Nursery 3/4 2019-2020
We have continued our theme of autumn this week and focused particularly on hedgehogs. We have enjoyed the story ' Don't hog the hedge' ask your children about Hattie the hedgehog.
The children created wonderful hedgehogs out of play dough and pasta and extended the activity to create other characters from the story.
We used some more of our conker collection to paint pictures by rolling and shaking a tray containing paper, paint and conkers, the children had lots of fun ( especially when the conkers popped out of the tray and painted the floor).
Thank you to everyone who came to the stay and play session, it was lovely to see you all.
Our focus story this week is Owl Babies. The children have enjoyed retelling the story and learning about Owls. We have moved like an owl, swooping, gliding and balancing on our 'branch'
We have collected 'worms' from mud to feed to our babies, the tweezers acted as the mummy owls beak and helped to develop the strength in our hands and fingers.
Feathers have been lots of fun this week and we have been undertaking lots of feather investigations. Are they heavy or light?, do they float or sink? and what do they look and feel like? Can we catch them when they are thrown into the air?
We have used our painting and sticking skills to create lovely owls that we will be bringing home next week.
We have turned our home corner into a cafe this week and the children have been very imaginative in their play. They are learning how to take care of china cups and saucers and a very delicate tea pot. I have been very impressed with how careful they have been.
This week we have been participating in lots of finger gym activities and problem solving. The children need strong hands and fingers to help hold writing tools and prepare for a correct pencil grip when they begin writing.
The children constructed using nuts and bolts, practicing the twisting action and pincer grip. They unlocked locks using the correct key. They painted with pom poms and used pegs to pick them up, this was quite tricky but the children persevered to create lovely pictures. We have been singing finger gym songs 'open shut them' and 'Incy Wincy spider' ask the children to sing them to you.
Lots of running, jumping, hopping, skipping and dancing has taken place this week as we have been focusing on music and movement. We have taken part in lots of action songs. The children are very good at listening to the song and following the instructions.
We have acted out the story 'We are going on a bear hunt', swishing through long grass, squelching through mud and sploshing through the water.
The children have been talking about the effects exercise has on their bodies they have noticed the change in their heart beats when they run around the playground.
This week we took part in a number of science experiments. We explored ice, what it is made of and how we can make it melt. We dropped objects into water and guessed if they would float and sink. Sweets were used to create beautiful colourful patterns and to explore colour mixing and we had lots of fun playing with magnets, finding out the materials that could be picked up.
The children demonstrated lots of curiosity and were encouraged to ask lots of how and why questions.
New language was learnt and used throughout the week, we will continue to use this language and return to the experiments throughout the year.
Christmas is our focus for the next two weeks. The children have been listening to the Nativity story and are now familiar with the names of the key characters. The children have been using stick puppets to act out the story in the nativity scene and using new language such as shepherd, wise men and manger.
We have been let loose with the glitter this week and we have created some lovely Christmas art and craft that the children will be bringing home next week. We were a little unsettled this week as we relocated to the hall due to heating issues. The children coped very well with the change and enjoyed all of the physical activities in the sport shall.
Our stay and play will now be next Wednesday.
Autumn is our topic for the next two weeks. Thank you very much for all the wonderful Autumn ' treasure' collected in the children's bags. We have enjoyed exploring the colours, textures and smells of the items.
We have been focusing on counting and numbers this week. We have practised counting to ten and above and the children have enjoyed lots of interactive number songs using props, a favourite song is 5 little speckled frogs.
We have been using every opportunity to count things including; children, pasta, sorting bears, milk cartons and fruit at snack time. We have included number problems into our daily routine such as; if we have 10 children here today how many milk cartons do we need from the fridge? And how many children have chosen bananas at snack time?
we have also learnt that anything can be counted not just objects. We have been counting claps, hops, jumps and taps.
Colour has been our theme this week and we have explored all of the colours of the rainbow.
We have played games with coloured scarves, hoops and beanbags, the children have been very good at following instructions and taking turns.
The children found colour mixing very exciting and enjoyed guessing which colour would be made by mixing two colours together. One of the children wanted to make pink and asked if she could have some white paint as there was none available, we added white and all of the children then joined in to make different shades of their favourite colours.
We have made lots of beautiful rainbows that have really brightened up the room on the rainy days.
This week was all about shapes. We have looked at and matched shapes, we have looked in our rooms and the outside area to see what shapes we can see. Have a look at home and see what shapes you can find. We have focused on circle, triangle, square and rectangle and some of the children can use the names of the shapes when we find them. If the children find any shapes with you at home please upload photos to the ILD app.
Our favourite story this week has been " The old lady who swallowed a fly" the children found it very funny that someone would swallow a spider. 😁
We had a visit Friday afternoon and we were very proud of how welcoming and friendly our children were. They are very excited to make a new friend.
We have continued our all about me theme this week. We have been learning about parts of our body. We love singing the song ' head, shoulders, knees and toes" The children love to sing it super fast. We have dressed up as doctors and nurses and fixed different parts of our bodies.
We have made a lovely height chart and the children have been using lots of mathematical language, tall, short, tallest, shortest, taller and shorter. Some of the children practised measuring each other in their play.
We have painted pictures using our favourite colours and recorded how old we are by drawing candles on a birthday cake.
One child has shown a particular fascination with space this week so we created a space themed small world activity.
This week we started our theme "All about me" We have been practicing recognising our names and tracing over the letters. We all looked in the mirror and described our features. How many eyes do we have? What colour are they? What colour is our hair? We created fabulous self portraits.
We have talked about our likes and dislikes and the things that make us happy and sad. We ended the week by looking at photographs of our family's and creating lovely drawings. The children are really enjoying talking about themselves and are using wonderful language.
We are still settling back at Pre-school, making new friends and getting used to the routines.
This week we have been building tall towers. The children were set a challenge to see which building materials would make the tallest, strongest tower. The children certainly rose to the challenge using as many building resources as they could find. As a group they decided that the large blocks and poles built the best tower.
We have been mark making using paintbrushes, cotton reels, pens, pencils and chalk. The children have really enjoyed colouring Toy Story characters inside a large box.
We explored the different sounds that musical instruments make. The children played and sang beautifully to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
A very warm welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely Summer break. This week we have been getting to know our new children, settling in and exploring lots of fun activities and new toys.