Projects

These are our current children's interests, and how staff are supporting them to encompass all areas of learning and development:

Baby Unit

Enclosing

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Toddler Unit

Sealife

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2-3s Unit

Spring and New Life

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3-4s Unit

Rhyming Words and 'The Scarecrow's Wedding'

  In April the children showed an interest in rhyming words, it was initiated in a group story session when a member of staff read a book to the children using repetitive rhyming words.  The children began chanting other rhyming words together and started connecting words that rhymed with their own names. As staff support the interests children present they discussed the next steps.........this then sparked a significant interest in the 'The Scarecrow's Wedding', this famous book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler tells the tale two scarecrows, Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay, who are planning the perfect wedding. But wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.  The use of rhyming words excited the children and enabled them to bring this story to life.  Amélie wanted to marry Fraser STRAIGHT AWAY!! and Owen informed all staff and friends how fires should be put out and how dangerous they are.  Staff supported and documented the children's journey through this period which lasted almost 6 weeks!  The children made personal scarecrows, hosted their own wedding outdoors in the willow house and even created their very own 'treasure hunt' in order to provide props for their story.  It was fabulous.

 

In April the children showed an interest in rhyming words, it was initiated in a group story session when a member of staff read a book to the children using repetitive rhyming words.  The children began chanting other rhyming words together and started connecting words that rhymed with their own names.

As staff support the interests children present they discussed the next steps.........this then sparked a significant interest in the 'The Scarecrow's Wedding', this famous book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler tells the tale two scarecrows, Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay, who are planning the perfect wedding. But wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.  The use of rhyming words excited the children and enabled them to bring this story to life.  Amélie wanted to marry Fraser STRAIGHT AWAY!! and Owen informed all staff and friends how fires should be put out and how dangerous they are.  Staff supported and documented the children's journey through this period which lasted almost 6 weeks!  The children made personal scarecrows, hosted their own wedding outdoors in the willow house and even created their very own 'treasure hunt' in order to provide props for their story.  It was fabulous.

Pre-School Unit

How do you build a Bridge?

The preschool children are currently engaged in the ‘Bridge Project’. The idea stemmed from a session at forest school where the children negotiated various ways to cross a large hole. Eventually a wooden bridge was constructed using tools and natural materials found in the woodland. The interest continued to unfold within the setting as more children became involved. Using various media the children began to create their own interpretations of bridges developing skills in balance, spatial awareness and problem solving.

The children discussed different types of bridge, their uses and how bridges are built, this led to a visit to the Quayside and the Baltic viewing platform. The visit drew the children’s attention to the structure of the bridges and their mechanics. In particular the Millennium Bridge was a major focus and we observed the large hydraulic cylinders which are used to tilt the bridge. From the viewing platform the children enjoyed completing observational drawings of the quayside. These drawings showed the children’s understanding of the structure of the bridges.

The interest was a focus for one of our creative sessions with Hazel, an artist from the Hatton Gallery. The children discussed the colour spectrum and then created a multi-coloured Tyne Bridge using a collaging technique. The project has been running for many weeks now and continues to spark new questions and theories. Practitioners have documented the learning and these boards are displayed within the setting for parents and children to view.