New adventure

August started on a tearful (and happy) note as we said goodbye to the pre-school children who are leaving to start their new adventure at ‘big school’.

It would, of course, been great to have parents and family members present, but we know you understand the reasons why this was not possible this year and that you enjoyed the next best thing – watching the graduation videos and then receiving the professional graduation pictures.

Throughout August, it was fantastic to see the quantities of fruit and vegetables we had been growing in the garden ready for picking and all the children were involved in this, whether it was the younger children helping to pick apples for Minnie’s apple crumble, or the older ones making lovely food with them in the nursery. There was so much we even set up our own vegetable stall for parents!

Toddlers once again showed their creative side by making hand-print fishes for their under the sea theme and playing with sea creature foam.

Pre-school celebrated Gruffalo Week by reading the book and acting out parts using props. They even made Gruffalo soup in gardening club, but don’t worry, no Gruffalos were harmed in the process – it was actually carrots, courgettes and cabbage, and they loved it!

They also enjoyed showing off their bramble moustaches after making very nutritious bramble milkshakes.

Not to be outdone, tweenies made some lovely lemon buns, adding all the ingredients and mixing it up themselves. They also spent lots of time in the garden, including using their fine motor skills in the sand area.

Babies too made the most of the dry weather and went for a walk around the farm, which was a great way to practice their walking skills. Then they went back inside and explored different materials and textures during a gluing and sticking activity.

Gardening club is always a favourite activity of the children and in pre-school, they took part in a building workshop class using real tools to build a castle out of the wooden discs and pieces of wood.They also built an amazing fairy bridge with the bamboo sticks and string.

Tweenies were back in the kitchen, this time making cookies, and toddlers enjoyed picking and eating the brambles outside.

So, all in all, a very busy August.

We wonder what September has in store…

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