The Acorn Preschool children have been full of the wonder of Bonfire night and fireworks after returning from their half term holiday, so we used this opportunity to develop their learning this week.
The week started with some storytelling with Richard O’Neill, author and storyteller with Traveller heritage, as the whole school celebrated ‘Diversity and Equality Week’. Through this interactive session, the children explored a story about a horse looking for new shoes. They even saw a real horse shoe which was enormous! On Wednesday, we enjoyed another visitor, Imran, who came to help the children explore about the Muslim faith through looking at lots of different special objects. The children made some interesting observations about things that were the same as them, and things that were different. This is helping them to broaden their understanding of the wider world, one of the specific areas of the curriculum for under 5s.
To explore the theme of Bonfire Night, the children were given opportunities to talk about what they had seen and heard over the weekend. We explored more about fireworks, bonfires and Guy Fawkes. On Monday, the children made breadstick sparklers – which were yummy! This helped them with exploring following a recipe. The book of the week was the Recipe of how to make a breadstick sparkler. This helped the children with exploring reading for a variety of reasons, including to follow a recipe to make something yummy. The children looked at ingredients, and also how instructions must be followed in the right order. By using actions, the children were encouraged to try to learn the recipe by heart. Ask them, and see if they can remember any of it.
To build on the excitement about fireworks, the children enjoyed many firework themed activities through their play, including large-scale firework drawing, making conker rolling firework pictures, and sticking to create their own rockets. On Thursday, the children built a ‘bonfire’ with the wooden blocks, and they even suggested we make ‘smores’. The children danced to Katy Perry “Firework’ using ribbons, their own firework rockets and instruments.
By Friday, the children spent some time thinking about Remembrance Day. They learnt about the soldiers who we remember with the red poppy,, even making their own medals. They made their own poppies through a variety of different materials, and on Friday completed their own Acorn Poppy Wreath.
This week was also full of birthday celebrations, with Tristan, Jasper and Demi turning 4!
Stars of the day this week were Harvey, Jamie, Berfin, Lily and Demi – well done to you all!
Don’t forget that the Stay and Play event will be going ahead on Thursday 16th November. 8.30 – 11.30 parents, carers, grandparents, relatives, neighbours… are welcome to join their Acorn child in the Acorn Preschool for a series of activities. These include: 8.30 – Stay and Play session with your child in the Preschool; 9.00 – Explore the routines of the Preschool; 9.30 – Sponsored Toddle (with the children from Juniper class too; don’t forget to gather as much sponsor money as you can to support the Early Years children); 10.15 – Coffee Cake and Communicate session, run by the Speech and Language Therapy team (a wonderful chance to gain some ideas about how you can develop your child’s speech and language skills at home through some simple, but effective games – plus yummy cakes too! There will be chance to talk to the speech therapists more informally if you have any questions or concerns you would like to raise.) 11.30 – time to go home!! I’m sure we will all be exhausted after that, but it will be such a worthwhile session of partnership working between home and school. We would love it if you could make it for some, or all of the event.