A week of firsts

This week saw the Swans participate in both Muddy Monday and P.E for the first time. Both required the children to use their independency skills and practice getting dressed or undressed for themselves.

Muddy Monday
Today the children got dressed up in their waterproofs and wellington boots to venture outside into the forest school area. There was a lot of excitement as the children got dressed up ready to go. They sat down on the logs and used their senses to take in the environment around them. We went on a walk looking for the signs of Autumn, noticing the changing leaves and the berries growing. The children enjoyed their time outside and were disappointed when we had to return to the classroom.

Another first on Tuesday saw the children participate in P.E with Mr Gill. It took them a little while to get changed into their P.E kits and was a real test of their independency skills. They had to make sure all there belongs were put into their P.E bags so as not to get mixed up with anyone elses. Thank goodness most items of clothing were named and children went home with all their correct uniform. They did a really good job and impressed Mr Gill.

Our topic this week in Reception has been about hygiene and germs. We read the story about the little Princess who wanted to know why she had to wash her hands. The children were involved in several activities and experiments to show how germs can spread if we are not careful. Ms Andrews put glitter on her hands and pretended it was germs on her hand. Then she shook hands with the children. Before long most of the children had glitter on their hands too. We discussed the importance of washing our hands especially if we sneeze or cough and learnt how to make an elephant trunk so the germs are in the crook of our arms rather than on our hands.

We also did the bread experiment. Ms Andrews washed her hands and put a piece of bread into a clear zip lock bag. Then all the children touched a piece of bread and that was put into a clear zip lock bag too. These were placed on the window so the children could observe the changes that occurred. Children predicted what they thought the changes would be and also what they thought germs looked like.

Some of the activities the children have been involved in this week is using water pistols in the watertray pretending the squirts were sneezes, making germs out of playdough, counting germs, retelling the story and putting in actions, cleaning germs off hands and using the light table to trace pictures of germs.

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