All sorts of celebrations
The Acorn Preschool children have been exploring a variety of celebrations that are happening this week.
Firstly, they enjoyed the wonder of Bonfire night and fireworks.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 listening and attention skills to following instructions.
To build on the excitement about fireworks, the children enjoyed many firework themed activities through their play, including large-scale firework drawing with chalks, making splat paint firework pictures, and sticking to create their own rockets. The children even built a ‘bonfire’ with the wooden blocks and danced to Katy Perry “Firework’ using ribbons, their own firework rockets and instruments.
On Wednesday, the children explored the Hindu celebration of Diwali – comparing it to birthday celebrations that they are familiar with. The children worked hard to decorate the house area, ready for a party – with balloons, banners and streamers. The wrote initiations and shopping lists of what they needed for the party. The children also explored traditional dressing up clothes from another culture. The children have also used clay to make their own diva lamps – these will be painted and decorated them brought home to be displayed.
On Friday, our attention turned to Rememberance Day, and the children explored this difficulte theme through watching the Cbeebies video called ‘Poppies’, which shows a rabbit, affected by the war and fighting, before the scene returns to fields of poppies. As a sign of Acorns remembering the soldiers, the children created their own poppy wreath, which we then paraded up to put at the memorial display in school.
Stars of the day this week were Matilda, Levi, Riley, Mia and Alfie – well done to you all!