Today is National Poetry Day. Each year there is a different theme and this year the theme is change. After spending time in the secret garden this week and looking at the changing leaves and conkers we have been doing a lot of talking about Autumn.
Poem was a brand new word so we thought about what it meant. We decided a poem was a bit like a story and a bit like a song and it could tell us about how things look, feel, sound, taste or smell.
We talked about Autumn and all the changes we had noticed. The children described what they could see and hear and we put our ideas together to turn them into a poem.
Here is the poem from the afternoon and beginning of the week children…
Here is the poem from the morning and end of the week children…
We hope you like our poems. To learn more about National Poetry Day and explore poems at home you can visit the website below…
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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 …
This week was the first day of our forest school sessions. The children spent time in the secret garden, learning in the outdoors and exploring nature. We had lots of fun listening to stories, digging in the mud, making mud pies, finding flowers and even mud painting!
Check out our video below!
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 have had lots of fun exploring eggs in nursery. We went to see the chicks in Miss Parker’s classroom and have had lots of fun playing with plastic eggs …
Then we explored real eggs. At first we were very gentle and tried not to crack them but then we decided it was much more fun to see what was inside!
How can you continue learning at home?
You can have lots of sensory fun with things you have around your home. It can get a little messy so you might want to try outside or in a big container like a washing up bowl. You could try…
Making bubbles with washing up liquid, shower gel, bubble bath or shampoo, add whisks to help build muscles and mix up the bubbles.
Cornflour or custard powder and water makes ‘gloop’. It is a solid when you touch it quickly but if you move slowly turns to liquid.
Jelly is lots of fun to explore and a great sensory experience!
Shaving foam feels great when spread on a tray, use fingers to practice drawing and writing. Add sand to create fun sand foam and add bricks and diggers.
Before you throw away old cereals they are fun to explore in a tray with diggers and trucks or animals. Try cornflakes, oatmeal or cheerios.
Rice, dry pasta, popping corn, dried beans, lentils, salt and sand are great for filling trays.
Pretty much any small items are great for filling trays and containers for lots of fun sensory play!
In nursery we love to have lots of messy fun. We like making play dough, slime and gloop. We like to taste different foods and to cook and bake. We love to investigate and explore, to plant and to experiment.
We couldn’t have all this fun without your help from class fund. Your 50p a week goes towards all these fun activities! Have a look at some of the things we get up to below…
When one of the children brought in some slime they had made at home we decided to make some more slime for nursery. We mixed two cups of glue with one cup of liquid washing detergent.
Then Maddison noticed that there was a bubble in the slime. That gave us an idea we got straws and blew the slime to make the biggest bubble we could!
We experimented with the slime to see how we could blow the biggest bubble. We tried stretching the slime, putting the straw in the middle, putting the straw underneath and working together.
We learnt to persevere, work together, try different ways to do things, share our ideas and listen to our friend’s ideas, talk about what we could see happening and what worked.
Last year Miss Hulme and Mrs Brown went on a course learning all about how young children settle into school and how to help children who might struggle with leaving their parents for the first time. We learnt lots of activities to help the children settle quickly into nursery, build relationships with new people and to help the children to stay calm and have control over how they are feeling.
Here is a movie of some of the activities we do to help the children settle into nursery, we hope you enjoy it!
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If you have any worries or concerns about how your child manages their feelings or if they have difficulties with separation please speak to a member of nursery staff.
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!