This week we read 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert and the children decided to use our huge collection of dried leaves to create their own leaf people and animals. I am sure that you enjoyed them when they came home, but in case they were not fully intact, we have photocopied them and created a display for you to see when you come in for Fantastic Friday, next week! Using natural resources inspired lots of questions about different tree and seed types, which we have researched and learned more about. In activities such as this, the children are not only developing their creativity but also working on their fine motor control and dexterity, as well as communication and social interactions, as they share resources such as scissors, glue and sticky tape.
We have also had a lot of fun planning, making and improving a conker run. The children put all of their learning powers into play as they worked together to complete the challenge that had been set. It was wonderful to observe the interactions that took place, as children recognised problems and tried to solve them, as a team. The conker run became a car run, which saw the need for further adjustments and the critical thinking skills continued. Yet another busy week in Reception!