Tag Archives: Numeracy

How tall is your tower ?

The children were super busy today in the construction area building different sized towers, which they decided to measure using a measuring stick. They worked together to compare the different heights of their buildings, developing their mathematical language and concepts ” tallest and smallest”.

They had so much fun measuring their buildings they decided to measure each other.

“I’m so tall…….all the way to the top”.

Exploring shapes

Today in the discovery room, the children have been exploring shapes in the loose parts and numeracy area. Our learning intention is to be able to identify 2D and some 3D shapes and construct models using them.

The children have particularly shown interest in our magnetic shapes using them to construct their own 3D models and have also took an interest in using loose parts to follow the outline of our large shapes and beginning to identify them.

 

“I don’t know this shape, what is it”? “It is called a hexagon”

“I make a castle with the squares”

 

“I can make a house with the triangles”

What is important to me ?

While working together to make a model of the world the children have been discussing what matters to them.

The children thought that ” it’s important to have friends, kind friends”, “I like to choose what to play” “that I feel safe when I go somewhere new” and that “I like having a happy house” all relevant and important rights to us all.

Here we are developing our fine motor skills by tearing up the newspaper into long strips and applying it to our balloons.

Next we are developing our problem solving skills by building a wooden triangle for the model to sit on “so it will be safe and not roll away”.  Then we are measuring the sticks (maths) and sawing them safely (risk assessment skills) to create a 3d pyramid.

Ta da, our model!

Book Week Scotland

This week the toddlers have been celebrating Book Week Scotland. They have enjoyed singing and dancing to Scottish songs whilst focusing their activities on a book they chose called ‘There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie’!

The children found the story very funny and it created great discussion about all the animals the little girl swallowed! The children noticed the animals were getting bigger each time she ate and enjoyed holding up pictures of each animal as they were mentioned in the story. The children wanted to make green play dough to match the little girls jumper!

They then cut out little figures and using different materials added the midgies in her tummy!! Next, as a sensory experience the children made porridge, adding mixed fruit as the midgies, which they had fun mixing and playing with. This book has proven to be a real favourite in the toddler room.

 

Baking with yummy honey!!

Today the  toddlers were busy making cereal cakes. They measured and mixed together the rice snaps, cornflakes and dried fruit. Then they added the fun ingredient! The sticky, runny honey!! We talked about how  bees made honey and tried to spot some bees in the garden whilst buzzing around!!   The children were excited to take their cakes home – YUMMY!!!

Technology

The children have been using their problem solving skills to design and work together to create some architecture buildings. We have also been using our imagination with the blocks to create characters from our favourite movies. Some children have been exploring schematic play , through using the blocks to enclose items they have gathered in the Family Centre.

Architects, builders beware – check out what the Cartmill children have been up to……………..they even tidy up after themselves 😁😁😁

Cartmill children have created a fantastic bridge!

Well done for using the tools  safely

Boys working together, good job

A new stormtrooper house

The boys understand the routine of the nursery and tidied up when they had finished.

 

Cart Mill Coffee Shop

‘Here is your chocolate cake. I hope you lilke it.’

Over the last few weeks the children have been very busy preparing to open their own coffee shop. A group of children visited Costa Coffee to explore the kinds of things we would need. We had a  tasting test to see what kind of tea we would like to sell, and decided on blackcurrant and peppermint along with coffee and everybody’s favourite hot chocolate!

The children also wanted to make some yummy cakes to sell. We made these from a variety of art and craft materials and we all agreed they looked good enough to eat!

We have had great fun this week visitng our coffee shop and taking on the different roles of customers and waiters. We have been  taking orders in our notebooks, and serving drinks and food to our friends.

‘I will make your coffee nice and hot. The machine has sugar in it.’
‘ That will be £1 please.’
‘ I will take my coffee away to work.’
‘Mmmmm yummy hot chocolate.’
‘Here is your cake sir.’
‘I would like the pink cake.’

Baking gingerbread houses!!

Today in the toddler room the children were baking gingerbread houses. Firstly, they weighed out the ingredients to make the gingerbread. Everyone loved the smell of the ginger and the nutmeg!! “It smells spicey!” We enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together in the bowl and poured it into the baking trays. Once the gingerbread was ready the children used their concentration skills to decorate the house using icing, adding sprinkles and sweeties! We had a taste at snack time at said it was YUMMY!!