Category Archives: Numeracy

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.

🍊Fruity water play 🍋

Last week the children showed a keen interest in making their smoothies so today  we explored fruit slices in the water.

The children helped to slice up the fruit learning how to use the knife safely.  Once we started cutting into the fruit the children noticed how the fruit smelled.

“The orange smells fruity and sweet can we eat it”

“The lemon smells fresh”

“This lime smells sour”

We squeezed some of the fruit into the bowl.

The children had great fun squeezing, pouring, filling and creating  their own fruit juice and also exploring volume and capacity at the same time.

“I am going to make orange juice for everyone”

“I’ve made some orange juice”

“Mine smells yummy”

“CHEERS!!”

 

Fruit Smoothies :)

The children in the home room asked to make some fruit smoothies.

So we searched for a recipe on the computer and the children made a list of ingredients.

  • 15 Strawberries
  • 2 Banana’s
  • 250ml Orange juice

We collected:

  •  Large mixing bowl
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp Knife (for adult)
  • Hand blender
  • Measuring jug

We spoke about the dangers when using our equipment and how to be safe using it.

“First we need to chop the fruit up and add it to the bowl”

“We need to measure the orange juice,we need a measuring jug”

 

“now blend it together”

The children enjoyed their delicious smoothies and are now going to add the recipe in to our very own Cart mill Recipe book.

 

 

Snakes and Ladders 🐍

The children have had a busy day in the garden playing and helping create a life size game of Snakes and Ladders.

The children have used this opportunity to practice their counting, number recognition, writing numbers, turn taking and most importantly playing  with their friends.

We have been practicing our subitising skills with the use of the dice. (identity numbers in a group without counting)

The children helped to re chalk the game through out the day. Tracing the numbers practicing forming numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Building with Blocks

In the Discovery Room the children always enjoy building with different sized 3D blocks, however this week we challenged the children and introduced different resources for them to incorporate in their play.

What was different?
Well we put out large pegs, different materials, carpet and poles.

The children worked together problem solving how to connect the material to the blocks without it falling down.

We explored our imagination while designing these with some children using it as dens, bringing in cushions, carpets, books and torches. Other children made a tent and used it in role play to pretend they were camping.

By adding a few simple but different resources the children have took a new approach to their building projects, by using our creative thinking, and problem solving skills.
We had so much fun and engagement when creating our dens. I wonder what we will create in our Discovery room next week?

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.

Making shapes in the garden!

Today in the garden the children have been developing their knowledge of 2D shapes.  We were discussing the number of sides and corners each shape has. We were focussing on squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. The children then made the shapes out of stones and correctly counted the number of sides for each shape.

Some of the children were playing with elastic bands which is very good for developing their fine motor skills and great fun too! They realised they could make different shapes using the bands!

”I made a triangle with 3 sides!”

”Look, a rectangle!”

”I made a house shape!”

We are super at making shapes at Cart Mill!

Bowling Cart Mill style

The children showed in interest in rolling the blocks this morning.

We decided to set up some pins to see if we could knock them down.

“it quite tricky” “it’s rolling the wrong way”

We continued our game outside and use the balls this time.

“Strike well done!”


“Strike well done!”

“Strike well done!”

We each counted out how many pins we knocked down and created a chart to record our score using tally marks.

The toddlers eggs-celent hunt!

We’re going on an egg hunt… we’re going to catch a big one!!

Today the toddlers got a visit from the Easter bunny 🐰 we had lots of fun exploring the garden trying to find all the Easter eggs hidden around. Are they under, over, inside, beside? It got our problem solving heads on, and even had a special map to help us find them all! We had lots of fun!

                                                          Have a lovely Easter everybody 🐰 🥚 xx