Chalfont’s Winter Wonders
What a busy month! We hope you enjoy our whistle-stop tour through November as we tell you about just some of our highlights!
Lighting up the darker skies this month were some of our amazing creations. We have had lots of fun with colour as we learnt about Fireworks night. For fireworks, we made some stunning glittery pictures, Catherine wheels with tissue paper, rockets with shapes, collages with pom-poms and string and some edible sparklers which the children loved. It also gave us a great opportunity to talk about fire safety too as we took part in a role play bonfire.
Nursery Rhyme Week is a great chance to instil the classics in our children. They love any chance to dance and sing and we had lots of activities and crafts too. We sat on the wall with Humpty Dumpty, visited the farm with Old McDonald and swam in the pond with 5 little ducks.
World Science day was lots of crazy experimental fun. We made erupting volcanoes with water bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar and food colouring. The children absolutely loved seeing the reaction – almost as much as the mess! We also learnt how to make milk plastic!
Remembrance Day is an important day in our November calendar. We made a beautiful poppy wreath using handprints. We also baked some lovely poppy biscuits. We went to the church and were able to put our wreath at the war memorial. We have talked to the children simply about the meaning behind it in a way that they can understand and appreciate, as well as the purple poppies for remembering the animals that died. We heard the cannon go off at 11am and the children observed the 2-minute silence so beautifully.
Forest School is an integral part of Footsteps Chalfont and we have been up to all sorts of things as we take our inspiration from nature. We have had fun with the last of the autumn leaves. As well as playing in them we were also able to collect them and use them for leaf printing in clay before drying and painting them.
As Kindness Day takes place on November the 13th it was the perfect opportunity to learn how to help others. A huge thanks to all our parents for their support as we raised money for Children in Need. We did some Pudsey finger printing, made Pudsey bear masks, collected spots with tweezers, made a Pudsey sponge cake and a giant collage!
The days are certainly shorter now, so November is an important time to learn about staying safe which we did during Road safety week. We made traffic light snacks with red pepper, carrots and cucumber. We also went to the village and practised our skills to cross the road safely – as well as learning to look for a zebra crossing. We made some big traffic light posters too just to remind us.
As we look to December we have already started our Christmas preparations – some are top secret!! We wrote letters to father Christmas and have started thinking about our Nativity performance. We are very excited about all the festive fun to come.