Pumpkins have inspired us to do lots of interesting things this autumn. We listened to the story of Pumpkin Soup and we gathered our own pumpkins and made our own tasty soup. We had to slice and dice the pumpkin flesh. We discovered that some pumpkins can vary in colour and size and that some large pumpkins are very very heavy. We made some drawings of our pumpkins which required close observation .
We have been learning all about the possibilities of paper! We have been using scissors to cut and curl paper strips. By using just a few materials and a lot of imagination we have created interesting pieces of work that demonstrate our newly learnt skills. We have been working very hard to refine these skills and we have transferred them into other projects.
The road safety team came in to talk to us and help us to learn about keeping safe on and near the road. Using a giant storyboard, we made pictures to illustrate safe places to walk and play. nWe know that we must always walk holding on to an adult or pushchair when we cross the busy road. We know that pedestrian crossings are the safest place to cross the road. nWe have reconstructed roads and safe crossings outside in our play area. n
We make our own playdough. We are learning to do this by following simple picture instructions. We use cups and scoops to measure out our ingredients and by adding food colouring we can change the look of our dough. We keep our playdough in our own individual tubs and this helps us to remember to store everything after we have finished exploring. Our tubs are named and have photographs to help us to identify and select our own play dough. Working and exploring with playdough helps us to develop fine motor control. We use different tools to roll, squash, squeeze and shape the dough.
Making friends and building relationships is a very important part of our Early Years curriculum. We learn to share our ideas and cooperate. We begin to understand the importance of turn taking and working together. Making friends is lots of fun.
We enjoy learning how to climb safely. We have a willow tree to help us learn these skills. We make towered stacks with our big bricks and some of us we even went into the school garden to gather apples from the high branches of our fruit trees.
Building and constructing helps us to understand the properties of shape and how we can transfer our ideas into reality. We work with different materials and on different scales. Building can be a team effort or something that we can work on independently. Sometimes we save what we have constructed for others to enjoy, sometimes we like to knock down or deconstruct what we have made.
Every day the children can enjoy a healthy snack. Sometimes children choose to drink milk and sometimes they have water. Children can choose to have a small bowl of cereal first thing in the morning. This independent activity helps children to manage their own healthy diet and at the same time they learn pouring skills. The children wash up and tidy away after their snack.
Boxes are fun! Big boxes are great! Boxes can become dens and places to meet with your friends. We have been lucky enough to have been given a huge box... what do you think was in the big box before we got it? Boxes can become magical places to fill with imagination. If you get a box, keep hold if it and turn it into something else.