Last Week of Christmas Activities - walking to Church, Father Christmas visiting us and Jolly Jumper Day!
This week saw another visit from the Little Red Hen, this time with her adventures in preparing and making pizza! She left us some ingredients to try making our own, then she cooked them in her own oven and sent them back to Nursery for us to taste. We hope they are delicious! We even had a delivery of a hot pizza fresh from her oven, brought to us by Marie from the Kitchen.
Sshh .... don't tell anyone, but it's nearly ...... and we are preparing something wonderful to show you on Friday morning 11th December. Don't miss it!
REMEMBER TO APPLY FOR A PLACE IN RECEPTION: you need to choose your schools, go and visit them then complete the form online. If you need help, please come and see Mr Williams our Family Link Worker - who tells me he is really expert at doing applications!!
This week has been focussing on Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Light. We watched cBeebies Let's Celebrate and learned how a family organises their celebration. We also watched the story of Rama and Sita. To help us remember the festival, we made Rangoli patterns by sprinkling powder paint into chalk shapes we drew first, squashed and pinched clay into little Diva pots for candles to light, and made special Diwali sweets called Burfi made from coconut, condensed milk and icing sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love these. Finally, we had an extra special visit from Achana who showed us her beautiful dance outfit from the Indian region of Rajasthan - and some of us were desperate to try it on! We thought the embroidery was lovely and soft, and found out that part of the pattern was a mango shape!
Books are changed on Wednesdays - feel free to bring the bag in on the other days for paintings or other creations to come home safely, but you don't have to bring them every day.
Well, this week was very exciting with a visit from the Little Red Hen who left us a book about her adventure growing wheat to turn it into bread and how we need to say "I will help you!" instead of "Not I!" We made bread from the flour she left us, tasted some different breads - brioche, croissant and naan - and sorted out the corn from the oats and beans so she even made us some popcorn to celebrate Children in Need Day. Phew. Have a look at the photos of us making bread, wearing the character hats, sorting the corn, using the scythe to cut the wheat and using our pens on the maps to find different pathways to the mill. There are lots of animated story versions of the Little Red Hen on youtube. Please remember to send in your voluntary contribution of 50 p to help the Little Red Hen cover her costs! (unless you have already paid in September - thank you)
For Children in Need Day, we dressed up and brought our 50p - thank you. We did spotty activities, made Pudsey Bear masks or hats and didn't recognise Mrs Knights the knight or Mrs Moral the mermaid! We looked at a short film about Children in Need to see how our money could be spent - look at the Children in Need website and search for how your money helped clips (2014) . We learned about Joe's Story, a little boy whose heart didn't always work properly and how he was helped.
Children in Need Day - see Learning Diary for individual photos of children
Welcome back to a busy term 2.
It has been lovely to chat to you in the Parent / Carer Evenings. The children are settling well and making progress - please remember to complete your orange feedback form and hand it in to me or the office.
Just so you all know, Mrs Moral is with the children in the lunch hall every day, and I am also in there for at least part of the time every day, so the children have a smooth transition between sessions. They are coping very well with the different place and space. If you feel your child is struggling, please let us know.
We have really enjoyed this week celebrating Bonfire Night - we have made edible sparklers (easy - breadsticks dipped in melted chocolate then rolled in lots of sparkly sprinkles), silvery sparklers, and used lots of paper, paint and glue to create our own firework pictures. Come and look at our Wow Windows to find your child's creation. We watched a film about Firework Safety and learned that we should wear gloves if waving sparklers, have our coats fastened up to our necks and to drop and roll to the ground if any sparks land on our clothes. Have a safe weekend if you are going to Firework Parties.
We also learned a little bit about Remembrance Day and made our own poppies. These have come home today in case you are attending a Remembrance Service on Sunday and want to take them with you.