This week many of our activities have been mathematically based, we have modelled to the children how to sort objects into separate groups according to colour or size. They have been introduced to new language and concepts of big and small, and making comparisons of more or less. The children were all very focused and enjoyed the challenges of the set activities to sort themselves.
We also encouraged counting of objects to develop reciting some number names in sequence and to give them the knowledge that numbers identify how many objects in a group.
We have been using the flash cards to begin learning some 2d shapes, some children are already able to recognise some and for those that weren't sure they repeated the shape name after us.
To extend the activity we have been using the sensory shape blocks to further the children's interest in shapes to make arrangements through their play. We continued naming the shapes as we built, it was lovely to see the children actually build and create, using the shapes to represent objects such as houses, castles, rockets and even a robot, just amazing.
Some children also tried to draw big and little circles.
We have completely taken advantage of the sunny weather at the beginning of the week by doing a nature walk around the school grounds. Some of the children started to naturally gather some leaves so we all collected as many as we could carry.
On the way back the children noticed that they were leaving footprints on the playground so we looked closely at the similarities and differences between the marks left behind.
Once back inside we used a hole punch to create holes in all the leaves and the children threaded them into some string. Their perseverance and the time they stayed at this activity was really good.
If you would like some of the leaves and string to take home to thread with your child then please don't hesitate to ask a member of staff.🍃👍
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
The children this week have been developing their turn taking skills. We use simple games to model and encourage this between a small group of children. We are so impressed with how far they have come on. They really are enjoying themselves with their friends. Below are pictures of some children turn taking whilst playing the fishing game. They also extended their learning by matching up their fish or sea creature to their friends.
We have been focusing on verbs this week with the children. We have done many activities with them where we have introduced them to new verbs and how to extend the word into two words or a simple sentence.
We also have verb flash cards where we can do quick activities with the children 1:1 at any given time in the day so the children are encouraged to describe what the person is doing in the picture such as 'painting a picture, drinking orange juice or reading a book.'
When reading stories at home with your child you can ask them simple what questions to encourage your child to say and use verbs.
If you would like any support, further ideas or a copy of our verb flash cards then please do not hesitate to pop in and ask Lisa or Kirsty.
This week we started our theme that is from the story 'The artist who painted a blue horse.' We introduced the story to the children by reading it to them in a group and encouraged them to help name the colours and names of each animal.
We introduced the children to what an artist is and what they do. Setting up the easel in our room we modelled to the children how to be an artist and paint a blue horse from the story. Everyone had a go and we were amazed at how they all showed a good level of focus, excitement and creative ability.
We decided to be artists outside and took our clipboards and pencils with us and sat together to draw a tree. We used lines to create the trunks of the tree and some children used circles for the leaves.
We have done lots of creative activities linking in with the story so far. Below you can see the children creating wavy lines on their painted crocodiles by using a lollipop stick. The children also used Pom poms to create the polka dotted donkey.
The children have shown an interest this week in the shape tiles. They have been very creative in what they have made. Some children said some of the shapes names. We played alongside them and modelled the rest of the names and colours of each one.
Some of the children were able to tell us what they had made using the tiles. This included a rocket, house, flower and a sunshine.
We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as what we did exploring with your child.
Through school training we have been learning about this new education programme called Mind up.
The programme focuses on children's meditations and mindfulness practices that help children to be more focused, calm and relaxed which helps towards their learning.
Within Nursery we have introduced this in a simple way to the children.
Each session the children participate in a group yoga activity, where all are encouraged to join in and try new ways of moving in a slow controlled manner. We follow our yoga session with a short meditation activity that we have named 'chime time', during this part we sit in a circle and the children are encouraged to breath in and out slowly to stay calm. We then close our eyes whilst the chime is struck to focus and listen to the sound, when the sound is no longer heard we open our eyes.
The children have all responded to these short activities of calmness which we have added to our daily routine.
We will be sending home our yoga sheet for you to try at home with your children. 😀
We have taken our mark making out onto the playground to help keep the children interested by exploring ways to create marks in different ways using watered down paint. We encouraged the children to paint circles and lines to help them to develop the skills to control the paintbrush, many chose to use a whole hand grasp to hold the paint brush and showed good coordination.
Simple activities like this are very important for the children to develop gross motor and fine motor skills which helps towards their writing skills in Preschool and Reception.
We have been practising using one handed tools this week and the children are improving every day! They are becoming more confident and stronger in their grasp as they hold the regular scissors or Palm scissors to create small cuts along the edge of the paper. We are also focusing on learning how to continuously cut across a whole page.
Here are some of the children's ICT pictures they created using the app on our IPads.
The children have learnt how to use the app, being able to touch the icons on the screen to change the pen so that it creates a variety of marks.
They have been extremely proud of their finished pictures so we thought we would share them with you.
We modelled language such as 'long, short, thick, thin, lines, circles.'
We also modelled and introduced the children to the colour names that they were using.
The children enjoyed a messy sensory activity of making mud dough this week.
The ingredients are tissue paper, water, and grated soap. The children had fun exploring all the ingredients by using all their senses by smelling, touching and listening.
We smelt the tissue paper and soap. We experienced the textures of each one and used new language such as soft, wet, dry, hard.
We then modelled how to listen to the paper tearing, the soap sprinkling and the water dripping.
Last of all the children got stuck in and mixed the ingredients around until it created the mud dough. Some of the children noticed they were able to make marks in the dough and created circles, lines and rainbow arch shapes.
We kept the dough for several days and added different thing to it to extend the child's play and interest.
We have been busy mark making with the paint and new mark making tools as soon as we came back this week. The children got stuck in and involved immediately, showing high levels on interest and fascination as they mixed the colours together.
The children are developing their control whilst holding the tools and beginning to decide which hand is the more dominant hand to use.
We will change and adapt our painting activities so that it is coming from the child's interest/fascination. This will keep the children engaged and interested for longer periods of time.
Lots of small world play has taken place this week. The children really are showing an interest in the small world people, creating homes for them and acting out everyday experiences. We play alongside them introducing the children to new language and scenarios extending their own knowledge and experience.
We would like to welcome you all back after the summer and hope you and your family have had a lovely time together.
We would like to welcome all our new children that have recently started with us and we look forward to working with you and your family in the future.