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The Hive

Bye Street

Ledbury

Herefordshire

HR8 2AG

 

 

Opening Times

Breakfast Club: 7:30am-9am

Busy Bees Preschool: 9am-3pm

After School Club: 3pm-6pm

 

Spaces now available!

 

 

 

Diary Dates

Autumn Term  2017:

First day:  Tuesday 5th September

Half term:  Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October

Last day:   Friday 15th December

 

Spring Term 2018:

First day:   Wednesday 3rd January 

Half Term: Monday 19th - Friday 23rd February

Last day: Thursday 29th March

 

Summer Term 2018:

First day:  Monday 16th April 

May Bank holiday: Monday 7th May 

Half term:  Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June 

Term ends: Friday 20th July 

 

Jack in the Beanstalk Fun

 We recently explored the subject of growth and planted some runner beans which quickly led on to an interest in 'Jack in the Beanstalk.'  This really captured the children's imagination and we were impressed with how they incorporated the book in to their play.  We saw some fabulous creations which the children built using both small and large wooden blocks, Duplo, Lego, pegs and peg board and tree stumps.  We used the opportunity to encourage the children to build on their mathematical language by using vocabularly such as:

* Big/bigger/biggest

* Small/smaller/smallest

* Tall/taller/tallest

* Short/shorter/shortest

* More/less/extra/add/take away

 

We also used positional language including behind/on top/next to/under etc.

 

We measured and recorded the growth of beanstalks grown in jam jars so we could see the roots and shoots appear.  

 

Here are some photos of the fun we have been having:

 

As you will have seen from the photos above, our focus on Jack and the Beanstalk provided lots of fun learning opportunities.  Some particular favourites were:

* Exploring sensory play including baked beans, green jelly, green rice and gloop

* Large scale mark making where the children demonstrated their wonderful creativity and independent writing.

* Using the instruments to make sounds to wake the Giant.  We practised following instructions by starting & stopping, playing instruments loudly and quietly and also tapping out slow and fast rythms.  

* Measuring our own feet (and the Busy Bees ladies!) and comparing them to the size of the Giant's feet.  We discovered that we have a lot of growing to do to have feet as big as the Giant

* Retelling the story in small groups, using puppets and props to support us.

* Hunting for golden eggs in the Forest School area - a great opportunity for us to practise our positional language.

* Planting beans in jam jars, observing their grown and learning new words to talk about them.

* Using trowels, rakes, pots and plant markers when exploring the runner beans in the sensory tray.  The children enjoyed 'planting' the beans by filling the pots full of compost and pushing the beans in.  There was also some great writing observed on the plant markers

 

All in all, a very busy couple of weeks!!