This Week in the Nursery…

Both Provisions have been celebrating ‘Book Week’. All the children have been engaging in activities based around our literacy focus ‘The Lion King’. We also had a visit from an illustrator, Liz Million. she came in and told us all about how she started her career drawing and showed us her to draw different animals, all starting with the same shape.

The morning provision have been exploring the different movements and sounds of animals from the African Planes. Using instruments, we made different sounds and noises, the children then associated the instrument to the way an animal moves, for example, the drum sounded like an elephant running. Using library books, the children had to find the animals who live on the African Planes and then attempted to draw them.

The afternoon provision enjoyed a game of ‘lion tag’, using Velcro belts and ribbons for tails, the children had to chase each other and take as many tails as they could before the time ran out. We also played an animal listening game and discusses how the different animals might move and then attempted to move like the animals. towards the end of the week we read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ which the children then enjoyed acting out, wearing animals masks to re create the story.

 

           

 

 

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class began the week engaging in activities based on the literacy focus ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children drew story maps to explain what happens in the story. In PE the children enjoyed taking part in a porridge obstacle race. The children were in 3 teams, each had a pot of oats. They had to tackle each obstacle without spilling any of their porridge on the floor. They also used puppets to re create the story and used our ‘sorting bears’ and duplo to create bear houses.

Towards the end of the week, the children showed a great interest in using bendy tubes in the construction area to make people and robots. To follow on from this, the children made their own robots using different junk modelling materials including bottle tops, foil and large boxes.

The afternoon class have been exploring the five senses this week. On Monday we learnt what the five senses are and began with exploring ‘sight’. we went for a walk around the school to see what different objects we can see our reflection in. We then used water and CD’s to create rainbows. On Tuesday we explored ‘hearing’. We went on a listening walk around the school then played a listening game in PE based on what we had heard on our walk. On Wednesday we learnt about our sense of smell. The children were able to smell different herbs, spices and flowers. They then used excellent descriptive words to describe each different thing. On Thursday we explored the sense of touch. We played  a game of ‘What’s in the Box’ and during PE the children had to navigate their way around cones and other obstacles in the hall with their eyes closed and with a partner, only by touching each object. Finally, on Friday we explored the sense of taste. The children were able to taste different fruits which they then described. We also had a recap of what the five different senses are.

Both classes enjoyed celebrating ‘ Shrove Tuesday’ this week. We read the story ‘ The Run Away Pancake’ then the children enjoyed helping to make and eating pancakes!

             

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning provision have been exploring different quantities this week by taking part in different emptying and filling activities. The children used rice and lentils to fill different size containers and find which was the heaviest. They also filled buckets with sand and some with mud to compare the weights.

In the construction area, the children enjoyed making different size dinosaurs and dragons out of stickle bricks, they then used Duplo to create homes for them. This then turned into village of houses for dragons and dinosaurs!

The afternoon provision have been exploring shadows this week. We took full advantage of the sunshine this week and went onto the playground, the children got themselves into pairs and we drew around each others shadows. The following day we went for a walk around the school, looking to see if we could find any shadows.

The children have also shown an interest in looking in our small mirrors this week so we have also been looking at our reflections. We looked at our faces in the mirrors and drew our different emotions. This led onto us discussing feelings and emotions and what makes us feel them.

Both Provisions enjoyed sharing their ‘half term snapshot sheets’. They showed their pictures then answered questions from the other children such as ‘how did you get there?’ and ‘what was your favourite thing you did?’

On Friday, we celebrated St David’s Day in the Nursery. The children took part in different crafts such as making daffodils, drawing their own dragons, and making dragons with junk modelling materials.

 

           

 

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning provision have been concentrating hard, working on their fine motor skills this week, they have been looking for buried items in sand, using tweezers to pull them out. they have also been snipping paper, using the ‘tap a nail’ resource and threading beads on to string. During PE they have been engaging in different obstacle courses travelling, over, on through and around different equipment. They have also enjoyed different listening songs by ‘Sticky Kids’ .

The afternoon class had a visit from a bubble scientist at the beginning of the week. The children had the opportunity to join in and make bubbles of different size and engage in different experiments. They have also been practicing writing their names and listening games involving their initial sounds. Our literacy focus has been the story ‘rainbow fish’ we read the story then made a story map about a fish. They also enjoyed activities such as making collage fish, drawing fish of different colours and sorting ‘people and boats’. putting the right number of people into the correct number boat.

 

             

This Week in the Nursery….

The morning provision has been having a go at different types of puzzles this week from 9 piece wooden peg puzzles to 12 piece jigsaw puzzles! They have shown excellent problem solving skills and correctly matched pieces together by looking at the colours.

They have also been exploring colour matching in PE, taking part in different racing/ colour matching games. First we played a game in teams where the children had to find coloured objects and place them on the correct colour mat, this proved WAY too easy, so we played a game where in teams, there were different coloured objects on the wrong coloured mat, they demonstrated excellent problem solving skills to move the objects and matched the colours correctly.

The afternoon provision have shown a great interest in ‘making biscuits’ in the role play area. So this week the children all helped to measure ingredients to make salt dough from which the children made ‘biscuits’ and shared at a ‘picnic’ .

They have also shown interest in practicing name writing this week so a few children had a practice at writing and identifying their initial sound and some had a go at writing their whole name!

Both Provisions celebrated Chinese New Year on Tuesday. The children took part in lots of different activities such as learning the story of Chinese Years, taking part in chopstick and noodle races, attempting to write numbers in Chinese and made some Chinese lanterns.

We have also been focusing on our current phonic sound ‘s’. The children have been looking for different items in the nursery beginning with this sound and practiced writing it too. They also played a game where they had to find different pictures of things beginning with ‘s’ which were hidden around the room, there were some trick pictures hidden amongst them which the children managed to avoid well!

       

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The morning class have been continuing to show interest in our snails this week so have been exploring the different patterns on the snails shells and have even attempted to make their own snails using junk modelling materials. Using play dough and shaving foam, the children have been making ice creams this week, and used scissors to cut toppings of different shapes. At our literacy table the children have been trying to find letters of their names which were hidden in cornflour, shaving foam and jelly. They then attempted to try and write their names by copying the letters.

The afternoon provision have been exploring a lot of mark making activities this week such as large scale mark making with chalk, using their fingers to draw in sand and flour and using paintbrushes with water to draw in a tray. After a lot of excitement last week when our volcano erupted, the children enjoyed playing a listening game in PE about volcanoes, mountains, rocks and earthquakes. They also played a game of mountains and valleys. As a few of the children this week have been talking things that make them happy, we used play dough to make different facial expressions and discussed different things that make us feel happy, sad, surprised or angry.

 

       

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning provision have been discussing the weather this week. We discussed the snow which fell on Tuesday night then started a weather chart where we have been recording the weather each day. The children also enjoyed learning a song called ‘What’s the Weather Like Today?’ Some of the children showed off their problem solving skills and went on a hunt around the classroom for ‘Tubby the Bear’. They followed lots of clues which led them to where he was hiding.

The afternoon provision have enjoyed learning about volcanos this week. On Monday a child saw a picture of a volcano which led to a lot of volcanic themed activities from drawing our own volcanos to making a volcano which erupted! Sequencing numbers has also proved to be a popular activity this week. The children selected numbered leaves then threaded them in the correct order on a piece of string.

All the children were excited to welcome our three new class members this week. Pikachu, Unicorn and Baby Simon, our Giant African Snails! we have been looking closely at how they move and the different foods they eat. There are a few eggs in the tank so the children are very excitedly waiting for them to hatch!

 

       

This week in the Nursery…

The morning class have been showing a great interest in changes this week. We have looked at how jelly changes its’ form from a liquid to a solid and what happens to water when it freezes. They thoroughly enjoyed coming in to find our water tray had frozen over which they all helped to smash. As they have also been sorting items from the classroom into pairs, they all had a go at pegging pairs of socks onto a washing line, sorting them by their size and pattern.

The afternoon class have been comparing heights of different objects around the nursery this week so as a class they arranged themselves into height order by choosing one person at random then working out if each of them were taller or shorter. As the children have also enjoyed playing on our bikes in the garden they also enjoyed the opportunity to draw road markings on the path outside with chalk which they then carefully followed.

        

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class have been identifying different pairs around the setting this week. it started with a child noticing two crayons were the same which to discussion of pairs. Towards the end of the week the children engaged well in an activity matching different items from the classroom to the correct pair. During the holidays, we painted one of our walls with chalk board paint so the children have been drawing their plans on the wall then making different building with various construction items.

The afternoon class have expressed a great interest this week in writing their name so there have been a lot of mark making activities this week from using their finger to draw letters in salt o using a paintbrush and water to write their initial letter. Some of the children have also been independently writing their names. This week we went on a ‘sensory walk’ around the school to see what different things we could see and hear. The children then completed a checklist and marked off the different things. Other activities this week include threading, football games in the garden and using tweezers to pull objects out of sand.

        

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class have been exploring different festive activities this week including making reindeer stables out of junk modelling materials and writing their own letters to Santa. The children showed excellent control using scissors to cut pictures out of magazines, they then used these pictures to make a Christmas list. During PE this week, the children all engaged in different obstacle courses. From crawling through tunnels, to balancing on benches to jumping from different heights. They even attempted to climb a gymnastics ladder table.

The afternoon class have also been engaging in different festive activities including making Santa’s sleigh out of junk modelling materials and using festive food magazines to design their own Christmas dinner. They have also shown a lot of interest in emptying and filling this week so we poured lentils and rice onto a table with our measuring beakers. Some of the children even compared the amounts in each of their beakers.