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Weekly Activities. Week 3 - Woodland Abacus

Description: Make a woodland abacus using discs cut from wood sourced from around the site. Links to EYFS: Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication and Language Physical Development Mathematics Understanding of the World Expressive Arts and Design Activity: For this weeks activity we started by asking the children to help find a suitable thick, straight stick that we could cut into discs for our counting frame or abacus. The children found several long sticks, secured them in our workhorse and used a bow saw to cut approximately 1 inch thick discs to use as our counting beads. The children used the hand drill to drill through the centre of their discs to make a hole to thread

Weekly Activities. Week 1 - Potato Stamp

Description: Think of a design, cut it out of a potato and make a pattern. Links to EYFS: Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication and Language Physical Development Mathematics Understanding of the World Expressive Arts and Design Activity: For this weeks activity we decided to make potato stamps. We started by asking the children to think of a simple design for their stamps. They then cut a medium potato in half with a sharp knife, making sure they had their safety glove on and that we were resting the potato on a firm, hard surface. Once they'd cut through the potato they drew their design on one half and then carefully started cutting out their shapes. This was quite trick

Weekly Activities. Week 2 - Musical Instruments

Description: Make a pellet drum and guiro style instruments. Links to EYFS: Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication and Language Physical Development Literacy Mathematics Understanding of the World Expressive Arts and Design Activity: Pellet/Rattle Drum. We found lots of conkers that had dropped around the site and wanted to put them to good use. One idea we had was to try and make a pellet drum (also called a rattle drum) using them. We started by asking the children to find a medium thick stick. We also needed string, cardboard and the conkers. The children cut out a rectangular shape of cardboard with scissors and used a palm drill to drill a hole through it for one end o