This week the children have continued to develop their friendships and we have been pleased to see them showing co-operation, turn taking, helping each other and enjoying playing alongside each other.
What a wet week it has been. The children have been using the umbrellas while exploring the rain. Putting them up and down helps to develop strength and control in their arm and finger muscles.
The children have been looking closely at themselves and each other to identify similarities and differences.
They made hand prints and then compared and talked about the different sizes. We joined the prints together to make a height chart. Every child wanted to be measured leading to lots of counting and the use of language to compare heights. Nobody was as tall as Lisa.
The children thought about the names of all of the body parts that they knew and enjoyed seeing their ideas written on the life size drawings. Afterwards they were encouraged to draw their own person, checking that they had included all the parts.
We looked at eye colour and the children were encouraged to make marks to represent their own eyes, looking closely at the shapes they were drawing and the colours that they selected to use.
We have been pleased by how well the children have all settled in nursery this week. Our 'old' children are enjoying being the 'big' children in the room and our new children are making friends and showing great confidence.
The water bottles have been replaced with cups that the children can fill from a water jug. This is proving to be very popular with the children who love the independence of pouring their own drinks and washing up the cups afterwards. It's great for improving their motor skills too.
The children have been talking about the patterns and colours on the fish in our 'Only One You' book. This has inspired some colourful mark making. Every child was eager to decorate a paper fish. We are now looking forward to painting our pebbles.