The children really enjoy playing games in groups, they all fully understand that they need to share the resources and wait patiently to take their turn.
Today we played a game called ice cream crazy, the aim of the game is to follow an order card to make your own ice cream. The children quickly grasped the concept of what they had to do and each time they turned a card over would check their individual order card.
This game is great for encouraging communication and cooperation between the children. It also teaches colours, provides practice in matching and promotes observation skills and memory.
We would like to thank all our families that joined us for our special Mothers Day stay and play. It was lovely to see you all and spend time with you doing fun activities.
We would like to thank all of the parents who donated items for our role play Garden Center, as you can see in the photos the children have been making full use of everything. We have learnt how to dig and fill the plant pots with soil and how to plant seeds and bulbs. This provided us with lots of opportunities to talk about the process of growing plants and flowers which meant the children learnt some new language and knowledge of growth. We have placed all our pots to one side so we can observe any changes and hopefully grow some beautiful flowers. 😀🌻🌸🌷😀🌻🌸🌷🌿🌻
The children are all still engaged and fascinated with the changes that are taking place with the caterpillars and tadpoles. They check each day to see how they are developing. This is sparking great conversations between friends and many amazing questions.
We will keep you updated on their growth.🐸🐛
We have many helpers to make play dough each week. The children work together and help read out what ingredients they need.
Following on from making the play dough the children are really excited to join in with a play dough gym activity. This activity is amazing for helping to develop the children's fine motor skills, listening and attention.
We will be sending home a play dough recipe for you to make at home with your child. Don't forget to upload any pictures of you doing this onto your child's Interactive Learning Diary. We love to see the child learning in thier home environment.
Look at all the bugs the children have been able to explore today. They have been able to look closely at a great bug collection. The children were fascinated by how each one looked and some even noticed the differences. Many questions were asked so we then watched video clips to show the children the bugs in action.
Learning the cycle of a frog.
This week we have been very lucky to have some frogspawn at Nursery, this is a wonderful opportunity for the children to be able to see and experience. We talked about the frogspawn and the process that happens from the tadpole hatching to it growing into a frog. To extend the children's learning and knowledge we watched a video clip that showed the whole process. The children showed a lot of interest throughout.
Later as we were eating our snack we spoke again about what we had learned, the children were amazing at remembering and simply retelling the information they had learnt about the cycle.
They said: "Frogspawn hatch."
"Come out tadpoles, little babies."
"Tadpoles wiggle." (Wiggled their finger as they said this)
"Tadpole swim, eat plant."
"Grow legs turn frog."
The children have been fascinated on how fast the caterpillars are growing. They check on them everyday and talk to each other about their size. The children are also using positional language now when describing where they are in the pot.
We will keep you updated on their development.
Below you can see the children enjoying a messy sensory painting activity. The children mixed the paint with their fingers and commented on the changes that they observed and created.
Following along with the them of The very hungry caterpillar we thought we would do a little counting with the children. They were amazing at counting the butterflies and were also using language of quantities and size.
The children this term have been really engaged with a lot of role play. Today's role play was followed on from a story of a mouse going camping, it was decided that we all wanted to make a tent to sleep inside. Once the tent had been put up the children all collected the cushions and blankets to pretend going to sleep, they then woke up and used the barbecue to cook their breakfast, the tongs were used to pick up the food which helped the children to coordinate and strengthen their whole hand/tripod grip. We made a pretend camp fire using wood pieces and tissue paper, then discussed about how to be safe around a fire, that we must not touch it as it's very hot and can burn our skin. Sitting around the camp fire we all chose a musical instrument and sang some nursery rhymes, the children are all beginning to learn the words and showing confidence to sing together lovely. To finish off our camping adventure we had a little picnic outside the tent, the children were encouraged to peel their own oranges to work towards developing independent skills.
A good time was had by all.
We are so excited this term to be doing The very hungry caterpillar for our theme. The children have enjoyed the story together in groups and individually. As we read the story we are asking simple questions along the way to help with the children's understanding.
We have had a special delivery of caterpillars this week. The children have looked closely at them and have used language of size whilst describing them, "Look they little ones."
We will be showing and explaining the life cycle of the butterfly as the changes take place. So keep an eye out for regular updates on here and our nursery face book page.
Following on from this exciting delivery it has sparked many fun and creative activities where the children have created their own caterpillars and butterflies.
The theme has continued outside and we have provided the children with many activities. Below you can see the children taking part in a insect hunt. They all looked at the pictures of the insects they needed to find and with so much energy and excitement they rushed around looking for them. We situated the bugs in a variety of places to encourage the children to use positional language when they find them.
You are more than welcome to join in our insect hunt with your children when you drop off or pick up.🐛🐞🐝
Welcome back to Term 4
We hope you all enjoyed a lovely half term.
What a lovely week back at Nursery we have had so far with all this spring sunshine.
Within Nursery we have definitely made the most of it, spending plenty of time outside making good use of the large climbing apparatus to strengthen our muscles, develop coordination skills and gross motor skills.
We have enjoyed lots of other varied activities such as dressing up to ignite our imagination and role play, building to balance and create structures, mark making to work towards writing skills and using a pincer grip to squeeze pipettes of water to transport between containers.
This amazing role play opportunity arose from one of the children sharing his experiences and ideas of going on a bus, he stood next to a unit and told everyone, "Come on bus, this bus stop." All the children followed his lead and joined him to wait for the bus. To extend the activity we used the chairs to create a bus to go on and made tickets to buy. We travelled to the beach, the park and the shops. Throughout the role play the children used lots of language and really played lovely alongside each other to keep the play going.
We sang along to the 'Wheels on the bus' and followed all of the actions.
The children have been practising using scissors and Palm scissors this week. They have improved their grip and how they operate them so much in such a short space of time. We are so impressed. 😊
We had so much fun in the snow! We explored the snow and how we could leave marks in it, made a snowman and all the staff ended up being bombarded with snowballs.
Once we had finished exploring outside we took the snow back inside with us. We used the pipettes and coloured water to create marks in the snow and mix colours together.
The children were amazed as they watched the snow melt in their hands.
This week the children have been learning to play the animal farmyard lotto game. They did really well at waiting for their turn and being kind to others.
We modelled animal names and sounds alongside the Makaton signs which the children loved to copy. We also asked the children simple what, where and who questions throughout the game so that we could extend their understanding.
If you would like to borrow our farmyard lotto game to play at home then please don't hesitate to ask for it.
We created a team building game using the Tap tap box this week. The children joined in with the rhyme and waited patiently for their name to be called. Once it was their turn the child chose a brick from the box and then added it to the teams tower. They managed to take care and build the tower to a great height.
At the end of the game when the tower fell down the children were immediately excited to play the game all over again. Their focus and energy levels were amazing.
The following day we left the game out in the room to see if the children revisited it independently. They did this many times throughout the session, showing good interaction and social skills with their friends.
Today the children have been naming the farm animals and learning the makaton sign for each animal. All the children were very good at trying to use this sign language and some even remembered the signs when ask to repeat it back.
Here are some examples of the makaton signs which show how to use your hands for each animal, why not have a go with your children.😀
This week the children have been doing lots of activities along the theme of Old MacDonald had a farm. They have been creative in making animal collages, pen enclosures using play dough and lollipop sticks and singing songs. The children have been strengthening and developing their fine motor skills by lots of activities like threading farm animal cards and cutting feathers into a hen picture.
We also created a hide and seek game with coloured tractors. The children waited patiently whilst we hid them around the room, keeping in mind positional language and understanding. We then asked the children individually to go and find a particular coloured tractor.
This game helped the children in developing their colour knowledge, turn taking skills, listening and attention and understanding.
They had so much fun throughout this game at the beginning of the week that several children asked to play it many times throughout the week.
We would like to welcome you back to Term 3.
We have been busy helping our new children settling into nursery the last couple of weeks. We are so proud at how they are doing and how the older children have been demonstrating kind and friendly behaviour towards them.
Below are some photos of some of the activities the children have been engaged and involved in.
We are really interested in learning all about what your child achieves at home. We have a special WOW board, where you can write your child's individual achievement on a star and add them to our display. This can be anything from brushing their own teeth to helping tidy their own room with you.
You can add as many stars as you like. Please ask a member of staff for some stars and lets celebrate your child's learning together.
Today we have focused some activities to encourage the children's coordination and fine manipulative skills, we based the activities around the Christmas theme to engage the children's interest.
All children were very focused, they showed good skills as they used their hands and tripod/pincer grip to carry out activities.
We used a pine cone set up as a Christmas tree and used elastic bands that the children had to stretch using a pincer grip to decorate the cone.
A sensory activity where the children used their hands and fingers to scoop up the snow and sprinkle into pots to fill and empty.
The children then used scissors to make snips into a Christmas tree shape to create the effect of the leaves, we used a lollipop stick that was stuck to the tree to aid the children to keep their fingers away from the scissors whilst they cut, this helped with the children's coordination.
All these activities are simple but so effective as it helps them to develop the coordination skills and tripod/ pincer grip needed to develop writing skills as they get older. Why not try some activities at home as well as developing coordination and fine manipulative skills, these simple play activities can help improve concentration and focus.
Following on from children's interest
The children showed interest in a picture of a peacock, we looked at the different colours on the bird and one child even said, "That look like eyes on them feathers that go up." We spoke about how the peacock will put their feathers up if they feel scared and shake them, the children all pretended they had feathers by putting their arms in the air and shaking them like a peacock. For the children to really experience how the peacock looks and moves we watched a video clip, the children were fascinated by the sounds the peacock made before rising its feathers.
It was suggested by another child that we paint a peacock so that's exactly what we did.
The children were encouraged to use their fingers in the paint to create circles to represent the eye shapes on the feathers, the children named the colours green and blue and they explored the texture of the paint and what happens when colours are mixed.
Christmas Stay and Play
Thank you to all of you that joined your children today, it was lovely to see you all so involved with your children making some Christmas crafts, we hope you enjoyed our Christmas songs.
May we take this chance to thank you all for your continued support within Nursery, it's been our absolute pleasure looking after your children and watching them develop.
Here are some photos of our stay and play sessions.🎄😄🎄
This week the children have been exploring the story of Dear Santa. We have read the story together many times and have done lots of fun activities which are linked to the story such as kite making, mixing paint with their fingers and wrapping 3D shapes and objects.
The children worked together well and the amount of language that was used was really impressive. All children were engaged and focuses throughout all these activities and they also repeated them independently in their play later on in their session.
Our Littlemixers Yoga book is now coming home with your children, this a wonderful chance for the family to come together and have a bit of fun. The children have been doing these yoga moves at Nursery with all their friends, it's great to see them moving their bodies in different ways and trying to hold their stretches whilst trying to balance. We do have a yoga feedback book that also comes home so we look forward to hearing about the fun you have, if you wish to share any photos then please add them to the book.
Can we take this chance to say thank you to the families that have already taken part.
So this week we have all got a little excited about the fact Christmas will soon be here, needless to say this excitement led to us changing our role play area into a Christmas theme and putting up some decorations.
The children have loved having the chance to decorate the tree and dress up as Santa, a Christmas pudding or an elf.
Over the weeks leading up to Christmas we will be doing plenty of Christmas activities involving no doubt lots of sparkly glitter and paint, so make sure you leave some space at home to display your children's wonderful creation.
We have introduced the children to the concept of Tall and Short, we looked at the differences between our heights and talked about who was tall or short. The children quickly realised the adults were taller and that they were shorter.
Working together we drew a tall giraffe and a short penguin so the children had a visual to put on the wall to compare sizes, they were asked the questions of, "Who is taller? "Who is shorter?" This introduced the children to understanding and answering questions whilst looking at different size.
After the activity some children found animals or play people that were tall and short, standing them next to each other they would say which size they were.
Our focus story this week is Eric Carle's 'From Head to Toe', this story focuses on what movements the animals can do and then the animals asking if the different children in the story can do it. The children respond with "I can do it."
Throughout the story we encouraged the children to join in with the movements asking them, "Can you do it?"
All the children tried the movements and were very pleased with themselves when they in fact could move like the animals, with encouragement they all said, "I can do it."
We spoke to the children about how we can all do different things when we are playing and learning. We then went to explore our environment.
As the children were doing different activities they began celebrating themselves by recognising they were achieving, some would call out to peers to show what they were doing, some clapped hands and smiled, some said, "I did it," or "I can do it."
We would like to thank all our families that helped us to raise £41.35 for Children in need.
Our cake sale was amazing and the children loved working together and getting involved.
Friday 16th November
Children in need
Today the children have enjoyed raising money for this wonderful charity, we have dressed up , done lots of amazing arts and crafts and even decorated cakes and biscuits for a cake sale.
We would like to thank all of you for your kinds donations and will put a sign up next week to say how much the children raised.
The children are all becoming very good at yoga, they are all quite focused through are daily sessions and are moving and stretching their bodies to hold the poses. We have introduced some animal yoga poses to the children this week which they thoroughly enjoyed.
We are in the process of creating a home yoga book for the children to bring home so the whole family can enjoy and take part, I'm sure you will all look forward to sharing this experience that can be a lot of fun.
We made some dancing ribbons today to allow the children to create movement to music. We used language such as high, low, fast, slow, up, down, in front, behind to give the children some instruction and to encourage their movement of the ribbons.
The children even experimented making up their own different movements for the rest of the group to copy, we really had such a fantastic time sharing our ideas.
The children this week have been introduced to the story of 'Dear Zoo.'They have really enjoyed getting to know the story well and can now all help with some words and phrases as we read it together.
Alongside this we have set up many activities that are to to with the story, these range from making frog hats to giving any given number of bananas to a monkey.
We will continue with this theme next week as the children are still so engaged with it.
If you have any photos from an outing to the Zoo you may have gone on as a family then please look through them with your child and discuss what you saw. Don't forget you can also add photos and comments to your child's interactive learning diary. We would love to see this outing or any other home learning your child does with you. If you need any support on how to do this then please pop in and speak to either Lisa or Kirsty for support.
Following on from the children's interests this week we have now changed our home corner into a shop. The children have been off shopping with each other and have showed good sharing skills with the money and baskets.
We play alongside the children so that we can introduce them to new language, to interact with others and to extend their play.
Lots of fun was had by all.😀
Thank you to everyone that has brought in their sponsor money for the run we did last week. We will let you know the final amount raised as soon as we know.🏃🏃
This week we have done lots of activities around the theme of Halloween. The children have enjoyed many stories, they especially like the Meg and Mog adventures. All children developed their pouring skills whilst they made potions in the witches water station and were using language of quantities and size.
We modelled to the children how to count pumpkins and we left them out to see if anyone went back to count them again. We were pleased with how well they did and we even had one of our children bring in a pumpkin that they had grown at home. They loved having this in the role-play kitchen area and pretended to make pumpkin soup for the babies.
So many creative and sensory activities have taken place this week the children have been completely engrossed and focused.
We ended the week with a Halloween party. The children came in dressed up and we played games and danced till we were worn out.
Thank you for to all our families this term for working closely with us to help your child be a confident learner and explorer. We hope you have a lovely break and we will see you all when we come back.
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.