Welcome to Explorers Class
We are proud to be able to offer 2 year old provision for children in Explorers class. We are able to offer both private and funded places for children when they turn 2.
The term after their 3rd birthday, all children become eligible for government funding, this allows them to access 15 hours free childcare a week, or 30 hours for qualifying working families. It is possible to share funding between two different childcare settings and if you would like to do so please inform a member of staff.
Wherever possible, we are happy to admit children after their 2nd or 3rd birthday prior to the funding commencing. However, this is dependent on the availability of spaces at the time.
We hope that children in Explorers Class will enjoy a variety of play – some of it messy! With this in mind, we ask families to consider the clothes that children in Explorers wear during sessions.
Each child in Explorers is allocated a key worker. The aim of this role is to oversee your child’s learning and development journey throughout their time in Explorers. This key worker will share key learning activities with children and report strengths and target areas to parents and families.
Here is a picture book for you to look at. What do you suggest is happening in the story by looking at the pictures? Can you retell the story to a grown-up? Enjoy!
This week we are looking at time and routines. Our story book is called What’s the time Mr Wolf? The wolf has a very busy day doing lots of different things. Listen to the story as Miss Idle reads it and we will begin today by making a clock. Do you have one around the house you can look at? Try and copy the numbers yourself. Do you recognise any of the numerals when you look at them?
This week in Explorers we are reading ‘The gingerbread man’.We are looking at ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ this week so this morning with the children that have been in, we have looked at all the different ingredients used to make gingerbread. The children had a feel of the dry ingredients before we added the wet ones to bind it all together. The children then used the rolling pin and cutter to cut their gingerbread man out and once cooked, we are going to decorate them. We also have some gingerbread dough in the kitchen with some of the dry ingredients in pots so the children can make their own creations.
This morning we read Handa’s Surprise and looked at all of the fruits in our basket. Just before snack we took the basket of fruits to the table. Miss Idle took each one out and we looked at them to see if we could remember what they were called. We then had a guess of what colour the fruits may be inside. We passed each fruit around the circle to feel the texture and once Miss Idle had cut them in half we all smelt the fruits. After we had done that we had a taste of the delicious fruits at snack time. Today we tried banana, orange,passion fruit, pineapple, avocado, tangerines and mango. All of the children tried everything which was fantastic. We even had some empty plates and some children who asked for more!
In Explorers Class we are talking about people who help us. Our week began talking about how Mummy and daddy help us at home. We then spoke about different jobs and people who help us. We have added some dressing up of different occupations to our role play area, such as firemen, policemen, nurses, doctors and we have already had lots of fire fighters this week! The children have looked at pictures of a person and a vehicle which are of a different occupation and have matched them together. The children have also picked an occupation they would like to be and made a hat to use during more imaginary play. For the final week of term we will change the role play equipment to different job types, so wait to see who we will be next week!
Welcome back Explorers! !The children have had a lovely morning getting back into the swing of things. All areas have been explored by the children and we had had some fantastic paintings, drawings, buildings and snacks made for Miss Idle and Mrs Bland. Here are some photos of our first day back.
Hello Explorers, I’ve found a very special poem that I wanted to share with you. We will miss you all and are very proud of you.
Have a lovely summer.
Miss Idle has made a frog using an old box and painted a frog on the front.
She cut a hole out and added a flap for it’s mouth. Can you roll a dice, count the dots and look at the numeral, then post that amount of bugs into the frogs mouth? Can you count out loud as you are doing it? Well done!
Good morning everyone.
The sun is shining again – what a beautiful day!
What a perfect day to have a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Take your favourite toys out into the fresh air, put down a blanket and share some snacks. You could even have a go making a Teddy Bear Sandwich (See Tapestry for more details).
While your outside, look around, what do you see? What is the weather doing today? Are there many clouds today?
Maybe, take some paper and colouring pencils outside and draw things you see, the sky, some flowers, trees or birds.
Sing the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song while you’re enjoying the sunshine! – see link. Be warned once you start singing it, you cant stop!
Have fun and don’t forget to send us your videos, pictures and messages on Tapestry and let us know whatever it is you’re doing today!
Look out for tonight’s story on Tapestry – 6pm don’t be late!
Keep smiling – Team Sleights