Great adventurers 5.12.19

In the construction area, a number of children have shown interest in building ramps and bridges.

They investigated ramps of different materials discussing what happened when they put a car down each ramp.

They then looked at different shaped ramps predicting which ramp would make their car go the fastest using stickers to record the number of ramp they thought would make the car go the fastest. When making their predictions they were encouraged to share why they thought that ramp would make the car go the fastest.

Emily-Mae was keen to see how far she could make her car travel trying out different ramps. She learned how to measure the distance using a measuring tape. When the car went further she realised she needed more than one measuring tape to measure how far it had gone and got more measuring tapes.

In the art studio there has been a real interest in sewing. Children have chosen different items they want to design and been developing their fine motor skills and how to use a needle safely.

Some of the children have made their own clothes using ready made clothes as a template to draw onto fabric.

Zac and Lacey chose to make cushions choosing a fabric and learning how to sew it together.

Some of the children have shown an interest in decorations sticking material around the nursery.

They threaded beads onto pipe cleaners and also used feathers to design their own tree decorations.

They then put some cardboard boxes together and painted them green to create a Christmas tree. They used lights and the decorations they made to decorate the tree.

Some of the children have also been doing some wrapping creating presents to go under the tree.

At the work bench, a number of children have been using the saw to cut pieces of wood. Taylor sanded down the wood afterwards to make it smooth. They worked together to hammer the pieces of wood together to create a Christmas tree decoration. Once it was stuck together they painted it to add some colour.

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Some of the children have been exploring different sounds they can make through playing musical instruments.

Tyler was collecting and transporting sand using the roller digger to spread the sand out. He kept collecting more until he had covered the area.

Some of the children have been exploring paint developing their fine motor skills through using a paintbrush.

Harper is following the nursery routines taking good care whilst brushing her teeth.

A number of children enjoy investigating different construction materials to build their own models.

Some of the children enjoyed some relaxation time listening to gentle music.

A number of children continue to show an interest in reading stories.

Rowan chose Goldilocks and the 3 bears and others wanted to hear the story too. she continued to revisit the story and represent parts of the story in her roleplay.

They have been exploring different puzzles problem solving to put the pieces in the right places.

Joshua used loose parts to create his own bridge.

Amy created a picture using collage materials.

Some of children have been roleplaying doctors and nurses helping to look after patients who are not well.

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A number of children have shown a real interest in playing games. They have been learning to use the interactive whiteboard to play games. Through this they have been learning to share and take turns.

In the 3 bears game they were sorting food by size feeding it to each of the bears.

They have also been developing their memory skills through playing pairs.

Some children were keen to play picture bingo identifying what picture was on their card and giving it to a friend if it was on their bingo board.

In ABC and beyond, the children have started reading the non-fiction book Tree by Britta Teckentrup. They are starting to learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction books.  Through this book they are learning about the four seasons. This week we have been learning about autumn when the trees lose their leaves.

Some of the children have been matching autumn leaves playing a pairs game.

As the children are learning about time through seasons of the year, they have also started to look at a calendar. They are beginning to learn songs about days of the week and months of the year. They have also been counting in sequence to identify the date. Part of the calendar also includes identifying the season and the weather that day. This supports the children to identify changes in weather and the impact of this on their environment.

A few children have been exploring the cranes finding different objects in the nursery and problem solving to try and get the crane to lift the object.

In the garden, some children have been exploring water from different levels identifying how to get water to flow from one place to another.

Some children were keen to wash the nursery windows using different containers to splash the windows and watching how far the water travelled.

In Big noise, the children have been singing rhymes.

Some of the children were keen to join in a memory game with Michele. They had to look at all the animals and memorise them. When Michele covered them over and took one away they had to guess which one was left listening to all of the words in the clues.

Jacob and Layla showed interest in playing a picture word match game. They are beginning to hear the sounds at the start of certain words and used the colours of the puzzle pieces to help them match words to pictures.

Taylor was exploring magnets through the trains. She worked out that if she put the trains a certain way round she could make the train move along the floor without being connected to one another through counteracting the magnets. She continued to add more trains to her set moving a few trains along the floor.

Some of the children have shown interest in building bridges in the garden to go over on the bikes and scooters. They have been participating in bridge construction challenges  in the garden using different construction materials to create bridges. They have also been looking at photographs of different types of bridges.

Kacper wanted to look bridges on the computer. Lewis was keen to see them too.  They watched a video of the Tay rail bridge with a train leaving Dundee then the Tay road bridge with cars and other vehicles going into Dundee. They learned that there is separate bridge for trains and that not all vehicles go across the Tay road bridge. They were also keen to see underneath the Tay road Bridge and were excited to see a large pink rubber duck outside the Apex Hotel.

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Some of the children have been building with a range of loose parts problem solving to get one piece to fit on top of the other and developing their fine motor skills.

A number of children  explored the home corner transporting playdough and using it to make their own food. They were sharing the food with one another and looking after the baby too.

Joshua has shown a real interest in dinosaurs and was keen to look at the dinosaur book to find out more.

The children used the paint pens to make their own firework pictures on Bonfire night.

Together they serve and share a healthy snack and are encouraged to try new foods.

A number of the children are starting to show a real interest in stories selecting a story of their choice from the home corner and seeking out an adult to share the story with them.

Some of the boys have been investigating the construction blocks showing perseverance when building high towers and problem solving when the blocks fall down.

Riley has been developing her cutting skills through cutting up playdough.

Some of the children have shown an interest in completing puzzles developing their fine motor skills as they work out how to fit pieces together.

Kane was identifying the shapes of puzzle pieces and finding the matching shape on the board where each piece would fit.

Lewis and Tyler decided to play in the tepee taking the fire truck inside so they could play with it.

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In ABC and beyond the children have been continuing to explore Supertato.  They explored where vegetables come from when playing with vegetables on the farm. Some children identified that vegetables can be grown in gardens.

This week their ABC and beyond sparkle word was broccoli. They had the opportunity to try carrots, broccoli, cucumber and peas and vote for their favourite one. In their groups they created a pictogram and talked about which vegetables were the most and least popular. All of the children’s votes will be put together to create a whole nursery pictogram.

One of the main characters in Supertato is Evil Pea who escapes from the freezer and traps the other vegetables. The children have been developing their fine motor skills by catching the evil peas using different sized tweezers and placing the peas in Numicon shapes.

Some children have shown an interest in playing big board games in the garden. This was extended inside playing snakes and ladders and then using other boards to support children to play games independently. They have been developing their turn taking skills and been practising counting when using the dice and moving their counter around the board. Some children challenged themselves by using more than one dice and adding them together.

They have also been developing skills in sharing and talking to others completing puzzles together and playing snap.

Jacob has been identifying numbers to 20 and counting each dot to match the quantity to the number.

In group time, children have been looking at different aspects of number. Some children have been practising the number sequence to 10 using songs. Other children have been focusing on recognising numbers up to 5 or 10. Another group have been identifying 2 quantities and adding them to find out how many they have altogether.


In the water tray, the children have shown an interest in sea creatures. They have been identifying different animal names, finding animals that matched and comparing the size of different creatures.

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The children enjoyed sensory play exploring leaves and pumpkins. Some children filled up the pumpkins with leaves.

They also painted leaves using these to print pictures.

They used the pumpkin seeds in the home corner making food for their friends.

They were developing their fine motor skills through decorating biscuits for Halloween.

Jessica and Rebecca enjoyed exploring a story finding worms on each page.

In the garden they continue to develop their gross motor skills playing on the bikes. They have also been building their own obstacle courses providing opportunities for them to climb.

Some children showed an interest in walking around the edge of the sandpit developing their balancing skills.

The children have been talking about colour sorting different objects by colour. They are developing their self-help skills using the tongs which they use when serving their own snack.

Jessica was exploring the pebbles in the water tray. She lined them up and looked at the different sizes she had.

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This week the children started their new ABC and beyond book Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet after a number of children showed an interest in Supertato stories before the holidays. This week their word was round meaning something that is circle shaped. Some children have been identifying things that are round in the nursery.

A number of the children have been exploring the new art studio.

On Monday the children had some time in the playground developing their physical skills through participating in the obstacle course and climbing. After this they had the challenge of collecting 5 leaves each. The children have been using these leaves in the art studio.

Some of the children have enjoyed participating in matching games and board games. They have been learning about taking turns and how to move around a board game.

Some of the children have been using planks of wood to create roads and ramps representing bridges. Malcolm was keen to try and put different things on the ramp including different vehicles and himself.

Some children were enjoying listening to some music. They were asked if they wanted instruments to play along and explored playing along to the beat of the music.

Taylor enjoyed doing some painting in the garden.

Riley, Brandon and Riley were using sponges, cloths and soapy water to clean the boat.

This afternoon, the children enjoyed doing finger rhymes and other songs as part of Big Noise.

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The little explorers worked together to create an autumn tree using a range of materials.  They did some hand printing to create leaves enjoying the feel of the paint on their hands. The children are hoping to add photos of them with their families to display in their nursery room.

Some of the children have enjoyed exploring the sounds they can make with different musical instruments.


They transferred this interest to the garden using loose parts to make a range of sounds of different volumes.

Some of the children enjoy participating in action songs and rhymes coping actions and singing songs together.

Rowyn and Kane helped to make up the snack menu for all of the children in the nursery. they chose their favourite foods and the days they would like to have these foods for snack.

The children enjoy sharing a healthy snack together every day. They are developing their independence and self-help skills by serving their own snack.

The children continue to enjoy sensory play opportunities using different materials. Here are some of the children playing with foam.

The little explorers carried out a travel to nursery survey talking with their families about how they travel to nursery. Lots of us walk or come in the car.

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The children have become very familiar with their ABC and beyond story Goldilocks and the three bears helping to retell the story. Some children have enjoyed playing with the 3 bears in their roleplay.

They have been learning lots of new words whilst reading the stories in their group. First they learned the word little meaning small. Then they learned the word empty meaning nothing inside. This week their word is soft meaning nice to touch. We talked about things that were soft including teddies, pillows and clothes. What soft things can you find at home?

In the garden, some children were searching for things that were little using the camera to take photos of what they found.

On Monday mornings the children enjoy time in the school gym hall developing their gross motor skills. They have been climbing to different heights, balancing and jumping.

In the garden, they have extended this creating their own obstacle courses and using loose parts to create different things to climb on.

Deryn was practising his bunny hops in the garden on the logs.

The children have shown an interest in building towers and castles using the large construction blocks. Kacper build a castle he could go inside and invited his friends to play with him.

In the home corner, children have been taking turns to serve and be customers. They have been mark making using clipboards and pencils to take orders and using the till to make payments.

In art, the children have shown an interest in sensory play experiences making and exploring paint with their hands, making gloop and making and playing with coloured rice. They estimated what was needed to make each of these and measured it out problem solving to get the right consistency.

The purple group enjoyed looking at their learning journals together before going home.

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Some of the children have enjoyed exploring a range of construction materials creating towers of different heights.

Dannika and Rowyn have been curious to find out about the visuals on the lanyards identifying  what different pictures mean.

In the garden children have been investigating, digging and loading up different building materials.


Some children continue to enjoy searching for different minibeasts including worms and slugs. They enjoy handling them and learning more about what they need to live them through asking questions.


In the garden they have enjoyed sensory play exploring water and mud.

Through games, they have been identifying colours and matching pictures of the same colours.

Some of the children enjoyed Big noise this week learning new songs, playing instruments and learning  to take turns.

In the garden, the children have had opportunities to develop gross motor skills through riding on the bikes.

The children continue to develop their fine motor skills through threading, cutting and gluing activities.

Some of the children enjoyed exploring different shapes building these on top of one another creating towers and trains.

Kane used  logs and animals to create his own farm.

The children enjoyed using playdough to mould their own creations. They transported this to the home corner making their own food.

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