On Tuesday the children met a guide dog called John. Mrs Hill’s friend Karen brought him into Nursery and explained to the children the role of a guide dog. John was very well behaved and was extremely gentle. The children loved stroking and cuddling John and thanks to Karen the children now understand how a guide dog can help change the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted safe.
In the outdoor area the children imagined what it would be like to be blind. They wore a blindfold and they tried to walk around our outdoor area without bumping into things. It was very difficult. The children were more successful when they had a friend to guide them. This activity emphasised to the children the role that a guide dog has – the importance of the dog being the blind person’s eyes.
This week the children have had an Easter workshop. Mums, dads and grandparents were invited into school to make an Easter Bonnet with their child. Lots of fun was had by everybody and we were very impressed with the creativity that went into making the Easter hats.
The children then had the opportunity to take part in an Easter hat parade. The children were very brave as they walked down the catwalk, strutting their stuff, with all the parents and grandparents cheering them on.
The children then went back to the classroom and in our outdoor area more fun was had with parents and grandparents helping the children to find Easter Eggs. The children really enjoyed eating all the chocolate afterwards! A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came into school to make the Easter workshop a great success! Thank you.
On Wednesday the Owls were very lucky because paramedic Karen came to visit them. Karen was amazing. She spent a long time with the children explaining all about how she helps people to get better. Karen showed the children her uniform and the equipment that she takes everywhere with her. She allowed the children to play with some of the equipment and she bandaged up several children! The children were very keen to be her patients.
Karen then took the children outside to look at her ambulance. The children enjoyed pressing the button to put the ramp up and down and they loved putting on the lights and sirens. They also loved sitting in the front of the ambulance pretending to drive!
Karen also spent quality time with the children showing and explaining all the equipment that is carried on an ambulance. The ambulance really was like a mini hospital on wheels. The childen enjoyed using the finger tip pulse oximeter. Karen explained to them that the numbers displayed was the % of oxygen being carried around in their blood and the number of times their heart was beating in a minute. All the children were very healthy!
A big thank you to Karen. She gave her time so generously to the children and the children were extremely interested and responsive. They learnt so much from her visit and the language that they were using back in the classroom as a result has been phenomenal. Thank you Karen!
This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from PC Mahmood. He explained to the children what it was like to be a police officer and he talked to the children about keeping themselves safe and he talked about stranger danger. PC Mahmood also let the children try on some of his uniform and they all had the opportunity to sit in the police car, choosing whether they wanted to sit in the front or the back of the police car!
The children enjoyed being police officers in the classroom as well. When they came to school on Wednesday morning there was a crime scene in the classroom. The children spent the rest of the week trying to investigate who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall!
The children predicted who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall. Even the parents were offering suggestions each morning as to whom it could have been!
The children interviewed the suspects.
The children then examined the evidence and they solved the crime. The children discovered that it was Little Red Riding Hood who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall!
This week to begin our learning about the fire service the children had a visit from Kings Norton Fire Brigade. The children were very excited when three fire fighters turned up in the classroom. They talked to the children about their role as fire fighters. They also showed the children the special clothing and equipment that they have to wear to keep themselves safe. The fire fighters then took the children outside to the staff car park. We met two more fire fighters outside and they showed us the fire engine. We looked at the equipment on the fire engine and then the children were very lucky as they were allowed to go inside the fire engine. The fire fighters put the sirens on as they left the premises – it was very loud! A big thank you to Kings Norton Fire Brigade for giving up their time and making the experience so special for the children.
Back in the classroom the children have been very busy. The children have learnt what to do if there is a fire in their house and they have learnt what to do if their clothes catch fire. The children have also learnt how to call for help and they have acted out fire scenarios in our small world area and outside, pretending that the bikes were fire engines.
Some children also explored making play dough ladders, other children decided to make fire engines using the mobile construction sets and some children searched for numbers in the pretend fire with magnetic wands.
Some children counted and recorded fire engines, some children pretended to put out numbered fires with water pistols in the water tray and the messy tray, some children completed numbered fire engine jigsaw puzzles and other children chose to cut and stick shapes to make a fire engine.