Chalfont Foot-Steps into Spring
We love springtime and all the amazing opportunities and themes it gives us to make learning fun and inspiring for our little chicks.
With Spring comes new life, and we have been busy enhancing our outside areas by planting seeds for new flowers and for vegetables. We were so proud of all the lovely growing language used by the children and the responsibility they have taken to keep them well watered. Spring has definitely sprung and we have also enjoyed pointing out all the new flowers, leaves, blossom and animals we have seen as we entered a news season.
Animals are always a brilliant way to engage and there has certainly been lots over the last few weeks.
Forest School is an incredible way to explore our outside area, have fun, get muddy, take calculated risks as we climb, use tools and play and to use natural resources to inspire our creativity. But it is best for BUG HUNTS!!! We loved digging in the mud and finding all sorts of new friends.
From wriggly worms to beetles, ants, slugs, frogs and woodlouse. The children watched them excitedly as they scurried and jumped around.
We have had all sorts of other animal adventures too. We rescued a very sleepy bee. We learnt about giving them sugar water, why bees are important in our gardens to make everything grow and put it in a safe space to recover.
Baby room enjoyed looking at peacocks and recreating their splendid tail feathers with coloured handprints. It was great to get really messy as they explored texture and colour. We also made some clay hedgehogs with sticks we gathered in Forest school
We rounded off our amazing animals with a very special visitor from a famous Bunny. He even left us something very egg-citing to find!
As ever we have been doing lots of cooking. This is such a fantastic way to practice so many of the skills we need to help nurture and develop. The children follow instructions, learn to share, pour, measure, mix, sprinkle, knead, fill, stir and so much more. It is also important that they understand where our food comes from. We have been very busy in the Footsteps kitchen and have made Easter biscuits, fruit kebabs, Easter cake, chocolate nests, and celebrated Carrot day with some carrot cupcakes.
We’ve also been busy working on other skills too as our free flow play has been filled with memory games, alphabet chains, mark-making, counting and measuring, painting, colouring, puzzles, building blocks, imaginative play and using the computers to play games and find out things too.
We can’t wait to see what other surprises Spring has in store!