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.
We decided to go to the Secret Garden to look for some different Autumn objects and everyone brought a leaf back to class.
We looked carefully at the different leaves and talked about what we could see. You can see our learning in the Floor Book.
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.
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.
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?
- 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?
Last week lots of the children were busy making picnics with their friends so this week we had a real teddy bear’s picnic! The children decided they would like buns and pizza for their picnic and we wrote a letter home to bring in our teddies.
We wanted the children to be able to join in with the process of cooking and baking so we found an easy peasy pizza dough recipe that the children could do themselves.
We also used a mini-oven so we could watch the pizzas cook and talk about the changes.
As well as making pizzas we worked together to bake buns for our picnic too. We have been learning our numbers to 10 and that helped us to read our recipe. We used the numbers and pictures to follow the recipe ourselves.
Then we took our pizzas and buns and went to the secret garden for our teddy bears picnic!
We love seeing your photos of baking and cooking together at home. Baking activities are a great way to learn about numbers and measures as well as learning about changes and how to keep ourselves safe.
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 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…
Click here to learn more about National Poetry 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
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?