Into the Woods...
Welcome to Nursery. This half term we are going to be learning all about bears and going into the woods....
We are so excited to explore with you and learn lots through play!
We are also going to be settling your children into school and getting them used to all the different areas including the home corner, the water tray, the book corner, the mark making area and the paint area.
As we are acorn nursery, one of our first activities has been making an acorn using green and brown tissue paper and a photo of us to stick in the middle. We have been making these over the last three weeks and they are all stuck up on one of our display boards in the classroom.
This week in Nursery we have been learning about Halloween and exploring through play using spooky cauldrons and witches potions. We have had pumpkins and spiders webs in the classroom and we've written our own spells on magic paper!
'This makes you invisible.'
'This makes you fly!'
Said some of the children around the classroom. They were so involved and loved learning through play!
Five Little Witches
Show the number of witches by holding up fingers
Five little witches standing by the door.
One flew out, (Flying motion with hand) then there were four.
Four little witches standing by a tree.
One went to pick a pumpkin. (picking motion) Then there were three.
Three little witches stirring their brew. (stir) One fell in and then there were two.
Two little witches went for a run. (run with fingers) One got lost so then there was one.
One little witch, yes, only one. She cast a spell (make motions as if to cast spell) and now there are none. (put hands in lap)
We also explored pumpkins and talked about what they smelt like and felt like. We had a selection of spoons, knives (with supervision), graters and scoops for the children to use to scoop out the insides. We then talked about the different smells and textures. We discussed what you could make with pumpkins such as pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and pumpkin porridge.
'Smelly' said Lyra, 'it doesn't smell good!'
'It feels squishy' said Freya., 'it's all over my hands.'
'What's inside?' said Jasmine.
'I can get it out' said Blake.
We scooped out the mixture and kept the seeds to plant in our nursery garden. It was lots of fun and the children learnt a lot and practised their fine motor by scooping, cutting and grating. Well done Nursery.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We have enjoyed the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and have joined in when listening to the story.
We like to watch the Author Michael Rosen telling the story and join in with the actions.
There has been lots of great re-telling of the story at busy time. The family went on their hunt, through long wavy grass, splash sploshed through the river, stumble tripped through the forest and explored different places before finding a bear in a cave!
We have enjoyed drawing and making marks using the clipboards.
"I did a bear", "Big bear", "Two eyes",
"Angry face because its' going to eat them up."
The children talked about the marks they had made.
One day we found a letter from the bear saying he hadn't meant to scare the family, he was a friendly bear and just wanted to play. He asked if we would play a game of hide and seek with his friends, so we did!
It was good fun. We found lots of different kinds of bears hiding around our nursery playground.
Goldilocks and The Three Bears
We talked about sizes and what the children thought was small (a mouse!) and what they thought was big (an elephant!)
We then had a look at Goldilocks' bowls and put them in order from smallest to biggest. We used mathematical language and placed them in the correct order.
We have enjoyed sharing the story 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?' Lots of us can join in as we turn the pages of the book. We also found a song based on the story which we enjoyed.
We looked around the classroom to see what we could see.
A red bird, a green frog, a white dog and lots more too!
We have also played outside in the rain and the sunshine! With different coloured umbrellas which the children loved. We have explored the climbing frame and the wibbly wobbly bridge and loved stepping all over the stepping stones. The children have been so brave playing outside and thinking up lots of new games to play. They have been getting to know each other and learning lots through play.
We have also had some carpet time and the children have been awarded stickers for sitting beautifully and listening to a story! Well done Nursery!
Our second week back has been a busy one. We have welcomed more children into our nursery and have had lots of fun getting to know each other.
Our children have been busy building both inside and outside with different types of construction. We have had houses and a tunnel for the train built out of wooden blocks, and lots of fabulous tall towers built, some even taller than our nursery children! We all enjoy knocking the towers down and building them again.
We enjoy water play and using our fishing net have caught lots of sea creatures.
We have had a fantastic first week at Nursery. We have introduced a few children into our school and it has been so much fun! The children have settled in brilliantly and are so excited to come into school each day which is amazing. We have been making acorns as we are the acorn class by sticking different coloured tissue paper onto an acorn template then sticking our faces on top! They look brilliant.
We have also been making lots of new friends and exploring the classroom. We cannot wait to get stuck in and make lots of new things!