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Healthy Living Week 2019

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It was Healthy Living Week in Nursery along with the rest of the school. We had lots of visitors and talked about how we can stay healthy.

We’d been talking about Pumpkins the week before (see the blog post) and decided we wanted to eat the pumpkin. We needed to think of a healthy recipe to make with our pumpkins. Pumpkin Soup!!!

We read the storybook Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and found a recipe to help us.

And then we started to make our soup. Mrs Mason made a book to show everyone what happened.

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Everyone tried the pumpkin soup, although not everyone loved it. Some of us loved it more than others.

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At snack time we decided to try some different healthy food so there was a section of fruits for us to try. We tried mango, pomegranate, kiwi, pineapple and melon. You can see what we thought by reading our Floor Book in Nursery.

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We also had some other special visitors in Nursery. St John’s Ambulance came to speak to us about how to stay healthy and call 999 if we need help.

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Mrs Murch came to talk to us about PANTS and how to keep ourselves and our bodies healthy and what to do if we are feeling worried.

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Finally we had a visit from Errol who did some extra special activities in PE with us and talked about how exercise keeps our bodies healthy.  You can see pictures of this in our Floor Book as well.

What have we been learning?

  • How to stay healthy by eating healthy foods. 
  • How to stay healthy by doing more exercise. 
  • How to stay healthy by keeping our bodies safe. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about healthy food choices and why you limit the sweets, chocolate and other snacks the children want. 
  • Encourage children to eat a wide range of foods and to try new foods. 
  • Ensure the children get enough outside time and enough exercise to keep their bodies healthy eg. by going to the Park regularly. The recommendation is that preschoolers (age 3-4 years old) take part in 3 hours physical activity a day. This should include at least 60 minutes vigorous activity or exercise. You can find out more by clicking here

 

Noticing Autumn

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We had all noticed lots of changes outside as Autumn started. Children started to comment as they came into Nursery. Miss Parker collected some of the items they brought and added to it on our Nature Shelf.

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We decided to go to the Secret Garden to look for some different Autumn objects and everyone brought a leaf back to class.

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We looked carefully at the different leaves and talked about what we could see. You can see our learning in the Floor Book.

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We also decided to use our leaves to do some leaf printing back in Nursery.

The children enjoyed exploring the items on the Nature Shelf. They particularly loved the conkers and the pumpkins. We decided to focus on Pumpkins more the week after.

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We looked very carefully at the pumpkins and tried to draw them. We also spent a lot of time talking about the pumpkins and thinking about as many words as we could to describe them.

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What have we been learning? 

  • About seasonal changes all around us. 
  • To talk about what we can see using words and sentences. 
  • To go on a visit in school to see a new places. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Can you talk about the leaves we found? What colour are they? What shape are they? Do you know which tree they came from? 1DF12DA2-E947-4A25-BF3A-BBB3B56D8B51
  • Which other signs of Autumn can you see? Go to the Park and see what is happening to the trees there.
  • How many words can you think of to describe a pumpkin? 

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!

Pumpkin Palaver

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Pumpkin Palaver

After Halloween the children decided they wanted plenty of pumpkins in our classroom.

There were pumpkins in the water tray. So we made pumpkin potions, using the tweezers to take out the pumpkin seeds and adding colours and scents to the potions. The children counted out the ingredients they needed for their potions.

We were learning to count out amounts, use language like full and empty. Talk about changes and what happens when we add ingredients. We found out what happened when we mixed colours together. We built our fine motor skills pinching the seeds and using the tweezers, this will help get our fingers ready for writing. Sensory activities are  great way to encourage children to talk about the things they see happening.

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Our colour of the week was orange. We had orange sand and our colour table was orange to match our pumpkins.

We learn one colour each week. We try to name, find and match the colours of different things we find. We learn that there can be different shades of the same colour.

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On the writing table we had a big tuff spot that we covered in paper. We had lots of unusual pumpkins of different sizes as well as squash and we drew what we could see.

We learnt to look carefully at details such as shape and colour. We talked about the shapes and textures we could see. Some children even made up stories about their pumpkins turning them into scary pumpkins to scare the monsters away!

 

 

 

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On the fine motor table we used the hammers to hammer golf tees into the pumpkins. We had to carefully hold the pumpkin in one hand and hammer the golf tee with the other. This taught us about coordination and control. We learnt to use the tools safely and it helped to build our strength. It was even trickier to try and get them out again!

 

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How can you continue learning at home?

There may not be many pumpkins around now Halloween’s over but there are lots of activities you could do with other fruits and vegetables.

You could make your own potions using cut up fruit in a bowl of water. You can add food colouring, bowls, spoons and anything you have in your cupboards! Talk to the children about the changes they see and encourage them to count their ingredients, use scales to weigh things out or talk to them about things being full and empty.

You could encourage the children to find colours at home. You could go on a colour hunt and find one thing of every colour or you could find something to add to our colour of the week display!

The children had to really concentrate when they were drawing their pumpkins. You could do some drawings of your own, with fruits and vegetables around the house. Encourage children to talk about the different sizes, colours, shapes and textures. Remind children to try and colour things using the colours they can see.

 

 

Play dough

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In nursery we love play dough! We add scents, spices and food colourings for different smells and colours.

We use different tools in the play dough to help our hands and fingers get stronger for writing. We use rolling pins, stampers, rollers, scissors and cutters.

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We added beads, stones, dried pasta and conkers to the play dough to make bear faces.

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We used googley eyes, buttons, straws and pipe cleaners to make pumpkins for Halloween.

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We added stars, colourful matchsticks and glittery pipe cleaners to the play dough to make firework pictures.

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Come back to see what we do for our Christmas play dough!

Why don’t you have a go at making some play dough at home? 

Here is the recipe we use at school  (From the website The Imagination Tree)

Ingredients

2 cups of plain flour

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1/2 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

Up to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water (add a bit at a time until it looks right)

Food colouring/scents (optional)

Method

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a mixing bowl

Add the boiling water

Stir until it becomes a sticky, combined dough

Add the food colouring

Allow it to cool down and take out of the bowl and knead vigorously for a couple of minutes until all the stickiness has gone (This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!)

If it is still a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right