Early Years

Reception Class - Under Sea Cave

The underwater caveemerging through  the 'seaweed'Now that's what I call messy!

Reception Class - Under Sea Cave
Big , wet and messy! Just what they all really enjoy! As part of their "under the sea" theme we made a big dark den, and painted the inside black. Some children just had to get the paint in their hair, and some parents were not amused, although the learning points were well explained! The children thoroughly enjoyed the construction, planning which big bits of cardboard should be used, using duct tape to fix them, waterproofing it with a shower curtain, painting the inside and outside, then making "seaweed" around the entrance as a finishing touch. It has survived several week of rain and still looks good!
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Bug city.

Bug city.

I love the huge spider made with the children in Reception as a 'sign' for the big hunting zone. Hessian body and twig legs!

spider
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Working with builders

filling the dumper with soil ready for transporting to siteproblem solving  -moving a tree!
transporting soil for the planting bedwatching, learning, asking questions
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"I was not sure about having the builders on site during term time but Felicity was right, it has been great! The children took so much from it, chatting to the builders, asking questions, looking down holes,  watching and role playing. They were taking ownership and absorbing what was happening around them. For example, I observed a child with speech and language delay who was busily engaged in building his own ‘fence’ after watching the building team at work”

This is a quote from an Early Years teacher, where a very positive outcome came from working with the builders on site during the term time. As the site developed I also helped the children to get involved in transporting materials to fill the planting beds and the sand pit too. Then the children also worked out how to transport 2 trees, and planted them in their new exploring zone.

These children were actively involved with the build, rather than having it done for them, as if by magic, in the holidays! So much learning and engagement, in return for a (very) little "disruption".
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A lesson they will remember!

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A lesson they will remember!
Year ones had a lot of fun on a cold day!. They had already done some work in the classroom testing materials over a bowl, using water. I took this outside with large sheets of  4 different fabrics, (2 waterproof and 2 not waterproof). We asked them to make predictions as it's never too early to use some of the scientific language and skills they will encounter later in school. Testing the effect of a hose pipe over the sheets of fabric produced shrieks of delight as they either got wet (with hoods on) or just heard/saw the water spraying over them. This was a vivid, active investigation for their materials science unit. Many of these children are ESL too, so this really helped them to understand more about the topic. It also emphasises the essential need for good outdoor clothing to be in school at all times, so no child is denied an outdoor learning experience like this.
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Wind, paint, puddles, splash!

PSRN - bridge building and  positional languageKUW - properties of liquids!CD- paint mixing 'rainbows'KUW - wind as a force  blowing paint

Wind, paint, puddles, splash!
Lots of early years fun and learning in the rain!  but, as ever, only a
few children were allowed to enjoy this because they did not have  the
right clothes/boots in school. Those who did had a great time, but the
staff then had lots of wet children to change afterwards! I was not
particularly popular for promoting this! A good outcome though is that
the staff are looking seriously at their budget to see if they can fund
some all in one "puddle jumpers"....about time too!


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