The children enjoyed sharing their chatterbags at school. The chatterbags included information such as: pictures, objects collected, leaflets and toys from each child. Sharing the contents in small key worker groups has really developed the children’s confidence in Reception socialising with new peers making new friendships; allowing staff and children alike to get to know one another forming long lasting relationships.
We thouroughly enjoyed exploring the school grounds, the children appreciated observing nature, picking up different found items, natural and man made and discussing harvest after discovering pears and St Peters vegetable patch.
We watched how carrots were grown and harvested on farm to fork. We enjoyed using real tools to cut and peel vegetables. This took some concentrating and hand eye coordination to complete.
Pies, cupcakes, sprinkles and magic potions were all a talking point from this open ended messy mud activity. Mud is also an excellent medium for learning. The rich, engaging sensory play children partake in while playing with mud allows them to express their creativity while enhancing their fine motor skills. Children practiced social skills such as cooperation, negotiation, communication, and sharing as they worked together. Emergent math and science skills are practiced as children made before and after comparisons, solved problems, tested theories, and measured and counted ingredients for their mud pies. This is the scientific process in action!