Week Beginning 22nd May 2017…

Bunnies…

Joyful sounds of music and singing were heard from the Gibbon rooms all week, with the children dancing to several action songs like sleeping bunnies, sandy girl and wheels on the bus. With the lovely sunshine weather, we have this week, the dancing and singing fled onto the garden with some outdoor boogieing aswell. In creative play, the Gibbons have been experimenting with different methods of painting from ice painting with coloured ice using their hands to paint with to chalk painting using different coloured chalks rubbing on various textures like bark, cardboard, paper etc. The Gibbons are getting more and more independent in their creative style and its lovely to see them developing. The Gibbons mixed together vegetable oil, fairy liquid, sugar and water to make a pretty rainbow mixture. They blew it through straws blowing bubbles at each other and in the air watching them fly in the air and around the room. And in typical Gibbon fashion, they then poured the mixture all over themselves and on the floor and played in it. Another New addition to the Gibbon room with colourful hanging sticks with each Gibbons name on dangling over the Reggio Emilia corner.

Baboons go camping…

The Baboons went on a wild adventure to their makeshift campsite in the garden. Once outside, the Baboons built a tent using tarpaulin, planks of wood and tyres, getting together and problem solving ways to construct their new den. After tiring themselves out working effortlessly to assemble their masterpiece, the Baboons enjoyed some down time inside the tent reading stories, singing around the ‘campfire’ and talking about their camping experiences. Using the new natural paint brushes Carly has made, the Baboons created cool designs on their artwork using the leaves and branches to swirl around the assorted colours of paint. Scattering rice, herbs and lentils everywhere so the room was covered, the Baboons were lost in the creativeness chaos at the Reggio Emilia table. Getting ready for the transition from being Baboons to Gorilla’s, the children have been learning to recognise various letters and drawing them in flour with their fingers. During mark making play, the Baboons used the flour to try and write their names and their friends names, but ended with putting the flour mostly on each other’s faces typical Baboon style.

We do like to be beside the seaside…

The Gorillas acted out different role plays like building sandcastles and playing in the sea just like if they were down at the beach. The spoke about Brighton beach and the different textures you find like stones and sand maybe seaweed. The Gorillas listening to different sounds like the waves crashing or seagulls talking to make them feel like they were down the beach. Following Goldilocks and three bears story, the Gorillas constructed chairs from clay in the Reggio Emilia area. They made big chairs, medium sized chair and small chair just right for a little bear to sit on. We’re nearly in June and the beginning of school is fast approaching, so the pre-schoolers have been counting wooden blocks practising their maths skills aswell as sounding out objects in their phonics class, this week working on ‘g’ and ‘b’. The Natures Kids were very busy this week, making tipi’s up there using sticks and string, working together as a team. They also built bug traps using various materials such as planks of wood, tiles, sticks and mud, then went to find some insects to put in there and observe. The mud also came in use when it came to mud painting, they dug holes, filled bowls with soil and water then set about painting the platform that is being built. Ending with an explore around the allotment finding different habitats and animals, the Gorillas exhausted they ended their trip with singing songs in the mini bus back to the nursery.

We wish everyone a lovely bank holiday weekend, see you all next week.