The children have all made so much progress since our last newsletter and so many of them are now really beginning to show a new confidence in what can be a very challenging environment. We can see their independence increasing and lovely new friendships being formed. For the first few weeks of term we enjoyed showing the children our new forest area. To get up to this they have to climb a big muddy slope using a rope and we have been amazed at the resilience and determination they have shown. The rope has numbers on it and they are so pleased with themselves as they reach the top and shout down to their friends that they’ve made it to number 12! We have spent some of the recent sunny days lying in the grass and talking about the clouds or rolling down a big grassy hill. We feel so proud during these beautiful moments to be giving them the opportunity to experience simple pleasures with their friends, away from indoor noise and toys which so often leave nothing to the imagination. We are really encouraged by the wonderful conversations we have with the children everyday. With the quiet environment and small ratios there is so much opportunity for communication and language at Venture. We amble along on the rope bus (which in itself is teaching them to negotiate, problem solve and to be aware of others), talking about what they can see, asking questions, commenting upon the world around them or asking about what the signs say. What better way to learn about rhyme and to promote awareness of caring for their environment than for them to discover for themselves the little sign with a fish which tells them ‘only rain down the drain’? They chat to each other about what they did at the weekend or the games they want to play when they get to wherever we are headed. They are really beginning to take into account what others are saying. There is always something going on in Hope Cove to watch and learn from. Last week it was watching the Hope Cove lifeboat as the crew launched it with the tractor, then winched the trailer back up with a landrover.. We get so many positive comments from people as we walk past who are all so delighted to see a line of very inquisitive children with rosy cheeks and big smiles!
Read our summer 2018 newsletter here.