In celebration of National Poetry day, our week was one of rhymes and songs accompanying our play. The rain clouds at the beginning of the week saw the children spontaneously singing “Rain, rain go away!” Under the shelter of the gazebo, we shared the story of ‘Noah’s Ark’ and sang, “The animals came in two by two, hoorah, hoorah!” We enjoyed putting actions to the words to make them more memorable and added musical accompaniment, making simple shakers by pouring rice into recycled containers. The children’s bright paintings inspired us to sing, “I can sing a rainbow,” and learn how to sign the colours. We enjoyed maths rhymes like ‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’. It was fun pretending to be frogs jumping off a log into a pond leaving one less each time. Using autumn fruits, we made jam doughnuts cooked on the fire. We changed the words to ‘Five Currant Buns’ to ‘Five Jam Doughnuts’ and swapped a penny for a doughnut at the baker’s shop. Next week, to celebrate harvest, we are going to cook vegetable soup. If you can, please bring in a vegetable to add to the mix.