Welcome to Nursery, our adults in our classroom are, Kirsty, Lisa and Mrs Robinson. Here you will see all our fun learning for this year!
We have been focusing on story telling and role-play this week. The children have been busy being doctors, chef's, bus drivers and have enjoyed using many props to help tell stories. They have especially liked using the puppets at our finger gym to use their imagination by acting out different scenes and stories with each other.
Staff have modelled play and language alongside the children so that they have been introduced to new Ideas and to extend their knowledge they already have.
We have set up lots of small world scenes so the children can share resources, invite others into their play and keep play going by demonstrating friendly behaviour.
We have had such a busy and fun week. 😃
This week the children have enjoyed the story 'Something Beginning with Blue'
They have done creative activities, listening games, water play, counting and small world toy scenes all along this theme. One of the games the children loved and asked to play several times was the colour hunt using their own telescopes. We also introduced the children to some Makaton signs for colours and it was great to see them using them whilst exploring and in their play.
The children are really starting to make special relationships with each other already. We have witnessed so much interaction and friendly behaviour. We are really proud.😃👍
Welcome back to Term Three.
We are so pleased at how fast all our new children have settled into our nursery routine and made positive attachments to other children and staff. All the children have been completely engaged and focused in lots of activities both self chosen and adult led.
Here are a few photos from our busy week.
We would like to welcome you back to Term Two.
Here is our focus plan for our themes that we will cover this term. This plan may change slightly depending on your children's interests and fascinations.
We had an amazing Christmas stay and play with our families this week. Thank you to everyone that came. Everybody had so much fun.🌲🎄
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.😃
This week we have focused on the story 'Dear Santa' The children enjoyed many activities covering all their areas of development, they especially enjoyed the wrapping activity.
They folded the paper around an item that they chose from the room and then stuck it down using some tape. This helped their fine motor skills, listening, understanding and perseverance.
Once the children had all wrapped a present we placed them all in the Tap tap box and sat down to play the game.
We all sang the song together and each took it in turns to chose a present from the box. The children unwrapped it and then named what they had. We asked the children questions to get them thinking about what the object looks like, feels like or used for?
This activity kept everyone focused and interested to a really high level. If you would like to learn how to play Tap tap box then please pop in and speak to a member of the nursery team. It really is an amazing game to play with your child that can be used to help them in any area of their development.
We took full advantage of being in the sports hall this week and did an extra long PE session. The children had so much fun. We jumped from one hoop to another, travelled across the benches in different ways, jumped down from higher levels and crawled around objects.
Once the hall was cleared back we played some listening games with the children where they had to listen for their name and travel in a certain way around the room. This was a great way for us to see how their gross motor skills are developing. The children found it hilarious when the adults joined in. 😃
This week we have been doing lots of activities around shape and number.
The children have been exploring Numicon by sorting and counting each shape together in adult led activities using the tap tap box and playdough.
The children the next day initiated the same activities themselves and invited others to join in with them.
Lots of singing with currant buns and ducks has kept the children engaged on the new stage area. It's great to hear them use mathematical language when taking each item away and work out how many are left.
Using the magnetic shapes some children started to use their imagination and build space rockets. We built alongside them and modelled how to count down from ten and fly the rockets around the room. 🚀
Extending this interest further we watched video clips of rockets taking off and going into space. We then finished off with a shape collage picture to create a space rocket to go up on a display in our room for all to see.🚀
This week we have focused on the story 'Walking through the jungle.' The children have loved this story and are beginning to join in with some words and phrases.
We have done many creative and listening activities to do with this story and have incorporated lots of fun physical things to do. Animal yoga and hide and seek was very poplar, engaging the children fully with lots of energy.
This was a great story to get up and move to. Not only did we sit together and read it in the book area but we also cleared our room back and went walking through the jungle together to develop our listening and gross motor skills. Using magnifying glasses we then took our story outside and went on an animal hunt. We took this opportunity to use positional language when finding the animals to show us the children's understanding. We get super proud when they start to use it themselves.😃👬👍
If you would like to borrow the book and read it to your family at home then please pop in and ask a member of the nursery team.🙂📚🐊🐅🐘🐍
We have been super busy this week. Our focus has been on finger gym activities and the children have had so much fun.
We focus on gross motor and fine motor skills doing fun activities as this will help the children later on with writing in their school life.
We have a finger gym station in our room at all times where we set up daily activities and challenges.
Some of the activities are shown below. If you would like any tips or ideas on how to help your child's fine motor skills then please do not hesitate to ask a member of the nursery team. We have many ideas to share and show you.
This week we are going on a bear hunt! 🐻 With the children we created props and trays for each scene of the story using items from inside and outside. We then used some small world characters to retell the story with the children. They were completely involved with high levels of energy and excitement.
After a little while the adults took a step back to see if the children would continue this story telling independently? We were so proud of how well they did. They were repeating words and phrases from the story. The interaction was friendly between them and worked together to get through the whole bear hunt trail. The children went back to this activity many times throughout their session.😀
We took our theme outside and with the magnifying glasses the children went off around the school to find the bear. They noticed paw prints on the floor and followed them. Some children used positional language and language of size as they found the bear.
They were really excited to tell members of staff when we saw them about what they were doing. The children were able to answer lots of what, where and who questions showing good understanding.
When we were coming to the end of the activity the children were still asking to find the bear so we extended the time longer as they were still really engaged and had high levels of energy and involvement. The children then found some chalk and started to draw their own bears and pawprints.
This activity was so much fun and can easily be adapted to any theme.
Thank you to all our families that attended our Halloween stay and play and made it a huge success. It was lovely to see everyone engaged and having fun. The children had a story read to them from our special visitor Winnie the Witch.
We can't wait till we have our Christmas Stay and play! We will inform you of the dates nearer the time.
This week our focus has been a story by Eric Carle, 'From head to toe'
We have done lots of activities and read the story with the children many times and they are now confident at joining in with some of the words, phrases and actions. This is lovely to see as they are now brimming with pride as they do this.
We have incorporated animal yoga sessions both inside and outside each day and the children are really holding the poses well. Ask your child to show you some of the poses. The frog pose and the crocodile pose is their favourite.
We have been counting to five each time we hold a pose and the children are really improving with remembering the sequence of these numbers. So if you could encourage this at home when they show you the poses this would be really helpful.
One of the activities was to develop the children's understanding of prepositions so we set up and modelled a game where we hid a character from the story and the children had to use their torches to explore the environment and find it. We asked simple questions along the way and gave clues using positional language to extend the children's knowledge and thinking.
Their ICT skills of operating the torches were independent and they were confident in using them correctly.
This hide and seek game with toys is an easy game to play at home with your child. if you would like to ask any questions regarding this then please pop in and speak to a member of the nursery team who are always happy to help.