November 26th 2021

Discovery area

This week in the discovery area we have continued to create our ‘Oakburn Children’s Rights Tree. We needed to make more hand prints for leaves and environmental print signs for each key group. Our special tree is coming on great.

We have also been mark making using a variety of different media including scratch cards. We have learned that we don’t always need to use pens and pencils… A lolly stick can be a super tool for mark making. GENIUS.

Towards the end of the week we have been making something for our families… Which is…

Elsewhere in the discovery area we have been enjoying exploring shapes. The children have been helping to make some lovely shapes to hang from the ceiling. We have also been looking for different shapes throughout the nursery. We have been playing the board game Insey Winsey Spider which focuses on shape recognition.

STEM area

In the STEM area this week we have been doing some measuring and learning about inches, mm and cm. The children have been loving measuring things around the nursery and even each other!

We have also been continuing to develop our weather wall. We have added a range of different weather types so that children can come in and record the weather each day.

Outdoors

Outdoors this week the children have been hunting for sticks in the garden to make their own stickmen. We collected different sizes of sticks and talked about the different body parts we would need. “Mines needs long legs” – ED. ES wanted her stickman to be purple so we added different coloured paint and googley eyes to extend the provocation. Afterwards the children wanted to listen to the story. We discussed some of the rhyming words throughout the story and the children were able to identify rhyming words of their own.

It has been a freezing week which has provided us with lots of exploration and investigation of ice and how it changes form. We have been smashing the ice by throwing, jumping, stomping and hitting it. We have also been discovering ways to make it melt. Please remember to send hats, scarves, gloves and extra layers in, to keep us extra cosy!

We found forest creatures in the woodland and came up with aย  hide and seek game which allowed us to explore the environment in more depth. Finding lichen, we learned that it produces oxygen, which humans need to survive. This led on to a conversation about looking after our environment and how we do this.

A delivery of trees of trees have been dropped at Oakburn, which we will be planting over the next couple of weeks.

 

Construction Area

This week in construction, the children have been making Christmas decorations through wood, cardboard and arts and crafts.

Courtyard

In the courtyard this week we have been thinking about Christmas! The children have been choosing their favourite colours and designs… You will all love what we have been making.

Malleable

In Malleable area we have been exploring ‘PIZZA’. The children created their own pizza using playdough. We then created a survey to find out what our favourite pizza was. Tomato pizza was the most popular. The children then helped to prep real vegetables to make our own pizza for snack.

Acorn Room

This week in the Acorn Room we have been learning about shapes and numbers. The children used the ‘Dotty Dinosaur’ game and shape sorters to work on their shape recognition.

We read the story ‘Millie Mae in Autumn’ to learn about the weather and used leaves we found from the garden to count and glue on to our pictures. We looked at the different sizes of leaves, comparing biggest and smallest.

We have begun our Christmas activities that we are looking forward to revealing with you soon.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

November 19th, 2021

Our little acorns

In our Small World area the children were learning about numbers 0-6 using our tuff tray with a chalk road and parking the cars into different numbered spaces.

The children were continuing to develop their mark making skills using porridge oats and glitter. This activity also allowed the children to develop their fine motor skills by scooping the oats using measuring spoons and and mini ladle.

A few children chose to engage in multiple mark making experiences and were able to mark a few simple shapes, patterns and numbers.

This week in the courtyard, our little acorns have been very busy exploring some shapes! We have used 3D shapes to match up to our 2D shapes. This then took an interesting turn to some pizzas. We cut out some smaller shapes to make our very own pizzas. At the end of the week, the children had the opportunity to bake their own bagel pizzas. Using our culinary skills we created some fantastic and tasty pizzas ๐Ÿ•!

On Friday we took part in some โ€˜pudseyโ€™ activities to celebrate children in need.

Discovery Area!

On Monday we focused on road safety using the Ziggy books!.. We discussed the importance of thinking, looking and listening before crossing the road and holding a grown ups hand!๐ŸšฆWe talked about how good walking is for our health๐Ÿ™Œ

We also thought about counting back! A concept that can be a tricky business!๐Ÿ˜€We used the dolls to demonstrate the song.. โ€˜There were 5 in the bed….โ€™This was a fun and engaging way of learning to count back 5,4,3,2,1,0 !๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸคฉItโ€™s healthy to give our brains a good number workout๐Ÿ˜

On Tuesday we explored feelings and expressing our emotions and why this is so important for our mental healthโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธWe created a friendship and feelings wigwam and โ€˜Flora the feelingsโ€™ puppet paid us a visit to help us talk about how we felt!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜โ˜บ๏ธWe also made an interactive feelings board, inspired by the โ€˜Colour Monsterโ€™ book๐Ÿ˜€

On Thursday we made our own zebra crossing!๐ŸšฆCollaborative working, team building and road safety awareness! The children did an amazing job!๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸคฉThe sellotape proved to be a tricky business!๐Ÿ˜I was very impressed by the childrenโ€™s traffic light knowledge!๐Ÿšฆ

On Friday it was all about moving our body to music! Dancing can help us to keep fit and makes us feel good too!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ŒWhat a terrific healthy week weโ€™ve had!โค๏ธ๐Ÿคฉโค๏ธ

We also added environmental print to our mark making area and updated our learning wall! Thank you to the children who helped with this! FANTASTIC!โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘

In the stem area this week we have been learning about shapes and matching them on the mat. We have been talking about their names and how many sides they have.

We have also been talking about the weather a lot so we have decided to start a weather wall to record the weather.ย The boys and girls have been helping with some writing and creating pictures of different types of weather so when itโ€™s finished we can point an arrow corresponding to what itโ€™s like outside that day โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒงโ›ˆโ„๏ธ

Expressive area!

This week we been talking about Pudsey bear ๐Ÿป and what he represents. The children made Pudsey bear faces and added pom-poms as the spots on his eye patch. This supported the childrenโ€™s numeracy skills as they counted out the spots.


Following on from the childrenโ€™s interest of dinosaurs, we made a dinosaur stomp race track.ย  ๐Ÿฆ•The children used paint to stomp the dinosaurs to the finish line, racing each other.ย  The children also used the footprints to play a dinosaur bingo game.ย  We would call out a number and the children would stomp the painted dinosaur on to the correct number. ๐Ÿฆ•We also made a muddy swamp for the dinosaurs to splash about in. ๐Ÿฆ–

Literacy area

Our rhyme for the last fortnight has been Incy Wincy Spider ๐Ÿ•ท. The children have been enjoying singing the rhyme with actions and we made an Incy Wincy song sheet for the cosy corner. The children have been moving the spider up and down the numbered drainpipe as they sing ๐ŸŽถ the song and adding raindrops ๐Ÿ’ฆand sun โ˜€๏ธ at the correct points in the rhyme.

Outdoors
This week outdoors we have been focusing on shape. The children were using our new jigsaw stones to complete the shape puzzle. What shapes could we make by matching up the lines?


From this we decided to use a range of loose parts to make our own shapes. โ€œIโ€™ve made a circleโ€ – EC.

We then used shape view finders to see what we could find in the garden that matched each shape. We talked about how many sides each shape had.
โ€œThis tyre is a circleโ€ – SS

Construction

In the construction area I set up a small world provocation with many different constructing opportunities. The. Children helped to connect the train tracks together, built and constructed bridges, buildings and learned about road safety through signs, road markings and ziggy!
The children have also been engaging in some role play through the use of block play cementing their own bricks using tools and shaving foam to build their own towers, buildings and houses! ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿงฑ

We have also been learning about recycling and how it helps our environment by sorting and recycling the correct materials into their own groups. โ™ป๏ธ ๐Ÿ—‘

Courtyard experiences

This week the children have been continuing to explore some stories by our author of the month, Julia Donaldson. We read the story A Squash and A Squeeze, where an old lady asks for help with her small house. The children used the building blocks to build their own small house. They used problem solving, and teamwork to put it together in a way that the blocks would stay standing. ๐Ÿ‘

We celebrated Children in Need by making our own Pudsey faces with transient art. The children used their fine motor skills to position the items to make up the face โ˜บ๏ธ We spoke about Children in Need as a charity, and how they help children all over the country to stay safe, healthy and happy!

The courtyard kitchen

We have been developing the courtyard home corner this week, the childrenย  have had lots of great ideas.ย  We made the area more open and put up some lovely lighting to make this area more cosy now the darker mornings and nights have come!โค๏ธ

Our little Acorns 8/11/21

In the courtyard this week we have been talking about how we get to Oakburn and the different modes of transport. Each day we have added a mode of transport to our area, speaking about safety on the roads, holding an adults hand and things that we may see on our journey to nursery. We even added some road shapes, to encourage our shape recognition through play. The children have also been busy creating their own traffic light and are able to identify the red as stop and green as go!

They have also been talking about ice cream and the different colours, we have identified our favourite colours and used this to create a sensory experience for the children using shaving foam! A favourite was strawberry ice cream ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ“

In the Art area the children have been using different resources to develop their mark making and fine motor skills and different shapes. We used flour, salt and glitter to mark make with our fingers and try to draw different shapes. We used the dinosaurs to make footprint paintings counting how many steps the dinosaurs ๐Ÿฆ• needed to cross the page.

A few children were keen to explore our sea animals, the adults scaffolded their learning with a creative provocation and jigsaws. A few children developed their fine motor skills as they manipulated the pieces into place. G.M was able to make number โ€œ1โ€, a โ€œcircleโ€ and a โ€œrainbowโ€ in the paint. C.M was able to sing the 5 little duck song with encouragement. The children participated in a relaxing sensory light experience as they learned the sea animals.

 

Malleable Area 8/11/21

In the malleable area this week we have been exploring ice by saving superheroes. The children worked together as a team to discover ways we can set them free. We used warm water and tools to break through them. We discussed words such as melting, temperature, freezing, solid and liquid.

Expressive Area 8/11/21

We have been discussing how to keep safe from germs by washing out hands regularly. ๐Ÿฆ  We participated in a hand washing experience in the water tray, washing the hands properly to ensure there were no germs. ๐Ÿงผ We have also been discussing our mental health and emotions, exploring how we feel each day. We have shown this by making self portraits using our transient art, we looked into the mirror and talked about if our faces looked happy, sad, angry etc. ๐Ÿ˜

 

This week in the expressive area, the children have shown an interest in mark making. To support this interest, we have been designing tiles for a tile gallery to showcase the childrenโ€™s lovely work. We have been using acrylic paint pens and tiles to design our own individual tiles. ๐ŸŽจ

We have continued to explore our interest in mark making as we have been mark making with a variety of materials. We have been mark making with paint and chopsticks this week, some of the children have also been mark making by dipping their fingers into the paint.

We have continued to explore our interest in mark making as we have been mark making with a variety of materials. We have been mark making with paint and chopsticks this week, some of the children have also been mark making by dipping their fingers into the paint.

 

This week in the Expressive Area, the children have continued to show an interest in babies and caring for babies. We have explored changing the babies nappies and dressing the babies this week, the children have really enjoyed learning some of the skills required to look after a baby. ๐Ÿผ

Construction Area 8/11/21

This week in the construction Area we have been focusing on health week! Therefore, using loose parts and real potatoโ€™s we created our own mr and mrs potato heads! The children seemed to have really enjoyed this activity therefore, I brought in real potato heads for the children to construct through symbolic and schematic

Oakburn cafe WB 8/11/21

This week at Oakburn it has been health week. The children were interested in making smoothies. Learning about eating the right foods to keep us healthy.๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฅ.

The children helped to prepare the ingredients cutting into small pieces and adding ingredients of their choice. Some children told us they shopped at Asda and Tesco and they help choose their own healthy snacks.

The children were very engrossed in this experience and told me we have to wash hands with hot soapy water, then sit nice and use one hand to hold the ingredient and use the other hand to chop the ingredient safely, using the green chopping board as that is for fruit and salad ingredients.๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ

The Garden 1/11/21

This week in our garden ๐Ÿชด we have been very very busy developing our space , after consultation with the boys and girls , we have added some wonderful additions, such as an interactive weather and days of the week station โ˜€๏ธโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’จโ˜”๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ.A fantastic numeracy station , weโ€™re the boys and girls can collect items from the garden ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒทto add to our numbered pots , or perhaps the boys and girls will be curious enough to find out how tall they are . Our mud kitchen ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณhas had a few changes as well , for our boys and girls to make some mud pies. We have also added by popular demand a brilliant water ๐Ÿ’ฆ wall which allows our boys and girls to explore with water that they have collected in the buckets ๐Ÿชฃ next to the station ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. We have been very busy with other activities in the garden ๐Ÿชด making firework pictures using gloop and some food colouring ๐Ÿ™‚, as well as popping balloons ๐ŸŽˆto create a magnificent firework picture ๐Ÿ”ฅ. We have been making potions ๐Ÿงช this week , and the boys and girls have been writing out their own potions ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ this has been very interesting ๐Ÿง. Towards the end of the week we have been celebrating Diwali and making mandalas from lovely red Playdough adding some buttons for decoration.

Malleable Area 1/11/21

Thisย  week we have been celebrating Diwali, by making our own clay tea light holders.Diwali is a five-day festival that celebrates the victory of light over darkness.๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿช”

Hindus across the world are celebrating Diwali. The five-day festival of lights is one of the most popular holidays in India, and Thursday is the main day of festivities, when the faithful pray to the Hindu goddess of wealth.

The children used moulding techniques and using clay also helps improve eye/hand coordination and build both gross and fine motor skills, including the small muscles in hands and fingers.