Father’s Day celebration

We had a fabulous morning when we celebrated Father’s Day with Daddy’s, Mummies and Grandads. We hope you enjoyed yourselves, we certainly enjoyed sharing our breakfast rolls with you all.

We hope all the children’s Special Adults enjoy what they have made for them. The children loved doing the candle holders, they got very sticky. We hope they look pretty when you light a tea light in the jar.

Curiosity Approach Accreditation

We are really proud to announce we have achieved the accreditation. This has been a long journey which has been very eye opening in what we do and how we do it. It has really encouraged us to look at the children’s learning and interests bringing in resources not only to enhance their learning but to move them forward developing well rounded children. This helps them to move forward to their next stage of learning and we hope will support them in being fabulous members of our community.

Donna, our assessor said…….

Jackie and Kathryn and their staff have worked really hard to gain the accreditation. Firstly, I would like to thank them for their patience, and for providing me with lots of extra evidence and in answering my questions. They have been real stars.

There are a lot of things they can not change due to them being in a football club. They have worked with the setting to the best of their abilities.

They provide some wonderful  provocations to learn and fully understand The Curiosity Approach.

They provide lots of loose parts and authentic materials. 

I particularly like the apple trees they have grown in pots at the setting.  They are going to take them to a local orchard that has been set up near them. This is an area that they are going to use for forest schools.

One of my favourite sentences from their submission was “We have discovered that things do not have to be beautiful to be interesting “

I would like to wish them every success for the future”.

Glorious sun all week

This week, we were lucky enough to have the garden accessible all day long, every day.

The apple trees for the Potton Orchard are coming into blossom.
Michelle is in charge of the garden area, with a lot of help from the children. Here’s the herbs we planted out.
Strawberries are growing so well.
So pleased that the rhubarb has re grown.
We planted out our potatoes and will cover the leaves as soon as they pop up. We’re hoping to have them ready to eat at the end of the summer term.
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Making Easter nests.

When we do cooking, the children make their own food with help and guidance from the staff.

We scrunched up a shredded wheat biscuit. It’s really good as it looks like straw or twigs when squashed.

We added some melted dark chocolate. We worked for each shredded wheat biscuit we needed 17 dark chocolate ‘buttons’ to cover. We melted the chocolate in the microwave for around 20 seconds.

We stirred the mixture, making sure the chocolate covered all the shredded wheat.

The finished product smelt delicious and the children were eager to take their nests home.

Making Mud Pies

The children have a great time in the mud kitchen area. They add water to make the mud all sloppy, measure and spoon out what they need. They have lots of discussions about what they are doing and why, then they share their ‘food’ with their friends and staff.

Weighing out the ingredients.
The finished pie.

Making playdoh

We used a small IKEA bowl to add the ingredients together. We halved the mixture so had 1/4 cup of flour, 1/8 cup of salt, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, a tablespoon of oil and 1/4 cup of water. Mix together. Put in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds.

The finished product.

Making cakes.

Yesterday was a glorious day and we got to spend a huge amount of time in the garden.

The flowers were beautiful and we found a lone daisy in the grass.

We went treasure hunting and found lots in our mud pit.

We ‘sifted’ the soil in the colander.

We made a birthday cake, which we tried to make it as tall as possible- using lots of mathematical language and counting the ‘candles’ (coins) and adding as much as could fit to the cake.

We made another cake, adding sticks as candles and found a huge ‘candle’ to put in the middle.

We made an obstacle course trying to avoid the crocodiles in the water, and doing lots of balancing, working together to make the planks balance, discussing ideas and putting them into practice.

And we made castles.

Anyone for tea?

This week we’ve had lots of fun planning our tea party.

One child spent a lot time building a huge car ‘park’.

He tried to work out where the truck would fit.

And realised it was too big.

The farm all set up ready to explore.

Dinosaur world.

A sea world With lots of different animals having a swim, in the middle of the train track. The child that designed this knew all the animals and named them as he placed them in their specific places.

Balancing.

The wheels on our wooden car. We had lots of cars around the room, some with passengers and some 2 seaters. We had lots of discussion and teamwork amongst the children.

Building a house for the people.

A special tower.

The room all ready for the children to come and do lots of exploring, playing and learning.

First weeks back in 2019

So this term we have welcomed 11 new little ones to join us at Woodentops. We are really proud of how well they have come in and settled plus how well their parents have managed leaving their most precious child with us. It is a privilege for us to have them.

The fairy reel and fairies have gone down a treat. The children added small squares of material (from the craft area) to make beds for their sleeping fairies.

This ‘tunnel’ is much more fun for jumping on and seeing how high we can go.

All ready for Jules and Sam from the signing company. The children loved the session, especially the bubble song.

We have had lots of crafting going on. The children help themselves to all the bits they want to use with a little support from the adults.

The team work and making up of rules as they build and then use their obstacle course.

Tea party anyone?

This was no longer a book, but a tray. Sorting out the kitchen bits ready to start done ‘cooking’. And when she had finished I’m proud to say she put everything back (reset) where she got it from ready for the next person to use.

Super proud of how well we did in Potton Show. Next years one is on the 12th September.

Next week we have the photographer in on Wednesday 18th from 10 am to 12pm. All parents and childminders are welcome to have their child’s photo taken. Just pop in.

Macmillan coffee afternoon is on the 26th September from 1pm to 3pm. We have a raffle with fantastic prizes, lots of cakes and some fun activities for the children.

All parents should have received this months newsletter. If not speak to a staff member.