- Learning Diaries
- The Cold Snap
- Christmas in the Nursery
- Rex’s 3rd Birthday Party
- Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
- Autumn Walk
- Rex’s Baptism
- A Hundred and One Things To Do With a Pumpkin
- Reading Core Books
The children love to look at their books.
Brrrrrrrrrr! It’s cold outside.
The children have enjoyed mark-making in the frost and finding ice. The animals were stuck in the ice and needed to be set free. They have made ice soup and used many one handed tools along the way.
The children love using the brooms. It is so good for their writing skills. They need strong shoulders,elbows and wrists
What an exciting time! The children loved getting ready for Christmas. They helped to decorate the class, they made cards and presents for their parents, out of clay, wrapped the presents and wrote their names on labels.
The children loved writing lists for Father Christmas and… who was on the good list? They had lots of fun role playing.
They also had a surprising visit from someone very special.
We had a fabulous week celebrating Rex’s birthday. We wrapped presents, wrote labels, made cards, decorated cakes, made sandwiches, then partied.
Look at how busy they were.
After the show, the children were also treated to a workshop where they used their bodies and faces to perform some of their favourite fairytale characters. The parents also joined in. What a great time we had.
The children had a great time on the Autumn walk and found lots of different shapes and coloured leaves. We filled up bags ready to do some creative work back in class.
Rex Rabbit joined our Nursery this week and he will be visiting the children in their homes in the coming weeks. He also became a member of God’s family: he wore white, we said our Nursery prayer, lit a candle and poured water on his head. It was a beautiful celebration.
Who knew pumpkins were so versatile?
They are a great resource in the Nursery to improve fine motor skills; from using hammers and knives, drawing circles and lines, practicing pincer grips – using tweezers. They didn’t go to waste either. Vegetable soup was made and devoured. This kept the children curious and engaged.
We have been reading lots of core books in the Nursery. These are books specifically for Nursery children that contain lots of repetitive language and repeated refrains. The children learn these books by heart and then ‘read’ them on their own, aloud to others or pretend to be the teacher. They have also been retelling the stories and acting them out.
It is a great way to get children into books and reading. I have managed to capture a few photos of them reading and ‘going on a bear hunt!’
What a fabulous start to Nursery!
All the children have now arrived and settled in very well. The children have had tremendous fun exploring the setting and getting to know each other. They have been very busy.
How cute are these chicks? The Nursery were lucky enough to have a visit from these little babies. They watched them eat, drink, walk and sleep – in their food! They were very funny. All the children got to hold
After the visit, the children got to look at the photos and do some mark making.
Shiver Me Timbers! Nursery were
The Nursery children have been busy planting seeds this week. We will watch them grow into little seedlings and then plant them in our garden. In the coming weeks we will be planting more flowers, herbs and vegetables. We will watch them grow and measure them using different methods.
We found a basket full of socks that were in a complete muddle. The children helped to sort them into pairs. They did a great job – they can all help you at home. They really got the hang of using the pegs.
Now the nice weather has arrived we have been able to have lots of water-based activities outside.
The children have loved exploring the coloured water and watching what happens when two colours are mixed together. They added fruit teabags to the water and watched as it turned red. They have poured, stirred, mixed, squeezed and pinched. They have used lots of one handed tools and had to be very careful when moving full teapots and goblets of water. They have had to share and wait their turn. They have pretended that the water is something else: potions, tea, soup, medicine. Lots of language is being used and most importantly they have had lots of fun!
This week the Nursery children found a snail. They decided to make a home for it so they cut some leaves and grass using scissors, and put in some old apple cores. Mrs Power found a book about a snail called ‘The Snail Trail’ by Ruth Brown. It is about the journey of a snail. The children watched the snail they had found very closely and used lots of prepositional language to describe the journey. The snail kept escaping from it’s home and even made its way onto the side of a drum! At the end of the session the children put the snail very carefully back into its habitat.
The Nursery children made their own play dough. They had to mix flour, salt and water together. They had to make sure they didn’t use too much water. The children used pipettes and turkey basters to suck up the water. It was tricky but they persevered. It did get a bit messy but they had great fun!
We have seen some signs of Spring in the Nursery garden. The daffodils are growing!
The children looked very carefully at the stem and petals and painted them.