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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.