We take the children on several trips throughout the term, the younger ones have ‘written’ a letter and put it into an envelope and posted it in the letterbox down the road, we have an autumn walk where the children collect leaves in the local park and then make pictures the next day. There are visits to the London Aquarium, the Science Museum, Fire Station and plenty more. In May the kindergarten were visited by the firemen in their fire engine and the children were allowed to try on the uniform and squirt water!
The children have learnt about the three rules of recycling and were encouraged to ‘reduce’ waste, ‘reuse’ wherever possible and to ‘recycle’. They learnt how lucky we are to be able to turn on the tap for water and that this is not always possible in all countries around the world. Posters were made to remind ourselves to turn off the tap and to switch off lights when we leave a room. We reuse junk materials whenever possible and the children enjoyed making rockets from water bottles and especially loved the telephones they made from metal cans. We visited Summers Lane recycling centre to see what items could be recycled and to learn how this was done. We were also lucky enough to have the recycling truck visit them at the kindergarten, when the children had the opportunity to help sort the items. The Doctor came and told us how to be healthy and we got ready by making a Drs surgery in the Cygnets room!
FRS Kindergarten’s nomination for the Community Lovers Guide to the Jewish Community:
FRS Kindergarten’s Rosh Hashanah programme Here at FRS Kindergarten we do all the usual things at Rosh Hashanah to give the children the best possible experience, like making cards, sewing shofars with blowers and we listen to the shofar being blown and even try to blow it ourselves. Of course as Jews we like to involve food in our festivals so we do the traditional things like dip the apple in the honey (and sing the song!) as well as make our own honey cake. Quite a few years ago I asked the children the question “Where do we get honey from?” the response was not the one I expected as one child said “Mummies cupboard” and another said “Waitrose.” I researched further and we found a local bee keeper and we used to take the older children to visit his garden to see his hives and buy his honey. Things have now gone even further; we have a bee keeper and his wife, who is a primary school teacher, who come into the nursery with their empty hives, all their bee keeping equipment including the smoke gun, wax and honeycomb, and the bees who are safely kept in a glass box. We hear all about how the honey is made and we can buy our jars of honey from them. We have children-size bee keeping outfits at the nursery so the children can act out all that they have learnt from the bee keeper and we then make our cakes with local honey. Each child goes home with a little pot of honey to share with their family and this will hopefully prompt further discussion and learning at home. Who knows perhaps one day we will even keep our own bees!