This week was so exciting! Our very first coach trip in FS2. The children came dressed for the cold weather and although it was cold, the sun shone and it was very pleasant. We didn't have any complaints from the children at all, they were just so engrossed in the activities that they didn't seem to feel the cold.
In the morning we focussed on birds, this included different types of birds, different coloured feathers and the sounds that they make. We went in two different hides so were able to observe garden birds and wetland birds. The children inspected some bird's nests and then made their own nests. They were so enthusiastic, they really listened to the instructions from the trip leader and made them with twigs on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
After lunch we took part in a minibeast hunt, we had an information card and identified the creatures we found. In total we found 11 different minibeasts, We were very proud of ourselves!
The children's behaviour was amazing. They were well-mannered, polite and inquisitive. We can't to take them on another trip!
This week we have been finding information about a special celebration. We have used non-fiction books and the internet to find out about Chinese New Year. We have looked at the preparations that are made for the celebration and then the experiences the children have and the different activities they take part in. To round off our week we all tried different kinds of noodles and prawn crackers. It was interesting trying to eat them with chopsticks.
The children were such enthusiastic photographers last week that we decided to repeat the activity. It was a very frosty morning and one of the children suggested that frosty photos would be interesting too! Here are some of the photos they took of our outdoor environment.
In Foundation Stage we learn about the changing seasons and how these changes affect us. We have certainly had lots to talk about this week!
The children have investigated what happens to ice in different situations. They collected it from around our playground, held it in their hands, put it in trays or sometimes brought it inside. Some of the simplest activities can create the most interesting discussions! We have made footprints in the snow and piled the snow together, it wasn't the right consistency or amount to make snowmen but we did try.
On Friday the children were photographers and took their own photos so that we will remember the winter weather.
We are always very busy in FS2! We want our children to have fun whilst also becoming independent learners.