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Investigating Minibeasts!

Our children have shown an interest in minibeasts over the last week.

We read our book all about minibeasts and the children were able to identify the ones they recognised such as grasshopper and dragonfly.

We were able to use the information we had read in our minibeasts book and compare it to our minibeast chart. We asked questions such as “What colour is it? How many legs does it have? Does it have wings?” to collect information and match each minibeast to the correct picture on our chart.

We used our magnifying glass to have a closer look at the features of our minibeasts. We counted how many legs each minibeast had and recorded our information on a chart we made.

We then sorted our minibeasts into a group that had 6 legs and a group that had wings. Brilliant investigating children!

We were so lucky to spot  a beautiful butterfly at Forest school!

Sorting

Today the children enjoyed sorting different items.

First it was sorting farm animals into groups of the same, even a few jungle animals.

I sorted all the horses. Look some jungle animals too.

The girls sorted out some bricks. They looked at the different shapes.

I am looking for the rectangle shaped bricks.
I found 6 circle shapes.

The children found a box of coins. They looked at the shape and size of each coin and used their problem solving skills to sort them into different containers.

My container is very heavy.
I have hundreds.

Well done everyone. Super sorting.

Makaton Mania

We are learning some songs using Makaton.

Makaton  can help people who have limited speech or whose speech is unclear and can help all children communicate.

It is used to support spoken language. The signs are used alongside speech in the same order as the spoken word.

We are singing and signing “Five little ducks “.

We are also learning to sign our names during “Hello everyone”.



“I can sign my name”    “it’s fun to sign”

We are having fun learning to sign!

Garden fun!!

The children have been making the most of the lovely weather so far this week by having lots of fun in the garden. They have been developing both their fine and gross motor skills through a number of outdoor experiences.

The children have been developing their filling, pouring and scooping skills with jugs and containers in the water tray and with spoons and kettles in the mud! This helps the children understand the concepts of more and less whilst developing their hand/eye coordination.

The children also had great fun jumping in the muddy puddles the rain left us, jumping and landing on both feet helps to strengthen their leg muscles! What big muddy splashes!!

The children made a great obstacle course which further develops their gross motor skills. This will enhance their strength and balance whilst developing their coordination and problem solving skills.

What a busy start to the week in the garden! Let’s hope the sun keeps shining!!

Fun Friday!

As today was our last day with our children attending the hub, we decided it should be Fun Friday!

The children chose some of their favourite activities. We started with choosing different materials to make some beautiful artwork.

We made beautiful patterns in our play dough and managed a bit of climbing too!

We demonstrated fabulous numeracy skills and turn taking while using our interactive board.

The horrible weather didn’t stop us having lots of fun in our garden.
We investigated making special potions using different colours of paint. We demonstrated lots of fabulous pouring, mixing and measuring and of course we had to add a little sparkle!

With a bit of teamwork, we constructed our obstacle course. Even though it was a little bit windy, we managed some brilliant balancing!


We demonstrated excellent ball control, teamwork and sharing during our game of football.

We decided we needed a little rest so we headed inside for a tasty snack.

We decided to relax with a little yoga!

Of course we had to fit in some fabulous dancing before it was time to go home.

Phew what a busy day. It really was a fun Friday!

We have loved getting to know the amazing children attending our hub. We have  had lots of fun and made lots of new friends.
Take care and we will miss you lots. Xx

Wintery Walkathon

Let’s get outside for a walk.

Walking is a great way of maintaining health in adults ……. but also great for children too!

Walking  offers countless learning opportunities as well as physical benefits.

Health benefits : it helps keeps you and your children to stay healthy in mind as well as body, keeping active and helping to boost mood and self esteem.

Its relaxing and aids concentration.

Develops independence: on the way invite your child to choose the direction to walk. They may decide to take a short cut or to extend the walk. This responsibility helps them to grow and to become aware of what surrounds them.

Walking improves mood: walking outdoors is ideal for clearing the head and benefitting from natural daylight.

Its fun and interesting you get to notice things along the way and meet people from your neighbourhood.

This week it was snowy, we wrapped up warm and put on our boots to go for a local walk to see what we could see.

We love to be outside and explore our surroundings.

Across from the family centre we found a gate which would only let one person through at a time.
It led us down a path that took us to the river. The children wanted to see if they could find any horses as there were stables in the distance. We continued our walk listening to the sounds of the river and the birds were tweeting. As we were walking we could hear the snow crunching under our feet and the children were chatting.

We reached another gate and took turns going through the gate. We reached a large field with a pathway and continued to see if we could find any horses in the stable. As we got nearer we could see big bales of hay in the stables but no horses. We had a look at the tracks and patterns we had made in the snow with our foot prints as we explored in the field.

On the way back to the nursery the children spotted  a birds nest in the trees.


The children took pictures of the nest to share with you. We talked about what the birds use to make a nest.

It was time to head back to nursery for lunch.

We hope you enjoyed our adventure, we had lots of fun on our walk and although we didn’t see horses we spotted lots of other things on our walk.

Where do you go walking?
Please share your walkathon moments with us on our google classroom, Twitter page or email.

Enjoy your walkathon!   Sharon x

Snow Day!

Hi everyone it’s Carly here, I hope you are all well !

It’s snowing! You will need to wrap up warm for this one. Here are some activities you can do in the snow:

  • Build a snowman ( Who can build the tallest snowman?)
  • Throwing snow balls ( See how far you can throw them)
  • Fill an empty spray bottle with water (add food colouring) and make nice pictures in the  snow. Or use some paint.
  • Find a stick and practicing writing your name in the snow

There is lots of learning and development that can be done in the snow,

  •  You can measure how tall or small it is
  •  Children are learning about facial features when adding eyes, nose and a mouth
  • Can you throw it further this time? learning about distance
  • Can you get it as far as that tree?
  • Practicing writing your name in the snow develops literacy skills
  • Gross motor skills are developed as it takes large movement of muscles to get through the tougher snow
  • Weather- Is it hot or cold?
  • Science- What happens when the temperature rises?

There are lots of things to do in the snow, why not make the most of it while its here. Let us know what you learned today.

Feel free to send us pictures on twitter @cartmillcentre

Have a great day!

Polar Express

The children had been discussing different festive movies they have been watching at home.

A favourite was Polar Express, this led to the children deciding they wanted their own Polar Express in Cart Mill.

The children selected boxes and wanted to decorate them. They used various media and techniques that were available throughout the studio to design and decorate the train.

 

The children used the various boxes and discussed size and placement as they put it together.

Once they were happy they all jumped inside and  took a magical trip in the Polar Express and used lots of expressive language and actions.

“sparkling snow”

“shouts of ho ho ho “

 

It was great to see the children all working collaboratively, sharing resources and experiencing festive joy.

I wonder what the children will create next ?