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1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a minnow

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The children had a walk down to Musselburgh Lagoons to visit with the local ranger. On the way they enjoyed jumping in all the puddles especially the big ones. Nick and the children went fishing with nets and found minnows, tadpoles and a very big stretchy leech – which we found out likes to suck on blood. We then fed the swans special energy food as bread makes them sick. We discovered that the male swan has a bigger bump on his nose than the female.
The children also walked to the mouth of the river and saw lots of baby ducklings who were leaning to swim.
The following day the children made a thank you card and drew a picture of their favourite thing from the outing to send to Nick the ranger.

Who climbed up the waterspout?

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The children have been busy exploring the loose parts in the garden that were delivered to us last week. The long black pipe has been a great challenge – the children have had to discover how to make their way across without losing their balance. They placed a pipe between the tyres to create a jump or a place to crawl under. They also used different lengths of pipes to roll balls down, discovering which pipe was the fastest and which was the slowest. They have also been putting on a show on the stage that they created using the pallets. Great fun for free.

How does your garden grow?

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The children have been helping to nurture our plants in the garden, they have been learning about what flowers and plants need to grow. We found out they grow best with sunshine and water. We will continue to look after them and observe the flowers growing.

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Football Fever Pitch

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The children were developing and showing off their football skills during a session on the pitch. They started off with a warm up game of fruit bowl which involved them matching the coloured markers into the correct fruit bowl and moving their bodies in different ways – running forwards, backwards and sideways. Good listening skills were being encouraged as they followed instructions in the traffic light game – they had to stop and start, balance their foot on the ball, jump over the speed-bumps and roll the ball around their bodies when they came to a roundabout. The best part was running with the ball close to their feet for good control, take aim and score a goal. They lasted until the final whistle blew. Next week we will play football at the zoo.