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    WEEK 5 - AUTUMN IS HERE (11.10.2019)

    STARS OF THE WEEK

    Molly – You impressed Rebecca and Jane so much with your mathematical understanding this week and with your kindness when you put all of Oscar’s lunch pot lids on and put them away in his bag, what a clever, helpful girl you are!

    Arlan – Thank you so much for willing, helping Rebecca to tidy away the kitchen and for fitting the sink by tightening the screw, brilliant job!

    Ethan – For walking brilliantly, went from being right at the back to right at the front, very impressive for such little legs!!.

     

    Dear Parents 

    We have focused on Autumn this week.  We started the week with a lovely walk to go and collect autumn items such as conkers, sloes, sticks, pinecones and a variety of leaves and other bits and bobs.  The collection was then used in so many ways.  They were added to the coloured water in the water tray, used for printing into air drying clay. Some of the children created beautiful leaf prints and others used several items, such as acorns and pinecones to make a representation of something.  We were very impressed with Albert’s and Oliver’s whose looked like owls!  The leaves were also used in the craft activity.  They were painted and then pressed onto paper creating some lovely effects.  They were also used to develop the children’s counting and number recognition skills.  Matching the right number of items to the figure and counting them accurately, as well as using mathematical language – more, less, add and take-away. 

    Not Thursday Jane and the children had their work cut out preparing soup for snack.  The chopping and peeling of some rather firm vegetables took longer than expected but a delicious soup was served for snack with some warmed bread.  The Pebbles children have much better meals than I have at home! 

    Next week, we will continue to learn about Autumn and link our learning to the story of ‘Chicken Licken’, encouraging the children to think about why the acorn fell down and joining in with the refrain.  Mandy will be encouraging the younger children to count this week using the characters from ‘Chicken Licken’. In craft the children will be making Autumn writhes and the Autumn collection will be used to create an interesting find motor skill activity for the children in the indoor builder’s tray, whilst the outdoor builder’s tray will be filled with leaves to hide our stone letters which the children will have to find and place on the matching letter drawn on a board.  They will also have a go mark making in the sand using sticks, pinecones, leaves etc.

    Have a fantastic weekend, 

    The Pebbles team.


    WEEK 4 - WHATEVEER NEXT? (4.10.2019)

    STARS OF THE WEEK 

    Spencer – For sharing the ball brilliantly with another child.

    Billy –For being so settled and lovely on your extra two days this week! We are so proud of you!

    Rex – For walking brilliantly and really enjoying your first ever Pebbles walk.

     

    Dear Parents

     We have focused on the story ‘Whatever next!’ by Jill Murphy.  The children have had a lovely time acting out the story after finding all the required items around Pebbles.  We experimented with how to make grey paint for the moon’s surface and then the children worked out how to make in bubbly so that we could use it to make moon’s craters.  The children loved blowing the mixture to make the bubbies, although a few did suck and that wasn’t so nice!!!

    The children have learnt about the moon.  We have talked about the different types of moons – full, half and crescent and named space equipment such as satellite, moon buggy, rocket and astronaut by looking in books, on the internet and playing the space memory game.

    The children helped to build the black out tent on Thursday so that it was like being in space but with the added bonus of glow-up letters!!  To reinforce letter recognition the children have played the letter fishing game in the water and the older children were good at finding the items that rhymed in the sand. 

    As always, we have been up the veggie patch and out on walks.  A massive thank you to the few parents who have written their child’s name on the bottom of their wellies, it really does make the job of getting the children ready to go out a lot quicker.

    Next week, we will be thinking about Autumn. Now that the weather is getting colder, we will start to look for signs of Autumn.  We have already found conkers and berries and will make a collection of different leaves for leave printing with paint and into clay as well as nature items in the sand, making soup and doing maths with the items from nature.

    Have a fantastic weekend, 

    The Pebbles team.



    WEEK 3 - HARVEST AND TRACTORS (27.9.2019)

    STARS OF THE WEEK

    Anna – Firstly, for being such a smiley, happy girl this week, it’s nice to see you have now settled into Pebbles without James and for being so very, very helpful with tidying-up, cooking, putting cups out.  You have been amazing!

    Indie – For tidying-up so brilliantly, especially on Monday when I think you and Anna cleared ever table ready for snack.  What a helpful big girl you are!

    Phoenix – We have been so impressed with your understanding of new words e.g. rotten, solid, liquid.  You learnt so much from cooking our mud pies!

     

    Dear Parents

     We have continued to focus on Harvest and as an amazing surprise for the children, Simon Dain (a local farmer) brought in his tractor on Thursday.  The children absolutely loved looking in and around the tractor and the photo shows the shear size of it compared to the children!

    Farmer Dave has become scarecrow Dave, who was made by Stevie, Mandy and the children.  He is scaring the birds away up at the veggie patch.  Let’s hope he stays standing until our strawberries start to grow again.  If not the children can sing and do the actions to ‘A dingle dangle scarecrow’ and that should scare them away!

    The children made some wonderful field collages using a variety of dried foods grown in fields, they look amazing, although we do apologies if all the little bits gradually fall off!

    At Molly’s request and because we had two birthdays to celebrate this week (Oscar and Bobbie have both turned three).  We made mud pies.  There was lots of bashing of biscuits, melting of butter and chocolate and measuring of ingredients to make some very crumbly, put very delicious mud pie cakes.

    Next week, we will be focusing on the story ‘Whatever next!’ by Jill Murphy.  The children will be encouraged to find the items used in the book to act out a trip to the moon.  For our art activity we will use bubble painting to create moons and then use them with the small world items we have based around space travel to introduce new vocabulary to the children, as well as looking at non-fiction space books.  During water play the children will continue to develop their letter recognition using the frog game and rhyming pairs will be hidden in the sand for the children to match. 

    Have a fantastic weekend,

    The Pebbles team.


    WEEK 2 - HARVEST (20.9.2019)

    STARS OF THE WEEK

    Preston – For using the potty twice this week, we are very impressed!

    Joshua – For giving a lunch box to a child who had forgotten to take it when going home and for being brilliant at tidying up this week!

    Albert – For settling brilliantly, loving walking Rosie and using the potty, what a clever boy you are!
     

    Dear Parents

    Our focus on Harvest and the lovely weather has meant we have picked lots of yummy blackberries to give us energy on our walk and to put in our apple and blackberry crumble, which we had for snack on Thursday. I was delicious!  The children and Stevie have made a lovely display board showing a harvest sense with an amazing tractor.  The children were very please to see a tractor out on our walk on Thursday and we have discovered that Jane has a worth of knowledge about tractors.

    Thank you so much to all the children who brought their farm machinery in to show to and share with the other children.  We loved some of the detail that the children included in their talking, e.g., one of the farmers was Farmer David.

    The children have also loved the field in the builder’s tray made with pasta, spaghetti, kidney and butter bean and rice. They have been pushing it around and scooping it up with tractors and diggers and dropping it all over the floor!!

    The highlight of the week for me was put apples in the water tray and following a Scottish tradition of ‘doukin’. The children picked up the apples just using a fork.  The children learnt so much including the language of size – Taylor said, ‘mine is the biggest’; safety awareness – being careful with the forks; taking turns and sharing the spoons; as well as determination and a ‘can do attitude’. Taylor was brilliant as getting an apple on his fork without using his other hand to hold it still and then showing the other children how to do it.

    Next week,  we will be making a really scarecrow up at the veggie patch and teaching the children the song ‘I am a diggle daggle scarecrow’; making a mud pie cake; creating fields of gold artwork with Jane and continued apple doukin in the water tray. 

    Have a fantastic weekend,

    The Pebbles team.


    WEEK 1 - PASS THE JAM, JIM (13.9.2019)

STARS OF THE WEEK

Taylor and Freddie – For being brilliant looking after the younger children when we are out on a walk, what big helpful boys you are!

George Walker – For coming in with no dummy and no tears twice this week, well done it is lovely to see your smile first thing. 


Dear Parents
A very warm welcome to all our new families, there are quite a few of you and we have been kept on our toes by all the new children settling in.  Although we have had a few initial tears we are all definitely settling into, or back into (for us old timers) the Pebbles routine now.

We have been out and about a lot this week and have loved the veggie patch with its nice short grass, so we can actually see the children. Our new children have experienced the church walk, with the ditch.  As well as a foraging walk, collecting apples and blackberries with which we made crumble on Friday.

We have focused on ‘Pass the jam Jim’ which is rhyming book all about food (my favourite topic).  The children have made a lovely display representing the book, as well as making jam sandwiches for snack and pouring tea with teapots and cups in the water tray.

Next week, we have been continuing our focus on food, linking it to Harvest.  We will be doing more foraging and making snack with the foods we find, making mud pies, using junk modelling to make tractors, combine harvesters, etc.  If the children would like to bring in farm related toys to show that would be great.  We will play with popcorn kernels, barley, straw etc., in the builder’s tray, do apple bobbing in the water, although maybe not with our mouths and using farm vehicles and diggers in the sand, pretending it is grain 

Have a fantastic weekend,

 

The Pebbles team.