Category Archives: Literacy

Ice cream parlour🍦

What a beautiful day it is🌞

After discussions last week on how to keep cool in the sun, the children decided they wanted to open their own ice cream parlour.

we used:

  • Shaving foam
  • Food Colouring
  • Chocolate powder
  • Sprinkles


The children used different sized spoons and bowls to mix the foam and chocolate power to make chocolate ice cream. They then mixed red food colouring to make strawberry ice cream.

“We need to add more chocolate powder, I cant smell it properly”

“I’m going to have a pink cone”

”I’m scooping the ice cream, it’s very slippy”

” I made a unicorn Ice cream, it’s gooey”

We made our ice cream cones in the shade while we had a break from the sun.

The children used their senses to smell and touch the foam with their hands.

They used their counting skills to count how many scoops of ice cream it took to fill the cone.

Let’s Explore Colour Mixing

Today in the nursery garden the children have been exploring colour mixing. We used yellow, blue, red and white paint to mix experiment and see what other colours we could make.

“ I put the blue and the yellow together and made green!”

“ I put lots of blue and a little red, I think it looks purple”

Exploring what happened when we added white paint.  “ It’s gone pink” when mixing the red and white.

“I tried blue and yellow and it’s green”

“The orange is yellow and red, i needed lots of yellow”


The children were using their fine motors skills to use the pipettes and collect the paint to add to individual tubs.  They also used the colour wheel to and learn and explore colour.

 

 

Mark Making fun in the sun

The sun has been shining again outside in the garden this week and the children have been having lots of fun.

Some of them found some shaving foam and decided to try some fancy mark making, adding powder paint to make it colourful.

They found some large mops which made fancy patterns on the ground.

Mopping the ground! Look at the patterns!

Some of the children preferred to use their hands.

E made swirls with her hands and said the shaving foam felt like marshmallows.

E wrote the letter ‘M’

“Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This term is typically used to describe the scribbles that children make on a piece of paper with pens, pencils or crayons. However, mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.”

“Mark making gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore new materials other than pen and paper. Encourage them to create marks using their fingers to draw in the sand, paint on an easel or prod into play dough. Mark making isn’t just for indoors either – head outside with the children to explore the natural world and take mark making to the next level, let them drag a stick through the mud!”

Windy day in the garden!!

Today the children have been very busy in the garden. We had some lovely red rose petals to add to our shells, acorns and other natural resources! The children got very involved in some transient art activity. They were very imaginative with some children creating lovely patterns.


“I am making a circle!”

”I made my mummy with red eyes!”

The children were very excited to get a yummy snack of vegetable pakora cooked by Val on the fire! This is a big favourite at Cartmill and the children enjoyed sitting at a distance watching it cook!

Some children noticed a kite flying outside the garden! Since it was so windy the kite was really ‘dancing’ in the sky. The children wanted to make their own kites to fly in the garden so that is what we did!

We designed our own kites and cut them out! We stuck ribbon to the back and thanks to the big wind we had great fun flying them in the garden!

“Mine is super fast!”

“My kite can touch the sky!”

What creative children we have at Cartmill!

Helicopter Stories

Today in the studio room and outdoors the children have been super creative, taking part in helicopter stories.  We sat down in a small group and went round the circle, allowing each child to have a go and share their brilliant stories. After the story has been written, the author choses what character from their story they would like to play and with the help of their friends, the story is acted out. We used materials to help us get in to character while we acted out some of the stories. The children had so much fun participating!

Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down exactly as they are told by the adult. There are such great benefits, some being :

~Allows children to explore early literacy and the power of words as they see their stories come to life

~Creates confidence and self-assurance

~Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas

~Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience

~Facilitates high levels of engagement

Here are some of the children’s fantastic stories!

Fun Fridays singing in the sun.

What a beautiful week it’s been at Cart Mill. The sun has been shining and we have all been engaging in our learning experiences outdoors.
Today we were taking part in ring games. We were singing some old favourites and learning some new , long forgotten rhymes.


First we got ourselves into a circle, then we played our first game “in and out the dusty bluebells” we were a little unsure of this game but luckily Jo was on hand to show us how to play it.

Then we played “5 little men in a flying saucer”, “5 current buns”  and “ring a ring roses” it’s was such much fun and we all got a turn of playing a different part in each of our ring games.


Taking  part in ring games teaches us lots of skills, such as counting, turn taking, learning new vocabulary, social interactions and much more.

After all that fun, we finished off with Emma’s favourite song “the Friday feeling” we got to stamp our feet, jump up high, turn around, clap our hands and shout out loud.

What fabulous fun times in the sun on a Friday to round off another great week at Nursery.

Little Red Riding Hood Visits The Home Room!

In the home room, the children have been enjoying the story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and exploring it indifferent ways.

The have been looking at story cards and homemade puppets and decided that they wanted to re enact the story themselves and turn themselves into the characters!

Using the different  materials and resources around the room they creatively made different props in order to create the story.

What to do with a cardboard box?

The children in the studio room have been showing an interest in being creative with cardboard boxes making lots of wonderful objects exploring their mark making skills and different materials for mark making!

The children then read a story with Emma. The story was about how a cardboard box can be anything your imagination wants it to be and how it can be recycled into anything…

The children then made a mind map with all of their own suggestions, thoughts and ideas about what they could make using the different sized cardboard boxes that we have in our room.

Then we recorded our idea’s in our learning floorbooks.. Fantastic ideas children! What a creative bunch we have at Cart Mill!

Butterflies

Over the last couple of weeks the children have been very excited as they watched their caterpillars grow.


Some of the children used a magnifying glass to have a closer look.

Once the caterpillars grew big enough they moved to the top of their little home and hung upside down in a ‘J’ shape. The children asked why they did this. We read a book on butterflies and they found out that when the caterpillars hang upside down they are ready to change into chrysalises.

When the chrysalises had hardened, they were moved into their habitat. This was done be very carefully removing the lid and placing it onto a cardboard mount making sure that they hung at the correct angle. At this point the children were able to get very close to them.

When the children arrived back at Cartmill on Monday morning they were surprised to see that 3 of the chrysalis had changed into butterflies. They were all very excited and enjoyed watching them fly around. Some of the children decided that they would like to draw pictures of them and wanted to give them names. They came up with some names and made up a chart asking all the children in the centre what their favourite name was.

The children observed their butterflies over the next few days, feeding them pieces of fruit, a mixture of sugar and water and flowers.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day so we let them fly away into the garden.

The most popular names were Voilet, Ruby, Sonny and Blaze.

Violet
Ruby
Sonny
Blaze

Hopefully the children will see our butterflies flying around our garden.

The children have really enjoyed this experience. They have all learned about the life cycle of the butterfly. Whilst observing the cocoons the children were given the opportunity to learn about shapes and patterns on the butterfly wings as well as learn about symmetry. They also learned words like larva, chrysalis and metomorphasis.

Toddlers learn Colours


The children in the toddler room have been showing an awareness and interest in colours recently.

There has been a variety of experiences happening across the week in the toddler room that have helped the children recognise different colours.

The children chose their favourite colours and worked well together to make a lovely stained glass window for our room.

The children enjoyed playing with our 3D bead maze developing their knowledge of the different colours and enhancing their fine motor skills and control.