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.

          

Nursery Trip to the Library (PM Only)

The afternoon children were very excited on Tuesday as it was their turn to go to the Library! Starting with a ride on the bus to Orpington High Street, followed by an afternoon of listening to stories, colouring in some pictures and learning about how a library works. We then got the bus back to the Nursery which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They demonstrated excellent listening and behaved very well throughout the trip.

 

          

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!