Last week the children were very interested in exploring things that move. Outside they used the blocks to make big cars and planes then planned trips to Hawaii and drew maps of how to get there! As they played they learnt about shape, weight and size while they explored the blocks, they learnt to work together and talk to each other about their ideas. The children used their imagination as they planned their trip (and had to have an emergency landing) and they developed their fine motor skills and understanding of size and space as they drew their maps.
Inside the children were busy making vehicles in the workshop, there were rockets, cars, trucks and buses. The children learnt about size and shape as they worked imaginatively to create their own vehicles. At the workbench the children used the saws to cut up pieces of wood and the hammers and screwdrivers to add wheels, doors and windows. Everybody is getting very good at remembering how to keep themselves safe when using the tools as well as building up their strength, control and coordination.
In the block area there were lots of different ideas. Some children brought over stools and used the blocks to create an ambulance then went to help people. Other children played with the cars and we made a car park matching the cars and recognising numbers.
How can you continue learning at home?
- Playing with blocks helps children to learn about shape, space and size
- Junk modelling with empty boxes and containers teaches children about shape, size and colour as well as creating imaginatively
- Acting things out and pretend play helps children to develop their speech and imagination
- Playing together gives children the chance to negotiate and problem solve
- Working with real tools develops children’s fine motor skills ready for writing as well as learning how to keep safe
This week we performed our ‘Very Nursery Nativity’. We were so excited to do our nativity a little bit differently this year and the children were all amazing!
Making A Very Nursery Nativity
First we read The Christmas Story then the children told their own versions and we put them all together to make our script. We love making up our own stories and we tell stories everyday. Click here to see how we make up and act out our own stories or here to see how we change stories. If you want to know more have a look at the Helicopter Stories Blog.
Then we got dressed up and started to film the different scenes. We love making movies in nursery (click here to see some of last year’s movies) so this time we decided to do it a little differently and tried out a green screen. We filmed in front of a big piece of green material and used an app on the Ipad to change the background. The children were very keen to make our angel fly so we tested out different ideas from using a slide to steps and Mr Sieczkarek even came to lend us a hand. The children could play whatever character they wanted and be in the film as much or as little as they wanted to be.
Then the children wanted to film outdoors so we used the grassy bank around school and the shelter in our outdoor area to film some more. After a week of filming Miss Hulme put our video together and we thought of our favourite Christmas songs. We decided to sing Jingle Bells and When Santa got Stuck up the Chimney first then we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Alice the Camel live as we watched our movie and finished with We Wish you a Merry Christmas.
After our performance our parents stayed for a hot chocolate and a mince pie.
Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We loved reading all of your comments!
We’re going on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one,
What a beautiful day,
We’re not scared…
We had lots of fun in nursery yesterday going on our own bear hunt. We followed the sounds of the bear growls and walked through the long wavy grass, the sticky mud and the deep river…
and the snow storm!
We got to the cave and who do you think was hiding inside?
When we got back Brooklyn drew a map of our bear hunt…
Click here to watch Michael Rosen telling the story or click here to sing the bear hunt song.
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
had races on the sports field
ran and used the apparatus in PE
used crayons to draw and write on big paper on the floor
turned over the tables and wrapped cling film around to paint on
crawled, jumped and climbed with the soft play
done some tricky balancing in yoga
and we even joined key stage two for a bit of take ten dancing!
What will we get up to next week?
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!
First there were marble runs with tubes and pipes into the sandpit…
Then we built a giant marble run with the guttering outside…
Then we used lollypop sticks to make a pinball style marble run on a large piece of card…
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!
Finally we went up to the secret garden to find conkers to roll and we have big plans for them next week…
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!
Last Wednesday in nursery we held our very own sports day. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had so much fun with our grown-ups.
First we got into teams and had different kinds of races while our parents cheered us on. Then our grown-ups joined us or more running aces, sack races, egg and spoon races, hurdles, jumping and throwing bean bags. Thank you to everyone that came to join us and a special thank you to the older children who came to help out too.
Have a look at our video below!
Last Wednesday we went on our first nursery school trip to Graves Park!
We had a lovely time seeing and feeding all the animals, having a picnic and ice-creams and playing on the park.
Click here to see what we got up to…
Thank you to everyone who joined us. Come back soon to see all the amazing stories, paintings and drawings we have been doing following our trip.
A few weeks ago we had a lovely time celebrating Father’s Day with our grown-ups. We invited everyone to come and play games together, on the park, ball games and on the Muga.
Check out our video below….
Thank you to everyone who came! We look forward to having more fun at our sports day next Wednesday!
Throughout the year we have different themed weeks all through school. The last two weeks have been Environment Week and Global Citizenship Week. In nursery we have been thinking about how we can help to look after our environment. Outside we learnt about water and used the guttering to transport water then made puddles and watched it evaporate. We thought about how important water was to us and why we needed it.
Then we thought about recycling. There were lots of things getting thrown away in nursery that we could have used for something else! After lunch we saved and washed out our containers and also looked for things that could be recycled throughout school and sorted materials.
After our muddy puddle walk lots of the children were interested in how they could help others. We decided to donate our old toys to the local charity shop and went on a mini-trip to take them up.
Click on our video below to see what we got up to…
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…