Recently at Gingham the children have been embracing their new outdoor play equipment. The free-flowing area has been enhanced to include amazing climbing opportunities- the children have especially loved the climbing tunnels- “Climbing up and down is so fun”, “I love this climbing frame” and “ I like sliding down so fast!”. The children have enjoyed the challenges of the new equipment, negotiating how to use and accomplish the route around the equipment. Children have supported each other in embracing the challenge. Children have used the new digging planters to investigate and become involved in treasure hunts! We have explored our mark making skills using the new easels, using pens to create on the white board and paint on the transparent board- the children love this concept. As well as exploring in all weathers, the children have engaged and learnt all about growth- children have started to plant runner beans and sunflowers-to watch growth and change, as well as caring for their plants to grow. This activity has proven very supportive of children’s mathematical development looking at size.
The children and practitioners at Gingham have been in the festive spirit. The children have had so much fun and shown such excitement. Christmas parties have taken place, including pass the parcel and lots of musical games. The children created their own marshmallow snowmen to take home and enjoy. All children created their own Christmas folders to take home, making special baubles, calendars and Christmas cards to share with their families. The children made some reindeer food for Father Christmas’ reindeers ready for Christmas eve and yummy hot chocolate cones to take home and enjoy as a treat. We held our Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and enjoyed a Christmas lunch too.
Flour and shaving foam play has been brilliant, the children used their imaginations to use these resources as snow, using the small world resources to influence and extend this play.
We have extended our literacy skills through a range of Christmas stories, sharing together during the day.
Investigation on the cold mornings by looking for and finding ice in forest school was exciting, enhancing our learning and knowledge of the seasons.
We made our own Christmas tree and baubles, taking turns to place these on the tree to decorate.
We hope everyone has loved the Christmas creations as much as we have creating them. We wish all our families and children a very Happy Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year!