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….


….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.