We managed to make a snowman out of the little snow we had. The children worked together with Jackie, rolling the snow round the garden to make it ‘bigger’.
One little 4 year old spent lots of time sorting through the bugs, categorising them and then sticking them to the unit with sellotape. He added the knives in at the very end.
Our favourite games to make vehicles out of the crates in the garden. This time it was a camper van which was loaded up with resources that you’d need to go on a trip.
Den building. The children are getting quite adept at using the fence to help support the roof of their dens. The giant pegs are great for developing those finger and hand muscles for writing when they are older.
Making a road out of our big wooden bricks and then testing out the car.
We had a fab bingo night which we raised £450 for the preschool. The evening was a great success and all who came had a good night.
More car building, this time the bits of wood on the wheels were the ‘brakes, to help it stop’. The green car has got a ‘hand brake’ too.
A very long fire engine with lots of seats.
Lots of hearts.
Circles and lines. Talking about our names, the sounds our letters make and singing some jolly phonic songs.
Making music with our lovely drums and beaters.
How tall can we make our rainbow 🌈 go? The children worked together to balance out the sections as they placed the pieces on top of each other.
Some areas set up ready for the children when they come in.
This term started with a bit of a bang, we had 4 new little ones join us and they settled so well. It was a delight to see how they ‘braved’ their first few days to then becoming very confident at waving goodbye at the window.
We have a very open setting in that parents, if they want to see their child’s file can just ask for it. We love showing the parents and children how their child is progressing with their play and learning at Woodentops. All staff love to talk about their key children, just ask and you’ll get given lots of information.
The room already set up for our children to come and play. We have the schedule board out ready so children can see what is going to happen through out the morning. When the activity takes place, it is taken off the board so the children can see how close snack, lunch or home time is. It really helps those that are a little anxious about routine. The little tables covered in white are for the children to put their names on so they can put any products they make- pictures, models etc; on to take home. This helps reinforce how their name looks and encourages them to recognise their name.
Building towers and bridges for the cars to go along.
Working with nuts and bolts. The children really enjoy twisting and turning the nuts and bolts into the colander. They used the loose parts to make patterns and pictures based on their ideas. They were also used as a drum. There was lots of talk about what the bolts felt like- whether they were heavy, light, cold, ridged etc.
The Children sorted through the heavy weights and the buttons, doing lots of matching games.
This was our giant man.
We made a combine harvester.
Playing with the people in the ‘meadow’.
Making a marble run- the children work which balls fit in the run and move fast. they have found out things that don’t roll, do not move in the runs.
The children use metal cutlery to play with in our kitchen area. This child has great pincer control over the knife and playdoh, super practice for when he starts to write.
Camp site making and then den building. The children are a dab hand at making dens, using their ideas, working together and supporting each other to make their dens even better.
Painting, we have been encouraging the children to wash out their paint brush after using it in one paint. this way they get to learn about waiting and taking turns and that water washes out the paint.
Building a road for the cars and lorrys.
This was a great invitation to play and learn- The children had a photo of different types of building and lots of different sized blocks.
We added wooden chess pieces to the display and the children lined them up and added them to their buildings.
We love having flowers in, the children prepare them for their little vases, any left overs or ones that were damaged are used in their loose play and often become ‘food’.
So we found a very poorly baby that needed bandaging up. The children found some micropore tape and made sure the baby was wrapped really well in the bandage and taped up. The baby felt lots better later after lots of cuddles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.