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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.