learning in Nursery

Autumn 2016
This week we have decorated our Courtyard in a Christmas and winter theme.  Children have been putting on hats and coats and visiting the area in groups. They have loved looking at the fairy lights and hanging snowflakes and bells. They sat on blankets and enjoyed sharing songs, poems, stories and information books in this special space.

Christmas
Children in Nursery have enjoyed learning about Christmas. They have been making and writing cards, making decorations and playing with small world toys in our salt “snow”. The children have also been enjoying stories and poems and dressing up in our Christmas role play area. They had their own tree to decorate and have been playing Christmas lotto together.

We welcomed families into Nursery for our Christmas celebration when the children performed songs and poems and shared the Christmas biscuits they had made.

We have enjoyed spending time in the courtyard area this week which has been decorated in a Christmas and winter theme. Children enjoyed listening to stories in this special setting.

Little Red Hen
This half term the children in Nursery have been learning the story of the Little Red Hen.

They became very good at telling the story with actions and used the story map to help them to remember the details. Children used props to re-tell the story and enjoyed listening to different versions in story books. They enjoyed painting pictures of farm animals and sorting animals, including making some repeating patterns.

We all enjoyed making bread rolls and took the recipe home to try baking them again with families.

Dear Zoo
Children  and parents ended the half term with an Animal Fayre. We baked animal shaped biscuits and the children weighed and compared ingredients. We played animal themed games with our families. This was linked to our learning around the book ‘Dear Zoo’

We have enjoyed learning about Autumn: exploring pumpkins, an Autumn listening walk, learning about Diwali and making fireworks paintings. 

We have been following our interests and exploring the garden: balancing, mark making, role play, investigating living things, and working together.

Our new story is The Little Red Hen. We made and explored our own playdough, carefully weighing out the correct quantities and then pretending to be bakers with the dough!

 

Settling In
Nursery children have settled in well and have been enjoying a range of activities.
We have been enjoying “Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell and have been playing animal games in groups, designing animals on the whiteboard, printing, painting, drawing and making models.
Children have been making the most of the good weather and have been choosing to play in our Nursery garden, playing in the mud kitchen, making new friends and moving new soil into our digging area. We have enjoyed water play, cutting activities and exploring shapes to make patterns.
We look forward to our Animal Fayre next Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon, when parents will visit Nursery to play games and enjoy an animal biscuit made by the children.  Children are also invited to bring an animal toy for our special themed Show and Tell time.

 

Summer Term

Father’s day Activities
Nursery children were very pleased to welcome daddies, uncles and granddads to Nursery to celebrate Father’s Day.
They enjoyed a range of physical activities together including skittles, egg and spoon, obstacle course, beanbags in the barrel and peg and wheelbarrow races.
Children were also excited to present medals they had made.
We cooled off with a fruit punch made by the children and spent time looking at Learning Journeys together.
Thank you very much to all who came along and made our Activity days so special.

 

The nursery children have been delighted to have their parents and carers join them for two special events this half term.
The children really enjoyed learning about the Queen and her birthday and we shared a lovely tea party together.
We also enjoyed a Nursery maths session where children played games with their parents and carers and showed them how well they are progressing with turn taking, sharing, number and shape recognition and counting.
We would like to thank the Nursery parents and carers for all their support and enthusiasm for our activities.

The nursery children have been delighted to have their parents and carers join them for two special events this half term.
The children really enjoyed learning about the Queen and her birthday and we shared a lovely tea party together.
We also enjoyed a Nursery maths session where children played games with their parents and carers and showed them how well they are progressing with turn taking, sharing, number and shape recognition and counting.
We would like to thank the Nursery parents and carers for all their support and enthusiasm for our activities.

Nursery children have been spending the last few weeks learning about different types of transport.
They have enjoyed exploring different road signs in our garden. We talked about road safety and really enjoyed large scale printing with scooter wheels.

They have been making a range of vehicles using different construction materials and they particularly enjoyed floating their junk model boats in the water tray. They have explored tracks in the sand and mud and have used wool to make decorative wheels for our display.

Children enjoyed looking at Mrs Newman’s bike and completed a chart to show which parts of the bike they could see.

We had fun in our role play bike repair shop and our role play aeroplane, learning new vocabulary and watching a safety video whilst enjoying snacks from the trolley! We also made a car wash and enjoyed using large sponges to wash cars together.

We counted and sorted vehicles and enjoyed counting down from 10 to launch our rockets. We enjoyed the space in the hall to make a runway and took turns pretending to be aeroplanes.

We learned lots of new transport songs and shared information from home about our travel experiences.  We had lots of fun as we learnt together!

Nursery children have been spending the last few weeks learning about different types of transport.
They have enjoyed exploring different road signs in our garden. We talked about road safety and really enjoyed large scale printing with scooter wheels.

They have been making a range of vehicles using different construction materials and they particularly enjoyed floating their junk model boats in the water tray. They have explored tracks in the sand and mud and have used wool to make decorative wheels for our display.

Children enjoyed looking at Mrs Newman’s bike and completed a chart to show which parts of the bike they could see.

We had fun in our role play bike repair shop and our role play aeroplane, learning new vocabulary and watching a safety video whilst enjoying snacks from the trolley! We also made a car wash and enjoyed using large sponges to wash cars together.

We counted and sorted vehicles and enjoyed counting down from 10 to launch our rockets. We enjoyed the space in the hall to make a runway and took turns pretending to be aeroplanes.

We learned lots of new transport songs and shared information from home about our travel experiences.  We had lots of fun as we learnt together!

Spring Term

The children have had lots of fun learning about Easter celebrations.

We have watched and talked about clips of how families celebrate Easter. We have carefully decorated the eggs we brought in from home using thin brushes.  We hunted for Easter treats in the garden using numbers, shapes and positional language for clues. We looked and listened for signs of Spring on our Easter walk around the field.  We melted chocolate and made our own Easter nest cakes. We’ve explored chocolate scented playdough and rolled eggs down the hill in our garden and chased after them!  We also enjoyed playing in our role play bakers.

We hope everyone enjoys the Easter break!

 

Chinese New Year
Before half term the Nursery children learnt about Chinese New Year celebrations. We listened to the story of how the years were named and re-enacted it with props. We made lucky red and gold banners and tried to write Chinese characters with special paint brushes. We listened to ‘Cleversticks’ by  Bernard Ashley  and had a go at eating noodles with chopsticks. We played a counting game using Chinese money envelopes  a dice and gold coins. We watched a short film of how Chinese children celebrate Chinese New year and we even made our own dragon and did a dragon dance!

The children have enjoyed our theme of dental health.
Parents and children appreciated a visit from Sara Jackson and Magic the Dragon from the Oral Health Education Team. Sara spoke to us about how to keep our teeth clean and children enjoyed the chance to brush Magic’s teeth.
We have also learnt about foods which are good and not so good for our teeth and sorted foods into groups.
We painted pictures with dental floss and toothbrushes, we took turns in our role play dentist and rolled and cut playdough teeth. We counted teeth in our teeth and mouth game and measured toothbrushes with a variety of items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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