Well as I write this at the start of April there is still snow on the ground in places – when I think back over the last term since January, we have certainly had more than our fair share of fun in the snow! Back in January our theme was ‘Winter’ and we played in the snow lots. We watched it melt indoors, and did lots of snowy themed arts and crafts. We made pine cone bird feeders to hang in our gardens and had fun welly printing. We made and tasted warm winter food such as bread, vegetable soup and porridge.
We made robots and remote controls for them. We celebrated Chinese New Year and the year of the dragon by eating noodles at snack time and making dragons. We made and eat pancakes to celebrate pancake day, and made yummy heart shaped biscuits for Valentines Day. The children painted some lovely pictures of daffodils when it was St. David’s day.
We looked at the story of The Three Bears and made a lovely display board all about different sizes. We also looked at the story of Little Red Riding Hood and thought about how to stay safe and how important it is not to talk to people we don’t know if mummy or daddy are not there. We made some collage pictures of nice things in a basket to give to granny and went for a (chilly!) walk through the woods just like Little Red Riding Hood.
We have been lucky to have three animal visits this last term thanks to our parents – we have been able to stroke and learn about two puppies and a black lamb!
We went up to school to play in class one with the children and Mrs Tipper and Mrs Henshaw. Our older children are getting very excited now about going up to ‘big school’ especially as they are so familiar with the classroom. Even the children who were a little worried about the move up are now feeling more confident about it. We had a visit to playgroup from Mr Robinson, the Head Teacher, with his guitar and we are looking forward to more visits from the class one staff in the summer term, and we will of course be visiting school again – hopefully the weather will be warm and dry so that our children can run around on the school field with the class one children.
We brought in and shared our favourite books on World Book Day and when it was comic relief all the children and the staff came to playgroup in their pyjamas and brought £1.00 in which was great fun!
Towards the end of of term we planted marigold, runner bean, tomato sweet pea and sunflower seeds and talked about how to look after them.
Finally our attention was focussed on Easter activities, with lots of fun Easter crafts and making lots of yummy chocolaty things to eat! On the last Friday of term the children enjoyed a fun Easter party after playgroup organised by our committee, with crafts, games and of course party food! Thank you to everyone who helped organise the party.
The committee also put on a very enjoyable Pampered Chef Ladies Evening at the village hall in March which was very successful and raised just under £300 for playgroup which is fantastic! We had some very positive feedback about the event so once again thanks to our committee for giving up their time and energy for free to run this and many other events, which raise valuable and much needed funds for our playgroup.