We have had a busy year at Daisy Chain this year. We started in September with a selection of activities based on the Every Child a Talker statements which we use to help us assess children’s language development. Listening games, memory games and games to help us pronounce speech sounds clearly such as Kim’s game, Chatter Box and Silly Soup all contributed to the fun.
These were followed by Bear themed activities. Honey sandwich making, Ted’s Bake Off, sorting bears by size, sequencing the Goldilocks story and making bears from shapes.
We explored Autumn customs themed activities Bonfire night, Diwali hand patterns and paint blowing fireworks.
November found us Being Healthy. We talked about and tried printing with fruit, learnt about germs and hand washing, practiced our hand eye co ordination chopping vegetables for soup. talked about cleaning our bodies, and cleaning our teeth, thought about what makes a healthy lunch. We also worked on Weather themed activities making rainbows, looking at the water cycle and umbrellas.
By the time December arrived we were well in the throws of Christmas activities…. using presents to learn shapes, making paper chains, snowflake printing, rice crispy Christmas pudding cakes. pomanders from cloves and oranges (excellent for hand eye co- ordination).
We had our Christmas party which was enjoyed by all. Dave Hickory entertained us and Father Christmas arrived at the end to hand out gifts to all the children.
January found us trying out activities based on the book ‘Stick Man’, How my body works and also a Fantasy theme as the children were interested in magic stories and games. We made potions with fruit and flowers.
February brought a Super Hero theme followed by Under the Sea. The highlight of the Under the Sea theme was having real dead fish for the children to explore. Finding out that some of them have teeth and investigating their fins and tails.
The ladies worked creatively with the theme of Books in March. Dinosaurs and skeletons, sorting dogs by size, hungry caterpillars and spiders. We then had ‘Fun with Maths’ . Parking cars in numbered car park bays to help with number recognition, using triangles to make elephant puppets, using containers and rice to explore full and empty/ heavy and light and using shapes to make cat pictures. We also looked at clocks and the children were introduced to time related language..
Easter themed activities were then the order of the day. Matching egg patterns, Easter egg collage, chocolate nest cakes, sequencing the Humpty Dumpty story and using egg shells to make faces which grew cress hair. We had our Easter Bonnet Parade in the church as there is plenty of room there for family members to sit and watch the parade comfortably before joining in with the Easter Song time.
The Summer Term saw lots of sunny days, some were a little too hot! The children as always were taught the importance of sun cream and hats and the ladies made lots of shady areas in the garden. The Daisy Chain rule of ‘No hat, no garden’ was revisited along with other safety activities During ‘Safety Week’. Safety with tools, not touching hot and sharp objects, crossing roads safely and we talked about our bodies, saying ‘No’ and the NSPCC ‘PANTS’ rule and what is in your pants is private.
We had a little trip around the world as part of our ‘Are we there yet’ activities. We often focus on a world theme at this time as we have as a setting celebrated the United Nations Day of the Child at this time for a few years now. Also Children had been on holiday and for day trips and these activities encouraged them to talk about their experiences. We tried magnetic fishing, made passports, talked about transport and how we travelled to our holiday, made trains from shapes, made flags, talked about China, France and Australia and had a round the world animal scavenger hunt which helped us use and learn positional language such as at the top, behind and next to.
We practised our circus skills during the Carnival and Celebrations activities. The children were very interested in the fact that the Circus had come to town. Some of them passed the Big Top on the way to Daisy Chain. We made circus ponies, learnt balancing and throwing and catching skills, we did magic mark making, balloon printing and played with the magic cup and ball game.
During the last week of term we had Wizard of Oz role play in the garden. The older children in particular had enjoyed hearing various versions of the story. They particularly liked playing in the tower made from a large box.
We celebrated the end of term with our Disco day followed by our Leaver’s Party at Splodges Soft Play.