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Blog 25

SPRING IS HERE...FINALLY!

 

It’s wonderful to see the gardens transform at this time of year. Everyday, something new comes to life or blooms with vibrant spring colour.  Last week children in Early Years walked around our beautiful garden to see the changes that have occurred. We also took a few photos to share with you. The butterflies took their own and also made some comments about spring...

Elvira:- The flowers grow...

 

Adam:-  I saw the wisteria growed behind Beyonce’s fence.

  

Alex:- It’s going to get hotter

Matteo:- The flowers are growing...in the garden at school.

 

Elvira:- The animals...go up...wake up.

Annie:- It’s rainy.

Alex:- Fruits grow…I have a pear tree. Me and Kemi saw buddies.

 

Serena:- Plants is growing...sun.

Charlotte:- The birds get food...trees....I have a bag in my garden.

 

The caterpillars also enjoyed walking around the garden. They found blossoms, daisies, buttercups and dandelions.

  

Talking about Spring….

Nicholas:- I see flowers

Tommaso:- Lots of flowers…

Beatrice:- I fiori crescono...

Vera:- Flowers grow when you put water on them.

Mikel:- Flower (he picks up a daisy)

 

Hello Spring!

 

Blog 24

World Water Week - Pyjama Day and Crazy Hair Day!

Water bottles, drinking fountains, toilet trips and hand washing – in many schools, it is easy to take clean water for granted. Yet lots of children around the world do not have access to safe drinking water.

In order to raise money for water week, teachers and children in Early Years came to school in their pyjamas.

Circle time wearing pyjamas!

On another day the children came to school with their hair in crazy styles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the week we talked about about why we were raising money...

Barbara: Why are we doing Water Week?   

Serena: Because we can do money   Alex: To get water and give to other people who don’t have water.

Barbara: Who do we give the money to?

Serena: Someone

Barbara: WaterAid.  What is WaterAid’s dream?

Serena: Have water

Barbara: Who?

Serena: Everyone

Barbara: Where do we get water from at school?

Matteo: from the sink, the tap

Barbara: Why has she got a bucket?

Serena: For putting water in

Barbara: Where is she getting water from?

Adam: A puddle!

Barbara: How can we help?

Serena: Doing money

On the last day of World Water Week everyone came to school wearing blue. Children, teachers, parents and grandparents walked together to experience what millions of people do every single day.

Walk for Water!

 

Blog 23 

Loose Parts - Inspiring play in young children

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.”

Loris Malaguzzi - Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

 

What are Loose Parts?

Loose parts are items and materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, taken apart and put back together in a variety of ways. Children usually prefer play that stimulates their curiosity, allowing them to use their imagination and creativity. This is why we introduce a variety of materials (natural or man-made) which we call “loose parts”. We encourage the children to make use of these materials both indoors and outdoors.

When children pick up ‘loose parts’ it can be anything they imagine it to be. Our Children love to play, experiment, discover and invent but most of all have fun!

As you can see from the pictures below…

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

“Children learn as they play. More importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.”

 

Blog 22

 

Children in Early Years have been developing their eating skills!

This week as part of our ‘Hands on’ activities we have been learning how to use a knife and fork. We rolled out sausages of play dough and then we started cutting. After modelling to the children how to hold a knife and fork to encourage the correct “stab and see-saw” action, we then left them to experiment. On a second attempt we cut bananas which were then used to make ice-cream.  Like scissors, cutting with a knife is a complex skill and needs a lot of practice.

As a consequence, the children are becoming more confident at lunch time using their knife and fork independently.

  

  

  

  

Hands on as we grow!

 

Blog 21 

Snow much fun with Early Years!

After two extra days of holiday, we came back to find the school still blanketed in snow! Despite the cold, the children wrapped up warmly and played outside in the crispy snow.

  

They discovered that the mud kitchen had transformed into an ice kitchen and they were surprised to see and observe that the once muddy water had turned into thick, brown ice!

  

They swept and dug the snow instead of the sand and they had fun going down the slide and landing in the snow! After a good half an hour of playing outside, the children went back indoors to enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate. However, after a while they were eager to go outside again to enjoy this special moment.

  

Click here to see more photographs of the day

'Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.'

-Robert Brault -



Blog 20

Pancake Day & Chinese New Year

Children in Early Years had a very busy week leading up to half term, celebrating both Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year.

On Tuesday the children ate pancakes in the morning and then in the afternoon they had a pancake race, running and tossing the pancakes in a frying pan!

  

  

  

On Thursday morning Daniel (Charlotte’s father) came into school and recited the story of the animal race, which is what the zodiac year is based on. He also told the children that in China, Chinese New Year is called “Spring Festival” and lasts for fifteen days! The children received red envelopes with chinese money inside as a gift to wish them good fortune. They also received beautiful Chinese New Year window decorations to take home.

 

 

Thank you Daniel for offering your time.

 

Blog 19

Exploring Ice

As part of our Winter topic, children have been investigating ice. We filled various containers with water - balloons, ice cube trays, cups, bowls and latex gloves! We then placed them in the freezer. Once frozen we put the shapes into a tray and the children explored the various ice shapes.

Here are just a few of their comments…

Annie: The ice is cold Alex: It’s so shiny, there are bubbles inside!
Tommaso: It’s cold Gaia: E’ ghiaccio è freddo!
Alex: Ice is opening up                                 Adam: And it’s melting…
Matteo: It’s cold      Charlotte: Freezing cold ice.
Serena: It’s so cold Isabella: Cold (shivering)
Max: It’s freezing Marco: It doesn’t look like ice
Elvira: It’s freezing Marco: Mine is the coldest of all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also made and ate fruit ice lollies - yummy!

 

BRRR!!!!

Blog 18

Author in School

Last week, Author and Poet, Paul Delaney visited our school. He conducted amazing workshops across the Primary school, including a session in Early Years.

 

The children were captivated by his presence. He began his session by using puppets and voices to introduce the concept of imagination to the children. He then went on to use children’s ideas to write a simple repeating poem.  Paul then took the children outside onto the Red Circle, where they acted out one poem (Just Pretend) and sang another (Things to do). Paul left the children with an idea of how to write their own poems.

Ask your Mum - a simple repeating poem written by Early Years

May I watch TV?   Ask your mummy

May I watch a film?   Ask your daddy

May I have some chocolate cake?   Ask your mummy

May I play with my princess?   Ask your daddy

May I do gymnastics?   Ask your mummy

May I dance?   Ask your daddy

May I play football outside?   Ask your mummy

May I play on the playstation?   Ask your daddy

May I play in my car?   Ask your mummy

May I read?   Ask your daddy

May I ride my horse?   Ask your mummy

May I play in the castle?   Ask your daddy

May I jump on my trampoline?   Ask your mummy

May I go to bed late?

GO TO BED!!!

Thank you Paul for inspiring us all!

Click here to see all the photos

Blog 17

Feeling Temperatures

As part of our Hands on activities, children were asked to describe different temperatures by placing the tips of their fingers into hot (not too hot), warm, cold and very cold water.

 

Here are some of their comments...

Annie: Cold like snow.  This one is warm like the sun.

Vera: Little medium size warm.

Alex: This one is cold.  This one is like an ice cube.  This is boiling.  This is coldest.      

Serena: This one is freezing.  This more cold.

AdamWarm.  Cold.  It’s warm, very warm..  It’s medium.  Ahhh freezing.

Alfio: It’s hot.  Cold.

Mikel: Frio.  Mucho frio.  Poco frio.

Beatrice: It’s hot.  It’s cold.  It’s cold cold, freddo freddo.  Caldo.

Nicholas: Fredda.  Calda.  Gelata.

Matteo: This one is cold.  This is cold as well.  This one is hot like toast.  A little bit freezing.

Andrea: Freezing.  Cold.  Freezing. Hot.

Tommaso: Hot.  No hot.  Hot like coffee.  Cold like outside.

Charlotte: This is hot like when you cook..  This is warmer, when you get warm.  This is cold when you switch the fire off.  This freezing cold, feels like the snow.

 

Elvira: Calda.  Hot too hot, like the bath.  Little bit hot.  Cold like a tap.  Very cold like a knife!

HANDS ON AS WE GROW!   

 

 

Blog 16

Food Glorious Food!

As part of our Hands On Activities children in Early Years have had fun making toast and biscuits.

Why is cooking so important in Early Years and beyond?

Cooking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children but it is also an important teaching and development tool for all ages. Hands on cooking activities develop pride and confidence in their skills and abilities. Cooking inspires children’s curiosity, thinking and problem solving.  With its own vocabulary, cooking is also a great opportunity for language development.

Toast Time!

  

  

  

Baking Time!

  

 

  

  

  

HANDS ON AS WE GROW…!

 

Blog 15

CHRISTMAS FUN FOR EVERYONE!

 

During the last few days of term children in Early Years enjoyed doing lots of Christmas activities.

On Tuesday 19th December Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 had their Christmas party where they played pass the parcel and musical statues. They also received a special visit from Father Christmas!

    

  

  

  

  

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

 

Blog 14

Happy Sankta Lucia Day

This week we learnt about Sankta Lucia which is celebrated in Sweden on the 13th of December. Winter in Sweden is very long, especially around Christmas time. It is said that Saint Lucia brings the light to make this time a little brighter.

Vera (EY1) and her sister Ebba (Year 1) along with their mother Anna came to school on Wednesday morning dressed in white and carrying candles. They sang the song “Sankta Lucia” and offered homemade ginger biscuits to the children.

 

Ebba, Vera and their mother dressed in white robes and holding candles.

 

Vera offering ginger biscuits to her friends.

Thank you Vera, Ebba and Anna for celebrating Sankta Lucia with all of us!



Blog 13

Investigating Rainbows

"The magic of rainbows inspires those who are fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of one."

This week children in Early Years have been exploring rainbows.

When the children were asked, "Where do rainbows come from?" and "What makes a rainbow?" there were a variety of responses…

What do you know already?

Charlotte: They have lots of beautiful colours

Alfio: Ci sono tutti i colori bellissimi, nel sole viene l’acqua

Matteo: rainbows are big and they have lots of beautiful colours

Annie: When the sun comes out and the rain comes down and then the rainbow comes up and then all the people will get happy…..

Elvira: The rainbow is very fun and has lots of colours…….have shinys like a bird

Adam: Rainbows have blue and green and yellow and a bit more green and purple and pink and black and white and red and the people will love it that it will make it colourful

Gaia: Yellow, blue, purple, rosso, orange. Quando piove con il sole.

Andrea: Il sole and the storm.

Max: Ho visto a casa mia quando pioveva c’era il sole. Era gigantesco! Red, purple, green, yellow...

 

How is a rainbow made?

We watched a short video clip about how rainbows are formed, then Alex remembered….

“I think the sun and the rain makes a rainbow. The light go in the drop and split in all the colours.”

We borrowed some equipment from Matt in the physics lab and used it to make our own rainbows.

We used a prism to make a rainbow and observe light. We were really fascinated by what we saw…

  

We then investigated even further…

‘That one (the bulb) is the sun and this (the prism) is the water, and I move it (prism) and I can see a rainbow…’

‘The light is coming in the water … is split out all the colours’

 

Adam and Matteo began to experiment with the prisms, adding more of them and piling them up

We also had fun weaving a colourful rainbow.

We drew rainbows during free play (using the right colours!)

We continued exploring colour by making beautiful  rainbow collages.

  

  







 

Blog 12

Rainbow Birds

On Saturday, 2nd of December, Early Years took part in the Primary Christmas Show, Aladdin. They were extremely proud of their rainbow bird costumes and they danced beautifully in front of lots of families.

The children worked really hard during the rehearsals and we are very proud of them.

A VERY WET WEEK!

As well as practising for the show the children also had lots fun splashing in puddles. The wet weather didn’t stop them from enjoying their outdoor time. As you can see…

  

  

 

“Bad weather always looks worse through a window”

 

Blog 11

Mud Glorious Mud!

Why Mud Play?

Mud play provides so many opportunities for learning! Mud is the perfect stimulus for exploring and experimenting. The delicious gooey mud can be anything the children want it to be… yummy dinner, coffee, a birthday cake, a bowl of soup, ice cream with chocolate sauce, magical potions and spells. This work is filled with emotional, personal and social value, and offers the context for learning a wonderful range of new and interesting vocabulary and verbal language exchange and expression.

Some of the values that mud kitchens provide for children include:

Please look at your children playing in the mud…

 

 

Making vegetable mud soup and muddy spaghetti alle vongole!

 

  

 

Mud Kitchens: A recipe for fun!

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Blog 10 

Investigating colour

This week we have been exploring colour. We are learning our colours and experimenting with colour mixing. We have learnt about primary colours and investigated what happens when you mix them. We discovered that if we mix certain colours together we can make new colours.

We mixed blue and yellow to make green

 

We mixed blue and red to make purple

 

We mixed red and yellow to make orange

 

We mixed red, yellow and blue to make brown

 

As part of our “Hands On” activity we also had fun rolling rainbows onto large pieces of paper.

 

 

Sometimes all you need is a little splash of colour to brighten up your day. Please come and see your children’s artwork displayed in their classroom.

 Click here to see all the photos

 

 

Blog 9

Autumn is here!

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to really use nature to promote the development of children.

Leaves changing colour and falling off trees are noticeable changes that often fascinate children. This simple observation helps them discover more about the world around them. Leaves in their own right have so many incredible benefits from mathematics, sensory benefits, understanding the world and even literacy.

  

In the next few weeks we will be looking at the changing leaves and collecting pine cones and acorns from the garden. We will be threading leaves and painting an autumn tree. We will also be exploring colour. Children are welcome to bring in something to do with the autumn for show and tell.

In December we will conclude our Autumn topic by visiting The Hazelhut, where we will do a variety of outdoor and indoor activities linked to Autumn.

Leaves, leaves and more leaves…

  

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