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WEEK 6 - MR POTATO HEAD (14.2.2020)

STARS OF THE WEEK 

Archie – You have been amazing during your first week at Pebbles, it is like you have been with us for ages, you settled in some easily and told other children that they needed to share, so you can stay!! 

Billy – For being brilliant at your rhyming words.  You had obviously been thinking of words that rhyme with Billy and mummy at home, but you also thought of words that rhyme with other children’s names, well done! 

Rex – For sitting for his longest time yet and eating his apple at snack time, well done Rex!
 

Dear Parents

This week we continued our theme on fruit and veg with the children making brilliant Mr Potato Heads for their craft activity (we loved how individual they all were) and making sweet potato skins for snack.  This involved them in scooping out the potato, mashing it up, putting it back in and grating cheese over the top.  What great little chiefs we have.

The younger children had a lovely time this week drawing/mark-making on massive pieces of paper on the floor with Mandy.  This sort of activity is great for developing their fine motor skills and their confidence when they imitate adult writing and add meaning to it when they get older.

The older children have been thinking about words that rhyming, using the rhyming pots and learning that they can make up words when rhyming words with their name and other familiar names e.g. mummy, wummy, tummy, dummy, yummy or Rosie, nosey, hosey, mosie, cosie.  They have also been thinking about how to solve number problems by working out how to put the same number of natural items into bowls e.g. looking at a bowl with one shell in it and another with three and knowing that they can add two to the one shell or take two shells away from the one with three in it.

 After half-term we will be setting up a veterinary surgery, so that the children can continue to learn about different occupations and continue to use language related to money.

Have a lovely half-term, lets hope the weather improves,

The Pebbles team.



FRUIT AND VEG WEEK (7.2.2020)

STARS OF THE WEEK 

Rhia – What a good week you have had Rhia! You put your sleeves the right way in on your coat, all my yourself and you were brilliant at knowing how to stay safe; as well as matching the correct number to the matching number of items!

Molly – We were so impressed you waited for a grown-up at the gate, out on a walk; you were brilliant at matching the numbers to the items, even out of order and you are less fidgety when sitting and listening to a story.  You are amazing Molly! 

Teddy – You settled into Pebbles brilliantly now, very few tears when mummy leaves and we know you are loving Pebbles as we have seen your lovely smile lots.
 

Dear Parents 

This week we have been playing in Pebbles Fruit and Veg shop.  To set up the fruit and veg shop we washed all the items (which was a go job as the children ended up eating half of the produce!) and then had baskets, purses, a till and scales to make it like a real shop.  We use the fruit and veg as a craft and counting activity.  Printing the right number of fruit or vegetable next to the numbers 1 to 5, which they brought home and 1 to 10 on our display board. 

The children have been really good at identifying how to keep themselves and others safe, e.g. moving away from a child using a bat, carrying chairs and scissors correctly; washing our hands and using equipment carefully when making our cheese biscuits and staying safe out on our lovely walks. 

Next week we will be carrying on with our fruit and veg theme – having sweet potato wedging for snack; making Mr Potato Heads out of real veg, that the children can bring home.  The younger children will sing lots of nursery rhymes and read the ‘That’s not my….’ books and decide which rhyme and book is their favourite.  Whilst the older children will be using the rhyming pot to develop their understanding of a rhyming string; as well as working out some number problem such as ‘If I have 5 apples and I eat two how many are left?’

Have a lovely weekend,

The Pebbles team.

 

PEBBLES HEALTH AND SAFTY (31.1.2020)

STARS OF THE WEEK

Charlie – We love your enormous smile when you come into Pebbles Charlie, you are so settled at Pebbles now, which is fantastic!

George Watson – You impressed Rebecca so much by stacking all of the Polydron square back in exactly the right place at the veggy patch, after using them for steppingstones.

Oscar – You have really come out of yourself this week, chatting so much, but also sitting beautifully when waiting for snack, with your hands on your lap, not fiddling with your cup and plate/bowl, well done!
 

Dear Parents

 We have had such a busy week identifying actions that are safe and unsafe/dangerous at Pebbles.  The children have had lots of discussions about actions that are safe.  They have made some amazing safety posters with Stevie. We now have a poster that tells us to keep the door shut; to walk not run indoors; not to stand for a long time at the top of the slide and not to run in front of cars, plus lots more.  We are learning how to carry scissor - knowing that we hold them in a very different way to how we cut with them.  We have acted out how we wash our hands to get rid of germs before we eat and have talked about how we handle bats and sticks at the veggy patch.  As the children have been so brilliant at identifying dangers, we are going to choose two ‘Safety Officer’ each week.  Next week will be Taylor and Phoenix.

We have continued with our dinosaur theme seeing how long it would take for our frozen dinosaur world to de-ice.  It took a very long time!  We also made lava come out of a volcano, not real lava though as that would be dangerous!!  Instead we made liquid shoot in the air and bubble using bicarbonate of soda with vinegar, lemon juice and fizzy water.  The only one that didn’t bubble was the fizzy water because it wasn’t an acid.

Next week we are starting our theme on occupations with a fruit and vegetable shop.  The children will be washing the fruit and veg before it goes into the shop.  We will be matching different shop items to the corresponding number and writing labels showing the fruit or veg names and how much they cost.  All this whilst covering the next step some children have related to money.  For craft the children will print (with paint) the correct number of fruit or veg sections onto a piece of paper next to a number.   

Have a lovely weekend,

The Pebbles team.


DINOSAUR DELIGHTS (24.1.2020)

STARS OF THE WEEK

Taylor – For being brilliant at putting the books back in the right places, looking at the colour stickers and working out where they go, well done!

Harrison – We were so impressed that you put the dinosaur atlas book back in the right place. What a clever boy you are!

Preston – We were so proud of you this week for trying the leek and potato soup AND YOU LOVED IT.  You were also amazing at Didi dance, following Megan doing Hip-Hop moves! 


Dear Parents

We have had an amazing week of dinosaur activities.  We started the week by making dinosaur skeletons with black paper and spaghetti for the bones.  The children then made a wonderful volcano and displayed them on a board that looks brilliant.  For malleable activities the children made swamp soup (leek and potato) and boulder rolls (bread rolls that fortunately were not as hard as boulders!) Lots of the children really enjoyed the soup and we were impressed that they all tried it.  The children also made dinosaur biscuits, hopefully most of them made their way home in one piece.

We have been working on the older children understanding the structure of stories and that English is written from left to right and top to bottom.  All of the children have been encouraged to handle the books with care when looking at them independently.  This needs more work; we find the children leave the books on the floor and then they get trodden on.  Please encourage your child to pick up books and toys at home.  We have found the children love acting out stories and so we have done this with the ‘Harry and the bucketful of dinosaur’ books. 

The children have been wonderful helping with the washing-up and have linked it to saying numbers in sequencing – counting to 5 and then the cup is clean. 

Next week we will be continuing our dinosaur theme, alongside thinking about keeping ourselves safe.  We will be making a frozen dinosaur world and bubbling volcanos; which we will combine and see what effect the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar has on the ice.  To develop the children’s understanding of safety they will be making posters with ticks for safe activities and crosses for dangerous activities at Pebbles.  This will include teaching the children how to carry scissors safely.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Pebbles team.

 


HAIRY MACLARY (17.1.2020)
 

STARS OF THE WEEK

Lyla & Anna – You are both such helpful, grown-up girls, we don’t know what we would do without you at Pebbles.  You always help the younger children, do as the adults ask you and you were both amazing at washing and drying up the snack items as well as the water toys from outside!

Asher – We were so impressed with you this week in Didi dance.  You listened brilliantly and tried your hardest to copy all of Sam’s actions, well done!  

Dear Parents

Well the weather has not been on our side this week.  The clean up mission has started outside but won’t be finished until next week.  We have however, managed to get outside and we did see sunshine during our walk on Wednesday afternoon.  When we thought of as many words as we could to describe the mud – sticky, squelchy, oozy, squishy, slippy and most definitely MESSY.  We found a muddy puddle at the top of the hill to mess about in, although some children did more falling then they were really messy.  Staff regretted not putting the all-in-one suits on at this point, but of course the children loved it!!

The children have loved the Hairy Maclary set of books and making a display board with the different characters on it.  We have been so impressed with the older children’s ability to identify and remember the characters names and rhyming sentences.  The children also made predictions about what they thought would happen next.  Sometimes they pretended to be the different characters.  We loved Anna as Hercules Morse (as big as a horse).  The children had an idea of how big Hercules Morse might have been when Rhia brought in her unicorn!  The children loved it and Rhia was happy for them all to have a go on it and try out the different things it could do. 

Next week we will be continuing our focus on dinosaurs.  We made the dinosaur world this week, although it may need a new lease of life next week.   We will be making swamp soup and rock rolls (that hopefully won’t taste like rocks!); making dinosaur skeletons; matching the right number of dinosaurs to the corresponding number and enjoying and acting out some of the ‘Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs’ books.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Pebbles team.


HAPPY NEW YEAR (10.1.2020)


 STARS OF THE WEEK

Zara – You are such a good girl.  We were especially proud of at lunch time when you put all your lunch bits away and get a book out without even being told.

Willow – We are so impressed with how well you have settled in and how happy and smiley you are!

Freddie – We were so impressed with how independent you were getting the outdoor all-in-one on.  Not an easy task but you did it completely on your own, good boy!
 

Dear Parents

We would like to wish you a happy new year.  We are all quickly back into the swing of things at Pebbles.  The children have settled brilliantly and remembered lots of the Pebbles routines, like getting ready for walks, swapping into wellies, putting on the all-in-ones, what they have to do a lunchtime, etc. 

We have spent lots of time outside this week as the photos show.  Didi dance was very busy this week with 20 children, Sam had a few new names to learn!

Next week we will be making a dinosaur world in the builder’s tray outside.  For our next step we will be identifying the settings, character and events in The Hairy Mcairy books.  For our craft activities we will be making a Hairy Mcairy display and dinosaur head with moving mouths. The children will be put to work to help us prepare for future sand and water activities by cleaning and organising all the sand and water toys and tidying up outside.

Have a lovely weekend, 

The Pebbles team.