This week was our final week of Forest Schools. We had fun with the clay making creatures and homes and then searched for wiggly worms! We will miss our Forest School sessions but can’t wait to start exploring the secret garden ourselves! Check out our video below to see what we got up to this week…
This week was our second day of Forest School. We explored the outdoors with our senses looking at colours and textures of flowers. Then we made magic potions and fairy postcards!
Check out our video below …
Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!
We started with learning about the countries that our families come from. We learnt that members of our family were born in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Lithuania, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Congo and Ghana and we wanted to learn some dances from other cultures.
Then the children made their own maps. There were maps to the jungle, maps to get home, maps to see the princesses and even maps of our own pretend planets!
After that we moved on to story maps and the children drew some great maps to go with their stories. We even made some books on the computer.
Our story telling continued as Andy the story teller came to tell stories with us…
What a busy week! The children have loved learning about maps and lots of children carried on making maps while they played. Why not encourage children to make more maps as they play at home. They are great for teaching children about the world around them and learning about where things are.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching we have had a busy week making things to show our mummies how special they are to us.
We have all tried really hard with our Mother’s Day cards. We drew a picture of our mummies and we had to think very carefully about what they looked like. We chose the right colour for their hair and eyes and thought about what they wear. Then we described our mummies.
My mummy is…
“A beautiful princess”
“Clever coz she goes to college”
“Kind coz she gives me cuddles”
“Nice coz she helps me”
“My best friend”
We all had a good try at writing our names in our cards and some of us wrote messages too!
Then we wanted to make a present so we threaded bracelets. It was very tricky and we had to be careful to hold the elastic and thread one bead at a time.
Once our presents and cards were ready it was time for our special Mother’s Day performance. We invited our mummies, aunties and grandmas and learnt a special song to sing called Skidamarink. We sang to our grown-ups and gave them our special gifts.
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us. We hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day. Click here to listen to Skidamarink at home!
Today we have had a very happy pancake day. Each year we like to do pancake day a little differently and this year we decided the two things we were most interested in were flipping our pancakes and our pancake toppings.
We thought of everything we wanted on our pancakes and decided on lots of different fruit. Then we chose 3 fruit each to make our very own pancake toppings. We chose from apricots, blueberries, pineapple, fruit puree, apples, raspberries, oranges, pears and banana. We mashed, chopped and squeezed them together. Next we heated our pancakes in a pan over a tealight so we could all have a turn at flipping our pancakes.
Finally we spread our toppings on and EVERYONE ate their whole pancake!
We had so much fun we want to make more potion toppings tomorrow!
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!
This week in nursery we introduced self-serve play dough. We filled tubs with flour, salt and coloured water. Then we added spoons of different sizes for each container.
The children took a bowl then moved along the side putting in one spoonful of each ingredient. They mixed it together and rolled it out. If it was too wet they added a little more flour or if it was too dry they added more water.
We had lots of fun with our dough, why not try making your own at home?
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.
First we learnt how to keep ourselves safe. We explored the tools and learnt about the best ways to use them.
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.
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.
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.
In nursery we are getting into the Christmas spirit. Have a look at some of the fun we have been having…
Sending Letters to Santa
Making a Santa Sleigh
Candy Cane Sensory Play
(Shaving foam, food colouring, peppermint scent and a little glitter)
Christmas Tree Playdough
A big THANK YOU to all the parents who have brought us in Christmas trees and decorations, we really appreciate them!