter bunnies and eggs!

There was also a tiny note. Helen read the note to the children. It was from the fairies.. it said Happy Easter !

Special thanks to  Helen, a member of our WRAP team who also volunteers with us one day a week.

Happy Easter Everyone!


Forest School Fairies


There was much excitement in the forest today as the children discovered a sparkly trail around a tree in the forest. The children thought that there had been fairies visiting our site.

Ayana found a tiny silver star. We think that there is magic going on around the fairy tree. We made  a little path for the fairies. Next week we will see if it is still there.








Buried Treasure

Today the children were looking at treasure maps on the computer. Grace said “maybe we could draw our own one”. This idea came from the children’s sustained interest in sea creatures and under the sea in the creative area. Michael said”I do an “X” here, and that means thats where the treasure is”

As an extension of this learning experience, the children would like to do a treasure hunt tomorrow..

Elmer’s Adventures

Recently, the children have been enjoying exploring the  Elmer stories and today they created Elmer stories of their own.

This involved them telling their story to Clare and then she wrote it down for them.  They also drew the pictures and gave their story a title.

Emeli created the story ‘Elmer in the Jungle’.  This story is about a leopard who becomes Elmer’s friend.

Ben and Ayana linked their stories to rainbows after they saw rainbows in the sky on Friday.

Look out for our very own book of Elmer adventures which will soon be on the bookshelf in our story corner.