All posts by Miss Campbell

Bonjour mes amis

Today in the lovely sunshine, in our garden we had a very special visitor.

Inside the sac magique was our very own Camembear. He popped by to teach us some french words.

First of all we all sang our french song, to welcome Camembear.  Some of our boys and girls could remember to say “Bonjour” to welcome him.

Camembear asked us how we were feeling were we  “ca va bien” ou “ca va mal” we all took turns of repeating our French words and telling Camembear how we were. It was lots of fun seeing Camembear

But it was time to say “Au revoir” until next time he pops by.

I wonder what French words we will learn next.

How can we make a ramp?

Today we had a little change about in the Discovery Room. We moved some of our areas to give us more  space to explore and investigate. The children helped to redesign our play space and had lots of enjoyment playing in the new layouts of the areas.
With the different space the children decided to create their own  big ramps. To see what could roll down them.
First we tried the car on the wooden plank. It went fast and rolled right across the room.

Next we tried to see how fast the car would roll down the big tube. It was very exciting waiting to see the car come out the other side.

Some of the children made their own ramp from the blocks. And decided to investigate what else would roll down the ramp.

We asked the question what else can we roll? We found that the cotton reels were great to roll down the wooden plank, they went almost as fast as the car.

We even discovered that the wooden circles spin and roll

Today was a very busy day in our Discovery room, I wonder what adventures tomorrow will bring.

Let’s talk technology.

Today in the Discovery room we are continuing our ongoing interest in directions.  We have been learning about positional language. We have been learning forwards, backwards, left and right.
We have been making up our own games in the garden, walking in the direction that’s called out, we have been using the smart board to look at maps, to find what direction we walk in to get to nursery. All our information, pictures and children’s work is put into our floor book each day which the children love to look at and have full ownership of.

We were learning about direction this morning by programming the beebots in the direction of the cards. We were all very good at this. It was fun to watch the beebots move the way we programmed it to follow our instructions.

This afternoon we were learning to use the remote control to move the cats in the position we wanted it to move. We even had a race to see which cat could move forward and win the race.

There has been a much fun learning experiences going on today in our Discovery Room. I wonder where our learning journey will take us next.

Welcome back to the Discovery Room.

Welcome back everyone it’s good to see everyone back again,  We have all been busy exploring the toys in the discovery room and reconnecting with our friends.

We have been investigating the technology toys, working out how to make them move.

We used our creative skills to work side by side with our friends to discuss our feelings and use or writing skills to record how we feel.

We used the interactive board as another way to mark make and record our feelings today.

We were busy using our curiosity to make different objects using different shapes and sized  loose parts in our construction area.

We also took our learning outdoors, to use our muddy movers skills.
It has been so much fun being back and can’t wait to come back again tomorrow.


Let’s explore block prints.

Today in the home room we were exploring our mark making skills.
we got our trays, paper and paint all set up and decided to use the Lego blocks to print the marks and patterns they made.

We picked different shape sizes, colours and shapes of blocks.

We had lots of fun dipping our blocks into the paint, and exploring what print it would make.

When we finished using the blocks ,we then decided to use our fingers to design the rest of our picture.

We had lots of fun getting  messy and mark making our block pictures.

Can you make your own block prints at home? What else can you find that you can print patterns with?


Letters to Santa.

This Week in the Home Room we have been writing our letters to Santa.

We have been spending time at our writing station practicing our mark-making skills and looking at magazines with pictures of toys in them discussing what we would like for our Christmas presents from Santa this year.

The children have had great enjoyment at making their Santa List and getting to share their ideas with their friends.

Even our Elf was writing his list for Santa. The children wonder if the Elf will take some of our Santa Lists back to the North Pole.

We developed lots of skills during this activity such as mark-making, early writing skills, fine manipulative skills, and letter recognition.

Merry Christmas everyone from all in the Home Room, hope Santa brings you everything on your list.

There is no Snow dough like playdough

We were experimenting today at our playdough area. We decided to make our own Snow,

We collected our ingredients of cornflour and conditioner and mixed them together to form a soft snow like dough.

We decided to use Christmas shapes to make prints in our snow dough. We even used the Christmas baubles to make our snow dough flat.

We used different gems and sparkles to create cookies that we think  Santa might like us to leave out for him when he visits us on Christmas Eve.

We had lots of fun in the Home room using our experimental thinking and creative design to make the snow dough and create all all wonderful things. We also developed our fine manipulative skills as we rolled, and transformed the dough. And selected the small materials we needed for it.

Why do you have a go at creating your own snow. What ingredients will you use?

Pouring and Puddles

This week in the  Studio we have been exploring filling, pouring and emptying.

The children helped to fill up the water tray, discussing how many tubs of water we need to fill up the tray. We also discussed the difference between hot and cold water.
The children then selected what resources they would need to use to be able to fill, pour and empty the water.
we selected large measuring jugs, small jugs, cups, and watering cans.

We experimented and problem solved with different types of containers but decided they were too small or not suitable for the type of play they wanted.
The children had great fun doing this and were engaged in their play for a long time.

The children continued this play into the garden, but this time they used the puddles and mud kitchen resources to explore their pouring, filing and emptying in a bigger scale.

We put on our puddle suits and got stuck in. It was great fun had by all.

Who knew playing with water could be such fun.

Reading is fun

We have been reading lots of books in the discovery room. We have been talking about book week and the importance of looking at books. We have discussed how books are full of information for you to learn new things, find out lots of facts and listen to a enjoyable story’s.

We enjoy listening to stories together at group times. We like to join in with the story and guess what happens next? When we read familiar stories we even get to help read along and recall the next part of the book.

We use books in areas of our discovery room, in our cosy area where we can have some time to look at books when we want some quiet time.

At our writing table to help us explore letters, words and an a special interest to inspire our pictures we make.

In our science area where we can explore fun facts and investigate science experiments.

Even in our building/construction area we look at books to help us learn about real life construction.
Books are such an important part of learning. We learn so many important skills from books. What are some of your favourite stories at home?

Plenty of Patterns

This week in the Discovery room we are learning about patterns. We have spotted and explored patterns both indoors and outdoors

We have been learning about patterns of colours. We have been grouping the colours then making colour patterns to copy and continue.

We also used our fine manipulative skills to to trace the patterns on the board using our fingers or the pencil. We discussed the different types of pattern on each of the boards.

We used technology to help us with our pattern recognition skills. We traced then copied simple familiar patterns on the smart board using our mark making skills.

We used natural loose parts to explore the patterns we find in our environments such as shells and pine cones. We then used these loose parts to make our own pattern.

Can you spot any patterns in your home?  Why don’t you try and make some patterns using what you can find at home or even in your garden.