News from children: 19th January 2021
I have been super busy making things.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What a beautiful snowflake, it has beautiful patterns and we can see lots of different shapes you have cut out. I wonder boys and girls can you make any snowflakes like this one? Fab scissor skills too!
Your name is looking so colourful, great neat work. What a wonderful idea using sweetie papers to make your name look bright and cheery. Good recycling, I wonder can you make anything else using junk for the recycling bin?
News from children: 19th January 2021
Look what I collected – natural materials from Forss forest and at the same time looked for signs of the owls home!
We know one lives there as we saw him one evening on our walk.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Great job! That is an amazing owl picture, love all the natural materials you have collected to make it. We wonder has anyone else made their owl?
News from REAY: 18th January 2021
We hope you are all well and keeping safe and getting out for your daily exercise.
Have you been noticing any birdies when you have been out and about? I have seen some robins, sparrows and pheasants in my garden so far. The other evening on my walk I didn’t see this creature but I heard this sound, it was going ‘twit-woo’, have you guessed what it was!
I love hearing them, it reminded me of one of my favourite stories, ‘Owl Babies’. Maybe you could make an owl using some natural materials you find out on your walks, such as pine cones, leaves or twigs.
Can you find out some interesting facts about ‘Owls? Can’t wait to see what you find out!
Shall we have a go at making some bird feeders for our gardens this week?
Birds love fat cakes this time of year and this is what they need to give them energy and keep them warm. You can use kitchen scraps such as cheese, dried porridge, stale bread and raisins. You can get creative and use lots of recyclable containers to make bird feeders such as loo and kitchen roll holders and you can even use a large orange cut in half with the flesh scooped out.
Pine cone bird feeder
When you are out exploring collect some pine cones.
First of all tie string around them, so you can hang them up. This will get messy but good fun to do!
Using a butter knife, be careful, your parents can help you with this. Spread peanut butter or cooking lard all over the pine cones. This will get sticky!
Next roll the pine cone in birdseed or your own mixture of food, then put it in the fridge to set. Then hang them up and watch out for the birdies.
You can do the same with empty kitchen roll and toilet roll holders.
You might even have some plastic sand play shapes that you can use, mix up lard and your birdseed or kitchen scraps and press into the container but remember to take a pencil and put a hole in the top of it so you can string it up.
I think your younger brother and sisters would like to do this too, hope they join in with you making bird feeders and all our other activities. We don’t want them to be feeling left out.
We look forward to seeing what you do.
Coming up soon is RSPB bird watch, so hopefully, your parents will register for this and all the wonderful bird feeders you make will attract lots of birds to your garden.
Well, we hope you all have a safe and lovely week and manage to get outside in the fresh air.
Missing you all
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth
News from the children: 15th January 2021
This year I was very lucky, as Santa teamed up with all of my family, friends and neighbours to bring lots of presents. With the colouring books and new crayons and felt tip pens, I made some nice drawings to say thank you to everyone.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What lovely colourful pictures you have done, great job!
My favourite activity during the holidays was to go on adventures outside where I cracked the ice on puddles, looked for treasures on the beach and built dens in the woods. It was also fun to leave footprints in the snow and the sand!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Wow! what great exploring you have done outside, den building is great fun especially in the woods. I wonder did you notice different types of footprints when you were out and about?
This week, I wanted to see if it would get cold enough to freeze the water again, so I made some soup with branches and pine cones. I left it outside every night… but it never froze!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Let’s hope the frost comes back, I have left my experiment outside too!
I am looking forward to making a new bird feeder to add to the ones in the garden, where lots of different birdies come for lunch every day!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What a fab picture of the birds, can you tell your friends what type of birds they are?
News from children: 15th January 2021
I have been working hard at home…
I have not fed the birds in the garden yet but have been feeding my sheep. The sheep don’t have much food outside either during the winter months and they need a little extra food to help the baby lambs grow inside their tummies before they are born. My own sheep had a scan and is going to have three lambs of all goes well.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Well – you are being super busy and you are being super ‘Responsible’ in helping mum and dad look after the sheep’. How exciting your own sheep is going to have 3 lambs in springtime!
I have painted a picture of my toy tractor and new trailer I got for his Christmas which I love. I have enjoyed decorating my thank you picture.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Wow that is am amazing thank you picture, very colourful – great work!
I have spent time helping his mum with jobs. I have been collecting and counting the hen’s eggs from the nests and have been sorting my clean washing and putting it away in the right drawers in my bedroom. I have been practising writing numbers too which I have enjoyed greatly.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: ‘You are being super helpful your mum and dad must be super proud of you. What a great way to be practising your counting, -counting the hen eggs. Be careful though you don’t drop them! I wonder does anyone else have hens and help collect and count their eggs?
News from children: 15th January 2021
I have been busy out and about when the weather has been good. I have been out on mu bike cycling down the Crosskirk road.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: ‘That is a super-smart Frozen bike’. You are keeping super fit and healthy out in the fresh air getting lots of exercise. You are keeping ‘Healthy’ and ‘Safe’ doing all this. We can add this to our SHANNARI display once we get back to playgroup.
My pony has had to have a visit from the vet and has to be kept inside at the moment for a whole month. I have gone out to the stable most days to see him and care for him. I have even tried to fluff up his bed to make it comfier for him. ‘
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Great job of looking after your pony. You are being super ‘Responsible’ in doing this. We will add this to our SHANARRI display once we get back to playgroup.
I have also have been busy drawing and writing in my new book and has good fun learning to play my new game – Trolls monopoly, I even won the first game!
News from children: 15th January 2021
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth:
That is an amazing thank you card, love all the Christmas stickers and great writing of your name. It is so bright and colourful. Thank you for taking the time to make one.
News from children: 14th January 2021
I have been doing my daily walks and spending lots of time outside with my pets.
Chewy the hamster arrived with Santa on Christmas night and I have been spending lots of time with Chewy. He has only escaped once!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: How lucky are you, Santa knows how much you love your animals!
Your hamster is super cute. I bet you are doing an amazing job of taking care of him. I wonder if you could tell us what you feed him?
News from children: 11th January 2021
We have been busy exploring outside.
We have seen lots of rainbows lately and some lovely shaped shells on the beach and interesting ice puddles. Then spotted a deer on his walk.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What amazing photos. You look as if you been having so much fun, great to see you outside in the fresh air. That rainbow looks amazing just like your Rainbow calendar you made before Christmas. When I was out a walk the other day we saw an amazing double rainbow! Has anyone else seen a double rainbow?
We love your shells they look like wings.
The ice patterns look amazing, maybe boys and girls you can look for interesting patterns in your garden or when you are out a walk. The deer looks so majestic standing there, it reminds me of the Disney movie, ‘Bambi’ one of my favourite Disney movies.
Thanks for sharing!
News post for our children: 8th January 2021
Hope everybody had a lovely Christmas and was Santa good to you all? I bet he was.
We can’t wait to hear all about the lovely presents you got.
- Could you share with us what you got, did you have a favourite present?
- Could you maybe share a photo of your present and draw us a picture.
We all got some lovely presents too. Did you all remember those special kind words you say when you get a present, we know you do?
The special words are ‘thank you’. Maybe you can get your Mummy or Daddy to write the word thank you and you can glue and cut shapes to decorate the word, you could maybe cut out shapes and patterns using old Christmas cards.
Get outside in fresh air, wrap up warm and go exploring. Look at the patterns all around, can you make footprints in the ice, snow or mud. What about splashing in puddles. Great fun, don’t forget to put your wellies on though. Make a snowman if we are really really lucky!
Task to try!
Here is a wee fun experiment you can try……….
- pour and fill different sized containers with water outside and put little wee things in the container such as stones twigs and see if they freeze outside! Mmmm – I wonder what we need to make them freeze outside and then what would melt them again? Can you help us remember?
Also…. remember to keep feeding the birdies in your garden and to give them water to drink.
We will show you how to make birdie feeders next week
Keep safe everyone
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth xxx
News post: 20th December 2020
Children have been busy creating Christmas crafts and decorating the den with cards and decorations, great fine motor skills as they used a variety of pegs to hang things up. They decorated the tree silhouette using a variety of loose parts, using their imagination and creativity.
They were very busy working in the kitchen making Christmas dinner! Making spaghetti and knowing that you have to blow on a hot cup of tea to cool it down!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas from us all at Reay Under 5’s.
News post: 10th December 2020
The children made some colourful bonfire pictures outside and used descriptive language to share the noise the fireworks made, e.g. whizz, whoosh, pop, bang. Some showed great safety awareness when we were talking about fireworks, ‘ it wouldn’t be sensible to go near fire or fireworks’.
After that, the children’s interest shifted to ‘Space’. Great imagination and lots of roleplay as they played co-operatively together. A rocket was made from the play panels, they dressed up. We had lots of interesting resources dotted around playroom linking into their interest, jigsaws, factual and space storybooks. The junk box was used as they all created individual rockets. They then decided they would make one big ‘super tall one’, the children did an amazing job working together painting patterns and shapes. They chatted away to each other talking about what they were doing. Then after that, we had an extremely busy writing table as they added bits and pieces to it, doors, windows, space people. Amazing!
These activities brought lots of attention to differing shapes, 2D and 3D. They even used large 3D shapes to create a rocket with very comfy beds!
They listened well and learned the names of planets, some having great recall, ‘Mars is the hot one’, ‘Jupiter is the biggest one’,’ you know that is planet earth cause the blue is water and the land is green’. They used their senses to explore the shaving foam as they made some colourful planets, ‘it was so soft and fluffy’. At snack time we tried Astronaut food, strawberries, grapes and Neapolitan ice-cream’.
They were super excited to try this, it encouraged them once again to use their senses, one child even commented on the ice-cream, ‘ it doesn’t feel cold like ice-cream, it is crunchy.
Lots of great participation and learning from all during these different experiences.
News Post: 13th Nov 2020
Staff at Reay Under 5’s has been supporting children with their health and wellbeing since returning after the pandemic. Children have been using Timmy Tiger to discuss their feelings and bringing attention to SHANARRI words. Children made purple and red poppies and showed respect as we had our 2 mins silence remembering all of the people and animals that were in the war, children shared their thoughts, ‘ the animals and people were very brave’, ‘ we care about all the brave people’.
Through consultation with the children as today it is World Kindness Day, we decided on what we would do. On our walk today we a dropped off mini flower posies with a note on it saying who it from and hope it makes them smile and feel happy. (Following relevant procedures) This wee activity has led children to share their thoughts, ‘I’m going to tell my mum and dad I love them’, ‘I’m going to give my sister a hug’. Some children re-called on how to care for the flowers, ‘they need to go in the water, or they will die’.
News Post: 28th Oct 2020 – Recognition for Yvonne’s commitment to Reay’s children and families
Normally at Reay Under 5’s ‘News Time’ you will find Yvonne busy celebrating the children’s achievements. However today, the children and manager of the setting (Donna Sinclair) excitedly turned the tables on Yvonne and presented her with a ‘certificate of recognition’ from the Chief Executive and Board of Care and Learning Alliance for her outstanding contribution to keeping children and families connected during COVID 19
Well done Yvonne and very well deserved – huge loud claps from us all here at CALA.
News Post: 16th September – A special delivery supports children’s transition back to Reay ELC
Read all about it on the CALA blog – Click here