23rd – 27th April

It’s all about looking after our earth this week in The Children’s House!! After a great week last week learning all about the farm, this week we will be focusing on care of the environment and our earth, through educating ourselves on the importance of using less plastic, recycling and reusing, and not littering. We will be looking at familiar objects that the children might see in their own homes and discussing how they can recycle or reuse them, e.g. a shoebox could store small toys, or be made into a puppet theatre, and later in the week we will be doing a geography lesson on land, air & water, as well as doing recycling arts & crafts!

Finally, we will also carry out an experiment using celery in jars of coloured water, which demonstrates how plants absorb water through osmosis up through their stems and leaves; just like people have veins which makes our blood flow through our bodies, plants have veins (tubes called xylems) that water flows through. This water travels to all parts of the plant and is used during photosynthesis to make food for the plant, which is why it is so important to remember to water our plants!!

Reduce, reuse, recycle (tune of The More We Get Together)

Reduce, reuse, recycle, recycle, recycle,
Reduce, reuse, recycle,
It’s easy to do.
For your world is my world,
And my world is your world,
Reduce, reuse, recycle,
It’s easy to do!

16th – 20th April

This week is farm week at The Children’s House!! During the week the children will be doing activities such as looking at the parts of the cow & then milking a cow (a disposable glove with a pin prick in the fingers acting as an udder filled with milk, under a picture of a cow, over a bucket!), pinning the tail on the pig (colour sort game), playing with the farm on a painted table, finding the hen’s eggs (number game) in the garden, and discussing things like which animals live on the farm, which animals have horns/hooves etc…there will be lots of opportunities for children to give their input this week, so if anybody lives on/has access to a farm, please ensure to come in & share your knowledge together with your child!

Old MacDonald

Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
And on that farm he had a cow, E I E I O,
With a ‘moo moo’ here, and a ‘moo moo’ there,
Here a ‘moo’, there a ‘moo’, everywhere a ‘moo moo’ –
Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O!

Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O,
And on that farm he had a sheep/duck/horse/pig…

9th – 13th April

Welcome back everyone after the Easter holidays, hope you had a wonderful break!! It’s great to be back, and this week as well as talking about the new month of April, we will be continuing on with our music project by doing more music appreciation. We will be learning about the terms ‘Crescendo’ (when music gradually increases in volume) and ‘Diminuendo’ (when music gradually decreases in volume) and then using these terms with musical instruments as well as our voices – which promises to be fun!! Then at the end of the week we will be looking at music & instruments from around the world, so if any of you would like to bring in/play some music for us we’ll be delighted to facilitate this!

Jelly on a Plate (using Lámh to sign)

Jelly on a plate, jelly on a plate,
Wibbley wobbley, wibbley wobbley, jelly on a plate!

Biscuits in the bowl, biscuits in the bowl,
Yummy yummy, yummy yummy, biscuits in the bowl!

Apples on the tree, apples on the tree,
Red and green, red and gree, apples on the tree!

Juice in a cup, juice in a cup,
Drink it up, drink it up, juice in a cup!