In the week leading up to the holidays we have read a simple version the Easter story and talked about why we have Easter. We made Easter cards for our families and also treated ourselves with some food preparation. We made our own Easter nests and all agreed that food tastes much nicer when we have made it ourselves!
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who collected petals for our special activity. We were thrilled with the response and it has been such a popular area. It was so interesting to watch the children carefully selecting their petals and the equipment they wanted to use. You can see the high levels of concentration on their faces as they experimented. We will definitely repeat this activity, but we will let you know in advance so that you can start collecting again!
The whole of Foundation Stage took part in our 'eco brick' project. We had to collect non-recyclable materials like cling film, plastic packaging, straws and 2 litre plastic bottles. We had to clean and dry the bottles ready to fill them with the plastic. The plastic had to be packed in tightly so that the bottle was really solid. We chose to make our eco bricks into a chair. This was a long project for us and the children were so proud when it was completed!
Both classes have now finally been on this trip, Mrs Banks class had to be postponed due to gale force winds but luckily this week the weather was much kinder to us! On the visit we discovered lots of information about different trees and how they grow. This was linked to the seasons of the year and the children gained a sense of the time it takes to grow a tree. The saplings that Mrs Branigan showed us were 2 years old and were a similar height to the beanstalks that we planted 4 weeks ago!
We collected natural objects that we found in the woods and identified what they were, then thought about how they felt - rough, smooth, soft, hard, cold etc.
We did a Gruffalo hunt in the woods and found what the children thought was a Gruffalo scratch on a tree trunk.
Mrs Branigan gave everyone a 'pebble person' and the children made a special den for it to 'live' in. The children were so particular about the dens, even making beds and pillows in some of them!
We are always very busy in FS2! We want our children to have fun whilst also becoming independent learners.