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Kung Hey Fat Choi
We dressed in Chinese clothes to celebrate the Year of the Goat. Fen Fen told us the story of Chinese New Year and taught us a New Year song. In the hall we danced with ribbons to traditional Chinese music. We made vegetable stir fry and ate it for snack with prawn crackers. We had fun using chopsticks! We 'wrote' menus and orders in Our role play Chinese Restaurant.
Ready to Write!
We have been doing a shoulder, arm, wrist and finger exercise to help our muscles get ready to mark make and write. The exercise goes like this...
Eric Carle, Nursery's Special Author.
We have chosen Eric Carle to be our adopted author. We have really enjoyed looking at Eric Carle books, reading stories together and painting pictures of the animals from 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Can you See?'
We painted clouds using our own ideas about what they looked like, just like in the story 'Little Cloud'.
Number, pattern, counting, capacity and shape have been explored in Nursery this week through child initiated play, small group activities and whole class input.
Children have been threading beads and matching them with number cards. Children have used one to one correspondence to count bobbins, beads, pegs, play bugs, dinosaurs, transport and animals. Capacity concepts of 'empty', 'half full' and 'full to overflowing' have been introduced through coloured water play. Children have selected the clingy numbers and enjoyed identifying the symbol for their age.
Four friends had the idea to stack up two sand timers: they counted in unison to 20 to determine how long it would take for the sand to pass through. They also predicted which timer would be the quickest to empty, the blue or the yellow. They were jubilant when they were correct! 'The yellow won!' they shouted.
During class input, shape and fractions (whole, half and quarters) were introduced through making vegetable pizzas for snack.
This week we helped to stretch out to 'measure' the heavy sails which will provide shade in the outdoor area later in the year.
Also, Year 6 pupils played number games with Nursery, which they had designed and created during Maths Week. Everybody enjoyed themselves!
Creating and Designing
The children enjoy accessing the scissors, sellotape and a variety of media to design their own creations. They concentrate for sustained periods and talk about what they have made, taking pride in their achievements!
We have been using 'Sign-A-Long' during our prayers and greetings at the beginning of Nursery sessions, during small groups and whole class story times too. We use signs during the sessions for drinks and snacks, please and thank you, toilet, items of clothing and the names of staff and helpers.
Child Initiated Literacy Fun
The children decided to match up their names with the photos they use to register for snack. They looked for each other's names, helping one another to search by looking for the initial letter symbols. They were delighted with their success.
Some children selected their name cards and attempted to copy their names on their pictures and mark making.
Interest Led 'Frozen' Role Play
The children have been so excited about 'Frozen', so we created an ice castle for role play, made 'Frozen' cup cakes and explored ice through water balloons. Some of the children decided to use rubber gloves from the kitchen role play to handle the ice, a great idea! Keep a look out for more pictures of the children dressing up too!
The children decorated fabric with glitter, icicle pipe cleaners and snowflakes which they had made. During role play some of the children developed creative ideas around witches; cackling, casting spells and setting traps!
We provided 'Spell Books' for recording their spells through mark making, emergent writing and drawings. This has been a highly motivating way to encourage literacy.
We made instruments at Nursery and at home with recycled materials. We had great fun making loud and soft sounds with the instruments, like Stephen Cartwright's book 'Who's Making That Noise?'
What wonderful Christmas plays were performed by the Nursery children! All the families were delighted to watch 'Happy Birthday Jesus', with their children dressed up, singing and dancing with their friends. Well done Nursery!
We had a very exciting and informative time when Dylan Hicks came to Nursery with his reptiles, baby tarantula, giant African land snails, cockroaches, African bull frog, tortoises and scorpion. Some children were even brave enough to hold the boa constrictor around their shoulders or let the tarantula walk across their hand!
We made clay Diva lamps and ate Indian food to celebrate Diwali. We drew around our hands, cut them out and decorated them with glitter to make Mendhi hands.
We had fun chalking Rangoli patterns on the outdoor play ground and making sand patterns indoors using Rangoli stencils and shakers which Mrs Thacker brought for us.
Dressing up in authentic Indian celebration outfits was very exciting, Mrs Thacker even brought clothes for the teachers to try on!
We had a very happy Diwali time.
The Fire Fighters Visit Early Years
We have had a very exciting day meeting the fire fighters. We tried on a fire fighter's helmet, sat in the fire engine and had a turn using the hose. We have lots to talk about tomorrow when we draw and write in our floor book!
Communication, Language & Literacy...Through I Pads and Floor Books
The children have enjoyed using I pads to play games based around phonics, counting and memory skills, learning to share and take turns using negotiation and sand timers helps the children to develop in their friendships and social skills.
Mark making, drawing and collage have all played a part in the children's interest based floor books. Floor book interests have included so far dental themes, sea creatures, Autumn, families, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Jim and the Beanstalk (a variation on Jack!).
We were delighted when three tonnes of sand were delivered to our outdoor beach! What an opportunity to explore, experiment, mark make and socialise, not forgetting a chance to practise our physical skills and independence putting on our waterproof trousers and wellington boots.
The beach provides an open ended, creative environment for the children to explore, think critically and problem solve. We have built tents on the beach today, working together to clip on pegs, hold fabric, take turns using the rubber mallet and searching for wood to build a 'camp fire'.
Niamh is going with her family to watch the sunset on the coast. She is bringing shells back to Nursery for our beach.