Category Archives: Reception

A Christmas Themed Welly Wednesday!

The nursery and reception children had a fabulous Christmas themed Welly Wednesday today. They wrapped presents ready for Santa, made Christmas cards, elf masks, read Christmas stories and did some elf colouring. They also used their maths skills to complete a counting activity where they had to stick the correct number of pom poms on the Christmas tree. They had some yummy toast and hot chocolate and even had time to decorate a Christmas cookie!

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Children in Need – Reception

What a great day we all had.

Reception dressed the part and had fun making masks, counting spots and creating fantastic Pudsey pictures.

All for a very good cause!

We were all so busy, they should be tired teddy bears tonight!

Being a Good Friend.

Today in Welly Wednesday we learned about being kind to our friends by considering their feelings. Mrs Griffiths read us the story about ‘Hugless Douglas’, a little bear who is in need of a hug and goes on a journey to try and find one. We then discussed the best ways to help our friends feel happy. We made salt dough hearts, pictures of Douglas and played a game with bear feelings cards, where we had to match the correct emotion with the pictures of the bears. We counted and then finger painted the correct number of hearts and we also wrote kind words or drew kind pictures on post it notes and placed them on the tree in the yard.

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Foundation Phase Autumn Exploration Day

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Today the Foundation Phase children enjoyed lots of hands-on, practical Autumn-themed activities. Unfortunately, the weather was against us, but with some adaptations to the planned activities, the children had a fantastic day, during which they further developed their personal & social and independence skills.
The children developed their fine motor skills through making bird feeders, which they then hung in our nature reserve, to help our feathery friends prepare for winter. Acorns were planted, and the children are looking forward to helping them grow into mighty oak trees. Autumn wreaths were created, to celebrate the changes in leaves that the Autumn season brings. Natural Autumn collages were created in groups, and the children developed collaborative and creative skills. The children enjoyed getting messy through exploring gooey pumpkins, using a variety of tools to scoop, scrape and cut. Autumn colours and materials were explored using colour swatches and magnifying glasses, to help the children develop close observation skills.
What a busy, fun-filled day. We are sure that the children will sleep well tonight…and so will the staff!

Elmer Day.

It was Elmer day in Welly Wednesday today.  Elmer is a colourful patchwork elephant who discovers that it is good to be different. We listened to the story about Elmer, then we went outside to participate in a range of colourful activities. We made a patchwork pattern out of stickle bricks and blocks and even made a patchwork pattern out of biscuits and icing! We used our fine motor skills to stretch colourful elastic bands to see how many we could fit on a pinecone. We sponge painted Elmer pictures and we even painted bubble wrap and jumped on it to burst the bubbles and watch the paint splatter. What fun!

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A Wet, Windy Welly Wednesday!

What a wet and windy Wednesday it was today, so we had to do some of our activities indoors. We went on a walk in our nature area to collect some sticks, acorns and leaves, and we used the sticks when we made our salt dough hedgehogs. We also made some fabulous playdough faces on  pumpkins and matched the correct number of sticks on the Stick man pictures. We did some super Stick man puzzles and looked for sticks in the sand.

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