Winter is Coming!
We talked about bonfire night and the fireworks we had seen in the sky. We looked at pictures of rocket fireworks and made our own 3D models. We used cylinders, bottles and other craft materials to create and decorate our rockets.
Role Play - Let's build a bonfire
After discussing our own experiences of bonfire night we built our own bonfire in our nursery garden. We added wooden planks and logs, stacking them high and then pretended we were enjoying the warmth of the fire. We rubbed our hands together and sang songs as we gathered around the bonfire.
We loved this very messy activity! We wore bin bags to protect our coats and headed outside where we splattered watered down paint down onto the large sheets of black paper on the ground to make some fabulous firework paintings.
We counted out fireworks onto our paper, using number names in order to count and say the number of fireworks we had. We also tried hard to make equal groups of fireworks or say when we have more or less another group.
After looking at videos and photographs of bright coloured fireworks we had fun making our own paintings using different techniques. Some of our paintings were created by blowing runny paint through a straw to make it move in different directions, others were made by squeezing paint onto paper through a syringe, this was great fun. We then sprinkled glitter on to make the fireworks shimmer and sparkle.
After the Storm
We read the story 'After The Storm' by Nick Butterworth.
We Read the story 'After The Storm' by Nick Butterworth. We used this book as inspiration to be able to paint a hedgehog picture. First we spread the brown paint and then we used a fork to create the prickles and spikes.
In the story 'After the Storm' the big oak tree feel over during the storm and the animals no longer had a home. The children used junk modelling materials to make a habitat so that the animals could hibernate during the winter.
Oak Tree Paintings
We have been learning about acorns and oak trees. We know that Percy the Park Keeper planted an acorn so we made a painting of an oak tree using our handprints, fingerprints and our arms. The results were amazing.
Counting the squirrel's conkers
We have been learning about squirrels and that they gather conkers so they are not hungry during the winter months. We counted how many conkers the squirrel had counted.
One Snowy Night
We read the story One Snowy Night and completed activites inspired by the book.
One Snowy Night Writing
The children read the story One Snowy Night. They used this for inspiration for their writing. The children drew the hedgehog from the story.
After reading One Snowy Night the children created their own winter scene with a snowman on it. The children said it tickled their feet.
We used the story 'One Snowy Night' as inspiration for our baking. We used our motor skills to mix the ingredients and decorate the cooked biscuits.
Here are the end results:
The children used their fine motor skills to be able to place uncooked spaghetti in the playdough hedgehog that they had made. The spaghetti was used to make the prickles and spikes.
Here is a display of our work based on the book 'One Snowy Night':
We have been reading the story Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. We have completed many activities inspired by this story.
Drawing in the Mud
The children drew in 'Mud'. They children wrote their name, drew pictures and also made different lines and circles. The children thought the mud was funny because it smelt like chocolate!
The children made calendars and learnt why we have calendars.
We made our own stick people
We chose a stick and cut up pieces of collage materials to give the sticks arms and legs, we stuck on two eyes to make our own stick person.
Saving stick man
Stick man was stuck in the frozen ice. We chipped away at the ice with spoons and then rubbed salt into the ice block to make it melt. After a couple of hours, we managed to rescue stick man and set him free!
Wet and rainy days
This week has been a wet one, we enjoyed having the umbrellas out to keep us dry. We had to take turns as there were not enough for everyone but there were some very kind children sharing their umbrellas with a friend. They can be quite tricky to put up and down, but after a bit of practise, some children could do this on their own.
The Christmas Robin
Paper plate robins
We painted plates to make the robin's body and then used scissors to cut plates in half to make the wings. Robins have red breasts so we used tissue paper to show this.
We looked closely at pictures and models of robins and talked about what we saw and then drew our own robin pictures.
Christmas robin writing
After reading the story called 'The Christmas Robin' we drew a scene from the story and wrote key words such as Mr robin, Mrs Robin, nest and tinsel trying hard to hear some sounds in the words and write some letter shapes.
Letter To Santa
Santa visited Westwood and brought the children a special present. It was a book about writing a letter to Santa. He said there was a problem and the children needed to help. he told them he needed them to write a letter so he would know what they want for Christmas.
After Santa's visit the children wrote their letters to Santa.
The children used their visit from Santa as inspiration to paint a picture of him.
The children used their artist talent to be able to create a Christmas card. They used paper plates to create a Christmas Tree collage on the front of the card and then wrote their name inside the card.
Winter String Paintings
The children learnt about winter and the colours we see at this time of year.The children used string dipped in paint to create a winter inspired painting.
We made some place settings to put on the tables on party day. We cut out some christmas pictures to decorate and wrote our names on them.
On party day, a very special visitor made an appearance. We were all so excited to see Santa and said "thank you" when he gave us each a present.
Our Christmas parties were lots of fun. We ate some tasty food, danced, played games and pulled crackers with our friends.