Look at My Learning, Messy Me!

Thank you to all parents/carers who attended the Look at my learning sessions this week. The children really enjoyed sharing their messy activities with everybody who came along. It was a great opportunity for everybody to come in and see how ‘messy me’ activities can be used throughout the different areas of learning such as mark making in flour (Literacy) to using scissors to cut out shapes of play dough (Maths and Physical).

         

 

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class have shown a keen interest in identifying different shapes. During a PE lesson, the teachers called out the name of a shape or described some of it’s properties and the children worked together as a team to try and identify the correct shape and run to the picture! They have also been watching a few ‘action word’ videos which have small sentences in describing what’s happening and the children have been identifying the action word.

The afternoon class have been looking at creatures from under the sea, sorting our small world sea creatures into their animal groups and engaged well copying actions from dance videos about sea creatures. They also used their imaginative skills to draw their own sea creatures then made them using junk modelling materials. A few of the children also enjoyed mixing colours in food bags, identifying the colours they were adding and which colours they had made.

As one of our children has been very unwell this week, the children from both classes drew pictures which we made into a card for him. A few of the children then went on a walk to the postbox to post the card. We all wish him a speedy recovery!

         

Trip to the Library (AM and All Day Children)

The children were full of excitement when they came in Tuesday morning, all ready for our trip to the library! The morning started with a bus trip to the high street which the children were very enthusiastic about. When we arrived at the library we were taken to the ‘Reading Room’ where a lady read a couple of books to the children then showed the children all the different books available for children of their age. They all listened well to the stories and were really well behaved from leaving the classroom to coming back into school a couple of hours later.

             

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning provision have been exploring the literacy focus of the story ‘Spider Sandwiches’ this week. They have been engaging in all sorts of insect related activities such as expanding their fine motor skills with tweezers collecting small ‘worms’ (Rice) from a large tray and digging through mud to find all sorts of bugs! Towards the end of the week, the children have shown a lot of interest in parties. On Thursday we had a birthday party for Tubby, our class bear. The children engaged in a lot of mark making activities by making birthday cards for him and also had the opportunity to decorate a birthday cupcake.

The afternoon provision have been continuing to express their interest in colours of the rainbow. They enjoyed getting messy, making rainbow pictures with dyed rice. One of the teachers didn’t make a good choice one lunchtime and was running in the classroom!  She dropped a box full of sorting bears on the floor (conveniently in the maths area) which the children helped to tidy up by sorting them into their correct colour categories. The children have also been expressing a great interest in pirates so during registration one afternoon, the children contributed their ideas to make a huge treasure map! At the end of the week the children were shocked to hear a pirate had been in our classroom! He a left a note and a treasure map which we all followed around the school to find the treasure.

             

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning provision have been very keen this week to measure anything they can get their hands on! From cars, to pencils and even drawing around each other and measuring who is the tallest and shortest in the class. During a PE activity, the children engaged well, matching the correct number of children to a hoop, they demonstrated excellent counting and problem solving skills. After showing a lot of interest in using our pretend cameras, we created a large frame for the children to dress up and take photos in! They thoroughly enjoyed this and used our ipad to take photos of each other.

The afternoon provision have been exploring colours this week, The children have been engaging in lots of colour matching activities during PE and Maths. During one of the sessions we went on a ‘colour walk’, the children used a checklist and marked off the different colours they could identify around the school. We were very lucky when the rain stopped (finally!) on Wednesday, a rainbow appeared outside! The children enjoyed looking at the rainbow and identifying the colours. We also had a special visit this week from one of our Nursery parents who is a fireman! the children talked all about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.

Both classes had the opportunity to visit ‘The Travelling Book Fair’ which has been at the school this week. The children chose books to look at then were read one of the stories. They all enjoyed the opportunity to look at lots of  new and different books and are very excited for the upcoming library trip!

                  

 

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class have been engaging in all sorts of spooktacular activities this week such as dressing up as witches, werewolves and bats and even made a magical potion! They have also shown a lot of interest in reading the story ‘Bear Snores On’ so they worked as a team to make a cave which they sat in to read the story together. Yoga has also proven to be very popular this week. The children were engaged and followed the instructions well while watching a Moana yoga video.

The afternoon class have been engaging in a lot of ‘messy play’ this week including activities such as mark making in  flour and painting outdoors on a huge sheet of paper! They have also been expressing their ideas for PE lessons, so this week we gave the children the opportunity to choose what they would like to do, the children chose, gymnastics, football and Yoga.

            

 

Autumn Celebration

Thank to everybody who came to our Autumn Celebration. This week the children have helped to make biscuits by measuring and pouring ingredients and have been on an Autumn walk around the school collecting leaves for the leaf printing activity. During the sessions there were lots of Autumn related activities available such as leaf printing, making hedgehogs with play dough and a special treat of milk and homemade cookies!

                 

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class have been helping to create ‘The Nursery Supermarket’ by making price labels and signs for our shop and then engaging in some role play activities in the supermarket! They have been busy spending all their ‘money’ buying lots of different fruits and vegetables. During choosing time the children have enjoyed sharing cars and trains with their friends, taking turns rolling them to each other without any adult support.

On Friday last week, one of the children from the afternoon class said he thought the reason one of our toilets is broken is because a dinosaur sat on it! this led to lots of imaginative role play activities this week. On Monday when we came in, we found a dinosaur hiding in the toilet cubicle, so we locked him in the staff cupboard over night. On Tuesday he had escaped so the children all worked together and followed clues around the school to find Rex.  The children made a long list of what good choices at Nursery are and how Rex could get a ‘good choice mark’. They also enjoyed making dinosaur footprints out of clay and roaring into sound buttons and recording it!

 

                

This Week in the Nursery….

Following a lot of interest in Power Rangers and Superheroes, the morning class have been engaging in lots of superhero themed activities such as an exciting PE game of ‘who’s under the cape?’, sorting superheroes by matching them to the correct colour mats and making instruments to make their own theme song on!

The afternoon class have recently expressed a lot of interest in playing with the tea set in the role play area, making lots of snacks and drinks for their friends so we followed on from this by taking the tea set outside for them to have a ‘picnic’ on the grass. We then made our own sandwiches which we ate outside together.

The children have really enjoyed looking at all the different items brought in from everybody’s nature walks. A pumpkin was brought in which the children enjoyed feeling and looking at. One of the children dropped the pumpkin and the seeds fell out which led to a lot of discussion about how it feels and smells. The children then enjoyed planting them in an outdoor mud role play activity.

Thank you to everybody who has brought in their pet this week. The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting Ben the tortoise, Betsy the rabbit and Rosie the cat. The children asked lots of questions and enjoyed having lots of cuddles so thank you for sharing your pets with us 🙂

 

                         

This Week in the Nursery…

Due to a child being very excited about bringing in a leaflet about a circus, followed by a lot of discussion about clowns and circus acts, the Morning Class have been engaging in all sorts of circus related activities! During PE sessions they have been practising all sorts of circus skills such as balancing on tight ropes, juggling and gymnastics. They also made lots of tickets for their own circus!

They were very intrigued when they arrived one morning to find a tray full of shredded paper and some of our puppets. We read the story ‘Bear Snores On’ which is all about animals who hibernate followed by digging through the shredded paper to find the hibernating animals.

The afternoon class have recently shown a lot of interest in playing with the small world vehicles so we started the week learning about different types of transport. The children were very excited to share how they came to school and engaged well with a listening activity during PE about different types of transport. They also  used duplo to make cars which they raced along a track to see whose was fastest. While learning about different types of transport, the children expressed a lot of interest in emergency vehicles. During registration one afternoon the children took part in a quick quiz about who drives which vehicle. Using junk modelling materials, the children made boats which we tested the following day in our water tray to see if they floated or sank!