Reception into Nature - Welly Wednesday (Spring 2023)

Week 1 - 11th January, 2023
Today was the first Welly Wednesday of this year!  The Bog Baby brought us some new tricky words to read - my, by, she and me.
The weather forecast mentioned 'gusty' wind and we definitely felt that today!  We used streamers and our hand-made kites to 'see' the wind blowing. 
When back in school, we read the Christina Rossetti poem - Who has seen the wind?
Who has seen the wind? 
Neither I nor you: 
But when the leaves hang trembling, 
The wind is passing through. 
Who has seen the wind? 
Neither you nor I: 
But when the trees bow down their heads, 
The wind is passing by.
Wednesday 18th January, 2023
Today's Welly Wednesday was all about ice, fire and sticks! After practising our phonics with the Bog Baby we read 'Not a Stick' and collected our own sticks, discussing what our stick could be! We then used our sticks to create our campfire.  We created a special soup by finding natural materials found on the ground, with some soup-er predictions of what might happen when we leave our soup overnight in the freezing temperatures.  We explored the snow and ice and finally we warmed up by toasting GIANT marshmallows over the campfire and making tasty s'mores to enjoy!
Wednesday 25th January
This week we have been finding out about the Lunar New Year.  After reading a story about which animals were chosen to have a year named after them, we spent some time looking for all 12 animals in the garden.  We then made our own lucky rabbits using old socks stuffed with hay and tied with red wool.  Tasty Treat today was a fortune cookie!
Week 4 - Wednesday 1st February
Today we read the story, The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.  We recalled the events from the Little Red Hen story that we read in Autumn term.  We then created our own pizza wraps that we cooked to perfection on our campfire.
This week we celebrated a belated pancake day!  We found some pancakes hidden around the garden, sequenced the numbers from 1-10 and explored which numbers were missing.  We then cooked our own pancakes on the campfire and chose a sweet (syrup) or sour (lemon) topping!
15th March 
Today we went on our very own Bear Hunt in the secret garden. We found bears, ordered the numbers on their tummies and then acted out the story.  
22nd March
Today we talked about birds and learned the names of some common garden birds.  We then spent some time looking for birds in the garden.
We used the talking tubes to communicate messages to each other and had fun making culinary creations in the outdoor kitchen.