23.10.2020

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A number of the children have shown real interest in firefighter role play. They have been using different pipes and water within their play.

They continued the idea of fire and fire fighters using sticks to create their own campfire.

A few children explored different ways of making the balls travel using guttering and pipes.

Others have been challenging themselves through climbing and jumping.

A couple of children have shown interest in exploring animal stories looking at the pictures and starting to identify what they can see.

Inside, some of the children have been measuring and mixing together their own paint.

3-5s

A few of the children in the 3-5s have also shown interest in firefighter role-play. They have used the tunnel, pipes and water within their play re-enacting what firefighters do.

A couple of children have been transporting water and creating their own puddles.

A group of children also continue to search the garden digging for mini beasts. They have been looking at books to find out more about the features of some mini beasts and what they like to eat learning new facts.

Some children have been using the ladders to climb adjusting the angle of the ladder to further challenge themselves.

Kayden and Lyall have been exploring different ways to make water travel. Today they were blowing the water to create their own bubbles.

A number of children in different playrooms have expressed great interest in playing the floor is lava. This has developed into an interest in volcanoes in one playroom.

Sophie continues to revisit potion making finding and selecting her own ingredients.

Henry and Harley worked together to line up the cars. Harley counted how many they had touching each car as she counted.

In the art studio, a few children have been exploring paint and using leaves to create pieces of art.

2.10.2020

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A couple of children worked together using different sized construction blocks balancing them to create towers.

Some of the children have been developing their fine motor skills by threading different objects onto pipe cleaners.

Others have been mixing water with the paint blocks to create paint. They have used the paint to create pieces of art.

A few children made and explored gloop engaging in sensory play.

3-5s

A number of children have been looking at the balance book trying out different balancing activities in the nursery and the garden.

Others have been developing their fine motor skills and problem solving skills piecing together puzzles.

A few children have been practising sequencing numbers from 1-10 playing caterpillar count on the interactive whiteboard.

Joshua played another bug game sequencing numbers to 10 and beyond.

Riley used the Paint programme on the Interactive board to draw pictures.

Deryn, Riley and Dannika were exploring the balance scales putting different objects in each side and observing what happened. They identified which items were the heaviest by observing what happened to the scales.

A few children played the Jack and the beanstalk game together. They took turns to identify and match shapes then helped to build the beanstalk.

Oliver spent time building his own train track. He selected the pieces and problem solved to get pieces to fit. When he was finished he took a photograph of his track.

Malcolm spent time in the garden one rainy afternoon. He showed great interest in investigating the large puddle in the mud kitchen.

In the other garden, they transported water to create their own puddle.

Towards the end of last week we got a new gazebo for one of the 3-5 nursery gardens. A few children were keen to watch the men as they built up the gazebo.

A few children have enjoyed playing in the gazebo adding materials to make it more enclosed and engaging in role-play.

In the other garden, Oscar used the blocks to design his house building the bricks one on top of the other.

Danny created an outer structure and problem solved to find the right sized bricks to fit inside to make  a garden.

A few children have been investigating loose parts and using their imagination to find different uses for resources.

Inside, others have been developing their fine motor skills showing an interest in threading and cutting.

Others have been developing their pincer grip through mark making in different ways.

After reading the 3 little pigs in group time, Shelley used the character props and the book to retell the story.

During group time, the children continue to participate in table top games developing their sharing, listening, memory and turn taking skills.

A few children have shown an interest in exploring apples after eating these for snack. They developed their cutting skills cutting open an apple and identified the different parts. They also looked at a book about apples.

25.9.2020

2s

Some of the children have been collecting items from the garden and using them to create pieces of art.

In the garden, some children have been involved in sensory play using foam.

Every week they participate in music time where they dance, sing and play instruments along with the music.

They also have relaxation time together listening to soft music.

At book bug time, they sing rhymes together and share stories with book bug.

 

3-5s

As a number of children have shown interest in looking for minibeasts in the garden, we chose the very hungry caterpillar as our first ABC and beyond book. Each week the children have been learning a new word from the story. They learned about the words tiny, cocoon and nibbled.

This week the children took turns to retell parts of the story using puppets.

Some children have been playing the hungry caterpillar board game. They took turns to spin the spinner and move their caterpillar around the board feeding him foods from the story when landing on certain spaces.

Harley built the caterpillar putting the numbers in order from 0-10.

In the water tray, some children have been mixing different ingredients to create their own scents of soap.

Out in the garden, a number of children have been developing their physical skills by using different pieces of equipment to climb over extending and challenging themselves as they go.

   

Danny decided he wanted to make his own slide. He worked with others using construction blocks to create it.

A number of children have shown interest in making their own scents of play dough. They started off using herbs from the garden then tried adding different spices to their play dough to see how it smelled.

A few children have been using the wheelbarrows to transport materials around the garden engaging in role-play. Lyall and Danny were investigating the scales looking at the numbers and how it changed when they added or took away stones.

After learning how to play duck duck goose, Aria organised a game herself asking others if they wanted to play and taking on the role of the adult in organising the game.

A number of children continue to show interest in water and exploring how it travels using different objects.

 

Inside, some children have been developing their fine motor skills threading different objects onto string or pipe cleaners.

A few children used loose parts to create their own pirate ship. They decided it needed a flag so used paint and paper to create their own.

Some children continued to explore the idea of boats in the other garden putting seats on the boat and engaging in role-play together rescuing people who were stuck out at sea.

Josie has been very creative when using play dough and loose parts. She created a monster then changed it into a caterpillar adding on feet. She then designed a rainbow.

 

18.9.2020

2s

Some of the children have been continuing to investigate the sand filling and emptying different containers.

A couple of children have been using the blocks to create towers trying to make them as tall as they can without them falling over.

A few children have also been exploring different ways of making marks.

A number of children continue to show interest in searching for minibeasts and finding out what they do.

In the garden, some children have been developing their ball skills trying to throw and kick a ball into the net.

A few children have also started to show an interest in reading stories.

3-5s

The children did a travel to nursery survey matching their photo to the picture which showed how they got to nursery.

Some of the children have been creating their own paint and mixing up their own potions.

In the garden, some children have been challenging themselves physically by using loose parts and setting themselves targets.

Other children continue to show an interest in finding minibeasts.

Some of the children participated in an experiment observing the volcano they had made erupting.

After the experiment, they investigated the lava using their senses.

A few children have been exploring different ways to make water travel investigating through pouring, filling and emptying.

At the end of the day, some children have been playing games together in small groups developing their sharing and turn taking skills.

The children in the 3-5s got to vote for a name for their group. They used a sticker to vote placing it on the picture of their favourite name.

Some of the children were practising their counting skills by counting out cupcakes and feeding them to teddy.

Oliver made a car using loose parts.

8.09.2020

2s

Some of the boys and girls have shown a real interest in roleplay in the garden. They set up an ice cream shop taking turns to serve their friends and be a customer. They have been using the till and money to pay for their ice creams.

A few children have also been looking for different types of minisbeasts in the garden.

Some children have also been investigating using water and in the sand.

 

 

3-5s

Some of the children have shown an interest in lava so they worked together to create a volcano.

A group of children have also been learning about plants helping to plant seeds and learning what the plants need to be able to grown.

Others have been interested in creating their own potions collecting together different items investigating what happens when they mix them together.

In the garden, some children have shown an interest in climbing and jumping off apparatus whilst others wanted to play group games such as hide and seek or duck duck goose.

Shelley used the wooden blocks and planks to make her own see-saw.

Inside, some children have been playing table top games together taking turns and developing their sorting and matching skills.

Others have been exploring stories.

Kayden has been investigating different ways to make water travel both in the water tray and outside.

A few children have been using the blocks to build their own planes.

Aria noticed the bird feeder on the tree. She decided she wanted to make a bird box and worked together with Ivy to design one. Once they had designed it they collected items they needed to put inside their bird box.

5 activities you can try with your child this week 22.6.2020

1. Click on the link below to listen to the story We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. You can pause the video throughout and encourage your child to talk about what they see and what is happening. You could ask them how it would make them feel at different points in the story. At the end you could ask your child what their favourite part of the story was.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds
2. When you are out for a walk or in the garden, pretend you are on a bear hunt and re-enact the story together. See if your child can remember parts of the story and the sounds for each part.
Through the grass (swishy swashy, swishy swashy, swishy swashy)
Through the river (splash splosh, splash splosh, splash splosh)
Through the mud (squelch squerch, squelch squerch, squelch squerch)
Through the forest (stumble trip, stumble trip, stumble trip)
Through the snowstorm (hooo wooo, hooo wooo, hooo wooo)
Through the cave (tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe)
3. Play a listening game together. Give your child instructions to find an object in the house and move around the object using the language of over, under and through from the story. Support your child to understand the concepts of over, under and through e.g. “Go under the cover”, “Go through the door”, “Go over the pillow.” etc.
4. Go on a bear hunt. Take turns to hide your child’s teddy, cuddly toy or another well known object in the house. Give one another clues saying “hot” if you are getting near to where the toy or object is hidden or “cold if you are far away from where the object or toy is hidden.

 

5. Continue to support your child to develop their independence skills. Encourage your child to help tidy up around the house.

5 activities you can try with your child this week 15.6.2020

  1. Click on the link below to listen to the story the bus is for us by Michael Rosen and Gillian Tyler. You can pause the video throughout and encourage your child to talk about what they see and what is happening. At the end you could ask your child what way they would like to travel the most from the ideas in the book. Listen to the story again if they can’t remember.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akPQGBj-bLs
  1. Today’s story is all about enjoying going on the bus. Ask your child what does a bus have? Give your child an example ‘the bus has wheels, what else does a bus have?’ Sing the wheels on the bus together.  Encourage your child to say what could come next in the song e.g. the wipers, the doors, the horn, the driver etc.
  1. In nursery we do teddy time. We lie down, close our eyes and listen to some soft music to help us relax with a teddy placed on our tummy. When we do this our imagination can take us to different places. Like all the places they went to in the story, I wonder where your imagination might take you today. Click on one of the links below and encourage your child to close their eyes and lie down listening to the music. Play the music for a minute or two then pause it and you can talk about what you both imagined yourself doing whilst you had your eyes closed. You may find other relaxing music on Youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwHO92Tu97JWHzl3RmadNug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUXEeAXywCY
  1. Play a feelings game together. Focus first on happy and sad. Show your child a happy face and ask them to show you their happy face. Now show your child a sad face. See if your child can show you their sad face. Talk about what makes you feel happy and what makes you feel sad. Encourage your child to do the same. If your child understands the concept of happy and sad you may want to explore worried and angry with them.
  1. Support your child to continue to develop their independence skills by putting the dishes away.

 

Activities you can try with your child this week 8.6.2020

  1. Click on the link below to listen to the story Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann together. You can pause the story and encourage your child to talk about the characters and what is happening.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-FK8HocVaU
  1. Talk to your child about included. INCLUDED is one of our SHANARRI words. At the start of the story Leaf the polar bear was not included by the other animals as they thought he behaved in a strange way. Talk to your child about how they can make others feel included at home or in nursery.
  1. Talk to your child about their likes and dislikes. Play a game to find out what they like the most. You could get them to go to one side of the room for one option and the other side of the room for the other option. Do you like playing inside or playing outside the most? Do you like pizza or chicken nuggets the most? Do you like Paw Patrol or PJ masks the most?
  1. Set time challenges to complete together. This could include who can stand on one leg for the longest, who can run on the spot the longest, who can stay quiet for the longest etc.
  1. Support your child to develop their fine motor skills. Encourage them to help clean the counter top or table.
  1. If you can take your child to a local green space, practise throwing and catching with a ball, a pair of socks or anything you can find in your home. When speaking to your child model language such as ‘my turn’ and ‘your turn’. If there is siblings taking part use their name for their turn also.

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