This week we have been looking at shapes around the Nursery setting. We have been listening to and singing our shape song in group time to help the children recognise and remember their shapes. We have had many different activities involving different shapes. We have been drawing shapes on the blackboard, drawing shapes with chalk outside and drawing around different objects. The children have used their fine motor skills to stretch the elastic bands over the pins on the geoboards to make a variety of different shapes. Outside the children have enjoyed climbing on the climbing frame and jumping onto the shape mat as a shape was called out by an adult. The children have enjoyed the tap a shape where they were able to recognise and talk about the shapes they worked with. This activity also developed their fine motor skills as they had to use the hammer to knock the pins in. While you are out and about, walking to school or in the park you could point out lots of different shapes to your children or get the children to find certain shapes by going on a shape hunt.
We have been using the compare bears to talk about sizes e.g. big/small, comparing groups e.g. more/less, adding and subtracting and counting 1:1. We have put different amounts of bears in lines and in piles and we have showed the children how to count them by pointing at each bear while we count 1:1. We have been showing the children pictures of compare bears in a repeating pattern and asking the children to continue the repeating pattern.
The children enjoyed learning how to use the large wooden blocks on the big playground this week. They worked cooperatively to carry the blocks and make an obstacle course. They then enjoyed walking along the course which included steps and bridges.
We put some large paper in the tuff tray with a variety of pens and crayons. The children enjoyed drawing on a larger scale. To encourage more children to mark make we introduced some more pens and crayons taped to a car, a dinosaur, a digger, a small world person. The children enjoyed drawing lots of great pictures with all the different objects.
On the carpet we had some giant polydrons to build with. The children came up with some great ideas of what to build and helped each other to build the structures. The children’s ideas included a ball, jail, castle, cage, rocket, house, mat, bridge, star and tower.
We took the children over the field to enjoy the little bit of snow we had. The children put wellies on, wrapped up warm and we walked over to the forest school and tunnel. The children walked through the woods and played chase. We look forward to getting more snow!!!
This week we have introduced a Story Book. This story book is for the children to make up stories and draw some pictures. The children will tell the teacher their story and the teacher will scribe it exactly as the child tells it. The pictures will be stuck in the book and we can then share the stories with the other children in group time. If your child shows an interest in doing this at home, write down their story and bring it in to Nursery and we can read it in group time.
The children in Nursery really enjoy playing with small world toys such as a farm, garage, zoo, dolls house, fire station and hospital. If you have any small world items that you no longer want or need, the Nursery would be very grateful of any donations. Thank you.
This week we have been reading The 3 Billy Goats Gruff story. In our creative area the children have been making story maps. We have talked about the story and the characters and the children have drawn them in sequence while retelling the story. We have also painted some pictures from the story and added a 3D bridge, goats and a troll. These are displayed in the window of the Nursery. In our outside area we put out some building blocks and balance beams. The children wanted to make a bridge over some water so we used blue material to pretend that it was the water and the children worked together as a team to build a bridge over the water. When the bridge was built the children took turns to walk over the bridge while another child played the troll. It was great to see the children come up with ideas and help each other to build an amazing bridge
In the classroom we put Rice Krispies and cars in the tuff tray. We discussed with the children what it sounded like when they ran the cars over the Rice Krispies. Many descriptive words and phrases were used like: crunchy, loud, pop, crispy, crackling, funny, cracking, bag of crisps and biscuits.
The children have enjoyed playing in the tunnel and tent on the carpet area, taking turns to crawl through the tunnel and using the timer to take turns to go in the tent.
In large group time we have played and sung the song, roll the ball. The children sit in a circle and a ball is rolled to them while singing the song. This helps the children learn the names of their peers. We also counted the number of children, how many boys, how many girls and how many teachers.
This week we have been reading the story Maisy goes to Nursery and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Wheels on the Bus.
Thanks to the lovely cold weather we have been going on the hunt for ice outside. The children found ice in the water tray, flower pots, paint brush pots and the sensory bottles. We talked about the ice and found some lovely pieces of ice that the children described as looking like a leaf.
We have been slowly introducing Fred the Frog to the older children. Read Write Inc is the programme we follow to introduce the children to letter sounds and blending. We have taken the older children in small groups to the library and practiced blending some simple words like pat, sit, mat, tap, dog. We are so pleased at how quickly they are picking up sound blending.
This week we have been reading the story Lost in the Snow. The story has led to some interesting conversations about snow and ice. We talked about who has built a snowman, who has been sleighing and that Father Christmas visits when it snows. As the weather has been so cold the water that has been left outside has frozen. We talked about ice and how it’s made and that it thaws when it gets warm. The children each touched the ice and talked about how it felt. In our tuff tray we made some snow dough, this is corn flour and vegetable oil. We told the children that we were going to put some animals in the snow to play with, so the children helped us sort out which animals live in the snow. Carrying on the snowy theme the children have been making paper snowflakes and decorating them with glitter. These are displayed in the window in the classroom. The children have been making snowmen out of the playdough and using googly eyes, pipe cleaners for the arms, bottle top for the hat and paper for the scarf. We have been getting in the Christmas spirit and made Christmas trees with paper and lolly sticks and then decorating them.
Last week we had a lovely visit to the church. We learned more about what the church does over the Christmas period and the story of the first Christmas. We looked around the church and the children had the chance to play the drums and the piano, view the smaller part of the church that they sometimes do a service in and the garden. Our children walked to the church and their behaviour was impeccable. We were very proud with how they behaved. Also a big thank you to all our parent helpers.
The children performed their nativity this week and they all sung their hearts out. The children enjoyed performing for their parents and we hope you enjoyed the performance and all the children’s hard work.
Next week the Christmas activities will continue and the children will be making various Christmas items for us to display in the classroom and to bring home.
This week we have been getting very excited for Christmas. Many of our activities have been based around Christmas. The children have made wish lists; they looked through toy catalogues and told the teachers what they liked and then cut out those pictures and stuck them on paper. The children have made salt dough decorations and then decorated them. They also made Christmas cards and stockings. We have been very impressed with the children’s emergent writing in their cards.
On the carpet area we have been doing some physical activities. We have tied some bells to a hoop and tied it to 2 chairs and the children have been encouraged to climb through the hoop without touching the bells, very tricky! We also tied bells to a broom stick and balanced it between two chairs and the children had to crawl under it without touching the bells and making a noise. It was easier said than done but the children preserved with it and took turns to climb and crawl through until they were able to accomplish this without ringing the bells.
The children have enjoyed going in to the big play ground in Reception. The children have been riding the larger bikes and the wobble bikes around the track. The children have worked together as a team and built an obstacle course with the large wooden blocks and crates then taking turns to help each other to balance and walk round it.
The children have enjoyed listening to our story T’was the Night before Christmas. Not only have the teachers read the story but also a special cuddly bear. The children were very surprised that a cuddly bear could read to them. We have sung Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and Jingle Bells as well as our Nursery Rhymes.
We have been counting down the days to Christmas with our advent tree and we are all getting very excited about Santa coming. So from all the Nursery Teachers we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!
Look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
This week we have been reading Stickman which many of the children have enjoyed. During the story we demonstrated how to draw a story map. A story map is retelling the story in the correct order and drawing the characters and parts of the story. The children had fun working together and discussing the story and then drawing the characters Stickman, stick babies, tree, dog, swan, flag, sword, girl and Father Christmas. These story maps will be displayed in the classroom.
In our tuff tray we have put some sticks and some stickman counting cards with dots and numbers on. The children have been counting the dots 1:1, pointing at each dot as they counted and then counting the sticks out to match that number. We have also tried to encourage some of the children to count the dots and try to recognize the numeral.
Carrying on with the Stickman theme, the children have been making Stickman from kitchen/toilet roll tubes. The children have stuck the eyes on, threaded the arms through, used a pen to draw the mouth, folded the pipe cleaner to make the leaves and used scissors to cut out the legs.
The children have been painting Stickman as well. The children have used different sizes of sticks and logs and different colours to create their fantastic stickman. We have talked about the sticks and the various sizes and textures using the language big, small, large, fat, thin, round, bumpy, spiky, soft and rough. Our classroom is looking amazing with all the children’s art work on the walls.
Our carpet area has been taken over by some very large boxes. We created this area to observe the children using their imagination to create something new from just a cardboard box. The children enjoyed pretending the boxes were cars, trains, planes, towers, houses, beds, sheds, palaces, castles and even a swimming pool. We have traveled to Spain, Portugal and Disneyland on the plane and we have traveled to London on the train. The children then decided to decorate their creations. As the children have enjoyed this we would like to continue this activity so if you have any large boxes at home we would very grateful for them. Thank you.
Our story for next week is:
Careful Santa by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes
This week we have been reading The Hungry Caterpillar. The children have enjoyed naming all the fruits and food the caterpillar ate and counting these during group time. Some children also sat one to one with the teacher and tried to re-tell the story using pegs with pictures of all the fruits and food on them. They clipped the food onto a stick in the order that the caterpillar ate them. This demonstrated their good listening and concentration skills. It also developed their fine motor skills as they opened the peg to clip in onto a stick. This has led to many discussions revolving round the story. We have talked to children about healthy and unhealthy foods. We had a selection of foods for the children to sort into healthy and unhealthy sets. We spoke to the children about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. The children then went on to make finger paintings to create their own caterpillars and also decorated a butterfly using finger paints. We discussed the colours they used as they made their creations. These great pictures are displayed in the Nursery classroom. Through all of these activities the children have learned about the life cycle of a butterfly.
In the role play area we have some large foam blocks which the children have been building with. The children have come up with ideas like; a house, a castle, a princess castle, a car, a tower, a bus, a train, a boat, and a shopping trolley. The children have then tried to create and build their ideas with the blocks. Some children have worked in a group sharing ideas and helping each other to build.
This week we have been practicing our songs for our Christmas performance. We went to the hall to show the children where they will be sitting and to have a go at walking onto the stage. It has all been very exciting and the children have been brilliant, working really hard to learn the songs and all the actions. They are looking forward to their families coming to watch them perform. Please remember to bring in your request form for tickets.
Next week we will be reading Stickman and we would like to make some Stickmen characters from kitchen and toilet roll tubes. Could we kindly ask for donations of these items please? Many Thanks.
This week we have been reading the story of The Nativity. We have talked with the children about the first Christmas and why we celebrate Christmas. We have read this story early so we can introduce our Christmas songs and start to practice for our Christmas performance.
We have continued to have the doctors in the role play area and have also introduced some other occupations. The children have enjoyed dressing up as police, the fire brigade, builders and mechanics. We have a pop up garage outside that the children have used to fix the car and fill the car with petrol. The children have been builders and used the foam blocks to build houses and towers. We encouraged the language of size when building; small, smaller, tall, taller, big, small, massive, great, huge and tiny. We have discussed what a fireman does and how they rescue people from fires. We then encouraged the children to write a postcard to the fire brigade to say thank you for all their hard work saving people and putting out fires. This helped to develop their fine motor skills and improved their pencil grip. Some children drew pictures and some children traced over the dots to write words like fire, rescue, ladder, police, thank you and save.
In our creative area the children had fun making animal masks, animal puppets and monsters. We have used a variety of materials to make them such as; paper bags, plastic cups, paper plates, animal print paper and various other materials from our art trolley. The children enjoyed then using the puppets to talk to their friends and naming their puppets.
The children have been mark making by running cars through paint and then rolling them on the paper. The children have made lots of different shapes and we have talked about these. They then tried to find these shapes around the setting and were able to identify: squares, circles, triangles, rectangles and hexagons. We then introduced some number and dot stamps in the paint area and encouraged careful counting.
We have a large amount of children coming into Nursery with their coats and jumpers not named. Please could we ask that all coats and jumpers are named. Also could we please ask that the water bottles the children bring into Nursery contain water only and not squash or juice. Thank you.
We will be reading the poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
Next week, although a little early we will be reading The Nativity Story. This is in preparation for our Christmas performance so the children can become familiar with the characters from the story and learn the songs.
The Navitity Story- Charlotte Guillain and Lesley Grainger
Our Rhymes are:
5 Little Monkeys jumping on the bed