Welcome to the New Year.

Woodentops started Christmas at the end of November. Practising our songs for our alternative Carol Concert which the children had chosen. The favourites were Baby Shark, We Will Rock You- including guitars and Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney. The carol concert was a resounding success, the children thoroughly enjoyed it which is what it was all about.

Making Christmas cards using lots of glitter.

Slime- oh my the children loved the slime. They made it with a little support from Shannon, then they squeezed it, pumelled it and stretched it. We discovered how long it could go if we stretched it carefully, all the way to the front door from the office door. There was lots of mathematical language, so impressive.

Paper chains were the next interest, again the children tried to make them as long as possible.

Building with bricks. The children worked together using the ladder to try and reach the top of their tower. Once it was too tall they added more brickwork to the different levels. There was lots of sharing of ideas, lots of reflection on how they were doing and planning for the next stage off their build. Fabulous co-operation and team work.

Christmas Candles.

The children moulded the clay and pushed in a tea light. Then they helped themselves to a variety of resources to add to their table decoration. They chatted about what they were using, discussing the textures and weight, then deciding where to put them in their clay.

Flowers- the children helped cut the flowers and put them in vases. Some of them used the left overs to make ‘dinner ‘ too.

Eddy the Elf came to visit us on the 1st December, the children looked for him every morning. He was very good at hiding.

Christmas cake making

The children iced them and took them home in their Christmas bag.

We played with the treasure box.

We had a fabulous Autumn term and we’re looking forward to the New Year and Spring term. We start back on the 7th January 2019. Can’t wait to see all out little ones and hear about what they did over the Christmas holidays.

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Christmas cake making and more.

We had lots of fun smelling the ingredients, talking about where they come from and what they become. Lots of descriptive words were ysed and we mixed, stirred, beat and spooned. 

Ready to go in the oven.
The smell was glorious as the cakes cooked. 

The children were really eager to make their own individual cake. The cakes were vegan so that all our children would be able to make and eat them. They gave been wrapped in grease proof paper ready for icing in the next couple of weeks. Some will be on sale at the Christmas lights on the 30th November. Come down and say hello.

Painting and sticking.
Carrying on from last week’s drawing maps and roads we did a huge map with roads, mountains, rivers,people and animals. These children have no boundaries to their ideas and interests. 
Table set up and ready to explore. 

Lest We Forget

 

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This week the children at Woodentops had black and red paint, lots of paper plates, red tissue paper and giant card circles. We used these to do our poppies our way.

On Remembrance Sunday, One of our little ones placed the Woodentops wreath with the huge poppies the children made.

Earlier in the week, a child was rolling a small ball around in the tray, so we got our some paint, marbles, paper and trays and made some beautiful fire work pictures and patterns.

On Thursday, we were playing with cars, One child said ‘no road’.  Sue asked if he wanted a road, ‘yes’. So we got huge pieces of card out of our sheds and ended up with Potton

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And Biggleswade

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With a ‘huge mountain, a roundabout, houses with people in’. The children extended it further with drawing round themselves and each other and then wanting to write their names.

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Other children in the room wanted to make a fire engine out of the card- continuing with their interests.

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Sue made the ladder with a lot of help from the children. The children designed and made the fire engine, lots of turn taking, sharing ideas and working out what would fit where.

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Lunch anyone?

Burying the dinosaur using chains.

The children made an obstacle course, changing it and adapting it as they played.

A seaside scene.

How long can we make these chains and hooks go? The children worked together discussing how much further the chains could go and finding more pieces to extend their line.

 

Halloween at Woodentops

This week we put up our revamped birthday board. The children love looking for theirs and their friends pictures on the board. It’s created a lot of discussion.

Our fairy garden, set up with children’s help.

Some models built by the children.

We made slime this week. The children enjoyed the feel of it, lots of descriptive words used such as slimy, cold, stretchy, sticky used.

Our treasure bags came back full of goodies that our families had collected on their walks over half term.

The children worked together to make a picture from their collections.

Our fire 🔥 engine built by 5 children following on from their interests from last Half term. So we asked Potton Fire Station if they could bring their engine in.

The children were really interested and had a ball squirting the water from the hose.

Spider sandwiches chosen by the children after reading the book. Fun on Halloween where the children dressed up and played with cauldrons made from pumpkins.

All in all a super week with lots of learning going on.

Last week of half term.

This week was busy and rather a lot of fun.

At the network meeting on Tuesday we discussed school admissions. Children’s applications need to be in by 15th January.

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/school/admissions/2019/overview.aspx

The 16th April is when you get told what school your child has been allocated. Make sure you put 2nd and 3rd choices of schools on your application otherwise you may get allocated anywhere that’s got space. Everyone needs to apply, having a sibling at a school does not mean your child has an automatic space. Tell Woodentops where you want your child to go so we can start planning our visits. Our school visits will take place after 16th April, so we take the children to their allocated schools.

A magnificent build by one little one who chatted about his design as he built it. He worked how to balance the bricks by trial and error. This was the beginnings of a crane built on Monday.

Conkers- the children used the conkers in their creations. One made an owl and then decorated it with many colours of paint which looked really effective.

Here is a line of conkers, each one painted very individually and were counted in place. Lots of glue was used to make sure they stuck to the card.

This is the end product of the crane, built on Wednesday.

Cooking on Wednesday.

The children chose to do wraps. Vegetarian or ham. Each child had a chance to have a go, some felt they didn’t want to which is fine. Lovely that we encourage them to make their own decisions, they are all aware if they don’t make it there will be nothing to take home. The children used scissors ✂️ or a knife 🔪 to cut up their vegetables. We discovered that lettuce is really easy to rip up. Once they’d put what they wanted in their wrap, they rolled it up, then wrapped it in the foil and put it in the fridge.

One little 2’s idea of a den. She spent ages choosing the material and pegging it to the stands. As she worked she chatted about what went where. If she needed help she asked the adult to hold the material whilst she pegged it.

Making foot prints.

Using the water to make footprints whilst her friends painted the path with water. Lots of talk about how many, the size of the print and when others joined including adults, how much bigger or smaller they were.

Fire engine 🚒 building

One little one, having built a camp fire last week went on to do a fire engine this week. He was supported by 5 friends who discussed about how and where everything went. They made sure there was space at the front for 2 to ‘drive the engine ‘ using a wood cookie as the steering wheel. Planks of wood became hoses and the milk crates were stacked to become a ladder which they took in turns to climb, use the ‘hose’ to put out the fire 🔥 and jump down from the ladder. They encouraged each other especially when one was a little unsure of climbing 3 crates by reducing it to 2 and helping him climb up. Once he mastered it, another was added and he jumped from it just like his friends.

Each child hopefully had a brown bag given to them to collect things on their walks over the half term. If you didn’t get your bag, could you collect bits in a carrier bag instead? Please bring them back to preschool next week and we’ll be doing lots of fun things with them.

We hope you all have a lovely week and we’ll see you back in the 29th October.

Macmillan coffee morning and our fabulous week.

Our beautiful den.

Building an obstacle course where there was lots of discussion about what would go where. Testing out their ideas and then readjusting the equipment to make sure it was ok.

Washing out our rolling seats. Lots of things got washed even friends.

Mark making

A combine harvester.

A Birthday cake.

Painting the path. Lots of talk sharing their ideas and turn taking.

Our fairy garden. The children are really interested in fairies. It has sparked their imagination.

Preparing for our Rock show. We had guitar playing, lots of drums, bells and shakers playing to ‘we will rock you’ led by one of our 4 year olds.

A beautiful cake made by Charlotte, one of our parents. It was dairy, gluten and wheat free. It tasted glorious according to our winner. Thank you so much Charlotte.

Our raffle prizes for our coffee morning where we raised £150. How fantastic is that?

Planting some very large daffodil bulbs. The children enjoyed playing with the soil, filling the pots and we talked about what the bulbs needed to grow into lovely daffodils 🌼.

Making cars

2 children worked together fitting the pieces of wood together to make their car.

They added a steering wheel ‘so we can steer it’ and then a handbrake.

And tested it out for size. They decided to take their baby for a ride.

We had a ‘picnic’ and made a bonfire.

And cooked some eggs on the fire.

They tasted lovely.

We set up an obstacle course, the children working together.

And did some den building

On Monday we cut our flowers and put them in their little vases. The children take great pride in their flowers and look after them throughout the day

Our baby snail seems to be growing. We took a photo of him with a one pence coin.