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!

       

This Week in the Nursery…

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.

       

 

 

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class had a surprise on Monday when a huge spider ran across the classroom! The children suggested we put it in a pot and release it outside. After we released the spider, the children participated in lots of discussion and activities about the spider from trying to work out where it came from, to using tweezers to try and take ‘spiders’ off of a tape web. During PE this week the children have been requesting racing games. During these races, they have shown great listening skills and demonstrated good knowledge of their daily routine such as, racing if they go home at 3.30pm, 4pm or stay for lunch.

The afternoon class have continued to express their interest in weather, in particular snow and rain. We read the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and discussed the different types of weather pictured in the book. On a nature walk around the playground, one of the children noticed a bird nest in the trees which led to a lot of discussion about who made it and what’s in it. The children then used play dough and lolly sticks to make their own nests.

On Monday both classes participated in our ‘Hibernation Day’ we discussed what hibernation is and which animals hibernate. We read the story ‘Bear Snores On’ then made dens to read stories in, made play dough hedgehogs and explored the hibernation investigation tray.

 

     

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class have been exploring different patterns. They engaged well in a finger painting activity, making one and two colour patterns. They also enjoyed the opportunity to use the interactive whiteboard, playing different games based around matching colours and shapes and making patterns. Towards the end of the week the children showed a great interest in zoo animals so we read the story ‘Dear Zoo’ then the children made animal pens with duplo and drew their own animal pictures.

The afternoon Class have shown an interest in different types of weather this week following the small amount of snow last week. They have been mark making in water and all had a turn to use the interactive whiteboard to contribute to a tally chart based around our favourite type of weather. A lot of the children have also been showing interest in making their own stories so towards the end of the week we made our own story as a class, about a man who went to the shop and the park.