Alongside our daily routine we plan additional activities throughout the term, please see our news and events page for what's coming up.
PE and Inter2Sport - Inter2Sport have been coming in every week and the children are really enjoying working with the team. This is outside, whenever possible but if too cold or wet we move it inside. We encourage the children to have fun whilst learning about their bodies and team building.
Music and Movement - We regularly hold music and movement sessions, supported by the Boogiemites music programme. We always start and finish with our well loved Welcome and Goodbye songs, which all the children now know and feel comfortable to join in with. In between we have a theme for the day and we march, dance, play percussion and pretend to be all kinds of animals, characters, trains, balloons etc. to selected pieces of classical music, encouraging the children to notice speed, volume and mood. We also include clapping in different rhythms, recognising familiar tunes played on the oboe and singing, often in two parts (with the help of the staff!) Sessions last for about 30 minutes and are always enjoyable, lively and very energetic with everyone, including all the staff, joining in and having lots of fun.
Gardening and Nature - We grow fruit and vegetables which are included on the snack trays. We observe how plants grow by putting seeds in jars or bulbs in soil and watch the "roots and shoots" develop. In the Winter term we made peanut strings and apple rings for the local birds to feast upon.
Drama Workshops - we regularly hold ballet and drama workshops led by Lisa, one of our Mums, who organises the local pantomimes and Aviva from Fidgety Feet. The children have been having great fun dancing and acting out the stories. More sessions are planned for later this term.
Cooking and Baking - Various delights and treats are often made by the children at playgroup (most making it home to be sampled!). With the help of rota mums (and grandma's!), recent treats have included Jam Tarts and Rock Buns but my favourite were the Skiing Penguins for Christmas. It is all good messy fun, weighing out, cracking eggs, stirring, and even taste testing! Some children were 'better' than others at the latter! Turn taking plays a big part as the bowl goes round the table, ensuring everyone gets a fair chance. The children all seem to really enjoy the sessions and are very proud of what they take home.
As each half term starts the team sit down to plan the term. We always have planned activities, often chosen by the children. Planned activities have included Chinese New Year, recycling, super heroes and healthy eating.