Outdoor Exploring in Foundation Stage!
The children have continued access to the outside environments. We are lucky to have two contrasting areas. The front grassed, wild 'Secret Garden'. At the back of the school there is a tradition hard surface large area for exploring den making, large water play, an old traditional walled, gated area for our mud kitchen and an undercover sand pit. Lots of creative space for busy minds!
The children have created a mini pond area with natural surroundings. They have been following the development of the frogspawn in the water and used fact books to understand the changes in the frog's development. The little garden has been a hive of activity, gardening, watering, potting on flowers and bird feeder making! The deconstruction area has been inventive with the children designing their ideas through their interests.
The children have started expanding their ideas in the outdoor areas. The little hut is now a building yard with sand cement and little bricks. The covered area is now housing deconstruction materials ready for imaginative creations! Outside the back door the children patiently transported many buckets of stones to create a stone garden ready for planting flowers, growing potatoes and creating a small wild pond. the mud kitchen continues to ignite language and cooperative skills with gooey compost pies and gritty mud drinks.
It has been an exciting week sorting out the new pop up shop. The children used single pennies to find different ways of paying 4 p for hot chocolate and a biscuit. The larger blackboards have been used for big brushing and rolling with water. The water area has been creatively used by the children to channel water in different ways. Here are some pictures of our activities.
All the children have visited Elmswell farm this half term. they had a fantastic introduction to the farm by Tractor Shane and farmer John. Here are some pictures of all the classes getting busy on the farm.
We harvested our potatoes planted last year and made some into potato print shapes. The children have all been introduced to the 'changing hut' which stores all the waterproofs for the mud kitchen and big water play area. We have been supporting children in getting changed into their outfits and have been impressed by the independence and perseverance of children!
The children have been exploring the effects of a sudden down pour of rain and have mixed paints and bubbles in giant puddles!
The tyres have been popular to roll and build with. Next week the big water area is ready to explore with its big water tubs, drain pipes and brushes!
The drain pipes were used in a very creative way this week - used to transport water, to test the speed of toy cars and tennis balls and even to see which pebble would travel the furthest. When it rains a tarpaulin makes a wonderful den. Here are some more great pictures from the last week.
3rd - 7th July
The love of mini beasts continued this week. Lots of children had various insects out of play dough and put them in the front garden.
The local snails were again much loved and studied - they are starting to become a part of the FS!
The discovery of this ladybird also made us realise that the strange creature we found a few weeks ago was actually a young ladybird. Here are some pictures from the last week.
26th- 30th June
On the only sunny day of the week, many children went into the front garden bug hunting. They used pooters to suck up bugs into collecting jars, they shook the hedge onto a sheet to see what insects fell out but the main activity was looking for snails.
The children even named some of the snails - Speedy, Boris, Mon, Sammy and even Elvis!!!!!
At the end of the day Mrs.J had to really convince some children that the snails would be happier outside in the garden rather than go home in a book bag.
It was also nice to see things like sock puppets and kites made in the workshop also be tested outside.
On Friday the whole school had a creative arts day. The main focus in FS was the circles of Kandinsky. As well as concentric circles, where better to try out the technique of splatter painting? The children had a great time and some wonderful artwork was produced.
19th - 23rd June
The week started in a blaze of heat and sunshine. The children found ways to keep themselves cool and when that failed Mrs.Syrett turned on the hose pipe.
12th - 16th June
All three classes went to Elmswell farm this week and enjoyed glorious sunshine. The main theme was hunting for mini-beasts and studying them.They had a search on the ground and also put sheets under bushes, gave them a quick shake to see what insects dropped out. They all had a fabulous time.
When the sun shines, Mrs.Syrett can't resist cooling the children down with water. It wasn't the hose pipe this week it was water sprays.
5th - 9th June
Well, what a wet start to the week!! On Monday & Tuesday it never stopped raining. However, that did not stop the die hard brigade who took full advantage of the water and made an obstacle course for the water to go through.
With all the rain the plants have really grown. Insects are being drawn to the plants and also snails!
Here are some more pictures from the last week in the outdoor area.
22nd - 26th May
The sun came out at last! The excitement this week really came on Thursday when the temperature was very high and Mrs.Syrett turned the hose pipe on the children to cool them down.
The children also went into the front garden and used the musical instruments. Please provide a sun hat for your child for the next half term and apply plenty of sun block too as they love being outside in the nice weather.
15th - 19th May
The children always enjoy learning outside. This week was no different and when it wasn't raining the children had a whole class phonics session.
The tadpoles are still tadpoles and have been given some clean water so the children can see them clearer. The vegetables are growing even faster with all the rain - and with rain comes snails.........
8th - 12th May
The week started out really cold but by Wednesday the sun was shining again. The tadpoles are still quite little but we keep monitoring their progress. In the sandpit the children have been using natural materials to create small landscapes. The mud kitchen was popular this week also. Our keen gardeners are watching the progress of the seeds they have planted. Here are some pictures from the last week.
2nd - 5th May
When the sun shines the outdoor area is very popular. This week our budding gardeners tended to the vegetables. They have added more compost to the potatoes and have measured the growth made.
As we are now in May, the maypole was erected and the children learnt some traditional moves. There was also instruments outside so children could add their own accompaniment to the occasion. Here are some pictures from the last week.
25th - 28th April
Foundation Stage held their own Tour de Driffield in the playground. Thank you to everyone for bringing bikes and helmets.The weather was a little soggy at times but it didn't dampen the spirits. Here are a few photographs of the event.
Spring Term 2017
3rd - 7th April
It was really nice to see so many parents come for Play n Stay this week - lots of people found themselves outside in the mud kitchen and using the gloop tray.
We plant pots are full of flowers and the sensory garden is starting to come to life. The children are still on tadpole watch and we are sure they will see a difference after the holidays too. The children enjoyed taking their RE learning to the woods this week. Here are some photographs from the last week of term.
All the classes had a fantastic time at Bempton. The RSPB staff were wonderful and we did lots of great activities and saw different birds. The main focus was the Gannet and it was amazing how close some of them were. Each child will get a token to go over the Easter holidays which allows one adult and one child free entry.
27th - 31st March
Its a busy time of year for budding gardeners. The children have been planting potatoes and salad leaves and are looking forward to seeing them grow. And of course to eating them in a few months!
20th - 24th March
Breaking news!!!!! The frogspawn has finally hatched into tadpoles and the children were very excited. They have been observing them very closely and can see the wiggling tails.
The sunny weather has meant the outside area has been well visited this week. We keep feeding the birds who visit the playground, the mud kitchen is in full swing and its amazing what gets made using tyres and crates. Here are some pictures from the last week.
13th - 17th March
The weather was beautiful this week and the outdoor area became quite busy! Some children used the mud kitchen - they know to put on the additional waterproofs to keep their clothes clean, it can get quite....muddy!
The pop up cafe continues to be very popular and a great way for children to count coins. The Frogspawn hasn't changed yet but the children keep a very close eye out. Here are some more pictures from the last week.
6th - 10th March
Every day there is a maths activity for the children to complete. This week children were challenged to make themselves into a human number line to 20.
Frog watch continues - nothing to report back yet but our little nature detectives are keeping an eye out for changes!
The weather was beautiful this week and some even went out without their coats on one day! Here are some more pictures from the last week in the outdoor area.
27th - 3rd March
It was a very busy week outside. The first excitement was that Mrs.Percival brought in a bucket of jelly! Or was it? After a closer look some of the children realised it was frogspawn. They then helped to create a new home by adding pebbles and sticks. Over the next few weeks they will observe the changes.
Children are brilliant at solving problems. As adults we need to step back and see how they are going to tackle it. This week a group of children wanted to move a very heavy rock to the other side of the area - how could they do it?
Some children really look for solutions to their problems and are very practical in their approach. If you want to lift your water pipes...... build columns!
Mrs.Chapman had a pancake race outside where the children had to run and flip at the same time. They recorded their results to find the champion. On Friday the pop up cafe appeared again - this time served by an alien in underpants! Here are some more pictures from the previous week.
13th - 17th February
In the water area this week the children decided to make a really long tunnel of water. They realised they would have to lift one end. After testing it a few times and noticing where the leaks were they also realised they had to overlap the pipes in a certain way. This isn't just fun it is the early stages of science and maybe the civil engineers of the future!
Many of the pebbles have letters written on them. Some boys went scurrying around until they could spell out their names.
On Friday, Mrs.Chapman came dressed as her second profession - farmer. She brought a beautiful little lamb who was only a week old.
Here are some more pictures from the last week in the outdoor area.
6th - 10th February
The pop up cafe on Wednesday was as popular as ever. This week the children had to buy 3 items - hot chocolate, marshmallows and a biscuit. The sight of a few snow flakes made the outdoor area very popular again. Every day phonics and maths activities are done outside - its good to take learning out of the classroom.
30 - 3rd February
A hive of activity in the outdoor area this week! Some children enjoyed playing skittles, they had to count how many they had knocked over and keep a tally - maths and cooperation!
As part of the RSPB Big Bird Watch, Mr.Stead came in to school and we helped to make some bird boxes. This week we spotted Blackbirds and Great Tits in our outdoor area. The food had been eaten too.
Role play is a very important part of learning. Recreating roles and making up stories helps build imagination, cooperation and other social skills. Observing children in their play gives a great insight into their characters.
Here are some more pictures from the last week.
As the adults moaned and groaned about de-icing cars, cold weather and slippery roads there was much excitement in the outdoor area. If you are 4 or 5 ice is brilliant and causes a lot of fascination.
Children love looking at the bubbles within the ice and their questions form early scientific enquiry. How does the water turn to ice? What are those bubbles? How quickly will it melt?
As part of the RSPB Big Bird Watch we are trying to entice birds into our area and also observe the ones that do. The children have been making feeders from lard and seed and hanging them around for the birds to find. It was amazing to see a little Robin visit us , he was tiny compared to the pigeon.
The very British art of making an orderly queue was evident this week when Mrs.Syrett and Mrs.Lock opened the outdoor cafe on Wednesday. This week it was 3 items - hot chocolate, a marshmallow and a biscuit. Again the children had to add up the items and give the correct amount of money to get the snack.
As some of the children had said they want to be a motor bike rider when they grew up, Mr & Mrs Lock (and son Martin) came to talk to the children about looking after their bikes and riding safely. It was an exciting end to a very busy week.
Here are some more photos from the last week in the outdoor area.
16th - 20th January
More rain this week. It gave us a great opportunity to practise colour mixing outside with powder paint and brushes.
Some children worked together to make a wonderful small world area.
On a Wednesday Mrs.Syrett and Mrs.Lock set up their outdoor cafe. This week it was hot chocolate and a biscuit. The aim is for the children to buy the items by using maths knowledge. So a drink was 3p and a biscuit was 2p. They had to work out what 3p+2p made altogether and then they had to give Mrs.Lock the correct amount of coins to earn the snack. Next week it will be a different amount.
Here are some more action packed pictures from the last week in the outdoor area.
9th - 13th January
What a mixed bag the weather was this week!
Monday saw very heavy rain but this certainly didn't stop the children putting on their wellies and waterproofs! They used powder paint and the rain to make patterns on the ground.
The strong wind always makes children excitable, this week they made their own kites from bags and string to test how strong the wind was. Fortunately nobody blew away.
The week ended with snow. As the adults struggled with travelling on the roads to work there was much excitement from the children at the sight of the white stuff. Here are some pictures from the last week.
4th - 6th January 2017
Whatever the weather the children will still go outside so please ensure your child has warm and waterproof clothing with them. Please can hats and gloves be named as we always seem to have a huge pile of homeless ones at this time of year.
5th - 9th December
Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! The children were very excited to see the ice on Monday, it had frozen in the water area. The children decorated half bottles and used them to blow glittery bubbles out of them. Swift lesson in blowing not sucking was given!
28th Nov - 2nd December
Lots of learning and fun was had outside this week. The children played bowls and had to take turns and keep scores - the competition became quite serious!
There is always a varied amount of role play going on outside, its nice to see children using their imaginations. Here are some more pictures from the last week.
The rain certainly came down on Monday and the children loved it! They added washing up liquid to the puddles and made a very bubbly mess!
On Tuesday the children had a very long game of hide and seek - some rules had to be taught but they had great fun. Everywhere you looked there were children squashed into little spaces.
14th - 18th November
The main focus outside this week was using paints to help with letter formation. It got quite messy but the children really enjoyed themselves.
7th - 11th November
The weather has certainly turned wintry but some children will go outside whatever the weather. With all 3 classes going to Elmswell this week (See our FS forest school page) the children had more room to move. These boys are really getting into making a vehicle and then role playing.
31st Oct - 4th November
Using your imagination and the different equipment outside is always a focus of the children's play and learning. They work together to create different worlds and scenarios and also negotiate with others when sharing the resources.
Mrs.Syrett organised a conker competition which was very popular! There was interest in the number area outside and a large cardboard box will always make a good den! The mud kitchen is as gooey as ever too. Here are some more photographs from the last week.
17th - 21st October
This week we dressed up as Super Hero's outside. We got some spare felt and cut out eye holes.
The mud kitchen has been a popular choice this week - we make sure we are suitably dressed before entering this section!
10th - 14th October
Outdoors learning is very important and we use this area for many activities including maths and phonics. We often see the early stages of science and problem solving in this area and the rain certainly set a challenge for some.
How do we test the depth of the water to make sure it won't go over our wellies? How can we make the puddle deeper to splash in?
In maths we have been matching numerals to objects. Using autumnal objects has been a focus outside.
Writing isn't just on paper with pencils. Chalks on a large scale help develop motor skills for the writing process.
Some of our adventures outside during our first week!
Summer Term 2016
This week has been Spirituality Week. We have been reflecting on our memories of the year. We explored different ways of understanding what makes us special and unique. The reflection area inside was very beautiful. It had a bubble tube and whale song playing. We sat inside a tented area with cushions, rugs and twinkling lights. We wrote our ideas down and placed them on the bubble tube. Outside we took part in different activities in the new front grass garden and said prayers.
The potatoes are nearly ready to harvest, the children are so excited! We are going to estimate how many each bag will have and find the biggest and smallest potato! Mrs Magin and Ms Chambers have been planting the salad crops and flowers in the new front area.
The children have been making police cars and jails! Ms Chambers was put in jail for putting a skipping rope in her pocket! We have also been using the pebbles in different ways.
Please look at our news and photographs page for slideshows of our trip to Elmswell Farm.
A fantastic week outside with our new building site role-play. The 'builders' have been busy making sand cement and working together to move bricks and build different structures. Here is a short video about their activity.
When the bricks were moved from the mudkitchen area, some woodlice and slugs wriggled out. The children investigated how they moved and counted their legs. They decided to remake a small stone house for them. The boys were very excited to use the small writing books and used them in their games.
Thank you for your plant donations, our raised bed is looking really good and the children have loved ;learing about gardening. Please keep your donations coming in.
Mr Stead made a new Maypole and we added music and sleigh bells to create a wonderful May Day experience. The visiting parents and children really enjoyed joining in!
The kitchen has started to be built and the children created their own building site which is being continually adapted to reflect what is happening in front of them.
It was a week of exploring different ways to move around the outdoors and making small challenges for each other to complete. The children problem solved and shared ideas well and modified their plans as they went along.
The sun has continued to shine and the children have deepened their understanding of the seaside role-play. Seaweed and creatures have joined the area and children have been exploring across the sea on their crate boats using spades as oars! The water area has been used as a science experimental station to find out just how high water can fly when blocks are dropped at different heights. A new campsite has been opened on the green, we tried to fit lots of children inside and had to adapt the design as it fell down!
What a lovely start to the Summer Term! The children were very excited by their Holiday theme that they created a seaside under the canopy using the stones and sand. The crates became small boats with sails made from broom handles and cloth.
Spring Term 2016
It was a chilly day for the annual celebration of egg rolling. We had some super boiled speedy eggs with lots of cheering and enthusiasm from the children!
Finally the sun came out and warmed us all up! The children suggested a picnic outside and so we moved some of the snack to a lovely table. The children were also curious about the plants growing in the tubs and asked if they could plant some seeds. The pots and compost were carefully counted out and the children worked really well together in their 'mini garden club'.
Oh yes, it did rain a little bit too!
Water, water everywhere! The weather is constantly challenging the children. So much snow last week and now a lot of rain! The puddles got bigger and bigger and the children loved jumping and splashing working together to have lots of fun outside.
We have been really excited outside because it started to snow really big flakes of snow! The children explored and were amazed by how different everything looked. Mrs Chapman brought in her farm animals, there were 2 calves, a ewe and her lamb. We found out a lot about the animals. Thank you Mrs Chapman.
Outside we have been exploring number lines. The children had to work together to solve addition challenges using their bowling alley! They really worked well together cheering each other on and supporting their adding skills using the skittles to help them.
We also continued to make dens, hola hoop and feed the wild birds.
Another challenge this week has been to create a car using the same number of tyres each side. The children were able to practise their double numbers.
This week the children have been making special bird cake and fat balls using fat, seeds and a pine cone. The birds have started to visit the feeding area, but we must remember to be quiet so they stay!
As part of Chinese New Year, the children made a dragon and a lion. They danced outside and visited the children inside too.
Lots of exploring outside this week. The wind remained and so more kites were made, but this time the children investigated the best places to power their kites as high as they would fly!
The children have also become interested in bird watching and have made a bird hide from camouflage net, tyres and drain pipes. We are excited that the flower bulbs have started to emerge and there really are some signs of Spring! We had a lovely visit from Maisie the dog too!
The weather has returned quickly to windy and wet and children have been investigating making their own bubble wands. The mud kitchen has been busy with children using leftover ice to mix potions.
An exciting change in the weather this week, SNOW! Some of the children had said they had not really seen snow before and everyone had a quick explore and tried to catch a snow flake on their tongue! it was very col over the week and the ice was to break and crunch up!
What a soggy start to the new year! It didn't stop the fun of outdoor busy time! The children have enjoyed investigating mixing colours with big brooms and glitter. We have been building shelters, space ships and race cars with crates and tyres. The mud kitchen was very busy with the children creating new mud and leaf potions and paint. The sun did come out, however briefly, on the Friday and was celebrated by the children with lots of jumping bean games!
Autumn Term 2015
10 – 12 – 15
The children are full of Christmas cheer! They decided that they would like to make a Christmas tree out of natural materials and decorate it with shiny objects like in the story – ‘The Magic of Christmas.’ The children pretended to be the forest animals and acted out the story beautifully.
Some children created chimneys by placing tyres on top of one another. They took turns to be Father Christmas and they popped out of the chimney singing “When Santa got stuck up the chimney….”
Also, the children received a letter from Father Christmas stating that his elves have been going into the outdoor area at night to make lots of presents. He explained that the elves became very cold during the night - so he asked if it would be possible for our children to build the elves a shelter to make the toys. Our children were extremely happy to oblige! They built a cosy shelter for the elves to work in. I wonder if the cheeky elves will leave some surprises for the children!
Lots of children have had fun building Santa’s sleigh! They thought that it would be a great idea to hide inside large boxes and pretend to be one of Santa’s presents inside his sack. They shouted “Surprise!” and “Merry Christmas!”
Lots of children are enjoying playing traditional playground games such as Duck, Duck, Goose and Grandmother’s Footsteps.
2 - 12 - 15
“It’s Raining, It’s Pouring…..” We love playing in the rain! The children have become very skilled at putting on their waterproof clothes and making sure that they are protected from the elements! A group of children became fascinated by the rain water that dripped off our canopy. They decided to catch the raindrops in different sized buckets and pans – wonderful sounds – “plip, drop, splish!” The children thought about how long it would take to fill the containers. Then they decided to mix the rainwater with the sand to make cement! Some children used the mixture and a trowel to build strong houses.
Other children decided that they would like to build a cosy den to shelter from the rain!
Some children were interested in the flow of the water. They followed the stream of water and watch it disappear down the drain. Where does the water go next? We found huge puddles in our outdoor area and we jumped in them – splash!
We scattered different coloured powder paint on our outdoor area and we used a yard brush to mix the powder paint with the rain water – we made super pathways. Then the colours began to merge and change colour – amazing! Also, we added washing up liquid to the mixture and brushed the floor. There were bubbles everywhere! The bubbles looked like a sea of snow. The children pretended that they were on a ski slope and used ski poles to push themselves down the course. Then they decided to make it harder by introducing weaving poles. The children timed each other to find out who was the fastest skier. They used chalk to record the results on the wall. It felt like we were in Switzerland!
26 - 11 - 15
We have introduced the children to a variety of traditional games in the outdoor area. The children have particularly enjoyed playing Grandmother’s Footsteps and The Hockey Cockey. They are beginning to play the games without an adult leader – great confidence!
The children have noticed that letters of the alphabet have been written on the stones in the large tyres. They are working with their friends to identify the different letters. Some children are making words by placing stones together – fun – they are challenging their friends to read the words that they have made!
A group of children have been particularly enthused by the topic – Batman – this week. So, we decided to make a bat mobile! Many children made bat capes and we can safely say that we had more than 20 Batmen and Batwomen running around our outdoor area saving Gotham City! Next, the children made a bat cave so the batmen and batwomen had a base to talk about what they were going to do next. Another group of children decided that they would like to pretend to be the baddies and they planned and created their hideout. The children carried out their batman/women role-play in a controlled and friendly way.
19 - 11 - 15
Another windy week! The children thought about what they could do on a windy day. Some children decided to go to the workshop to design and make paper kites. The children ran around the outdoor area to try and make their kites take flight. Other children preferred to create large fabric flags and enjoyed waving them in the wind. We watched the ripple effect that the wind had on the flags.
During the week, the children found various wild animals that needed attention in our outdoor area. They found a badger with a broken leg and a duckling that had been involved in a car accident. The children carefully picked up the wild animals with gloves and took them to the Animal Rescue Centre for medical attention. Also, we created a wet sand area in the outdoor area. The children talked to each other and made great attempts to mould safe areas for the wild animals to live in. One child made a burrow for wild rabbits to live in and another child created a bat cave.
This week the children have had the opportunity to play parachute games. They now understand that they have to work as a team and listen carefully inorder to play the games successfully.
12 - 11 - 15
The beginning of the week was quite windy so the children decided to make kites. They made the kites out of different coloured paper and attached string. The children were overjoyed when they saw their kites flying above their heads. The mud kitchen is becoming a very popular attraction. The children know that they have to put on full sleeved waterproofs to protect their school clothes! Many children have created delicious stews and soups in saucepans – fantastic stirring actions!
The obstacle courses created by the children are becoming more difficult. This week the children had to crawl along a tunnel, jump over small fences and weave in and out of cones. Some children thought that we could time how long it takes to complete the course.
The children created a huge rocket using the crates, benches and tyres. Many children decided that they would like to visit the moon for a short time and meet strange and wonderful aliens. Some children tried to demonstrate to their friends how spacemen and women walk on the moon – wonderful!
A group of children decided that they would like to investigate percussion instruments. Firstly, we talked about the names of the different instruments and the action needed to play them. The children decided which sounds they liked the most. Next, the children worked together to create an orchestra and played their instruments together – Mrs Thackray enjoyed dancing to the music. We decided that we needed a conductor to signal the orchestra to start and stop. Suddenly, the children stood up and created a marching band!
Shiver my timbers! We have pirates in our outdoor area! The children decided to make a big pirate ship using crates and tyres and tarpaulin. The pirates set sail for a desert island looking for buried treasure. They had to overcome various obstacles including sharks and crocodiles in the water! One pirate asked if there was a toilet on the pirate ship!!! Quickly, the children created a toilet by creating a stack of tyres – perfect! However, another pirate observed that the toilet was blocked! Oh dear! Thankfully, one of our pirates is a fully trained plumber and he was able to unblock the toilet. (Fantastic storytelling!)
On Thursday, the children changed the pirate ship into a dinosaur. They were challenged to try and keep the dinosaur happy. They decided to feed the dinosaur eggs and leaves. They took the dinosaur for a walk and read him a story. He fell fast asleep quite quickly!
On Tuesday afternoon the children went for a walk to Kings Mill. They put on their waterproof clothes and wellington boots with very little help. The children were asked to look for signs of Autumn. Firstly, the children noticed that the weather was much colder and the day was very foggy! Also, they noted that the leaves had become yellow, red, orange and brown. In fact, there were more leaves on the floor than on the trees. The children collected leaves and described the different shapes and colours. Some children pointed out the red berries growing on the bushes. They were hoping to catch a glimpse of a squirrel or a hedgehog or a badger but they were all hiding! We did manage to see some ducks and swans. The children really enjoyed exploring the area and asked to come back another day!
22 - 10 - 15
We made amazing tunnels using tyres! The children created tunnels that spread across the outdoor area. They pretended that they were animals in their burrows such as rabbits and badgers. Some children decided that they wanted to hide in vertical tunnels - they were quiet for a very long time! Other children created networks of a different kind using rail tracks. They created huge railways lines and talked to each other about where they were going on the trains. It is fantastic to see children working together so well. Also, many children are enjoying creating shows for other children to watch that include singing and dancing. We have great manners and always clap at the end of the performance!
15 - 10 - 15
The children have had great fun in our outdoor area despite the grey skies and wet weather. They have been creating obstacles course for each other – very tricky! We have been climbing, weaving, jumping, crawling, pulling and pushing. The children are showing great confidence to make their way from one to the other.
Also, lots of children have been creating dens out of crates, tyres and tarpaulin. They have made big dens, small dens, high dens, low dens and cosy dens. It is amazing what kind of adventures children can have inside their dens.
8 - 10 - 15
The children have been exploring our outdoor water area this week. They have been practising putting on their waterproof clothes and wellies – not an easy task! The children have been positioning plastic gutters and drainpipes at different levels to investigate the flow of the water – fascinating. Some children have used brushes to create different water patterns on the school walls, whilst others have been investigating bubbles.
Lots of children have enjoyed building large scale fire engines out of the crates and tyres. The fire engines have been used as props for some fantastic role play. The teacher shouted “Fire! Fire!” and the fire fighters climbed on board the engine and drove at high speed to help calm the situation. Some children found a pipe and used it as a fire hose whilst others used red cones to show the raging fire. Thankfully we have such a great firefighting team at Driffield infants that all the fires were put out quickly and no one was harmed!
2 - 10 - 15
The children have enjoyed seeking out minibeasts in our outdoor area. They have observed the way the creatures move. The children decided that they would like to build hotels for them out of natural materials. We would be grateful if you could find any twigs, pine cones, moss..... and send them to school to help with our project. Some children have created fantastic signs for our minibeast hotels.
Also, the children have been thinking about large scale projects. They have used the tyres to make huge mountains and volcanoes. The children have had great fun climbing to the top! Perhaps we have a young Ranulph Feinnes in our school!
The children have enjoyed exploring the large playground to demonstrate their physical abilities. They have practised running, jumping and skipping skills. Some children asked to demonstrate their football skills - wow!
23 - 9 - 15
We are having great fun in our outdoor area! The children decided to develop their own emergency services - making the school an even safer place to be! We made a call centre out of tyres and plastic sheets. There are people answering the telephone and writing down important details. Also, we have policemen/women and firefighters who are always ready to save the day! They know that they need to act fast! The children used jelly paints to create swirls of yellow, red and orange on the playground floor – “Wow, it looks like a real fire – get the hoses out!”
Also, the children have been fascinated by some natural visitors to the outdoor area. Lots of spiders could be seen wondering around our benches and garden area. Some children followed the spiders to find out where they were going and others decided the look more closely at them using magnifying glasses. On Friday, a beautiful partridge flew to the top of our school roof and peered down at us all! The children thought about why it had decided to come to our school!
Summer Term 2015
6th - 10th July
On Monday Y1&2 went to Bridlington for the Little Big Sing so we had the school all to ourselves! Not shy in coming forward we burst out into the big playground.
Mrs.Atkinson has painted the wall and it looks great. We also had 2 tadpoles turn into frogs which they named Dave and Steve. Mrs.Percival has now released them into her pond
29th - 3rd July
The sun certainly had its hat on this week and so did many of the children. The outdoor area was certainly popular!
At the start of the week the children tried out lots of different tubes and pipes to see if they could blow bubbles.
We opened the front area up on Friday which was popular and the children enjoyed sitting under the willow shelter. It was very warm and many moved their activity into the shade.
On Friday afternoon FSU suddenly became very deserted - when suddenly we heard lots of screams of joy..........
Mrs.Syrett loves to have fun outside, a hose and lots of excitable and hot children - what more can you ask for?
22nd - 26th June
What a mixed bag the weather has been this week! The outside area has been very busy with lots of activities going on. We have noticed that the fruit gets eaten very quickly if we take it outside - so we set up a writing area and hey presto - that's popular too!
Mrs.Syrett is such an animal lover. We think she should be called the Bee Whisperer! The children found a bee stumbling across the tarmac, after a close look at it, they tried to perk it up with some sugar water.
With the sunnier weather the water area had lots more visitors. Some children enjoyed painting outside with different objects - and of course getting quite messy as well.
We have also been doing PE outside this week. We have learnt how to stand and put our hands to catch a ball - with varied success!
The tyres get used for all kinds of things from dens, to roads, to sit on vehicles. Sometimes they are perfect for a quick rest.
Here are some more great pictures from the week. Please make sure your child has a sun hat and some sun cream on - the forecast is pretty sunny for next week.
Well, the weather has been a bit dull this week. However the suns strength comes through and both Mrs.Jackson and Mrs.French noticed they had glowing faces at the end of Thursday. PLEASE make sure your child has some sun block on, especially if you know they are the outdoors type!
We've had lots of children visiting from the Pre- Schools this week so it has been difficult to take any photos. Needless to say, the area has been well used.
8th - 12th June
The inside areas were eerily quiet this week, this was due to a class being on a trip Wed - Fri and also the lovely summer weather has drawn the children outside. Please ensure your child has sun block on and a sun hat (Mrs.J managed to burn her feet on Thursday!).
Skipping has been very popular this week, whether solo skipping or with friends. Mrs.Syrett showed the children how it was done and some became very good at it!
Many children have been making roads and tracks for cars and trains, it is nice to see cooperative playing and role play. Sand has been popular and using the mud kitchen. On Friday there was some excitement as the police helicopter kept hovering over the top of us!
And at the end of a long, warm day there is nothing more welcoming than an ice lolly!
1st - 5th June
This week we took inspiration from the book "The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch".
The children had to find a way of transporting the picnic basket across the area without it touching the ground.
18th - 22nd May
You may wonder how much use the waterproof clothing is at this time of year - well, after Mondays down pours and the following photographs I think you will realise they are essential!
A May pole appeared this week. Mrs.Stead and Mrs.Chambers tried to teach the children how to dance around the May pole. It was a popular activity this week.
On a Friday we try and introduce some wacky science lessons. This we hope will help children to question the world around them, introduce them to science and hope they might go and explore further.
This week we focused on Chemistry and Physics.
One task was to see the reaction between a bottle of diet coke and a packet of Mentoes.
If you want to try this at home you need DIET coke and either fruit or mint mentoes. Remove a little coke from the top and then quickly put as many mentoes as possible into the bottle - then stand well back!
We also observed what happens when you mix bicarb of soda with vinegar. We also added a little red food colouring as well.
Finally we tested some balloon rockets. We used a long balloon and a straw attached to lengths of string. We had to predict which would go furthest - the sloped string or the level string. We also tested what would happen if we tried to send it uphill! There was lots of scientific discussion going on about slopes and how much air was in the balloons.
Here are some more photos of the past week in the outdoor area.
11th - 15th May
Due to the sunny (if cool) weather, the outside area has been very popular this week.
Just like the play-dough inside the mud kitchen cooks up some unappetizing treats.
The tadpoles are still tadpoles though they are getting bigger. Lots of children are trying to hoola-hoop, 4 hoops is still the FS records held by Emily.
As the weather is getting warmer, children take their jumpers off. PLEASE can you ensure that their names are clearly written into them. Here are some more photos of the children in the outdoor area.
5th - 8th May
Tadpoles - still tadpoles. Though the water is looking a little murky!
The hoola hoops were popular this week. Some children are really good at it. 4 hoops at once is the current record though some tried for 6.
Its amazing how creative the children can be with sand, stones and a tube or pipe.
27th - 1st May
Tadpole update - they are still tadpoles! Mrs.P says they take around 12 weeks until they turn into frogs, the children keep looking for any changes.
This week we had sleet, rain and sun. On Friday Mrs.Stead and Mrs.Syrett set up a Tour de Yorkshire track with the children using scooters and waving flags. The sand and water remain as popular as ever as do the pebbles.
20th - 24th April
The weather has been fantastic this week (except on Thursday morning for play and stay - bbbrrrrrr!)
The tadpoles are swimming merrily around and the children are watching there progress closely.
Sam & Sam made a fabulous car out of crates and tyres, the wooden blocks remain popular and are used in many role play activities. The nice weather has made the outdoor area very popular this week.
Meanwhile in the front garden the Squirrels took advantage of the sun to have a "lets find out something new" session.
We drew around our shadows and wrote our names in water on the floor. When we came out an hour later we found something puzzling had happened!
We discovered our shadows didn't fit in the chalk outlines any more - but why? Have the chalk figures moved? Is it the sun that has moved? Can you find out the answer for next week?
We also saw our names had disappeared, the ideas and knowledge were very interesting. So we looked at a simple form of the water cycle and learnt a new very grown up word - EVAPORATION!
What a lovely sunny start to the summer term.
The children were eager to see how the frog spawn was progressing - there are now lots and lots of tadpoles swimming about.
Some children can be very inventive. Benjamin invented a game where you had to take turns to balance stones on Mrs.Syrett's hands. The one who made them topple off lost the game.
Spring Term 2015
Sun, rain, wind and sleet hit us this week but the FS children always ignore the weather conditions and get very busy indeed in the outside area. After the visit by Mr.Wynn and his fossils, the children became archaeologists and carefully went to the dig site to see what they could uncover.
The children are keeping a close eye on the frog spawn. They were very excited to see some tiny tadpoles had emerged.
Friday was the annual egg rolling event. An eggy aroma wafted throughout the unit. Perfect weather conditions, preparations had been made, rules had been laid down. Mrs.Jackson was head judge and commentator , Mrs.Percival the prize keeper, Mrs.Chambers lead photographer (in case of a photo finish), Mrs.Stead head of first aid, Mrs.French in charge of winners enclosure and Mrs.Syrett led on the crowd with cheering and clapping.
First up the Squirrels ......
Next up was the Hedgehogs!
And finally the Badgers! Mrs.French was very excited.
Then, we had a champions of champions chucky egg challenge.
And finally some more images from the week. Don't forget to check your wellies and bring them back after Easter.
The stones are certainly a big hit with the children, this week they found ways of moving them from one tyre to another!
The week ended with much anticipation over the solar eclipse. The children had the talk about not looking at the sun as it will damage your eyes. Some used a colander, others paper with a hole in (pinhole camera effect). It was a little cloudy but quite a momentous occasion.
9th - 13th March
This week we had to prepare for some new arrivals in the outdoor area.
The pipes are used for water activities and den making, but this week one group of friends found a different use.
Perseverance is our value this term. These aspiring builders certainly showed that. Not only did they transport them around the playground but they produced a fantastic wall.
Here are some more photos from the past week.
2nd - 6th March
This week we helped to make a pebbled area, this gives the children different textures and shapes to play and explore in. It was hard work, we washed the pebbles and then we had to transport them to the area!
We also have an area with soil in that the children can dig in and explore. Some of the plants are starting to grow as well.
Here are some more photographs from this week in the outdoor area.
Our waterproofs certainly came in handy this week especially on Thursday! Lots of children made dens.They worked together and made some amazing shelters.
Its not just inside where cooking takes place. Some children used the mud kitchen this week.
We had some instruments outside, we could really make some noise!
The water area is an important feature of our outside play. Children work together solving problems and creating scenarios. This is the early understanding of physics and capacity.
Here are some more images from the week showing what the children have been doing.
9th - 13th February
Some children just love being outside and getting busy! The outdoor area is used for all kinds of activities. We use it for number games and phonic activities. Its fun to use different mediums to practise our skills.
We like to make up games with our friends too. This little group were experimenting with hoops to see if they could roll them on a wobbly line. They also tried to knock each others hoops over mid flight.
Some children have been builders this week and have made patterns using the bricks.
The large wooden blocks were taken outside this week and lots of children worked with their friends to build models and such.
We found Mrs.Percival outside this week, she was painting a piece of wood. We aren't quite sure what she is up to - she would only say "watch this space!"
Finally - here are some more pictures of the children learning through friendship and fun this week.
2nd - 6th February
Wow! We have certainly enjoyed the weather this week. On Monday we came outside to find that all the water troughs had frozen over. We realised that if we held it, it would eventually melt, we could see water bubbles in the ice as well. The ice was so thick Mrs.Kettlewell and the Robin class asked us to pass some into their classroom where they did an impromptu science experiment!
We used some powder paints outside in the snow to make patterns and foot prints.
This week we set up a small fire pit. In groups of 6 the children will be experiencing what the fire smells like, how it looks and feels (FROM A SAFE DISTANCE). Some children this week had crumpets toasted on the fire.
The children have had such a great week outside, some have learnt about how a simple water cycle works, every day they do a number activity and a phonics activity outside. Here are some great pictures taken over the week.
26th - 30th January
Brrrrrrrr, it's been a chilly week outside but that hasn't stopped us!
We decided we wanted to make a den using the large tarpaulin. We cleared an area and tied it up with string.
We thought we had done quite a good job until Ava and Edward had the brilliant idea of using a length of drain pipe to prop up the middle. Could these be the architects and civil engineers of the future?
A little group of friends spent quite a length of time pondering and reassessing how to make a great chute to send a ball down. They readjusted the tubes, worked together and realised that running after the emerging ball was tiring work so they found a bucket to catch it in.
The sand pit was used as the Atacama desert, these pink ladies made a little small world desert for Toby the penguin.
These girls had made themselves a kite in the workshop and came outside to test them. If bits of the kite didn't quite pass their quality testing, they went back and made amendments. They certainly showed the value of perseverance.
When we came outside in the afternoon on Thursday we saw a looming cloud.
Here is a selection of photographs from the past week showing how much fun and learning we have had.
January 19 - 23rd
Whatever the weather we love to go outside. Thank you to all the parents that have supplied their children with suitable waterproofs and wellies.
This week lots of children used the equipment to build a car. They chose different items and took it in turns to drive.
We are a very resourceful lot! We used tubes and pipes to push cars down and see how far they traveled. Not just fun - but the early stages of Physics and friction!
The sand and water continue to be popular and the children enjoy small world role play.
Autumn Term 2014
The children have continued to explore and investigate all areas outside. Below are some more pictures to show you just some of the things the children have been doing.
The outside area has been very popular this half term and children have continued to play outside whatever the weather!
The children have been involved in a range of activities including building dens, large water play, building with bricks and cement (sand and water), building obstacle courses, paint splatting and playing in the mud kitchen amongst many other things.
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Welcome to the Mud Kitchen. The children explore and investigates what happens when water and soil are mixed together. The children enjoy experimenting with natural resources. Ben is very focused using the new super kitchen water sprayer!
mrs Syret supported the children with making paint splatter pictures. They soaked the sponge and sent it down the tube on to the paper.
The children have been busy creating dens with nets, sheets, blankets, sticks, crates and giant cardboard tubes! we are really pleased with how the children have been working together and problem solving.
Using the bricks and making their own sand cement to make strong structures to build. The children explore different objects and textures to further their understanding to create from different materials.
The children have started to develop the growing area by sowing seeds, planting potatoes and flowers. Tesco kindly donated seeds for us to plant and we look forward to tasting our school grown produce.
The fascination with aliens has been evident outside this week. The children have been making alien obstacle courses and large rockets.
The children used tubes to make alien noises.
The children have loved the warm autumn we have had so far and the outside area has been very popular this term.
The children use the outside area both during taught time and during busy time. They have access to water, building materials, quiet and busy areas. They practice their fine and gross motor skills in a variety of ways.
As you can see in the images below the children are learning how to share and take turns when they play outside. They learn about risk taking and how to work together. The children's social skills improve when they play together outside as well as their scientific and mathematical development within concepts such as weight, capacity, gravity and measure.
Please can we have...
For our next topic outside we will need lots of logs, branches and twigs. We would also like some large rockery stones. Please speak to Mr Yeomans or Mrs Syrett for more information.
We would also like all children to bring in a carrier bag full of leaves. Please can you also talk to your child about leaves on the ground, why they are falling and autumn.