Clubhouse: Blog items
Date: 8th Jan 2021 @ 2:42pm
Happy New Year, we hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday.
The start of 2021, isn't quite what everyone had hoped for or wanted, however Clubhouse staff would like to say a big welcome back to all those that are currently able to use our facilities and how we miss all those currently at home.
Luckily for us, things are a little different from the last lockdown and currently we are allowed to remain open for any critical worker children, who are able to access school. Therefore, if you need us please do get in touch, as we will always try to help in any way we can.
This week, everyone has settled back into the new routine of school and Clubhouse. Christmas news has been shared, and it would seem everyone was on Father Christmas' good list, receiving some very special gifts. We have enjoyed playing with the construction toys - the Year 2 pod building a lego bridge to span 2 tables. Sadly, the weather has been a little chilly, rather than go outside we have burnt off our excess energy dancing and playing energetic parlour games such as musical statues.
Happy weekend everyone - stay safe.
Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 8:19am
We have come to the end of a very busy autumn term. Despite the darkening nights and what seems like never ending rain, we have had a fantastic term. We have spent time crafting, playing games, chatting, dancing and of course there was always time for a game of bingo!
I am sure the children are now ready to enjoy a wonderful Christmas break, spending time at home to recharge their batteries, ready for the New Year.
Everyone at Clubhouse would like to wish all our families a very Merry Christmas and hopefully a happy, healthy, New Year.
Finally, the team would like to thank everyone for all the Christmas gifts and wishes we have received, you have all been very kind and generous.
The Clubhouse Team.
Date: 11th Dec 2020 @ 8:59am
We are at the end of the penultimate week of the Autumn term. The Children’s excitement is rising as they recount the tales of their mischievous elves and extending Christmas lists!
This week there has been a frenzy of crafting. We have painted, coloured, glued and glittered, most of the time it was confined to the craft, but on occasion it extended to ourselves! The children have loved getting involved, developing their own ideas and spending time sitting and socialise with their friends.
When not crafting we have played festive bingo and games. We have bopped to Christmas tunes, played musical statues, hunt the reindeer and ended our evenings with a seasonal film.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!
Date: 3rd Dec 2020 @ 10:13pm
The weather is getting colder, the nights are shorter and time appears to be whizzing by at top speed. It undoubtedly feels like the buzz of Christmas excitement is growing.
This week the children have put their interior decorating skills to the test. They took the lead in decorating Clubhouse. The room now adorned with trees, tinsel and baubles, looks decidedly festive.
Despite, being busy, decorating trees the children have found time to get creative, play games and spend time relaxing with friends. A group gathered for a competitive game of chess and in the morning, our older children pitted themselves against each other in a game of battleships.
Practising their mark making, our foundation stage children love writhing on the whiteboard. During quieter moments, the children will happily chose a book to share and read, before reenergising with a game of musical statues or a Kidz Bop dance!
Wishing you all a great weekend.
Date: 27th Nov 2020 @ 8:22am
The weeks keep flying along, I cannot believe we will be in December next week!
It has been as busy as ever in Clubhouse. We have spent some lovely evenings outside. The children thought it was exciting to be out so late and play in the dark! We practised our throwing skills. The hoops were used as targets, whilst the children tried to successfully land bean bags in them. An accurate throw was met with great cheers of jubilation and the start line was moved further and further back to make it more challenging. An outdoor bowling alley was set up and the challenge of throwing a strike met, and the children scootered around happily, burning off excess energy.
To be kind to our feathered friends, as the weather is turning colder, we decided to make our own fat balls. Getting hands-on, the children mixed and manipulated the seed and lard mixture together. Then they shaped it into round balls; describing it as sticky, smelly, squishy and one child remarked that it was like peanut butter! Hopefully, the local bird population will approve.
Have a lovely weekend.
Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 5:05pm
This week, we enjoyed a virtual game of bingo with Miss Emmett. It was eyes down, whilst waiting for the call of two little ducks and legs eleven. There was great enthusiasm to be the first to shout house! Bingo has become a popular evening game. The children have been very keen to take over as bingo caller, conjuring up their own amusing sayings.
The children have been crafty, when celebrating Diwali, they have made lanterns and coloured intricate rangoli patterns.
With the dark and more often than not wet evenings, we have been testing our knowledge of trivia. The children love, creating, joining in and hosting kahoot quizzes. We tested ourselves on Disney, Harry Potter and Minecraft, to name but a few.
Have a lovely weekend.
Date: 12th Nov 2020 @ 9:49pm
We Have Peace in our Hands
In Clubhouse this week we have spent time reflecting on Remembrance Day, peace and kindness. We produced an image of a lone soldier to acknowledge the courage and sacrifices made serving their country. The image is made of Clubhouse children's and adult hands, decorated holding a poppy. A simple reminder, that we all hold peace, kindness, and a chance to make a better world in our hands.
Take care, stay safe and have a peaceful weekend.
Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 5:07pm
Welcome back we hope everyone had a wonderful and safe half term holiday!
The children returned with an abundance of energy eager to share their holiday news and have wished to spend a great deal of time chatting! It would seem many have seen the arrival of four legged, energetic friends who have spent the week getting to know families and settling into their new homes. Some have managed to spend time away and others have explored the local surroundings and woods. So, despite the rain it would seem everyone made the most of their time at home!
As the weather has been a little inclement, the children have spent more time indoors! Their enthusiasm to play and explore has not wavered, an expanding train tracks was weaved around the Year 1 and 2 bubble. Foundation stage set up a band, setting off on their own bus tour! The older children opted to reacquaint themselves with the Wii and Xbox and found time to have a game of table football.
We have celebrated bonfire week, producing colourful, firework pictures. Those who wished, produced their own bonfire inspired cake. Using cream frosting as a base, and matchmakers and chocolate buttons as the logs. Obviously, the bonfires built did not last too long!
Wishing everyone a safe weekend.
Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 8:33am
We have reached the end of a busy first half term. Everyone in Clubhouse is proud of the way the children have settled into their new bubbles, accepting and embracing the new system.
It has been a fun filled 8 weeks. We’ve built wonderful models; amazing marble runs; played lots of board games; had fun racing cars down dark tunnels and enjoyed the last of the Summer sunshine! Jungle animals kept appearing – Foundation stage helping to collage a huge elephant head.
This week, the darker wet mornings and evenings haven’t dampened our spirts as we have enjoyed decorating pumpkins pictures and making our own pumpkin masks. We have been very musical, creating our own four, piece band. Our week drew to a close with an exciting game of bingo and movie night.
Hoping everyone has a wonderful half term. Stay safe.
Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 5:26pm
The has been a rumble in the Clubhouse jungle this week – and lots of different animals keep appearing! The children have been very crafty – creating a giant elephant, tearing newspapers to make a wonderful, collaged elephant head. Using the book Rumble in the Jungle as inspiration they recreated a large friendly tiger. Others made a huge paper chain snake and a few baby ones too! Feeling inspired, the older children produced scary lions!
Elsewhere, we have enjoyed indoor games, model building and got plenty of exercise dancing to the songs on GoNoodle.
I wonder which animals will pop by next week!
Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend.
Date: 9th Oct 2020 @ 5:39pm
We have had a very puzzle and game-oriented week this week. Year 5 and 6 completed their 300-piece jigsaw. Declaring that it was too easy, so they have challenged themselves to a 1000-piece. The aim is to have it completed before half term – only time will tell! Year 1 and 2 joined in with the puzzling, proudly, completing their own Cars jigsaw.
We have also played lots of board games Year 1 and 2 have enjoyed playing snakes and ladders. Tensions ran high as they got close to the end, before winning hopes were dashed as they had to slide down the long snake! Nursery and Reception played a game of lotto, finding the pieces to match their boards. Year 3 and 4 enjoyed an exciting game of Jenga, holding their breath while the tower wobbled before it dramatically tumbled to the floor – to much hilarity!
The children have been very creative, using stickle bricks they made their own cameras and built sturdy bridges with the wooden blocks.
Happy weekend everyone!
Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 5:06pm
The rain at the beginning of the week didn’t dampen our spirits, as it gave us the perfect opportunity to play a game of bingo. It was all eyes down whilst the players listened in anticipation for their numbers to be called. From two little ducks to legs eleven everyone had a lovely time.
Staying in has given us the opportunity to build Lego cities and intricate Knex models. The children love whizzing the cars down the long tubing and setting up the skateboard park. The older children built a very elaborate marble maze, which at one point spanned the length of the sofa. Evenings and mornings have finished with Stickykids dancing and a film.
Luckily, the ever-changing weather has still given us plenty of opportunity to get outside; have fun and burn off lots of energy. The older children spent time on the field, whilst the youngster scooted, biked and adorned the playground with colourful chalk pictures.
Happy weekend – stay safe.
Date: 24th Sep 2020 @ 5:31pm
Wow these weeks fly by!
We are at the end of our fourth week back in school. The weather is turning decidedly colder, but that hasn’t diminished the beaming smiles, that we are greeted with each morning and throughout the sessions.
Luckily, at the start of the week the children were able to enjoy the fading sunshine, exploring, investigating and playing out doors. Balance was put to the test with the aid of quoits perched perilously on heads! The children have loved whizzing around on the scooters and bikes. A group took part in ‘Granny’s Footsteps’ with Granny perched on a set of dinosaur stilts.
Indoors, we have spent a little quiet time reading and sharing books. We manipulated and played with our own set of playdough, creating and cutting it into lots of shapes, including a pair of glasses!
I do so wish we had timed the game of Jenga that a group of older children enjoyed. I have never seen a more perilously balanced tower stay standing for so long. Breath was held with the removal of each brick, before it eventually succumbed, collapsing to much hilarity from those involved.
Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe weekend.
Date: 17th Sep 2020 @ 5:10pm
What a fantastic extension to the Summer we have had this week! We have made full use of the warm, light evenings spending as much time outside after snack as we could.
Remaining in their bubbles, the children have been showing off their hula hooping skills. Hula hooping is meant to be an excellent way of increasing the heart rate, exercising the core muscles and even the brain, as it requires a good deal of concentration – so possibly a childhood skill I need to re-require!
Our plants have been getting a lot of TLC, I think a few are beyond saving, but we have managed to revive a few of the late summer blooms.
We have encouraged whole bubble wide games, playing games such as Duck, Duck Goose. On Wednesday I was entertained to an enthralling show of singing, dancing and acrobats by our Y1 and Y2 bubble, whilst the older children go the chance to spend time out on the field.
Happy weekend – long may the beautiful weather continue!
Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 2:48pm
Clubhouse would like to wish everyone a warm welcome back.
What wonderful children we have! They have embraced our new layout and bubble format, spending time exploring their set new area. Feedback so far has been very positive!
The bubble setting has certainly not diminished the children’s enthusiasm, creativity or chattiness! One group spent time preparing and serving a delicious afternoon tea, before retiring for a spot of ‘Trolls’ colouring. Lego has had a resurgence, as the children, use their engineering skills to building elaborate – not always steady constructions! Outdoors, our 3 and 4 bubble chose to create a large paper mural, whilst the Reception and Nursery children opted to water paint the slide.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Date: 13th Mar 2020 @ 2:20pm
On Friday we bounced our way into the weekend, when Clubhouse children got to have another whirl on the bouncy castles. They leapt, bounced and scrambled their way over the assault course all before the inevitable rain appeared!
It’s been good to spend as much time outdoors as possible. The children enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat on the toad stools and others danced and performed on the new stage. For the times we couldn’t get outside groups enjoyed a competitive game of dodgeball in the hall.
As the focus in School has been on computing this week, we had our own internet café. The children used the laptops, developing their key board skills. They could use any school programme, with many opting to improve their multiplication skills on Times Table Rock Stars.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy weekend!
Date: 6th Mar 2020 @ 5:05pm
As Sunday was St David’s Day and meteorologically the beginning of Spring, we decided to have a Welsh cooking week. We made Welsh cakes, which surprising worked out well and were quite tasty! We introduced the children to leeks to make leek and potato soup. We peeled and chopped potatoes then sliced leeks. The children were surprised that there was soil in then and they had to be washed!
On Thursday, we joined in with World Book Day. It was heigh-ho heigh-ho off to work we go - as the staff of Clubhouse were transformed into the Seven Dwarfs. There were some wonderful costumes and children spent time in the ‘Onion’ reading some of their favourite books.
The sunshine put everyone in a party mood on Friday. After playing outside and snack, we had a disco. Everyone joined the conga train, which snaked around Clubhouse. Some fantastic disco moves were then showcased which would of put the most flamboyant 80’s dancer to shame!
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.
Date: 28th Feb 2020 @ 1:48pm
Welcome back, we hope everyone enjoyed their half term break. We’re not quite sure where this first week back has gone – maybe it’s a sign of age, it seems to have disappeared like a flash!
Pancakes have certainly been on the agenda; though I’m not quite sure everyone has embraced the giving up of something for Lent! Rather than the full sugar rush of chocolate and syrups, we opted for the simpler lemon and sugar topping. The pancakes were certainly enjoyed, both at breakfast and evening snack.
A group of older children put their own pancake mix to the test and made their own from scratch. They decided that Tuesday had only been a practice and needed to perfect their recipe for a second time on Thursday! I must say the kitchen didn’t get quite as covered with mixture on Thursday, but this time they were made to do the dishes afterwards! A few pancakes were tossed and most were caught!
Despite the continuing dismal weather, we have managed to get outside on quite a few evenings this week. Mrs Grayson worked her magic and had a little move around. The children had a renewed ownership of the mud kitchen area - serving mud pancakes to their waiting diners, whilst others tested car speeds down the ramps.
Afterward a bracing run around outside, we’ve enjoyed coming back in for game of bingo, quiz or just a little bit of rest and relaxation watching a film.
Wishing everyone a happy weekend!
Date: 14th Feb 2020 @ 9:14am
We have come to the end of a busy half term, the storms and wind sent everyone a little hyper and hampered our outdoor play, but we entertained ourselves with lots of games both in Clubhouse and the hall. There was a renewed enthusiasm for board games and our minds were stretched trying to complete varying size puzzles – which some found easier than others.
It was eyes down for an exciting game of bingo. When calling the numbers, we made up our own bingo calls - to much hilarity. We even tested maths skills by throwing in a few number problems, which despite the age of contestants was extremely impressive. House was called with great enthusiasm and dramatic acting demonstrated when it was just missed.
Valentine’s Day has been on the minds of our young members. We made wrapped yarn hearts and shortbread heart biscuits, which were brightly decorated and adorned with coloured strands. The biscuits were meant for parents and siblings, to show how much they are thought of, however I’m not sure how many will have reached home!
On Thursday, a group decided that they wanted to make cakes instead of the planned biscuits and decorated them for their family. They searched out a recipe and found ideas of how to decorate them. With only a little assistance they weighed, mixed and baked the cakes. Once cooled, they finished by decorating them to their chosen design. Hopefully they tasted as good as the amount of effort and care given to each one made.
Wishing everyone a restful half term holiday.
Date: 7th Feb 2020 @ 2:40pm
Another week has whizzed by – the penultimate before the half term break! We started the week with a little baking. After much thought and searching through the recipe book, it was agreed to make a batch of traditional fairy cakes. Independently, the children weighed and mixed their ingredients; showing a great display of team work and cooperation. Later in the week, we experimented by veering away from the traditional fairy cake, to an egg and sugar free alternative. It received mixed reviews, especially from those with a slightly sweeter tooth, but we will continue with the experimenting.
Lots of construction has been occurring around the room. An elaborate marble run was made as well as elaborate lego cities. We challenged the children to build the tallest tower of lego that they could, however using the fewest bricks possible and it had to be able to stand without any human support. Engineering hats were firmly placed on heads, and tall towers were built, unfortunately they fell down before any evidence could be captured, stability had definitely been missed from the brief!
Mrs Grayson lead a lovely story time. The children chose their own books to share and then listened to a story. They were very animated and keen to share the favourite parts of their book. On the craft table a group spent time and care producing and illustrating their own book called The Three Balloons – authors in the making.
Wishing you all a happy weekend.
Date: 31st Jan 2020 @ 5:29pm
As it was Chinese New Year on Saturday, we have continued with the celebrations in Clubhouse. Our kitchen area has been very popular and the children have enjoyed serving ‘noodles’ in small rice bowls and practicing their chopstick skills. As always, they extended the role play and turned the area into a full house, with lounge areas and bedrooms, using and adapting the resources as the play evolved.
Our snack menu was revised for the week, so that it had a more oriental twist. Most meals and foods were popular, especially the prawn crackers and chow main noodles, however we know to never serve chicken and sweetcorn soup again – I’ll say no more!
We continued the oriental theme on the craft table, making lanterns, tiny mice – as it is the year of the rat and paper fortune tellers. However, the children also had their own ideas and went box crazy creating their own cardboard car. Much thought and discussion went into the design, especially the construction of the seating area. It is now a popular addition to our toy collection.
On Thursday, after what seemed like our longest play outdoors in such a long time, we rounded off our evening with some popcorn and a movie.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Date: 24th Jan 2020 @ 2:36pm
I cannot believe we have been back three weeks already! On the craft table this week we have been making some no sew cushions. All that was needed was fleecy material, filling and a pair of scissors. It was a quick and easy project which even the youngest members could complete independently. It also had the transferable, practical skills of cutting and tying knots.
To while away the dark evening (we have noticed that it is staying lighter for a little longer) we played a whole club game of charades. It was not only the children’s acting skills that were put to the test, but also their ability not to speak as they acted out the scenario or word!
Initiated by the children, our home area was transformed into a school on Wednesday; which seemed to date back to Victorian times, as the teachers were extremely strict! However, it didn’t lack pupils as more and more seemed keen to join the rows. There was great emphasis on maths, reading and multiplication. It was lovely to see each of our Year 4 members sharing a book with a Nursery or Reception child.
We always aim to head to the hall at the end of each session to have fun playing games with the added bonus of burning off some energy. To jazz up some of our popular games we played shape statues. When the music stopped the children had to join friends and make which ever shape or letter was called. There was much hilarity and team work while the children figured out how to recreate the shape called.
Wishing everyone a wonderful – healthy weekend.
Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 3:57pm
We thought we would aim for a healthy start to the new year with our cooking. This week we practiced our cutting skills by preparing and chopping lots of different vegetables to make a pasta salad. The children diced their way through, tomatoes, courgette, peppers and butternut squash. These were then drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with herbs and seasoning before being roasted. We were pleased by the number who were willing to give them a try at snack and those that had helped with the preparation got to take some home. Personally, I thought they were delicious and the room certainly filled with a sweet aroma as the vegetable cooked.
It was good to be able to get outside on a few of the nights and we were teased by the lighter nights only to have them swiftly taken away by the deluge of rain which arrived. Instead, the children enjoyed a competitive; but fairly played; game of dodgeball in the hall.
Energetic dancing games were requested, which we duly obliged with - to burn off a little energy. The children danced, whirled and twirled together in groups to the songs from Trolls, before cooling down with a game of sleeping lions!
We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful weekend.
Date: 9th Jan 2020 @ 5:31pm
Welcome back, we hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and we send our best wishes for the New Year.
It has been a relaxed start to Clubhouse, the children have been keen to chat and share their exciting holiday news. They have caught up with friends and new members have been exploring and investigating the room.
Our Frozen inspired Onion has captured the children's imagination and curiosity. They have enjoyed dressing up in their favourite costumes and re-enacting scenes from the story, or at times simply enjoyed the piece and quiet in the cosy 'Castle'!
On the craft table, the children have been exploring their creativity and inventiveness, through junk modelling. Joining disparate materials they produced castles, frogs with moving mouths and even the odd walking stick or two!
Date: 19th Dec 2019 @ 2:07pm
We have come to the end of a very busy term and would like to thank everyone for all the wonderful gifts and Christmas wishes we have received. We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year.
Happy holidays, see you in 2020!