Category Archives: Continuous Provision

Physical Day!

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Physical Day!

Today was our second physical day! Every Wednesday we do PE in nursery so we decided to fill the rest of our day with lots of fun physical activities.

It is important to do big movement activities that build the muscles in arms, legs and shoulders. This helps with balance and coordination and is important before we start building the smaller muscles in our hands and wrists ready for writing. Each week we will be doing different physical activities to build muscles, strength and coordination.

So far we have…

walked up to the secret garden to collect leaves and conkers

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had races on  the sports field

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ran and used the apparatus in PE

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used crayons to draw and write on big paper on the floor

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turned over the tables and wrapped cling film around to paint on

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crawled, jumped and climbed with the soft play

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done some tricky balancing in yoga

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and we even joined key stage two for a bit of take ten dancing!

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What will we get up to next week?

 

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Marble Madness!

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Marble Madness!

Last Friday Oliver and Kallum wondered if we could make a marble run. They thought of what we needed and we went to collect tubes and pipes. We started building marble runs and we have continued all week!

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First there were marble runs with tubes and pipes into the sandpit…

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Then we built a giant marble run with the guttering outside…

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Then we used lollypop sticks to make a pinball style marble run on a large piece of card…

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Then we re-used our favourite box (check out past posts to see our box being used as a giant car, puppet show and rocket!) and made a marble run machine!

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Finally we went up to the secret garden to find conkers to roll and we have big plans for them next week…

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Marble runs are a great activity to try. Miss Hukin said she is going to have a go at making one at home. You could try –

  • Sticking lolly pop sticks or twigs to a large piece of card or wood. Make sure you add buffers at the edge to stop the marble flying off and cups or boxes at the bottom to catch the marbles
  • Using pieces of wood or plastic to make ramps and roll down cars, balls or marbles.
  • Using a wooden train track to create your own marble run
  • Sticking cardboard tubes or pool noodles to a box or wall to make a marble run
  • Using Lego to create your own marble maze
  • If you already have a marble run at home why not turn it into a game by using a measuring tape to see how far your marble can go or adding different coloured or numbered containers to catch the marbles!
  • Or check out youtube for some great DIY marble runs

We would love to see photos if you do give it a try, have fun! 

 

 

Back to School

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Back to School

We have had a busy first two weeks back at nursery! As well as lots of familiar faces from last year we have also had lots of new friends starting nursery.

We have been busy getting to know our new children, having fun in PE, exploring our classroom and doing lots of playing! We’ve also had a mini-trip, baked a cake and searched for our missing snail!

When we got back to nursery Gary the Snail was missing! The children searched all around the school and talked to lots of teachers to see if anyone had seen Gary. Luckily he came back this week, he had been on his holidays at Oliver’s house.

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Last Friday we went on a mini-trip to Asda. The children were very sensible walking up the hill and crossing the road safely. We looked at the building site as we went then followed our shopping list and collected everything we needed. The children even paid for the shopping.

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This week we used our ingredients to bake a cake…

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I wonder what we will get up to next week…

 

 

The Puppet Show

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The Puppet Show

Over the last few weeks in nursery the children have been very interested in making puppets. It started with making up our own characters in our story telling, then we started to draw them, cut them out and turn them into puppets. This week we decided to make our own puppet show and put on performances for our friends! Some of us even had a go at sewing puppets. It was tricky but we did a great job …


Why not make your own puppets at home? You could make sock puppets, finger puppets or use straws/lolly pop sticks to create your own. We would love to see them!

 

Movie Morning

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Movie Morning

One day Asaad asked if he could make a video. We set up a video diary and the children learnt how to record themselves as they sang songs and told stories.

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Everyone loved the idea and decided we should make a ‘real movie’ together. The children had lots of different ideas for their movie.

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In the end we decided on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Everybody had their own job. We made masks and costumes for the different characters, build sets inside and outside, told the story using storyboards to help us, acted out the story, used puppets to tell the story, made sound effects, directed our friends and recorded our movie. What a busy week!

Then we thought about who might like to see our movie. We decided our grown-ups would so we made tickets, posters and invitations.

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Then Paige said we should make jam tarts and Oliver, Lula, Toochi and Roman thought popcorn and hot chocolate!

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We baked our jam tarts and got everything ready for our movie mornings and  lots of our grown-ups stayed!

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We had a lovely time and the children were all very proud of their movie. Thank you to everyone who stayed.

 

The children have already been talking about a Christmas movie for the sequel so watch this space!

Our New Workbench

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Our New Workbench

We are very excited to have our new workbench in nursery! We have been using real tools on our workbench and making some great models.

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First we learnt how to keep ourselves safe. We explored the tools and learnt about the best ways to use them.

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We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and put hand prints on the bench so we knew how to keep our hands a safe distance away. We wore safety goggles to make sure we didn’t get anything in our eyes. There are rules we have to follow when we use the work bench and we have all been very good at listening to the rules and keeping ourselves safe.

We started off by exploring each tool one at a time and finding the safest and most comfortable way to use them.

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Once we were confident we started to combine tools by cutting wood and screwing two pieces together.

Now we are more confident we are starting to plan out what we want to build by drawing pictures and making our models. This week we have made robots and cars.

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We have even started to try and make our models even better by going back and adjusting the wheels to try and make our cars work.

The children’s plan for next week is to work together to build a big house for the Three Little Pigs, check back next week to see how we do…

What are we learning about?

Using the tools is a great way to build children’s fine motor skills which helps to get them ready for writing. To use the saw and hammer the children need strength and coordination. To use the screw driver they must work with control, slowly and carefully. Whenever we use the tools the children have to listen very carefully and follow the instructions to work safely. They have to think of their own safety and the safety of their friends around them and concentrate very hard. When they make models they need to try different ways of doing things and make adjustments to make it work.

Already the children are becoming more safe and confident with using the tools and we have been very impressed with what they have made.

How can you continue learning at home?

Lots of parents have asked for their children’s target to be to write their name. As well as lots of practice drawing and making marks with a pencil there are other ways to help children build up their strength and control in their hands and fingers…

Buttons and zips help children with coordination and strength in their fingers. Encouraging children to help to get themselves ready for school by putting on their own shoes and socks or trying to get themselves dressed this will all build up children’s strength in their hands and arms.

Children need to build up their big muscles in their arms and shoulders as well as the little ones in their hands and fingers so lots of climbing at the park or riding bikes helps to build these muscles.

Toys and activities like using blocks, Duplo and Lego all help with children’s fine motor skills. As they get more confident with the bigger blocks getting out smaller ones like Lego will help to strengthen the muscles in their fingers. Threading, sewing, play dough and using scissors are all great ways to strengthen finger muscles.

Lots of chance to make marks like with a tray of gel or shaving foam that children can make marks in with their fingers or big chalks on the ground outside. Using big paper helps to build up bigger muscles. Painting, colouring and drawing are all great ways to get ready for writing.

Paths and Pulleys

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Paths and Pulleys

Last week in nursery we were very interested in making paths and roads. At the start of the week children started making paths for their cars…

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After this the children made roads and paths to take the animals to the zoo…

 

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Super Shapes!

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Super Shapes!

We have been having lots of fun learning about shapes in nursery.

We have been sorting things by their shape and their colour, we have been learning the names of different shapes and learning to describe them with words like straight and round, we have been going on shape hunts in the classroom and outside.

 

 

We have also been making pictures with shapes and doing shape puzzles…

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How can you continue learning at home?

Go on a shape hunt yourself – you could go for a walk or you could look at the shapes of packaging in your kitchen

Make a model, use different boxes and containers to make a model and talk about the shapes you use

Build with blocks and describe the shapes as you use them – is it a round shape or a straight shape? Is it flat or pointy?

Sort and match objects as you tidy up – find all the things that are the same shape to go in the drawer together.

 

The Magic Rainbow Bus

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The Magic Rainbow Bus

This week the children decided to make a ‘magic rainbow bus’

We worked together to stick different coloured pieces of card on it. Then we added special features like wheels, headlights, windows, a moving door and even a magnetic registration plate.

We are very proud of our bus and have already been on lots of adventures to the park for picnics, Monkey business and Asda!

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Trick or Treat

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Trick or Treat

Monday was Halloween and everybody was very excited!

The children dressed up and went trick or treating around the classroom.

We made doors to knock on and handed out sweets (pompoms)

At the end we counted up our sweets and shared them fairly between our friends.

We had lots of pumpkin fun before the holidays but we still had a couple left so the children decided to cut them up and scoop them out.

One of the ‘pumpkins’ was green on the outside so everybody guessed what colour it might be inside…

We read Halloween stories and drew Halloween pictures. Click here to see what we got up to when we read the story of Spinderella.

We also played a Halloween game where we had to pick up the pompoms with the tweezers of throw them into the skeleton buckets. We had to think about our colours and we counted to see who was the winner.

What have we been learning?

  • When we were trick or treating we were learning to pretend, to listen to our friends ideas, to share, to take it in turns, to keep our play going by listening and responding to others, to talk about the colours of our ‘sweets’ and to count them
  • When we were playing with the pumpkins we learnt to talk about what we could see, feel, smell and hear. We thought of describing words and thought about what we thought we might see.
  • When we coloured our Halloween pictures we thought about the colours we needed, we learnt to hold our pens and pencils properly and to try and make slow and careful movements rather than scribbling.
  • When we played our Halloween game we learnt our colour names and counted the pompoms to see who had more.

How can you continue learning at home?

Lots of the children need a bit more practise with their colour names. At home you could try ..

  • going on a colour hunt
  • naming colours as you travel to school – ‘what colour is the traffic light?’
  • playing I spy with colours – ‘I spy with my little eye something blue’
  • naming the colours as children get ready – ‘can you find your yellow socks?’
  • playing a colour game like seeing who can see the most red things on the walk to school
  • colouring pictures and talking about the colours you need

We hope everybody had lots of fun trick or treating and a Happy Halloween!