Pre-school have been exploring animals as our recent topic and have been busy carrying out lots of different activities.
We started off with various different sensory activities such as:
We got very creative during this topic by:
During welcome times in the morning we have used the animal snap cards to compare the differences and similarities in the animals. We also had a visit from one of our parents who bought in a real life snake for the children to see! This was very exciting and the children learnt lots of new facts about snakes – what they eat, how they sleep, how long they live.
The children were very brave when holding or stroking the snake and were very surprised at how dry and cool the snake really felt. From this activity, some of the children bought in photographs of their own pets at home which they shared with their friends.
As part of our routine we carry out lots of PE sessions in pre-school. To adapt it to our topic we carried out a musical animal movement game in which the children had to show us their best dance moves and then when the music stopped we held a picture of an animal up and the children had to act out the movement of the animal. From crocodiles to elephants to penguins to big grizzly bears the children got very physical during this session and we even followed it on outside in the garden.
To end our busy topic we held a parent and carer Stay and Play event which was a Teddy Bears Picnic. The children all helped prepare the picnic by making their very own cheese or turkey sandwiches and also mixing all the ingredients to bake some very yummy teddy bear biscuits. In the afternoon the parents and carers arrived for an exciting bear hunt around the garden and then we came inside and sang our favourite songs.
We all sat down together with our teddy bears to eat all of our yummy tea. To end this we read a very exciting story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for the parents and carers. The children worked with lots of props and resources to engaged everyone. The children then all took part in acting the story out themselves and re-telling their story in their own ways.