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WEEK 9 - CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION (13.3.2020)

STARS OF THE WEEK

Indie – For helping Rebecca to clear off all the cork boards, pulling all the tacks out, putting them in a little pot and the shapes in the box, such amazing, grown-up tidying, well done Indie!!

Harrison – For sitting beautifully and eating your lunch – eating your whole sandwich without complaining!’

Oliver – Thank you so for tidying all the bricks away, what a lovely helpful boy you have been this week!
 

Dear Parents

This week the children have had a wonderful time constructing.  They have been taught how to use real tools safely.  They used a hack saw to make mark on the pallet; a hammer to hammer in tacks and a screwdriver to screw and unscrew screws into wood.

Another example of simple pleasures – small construction toys in the builder’s tray with cereal provided the children with hours of fun and encouraged them to share and take turns. 

We have been building with the spongy bricks.  Lyla says ‘we liked building towers and knocking them down!  The children also demonstrated great teamwork and problem-solving skills stopping the spongy bricks from falling off the end of the slide when a new one was put on at the top.

Next week, we will continue to be builders alongside some creative construction for Mother’s Day.  We will be constructing with junk, making playdough and problem solving by building a bridge over a pretend river so the animals can get across.

Have a lovely weekend

The Pebbles team.


WEEK 8 - ANIMAL CRAZY (6.3.2020)


STARS OF THE WEEK

Bobbie – For settling back into Pebbles brilliantly after being off for quite a while with illness and half-term,

well done!

Preston – For ensuring that all the children had a spade each in the sand, when one child was not sharing and telling that child that ‘we must share!’

Arlan – We love that you brought in one of your favourite books every day, during World Book Week and that you listen beautifully to everybody else’s stories!

 

Dear Parents 

This week the children have made some fantastic animals with Stevie and toilet rolls.  They have also made sausage rolls, fortunately we didn’t confuse the two!!  All the pets have been made better in the Pebbles vets and it has now been tidied away for our building site next week.

We encourage the children to make representations in the sand, using a stick to make mark.  They produced drawing and some wrote the first letter of their name.

We had a lovely morning up at the veggie patch where we played in the mud, of course, but we also looked for shapes in the environment.    The tyres were circles, the wooden cupboard is a rectangle and the polydrons (large construction toy) are squares and triangles.

Next week, we are going to be builders!! The outside play area will have a construction site theme with large foam building blocks, pieces of wood and dwelling, with real tools, which the children will learn to handle safely, as part of our Next Steps on thinking about safety and risk when approaching new challenges.  In the sand we will provide the trowels and brick making moulds and there will be a mini construction site in the builder’s tray with rice krispies and digger, dumper trucks, etc.  During small group activities the younger children will building with the duplo.  

Have a lovely weekend

The Pebbles team. 


WEEK 7 - PEBBLES VETS (28.2.2020)


STARS OF THE WEEK

Grace – We are so please you are coming out of yourself and talking much more.  Jane was so impressed that you told all the children about your toy dog!!

Amelia – For being a very clever girl and finding the books that Stevie needed and for sitting beautifully at lunch and always eating all your lunch!

George Walker – For having very lovely manner, always saying please and thank you, for tucking your chair in and brilliant drawings – we love your diggers!
 

Dear Parents

The children and Stevie have had a lovely time in the vets this week.  The children are great at waiting with their pets and the vets love giving them injections, bandaging them up and deciding whether they must stay overnight or not.

The children also loved our little flurry of snow and trying to catch it in their mouths as the photo shows, however, they were a little disappointed that there wasn’t enough to make a snowman.

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and a choice of lemon, sugar and syrup.  Some of the children really enjoyed the pancakes and eat rather a lot!!  

The builders tray provided messy play for the children as they scoped up and put rice, pulses and pasta into bowls and on the floor, of course.

Next week, we will continue with our vet theme.  The children will be making animals for our craft activity, sausage rolls for snack and will be cooking, colouring and cutting spaghetti with scissor to develop their fine motor skills.  For sand the children will have sand in little trays and have a go at drawing shapes, letter and numbers.  We will also be looking for shapes all around us, indoors, outdoors and on our walks.  As well as enjoying our favourite books from home as it is World Book Day on Thursday 5th March.

Have a lovely weekend

The Pebbles team.


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.