Category Archives: Literacy

Scrumptious scones!

In the home room we are learning to make our own homemade Vegan Scones.

Following on from the play dough the children wanted to make scones.

We found a recipe that suits everyone in the nursery and are learning to follow the recipe to make our own scones.

We are measuring out the flour using weighing scales. We need to make sure the scales say 300 grams.


We added bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, sugar vegetable oil and 100ml of oat milk.

Sharon preheated the oven to 160 degrees.
We mixed all the dried ingredients together and then added oil before slowly adding milk to make sure it doesn’t become too sticky.
Once we placed the ingredients on a floured surface, we began to knead the mixture.
We then took a rolling pin and rolled them out until they were 3cm thick.
The scones were baked in the oven until they were golden brown which took about 15-18 minutes.

The toddlers were talking about what lives in water, We made our own pond.

We read a story about pond life the children each chose something that they thought would be in a pond eg grass, sticks, pebbles, dirt fish,frogs and butterfly’s. The children then had fun making up their own pond and adding the insects and objects found around the garden. The children were deeply engaged in discovering where frogs could live and what they could hop to in the pond. They learned that frogs start off as tadpoles and fish live underwater. We also learnt about floating and sinking as small sticks float and pebbles sink, grass floats.

Designing our own School!

Today the boys and girls in the home room were talking about what their school building will look like. I asked the children how they could find out what their school will look like.

“We could use the computer”

“What about your Ipad, its right there?”

We used technology to search for pictures of the different schools the children will attend.

The children came across building plans as they searched for their schools, so they decided to draw and design their own plans and schools.

“My school will have 10 windows”

“My school is very tall and has a big garden.

Helicopter stories

The children in the discovery room have been using their Imagination and creating their own short stories to read.

Helicopter stories are a great way for the children to dictate their own stories and the adult scribe word for word what the children say.

Here is a few short stories from this week …..

The children were the illustrator and the author of their own stories and now the books are out for everyone to read with their friends in the playroom.

Why not have a go in the house, we would like to hear all your stories!

Parachute Play

Enjoying outdoors in the sunshine this morning, the children wanted to bring out the parachute.

We were using the parachute to sing rhymes and nursery songs.
We used the puppets to help us and enjoyed shaking and moving the parachute to make the puppets move.

 

This helps to promote communication and language skills and helps to develop a sense of rhythm.

We lift the parachute following the directions in the song, up and down , side to side, round and round, fast and slow, working the upper body, arms and shoulders.

The parachute encourages cooperation, turn taking and sharing as we continue to use the parachute to play games.

The children had so much fun playing with the parachute in the garden.

Outdoor art

Our boys and girls had lots of fun in our garden today further developing their gross motor skills. They collected lots of different materials and chose their favourite colour of paints to create their artwork.

The children chose lots of different sized brushes so that we could see the different marks they would make on our screen. We made lots of big sweeping movements with our large brushes and tiny little movements with our small brushes.

The children chose to paint some shells and pine cones which they then pressed and rolled onto the screen to see the beautiful patterns they made.

We mixed lots of our colours together and made “rainbow patterns”. The children discovered that when they mixed the blue, orange and green paint together it turned brown!

“It looks like waves on the sea”

”It’s a rainbow snake”

We had lots of fun using the rollers. We stretched up really high and crouched down really low!

Of course the best fun of all was painting our hands and making lots of handprint patterns. We made lots of squiggles,  lines and wrote our names with our fingers.

Brilliant work boys and girls!

Musicality

Today we were introduced to musicality.
Musicality helps us to follow instructions, directions and our left and right!

In this game the children followed the onscreen directions. We learned our left and right!

We learned patterns of sound, pitch and rhythm.

We listened to the music and responded, by moving our bodies to the tempo of the music. Was it fast movements or slow?
we moved like fast fluttering butterfly’s and slow grumpy monsters.

We had a great time doing musicality for the first time and look forward to doing it again. I wonder what we will learn next time?

 

Guess who came to visit us in the toddler room today?

Bookbug came to see us today, we sang The Hallo song to him.

We read a story ‘That’s not my bunny’

We bounced some toys on the Lycra whilst singing our favourite nursery rhymes, Humpty Dumpty and Baa baa black sheep.

Bookbug had a sneaky turn on our slide

He played hide and seek with his friends

He even joined us for a healthy snack

It was lovely having Bookbug in toddlers today, we all enjoyed seeing him and hope he comes back soon 😁

Easter fun in the sun!

We have had lots of Easter fun this week at Cart Mill!

What beautiful Easter bonnets you have made at home boys and girls. Thank you so much for bringing them in to show us!

Some of the boys and girls decided to design and make their own Easter crowns, aren’t they fabulous!

Our children are so creative and had lots of fun writing  their Easter egg hunt clues and designing maps to help their friends find the eggs! We had lots of fun searching all over the garden. We were so excited to find our eggs!

We have noticed lots of lovely daffodils on the way to Cart Mill. We decided to plant our own! We popped them in our greenhouse to keep them warm.

We were so lucky the sun came out this afternoon so we decided to finish off our Easter fun with a Bookbug session with Jo.

Have a love Easter holidays boys and girls.

 

 

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.