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Any gurgles or rumbles of tums are soon satisfied in EYFS. Whether it’s toast on arrival, healthy snack throughout the day or a delicious home-prepared lunch, you can rest assured that your child is catered for.
Scout is our adorable class bear who can often be found stowing away with a child for the weekend. Scout is constantly using binocular eyes and super-listening ears to check whether children are doing the right thing. Then... Scout will choose a child to go home with for the weekend.
We love to hear all about Scout’s amazing adventures on Mondays.
SPRING TERM 2
World Book Day
This annual celebration was as exciting as ever and we were so impressed with the children’s costumes. The theme was ‘traditional tales’ but we welcomed every effort made (even if you chose to dress as yourself)! Mrs Morris and I could not resist a team effort and came as Little Red Riding Hood and the woodcutter. We read the story to the children and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
We began discussing Chinese New Year on 13th January and we have focused on this fabulous celebration for two weeks. The coming year will be celebrating the Year of the Rat!
In Nursery, we love to learn about different cultures and ways of life – especially when it is such a huge part of Liverpool life. Liverpool boasts the oldest, established Chinatown in Europe and we couldn’t wait to find out more.
The children loved learning the stories of Nian (the scary dragon) and the race of the animals. They now know what to do to scare Nian away, and also, why the Chinese years are named after animals.
For an authentic feel in the setting, we decorated it with Chinese lanterns and puppet dragons and we brought out the oriental dinner set and chopsticks for the home area. The children loved having a go of the dragon dance outside and busily made New Year paintings using lucky red and gold colours.
On Friday, Mrs Morris donned her apron and rustled up a Chinese banquet! Delicious! The children loved tasting the various Chinese foods and some of them proved to be a super help by waiting on and clearing up. Well done to Mrs Morris and her team!
Following the feast we enjoyed when we celebrated Chinese New Year, we decided it was wise to think about healthy living. We had a brilliant time learning how to keep our bodies and minds healthy.
Lessons began with healthy food - fruit and vegetables being top of the list. We discussed what was important for a healthy diet and did a survey of the children’s favourites, displaying them on a pictograph. A wide variety of fruit and vegetables was provided for the children to enjoy during snack time as well. Vivien French’s fabulous ‘Oliver’ stories also gave us ‘food for thought’ - Oliver’s Fruit Salad inspired us to create our own fruit salad which was extremely tasty.
On our return from the half term break, Nursery children had a super time celebrating Diwali – the Hindu Festival of Lights.
The children learned that Diwali is a time for spring cleaning; decorating homes with Rangoli patterns, diwa lamps and lanterns; using henna to create Mehndi patterns on hands; wearing lovely clothes; exchanging gifts; eating delicious food and, of course, prayer.
To experience this, the children designed their own Rangoli patterns and diwa lamps. They enjoyed trying on saris and were eager to have Mehndi patterns drawn on the palms of their hands. (Mrs Morris is particularly accomplished in the art of henna tattoo!)
On Friday we had a variety of Indian vegetarian food for the children to sample – delicious!
Diwali is also celebrated with fireworks and this year it happened to coincide with Bonfire Night. Having seen fireworks first hand, the children created lovely paintings and described their work using lots of ‘noisy’ vocabulary. Check out our ‘Firework Display’ below.
Each year we join in with Children in Need by wearing our spottiest clothes and making donations to help children who are less fortunate than ourselves. It’s a very worthy cause and also...lots of fun!
This year’s performance took inspiration from the popular children’s book – ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Rewritten and renamed ‘We’re Going on a Baby Hunt’ retold the story of Jesus’s birth through the eyes of the sheep! On hearing an important message from an angel, our brave sheep battled through long grass, freezing rivers, thick mud and a sand storm to finally reach the stable where newborn, baby Jesus lay in a manger.
We couldn’t be prouder of our angels, shepherds, animals (and dragon!) – they were amazing.
What better way to celebrate Christmas than supporting Save the Children by wearing a beautiful, Christmas jumper! Our children arrived in clothing adorned by reindeer, Santas, presents, penguins and even, dinosaurs and unicorns - what a wonderful sight! A super way of teaching children how to think of others at this special time of year.
We are now into our sixth week of the Autumn term and we are so pleased with how the children have settled. They have explored the provision – inside and out – and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They are becoming accustomed to the routines and making lots of friends. If you need confirmation of this, then just take a peek at the slide show below!
We are fortunate to have beautiful school grounds, so when we were given a crisp, sunny day we took the opportunity to go and explore. The children were delighted to see so many fruit and vegetables in the ‘Grow to Learn’ allotment and they each had chance to pop into the greenhouse. They loved walking through our ‘forest’ area where we spotted autumn leaves, berries, bird boxes and various fungi. We identified one type of the fungi as the ‘shaggy ink cap’ – a very pretty mushroom indeed! Of course, we took a few snaps for you to see.
Pumpkins are popular for many reasons but many children may not have eaten them. We looked at a lovely story called ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper and wondered what it might taste like. There was no question about it – we had to make our own and try it. It looked and tasted amazing and this was summed up by Keira from Reception: “I never knew that pumpkin soup tasted this good!” Yummy!!!
(If you would like to try this heartwarming soup, the recipe is listed below.)