We have come to the end of the first part of the spring term and we have had lots of fun. The children have made some crafts for Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Rooster and the children used their developing scissor skills to cut out shapes to make their own rooster. Lots of the children were able to use their scissors independently and safely but for some of the children we used assisted scissors. These scissors have two sets of holes so that the adult can support and show the children when they are learning how to cut. Once the children had cut out all their pieces they used glue to stick all the pieces together before attempting to copy some ‘Chinese’ writing onto the front of their rooster and some did really well! Some children also used their cutting skills to make a Chinese lantern too. The activity covered lots of the areas of learning and development such as physical development, communication and language, understanding the world, personal, social and emotional development and expressive arts and design.
During the last week we also had a fruit tasting morning. The children were given lots of common fruits and some more unusual fruits to try. The children touched and smelt the fruit and spoke about the texture, weight, smell and feel of each fruit. The children then tried to guess what each fruit would look like inside. The fruit was cut up and after they had looked inside they got to taste some fruits on offer such as papaya, plum, apple, pears, oranges, watermelon, banana, passion fruit, mango, grapefruit, coconut, pineapple, physalis and kiwi with some funny faces being pulled and expressive noises heard! Afterwards smoothies were made out of the fruit for the children to have at snack time.
On the last day of term we held a ‘mad hair’ day in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. It was lovely to see so many children and adults taking part. We saw some mad hairstyles, wacky colours, 80’s hair, bed hair and spiky hair which was great fun. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and didn’t care what they looked like for the day!!!!! We may have also witnessed a budding romance as two children exchanged valentines gifts and hugs at the start of the session?!!