Ladybirds Raffle – 9th March

We are going to be having a raffle at our Blue Owl Fundraising Event on Friday night. If you aren’t coming along but would like the chance to win some lovely prizes then raffle tickets can be bought from Ladybirds on Thursday and Friday this week, for £1 a strip. Prizes include jewellery, chocolates and wine.

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Blue Owl Pottery Painting Evening – 9th March

Bring your own wine and nibbles, have a drink and a chat while you paint, and get some great gifts created in time for Easter! We will bring a selection of Blue Owl pottery items you can choose to paint, or let Josie (07792 334443) know in advance if there is something in particular you’d like us to bring. Feel free to bring along a friend or two; the more the merrier! Please let Ladybirds have your payment by 2nd March.

 

 

 

World Book Day

Thursday 1st March is World Book Day. The children are welcome to wear a book character costume and/or bring in a favourite reading book on Friday 2nd March. We are at Royston Woods Thursday morning but they could bring something to change into in the afternoon if they like.

It is not compulsory though and we have lots of dressing up costumes at Ladybirds.

Our sound of the week will be ‘a’ – I wonder who will remember the “ants on your arm” song……? Have a lovely weekend.

 

A chilly start to the year…

We welcomed the children back to Ladybirds in January and got started straight in with our theme of Winter – arctic animals in snow (well, shaving foam), penguin craft and  maths activities.

 

 

Our book theme for the term was an old favourite “Going on  Bear Hunt” so we did……in the garden…..

at the woods…….

and…at the craft table – where we made them in their caves!!

We also found the characters which were hiding in the shredded paper and made little puppets to use when Donna read the story.

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We’ve focused on malleable activities this term, important for developing fine motor skills and strengthening finger muscles:

 

as well as spending lots of time in the kitchen roleplay area and with small world characters creating fantastic imaginative games with friends.

 

We had a visit from our dental nurse Amy again who talked about healthy snacks to eat –  and taught us a few songs to remind us the best technique for cleaning our teeth!

 

We’ve had more frosty fun in our Forest School sessions using our new tent and swing – and even toasted marshmallows on the fire on our final session of the half term.

We’re back on Thursday 22nd February when our sound of the week is “s”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week at Ladybirds – 5th February

Theme
Valentine’s Day & pancakes

Literacy
Sound of the week is ‘b’.
Please help your child find an object beginning with this sound to bring in.

Builders Tray/Malleable area
Playdough with heart /shape cutters

Maths Area
Shapes: 2D shapes

Craft
Sizing hearts and hand print heart tree

Forest School
There will be a Forest School session on Thursday 8th February.

This Week at Ladybirds – 29th January

Theme
All About Me

Literacy
For ‘sound of the week’ this week we will be reviewing the sounds u, l, and f.

Builders Tray/Malleable area
Playdough with people mats

Maths Area
Big and Small: Measuring heights

Craft
Shape/Colour house

Forest School
There will be a Forest School morning on Thursday 1st February.

This Week at Ladybirds – 22nd Jan

Theme
Going on a Bear Hunt book theme

Literacy
Sound of the week is ‘f’.
Please help your child find an object beginning with this sound to bring in.

Builders Tray/Malleable area
Shredded paper/packaging with characters and tongs

Maths Area
Positional Language: Boxes and small world people

Craft
Paper plate bear

Happy, healthy 2018, from all at Ladybirds

It’s been a packed second half of Autumn Term 2017 with themes of Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance, Hedgehogs, Castles and, of course, Christmas!

We’ve enjoyed a range of weather in our outdoor play area including sunshine, snow, light rain, and wind – a great excuse for getting out the bubble mixture (not that we ever need an excuse!)

Thank you for continuing to look for, and send in, items for our ‘sound of the week’. We find it’s a great way for the children to focus on different letter sounds, and supports them in developing literacy skills.

We love sensory ‘play’ at Ladybirds and this takes many different forms including cooking, painting, play dough, frozen objects/insects, jelly and spaghetti to name just a few.

Thank you to everyone who supplied a cake or bought raffle tickets at our Christmas Fayre in November – we bought some new toys for the children including prams which have proved very popular!

We love the fact that the children are not aware of all the learning that takes place – they think they’re just having fun building towers, making ‘tea’ in the kitchen etc, but all the time they are using mathematical language, developing social skills and finding out about the world.

Our Forest School sessions have been going well and the children are really getting to know Royston Woods. We have made bird feeders, flying birds on sticks, hedgehogs and stickmen. The children love to explore, climb and jump through the woods, looking for creatures (real and toy) hiding in the leaves. If you visit the woods, you may still see some friendly mud faces looking at you from the tree trunks….

In December, like everyone else, we were very busy getting ready for Christmas.

This December we were fortunate to have three special visitors: Rev. Armstrong told us the story of the Nativity and the children joined in with the beautifully knitted characters…..

…..we had a Christmas party with lunch and games……

……Tam brought in her shadow puppet theatre and told us the story of Stickman – the children (and adults!) were mesmorized….

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….and finally, if all that wasn’t exciting enough, Father Christmas visited with presents for the all the children – thank you Santa!

We return to Ladybirds on Thursday 4th January when our Sound of the Week will be ‘u’. Don’t forget, if you are going on a trip anywhere and would like to take Froogli with you, please ask – we love to hear about the exciting things the children do when they’re not at Ladybirds!

We wish all our families a Happy, Healthy 2018.

 

 

 

This Week at Ladybirds – 4th December

Theme
Christmas

Literacy
Sound of the week is ‘g’.
Please help your child find an object beginning with this sound to bring in.

Builders Tray/Malleable area
Glittery playdough

Maths Area
Patterns: Animal pattern fabric/puzzles

Craft
Craft: Calendar & Bauble