The children settled in well after the long summer break, and it is lovely to see all the new friendships forming now that our older children have moved on up to ‘big school’ and our new younger children have started.
We have been spending time learning the rules and routines at playgroup and talking about how nice it is to play nicely and all be friends together.
We have looked at how to stay healthy. The children practised washing their hands properly, brushing a giant set of teeth, did lots of fun exercise and made healthy treats. We have been getting out to the park as much as possible before the weather turns too cold!
We have spent a long time on the theme of ‘Autumn’.
We looked at which foods are around or being harvested at this time of year such as berries, oats wheat and root vegetables. The children enjoyed making and tasting some yummy food that keeps us warm and gives us lots of energy, such as flapjack, bread rolls, jam sandwiches, and vegetable soup.
We discovered we had some very clever counters when we buried some potatoes in soil and challenged the children to find them all for us. We went for a muddy walk on a lovely bright and sunny day through Prestwold Woods to collect some big leaves to print with using autumn colours. The children produced some lovely pictures.
We talked about what wild animals do when the weather gets colder and we made little clay hedgehogs. We also made a giant hedgehog called Heidi, on our display board, using lots and lots of handprints from the children!
Heidi the Hedgehog on our Display Board!