In the nursery we are loving exploring different materials like dough, foam, soap and paint. These fun activities help us develop arm, finger and hand strength which we will need when we begin to coordinate pens and pencils. [gallery order="DESC"...
Questions the children have asked :
E asked “WHAT MAKES US MOVE?”
D asked “WHY DOES A HEART MOVE YOUR BLOOD?”
H asked “HOW DOES YOUR BRAIN THINK?”
H asked ” HOW DOES OXYGEN GO INTO YOUR BODY?
This half term we are developing our wrist and arm movements to support us forming coathanger letter, c,o,a,d,g,e .We will be teaching the children in Reception the story of ‘ Krongelidong’. Its is about being lost in fog and finding imaginary creatures. We start by listening to some classical music and walking in a fluid movement pattern around cones to the sounds we hear before exploring the same fluid movements in paint, sand, crayon. You will see lots of fluid movement patterns start to cover our walls as we develop this handwriting skill.
This week the children used the blocks outside to create spaces where we can play.
They made a police car complete with blue lights! A small group worked together to move the blocks to create this enclosure.
Another group of friends used crates to make a police house across the garden and then a lovely game developed where the children chased each other to capture the “baddies” and take them either to the police car or the police house.
The space provided a safe area for a child to draw a picture of the story. His picture included the police car with lights and a picture of the baddie!
What will the children make next time?
We have loved exploring pumpkins. We have learnt that they can look very different: different sizes and weights; different colours and they look great when carved!
Having pumpkins in our class prompted us to share our experiences of pumpkins and dressing up up for Trick and treating .
We left the scooped out pumpkin outside for a few days and it went “slimy” “smelly” and “Stinky” so we decided to smash it up and add to the wormery. “This is so disgusting!” the children said but worked together to get the pumpkin into the wormery! We are wondering now if the worms will like the pumpkin to eat!
This week in Nursery we have been exploring monoprinting, a process in which children’s marks are captured to create a unique print.
The children chose a colour of paint which was squeezed straight onto the table! Then, they got stuck in with their hands, making a variety of marks within the paint. Some children used their whole hands across the table, some used their fingers to create patterns and others preferred to use a foam roller or a brush. We also began to experiment with some colour mixing.
After they had plenty of time to explore the paint, we placed paper on top of their paint to capture their marks in a print. Have a look at these amazing works of art.
We have been busy settling in this term, getting to know our classroom and making new friends. The children have been brilliant during this transition period, as they adjust to a new environment, new friends, new grown ups and new routines. Thank you for all of your support during this time!
We have been reading ‘Dear Zoo’ and learning lots of new nursery rhymes. One of our favourites has been 5 little ducks.
We have been learning how to use new tools safely and developing our cutting skills. We have also been starting to use the woodwork station and learning how to use hammers and nails to build a structure.
We have been learning to share, turn take and play games together.
We have been loving playing outside and exploring the garden!
Such intense concentration. We will run out of wood quickly as this area was so popular! We have now widened the range of items which can be added on to their structures, cork sections, plastic lids, rubber piping and old jigsaw pieces . I look forward to seeing where their designs skills and thinking go next..
Staying for lunch at school for the first time can be a BIG deal for the children and families but working together we have been able to make this part of our day a time to be social and learn to be independent too!
We are managing so much: listening, answering questions, chatting, making choices, remembering routines and using physical skills to hold our trays and to cut our food to eat!
Lunch time at school is an important part of our learning day!
You might also hear about how we have been dancing VOLCANO’s ! This session is call ‘Write Dance’ and we exercise our muscles so that we have strong arms, wrists and fingers ready to write. Volcano dancing last week involved shaving foam!! This week it will involve hair conditioner and powder paint! ( photos to be added!)