Exploring insects have been the main focus in the garden this week. Looking for different types of bugs in different places and identifying them. We pressed toy bugs into clay to explore the insects in more depth and detail.
We have been planting more seeds in the garden! Putting soil in pots and sprinkling carrot seeds on top, we decided to bring them inside to grow at the moment but will plant them in our allotment once they germinate.
This week the children have been working on counting up to ten and sorting colours into groups using different resources. Children have been been practicing their fine motor skills also using tweezers to pick up different sized items.
This week we have explored a Pirate theme 🏴☠️🏴☠️. The boys and girls have enjoyed making pirate telescopes and hats . We then went out to the Oakburn ship 🛳 in our garden to see if there was any Pirates coming to steal our treasure chest.
Kirsty the pirate and her pirate helpers made sure that we were keeping a close eye on the treasure chest to make sure it was safe . Percy the parrot 🦜 made an appearance he was very excited to meet all the boys and girls at Oakburn. He left a little message to say “ thanks for having me see you the next time “ .
The boys and girls loved the water tray filled with rice and some hidden treasures , we looked at the Gems and Jewels 💎 that the Pirates had left , feeling them to see if they were soft or hard.
Great job to all my little Pirate helpers
We have been using puppets this week as a way of communicating and thinking about our feelings.💕Flora the flamingo made an appearance and encouraged the children to share their news and speak out in front of a group. We also used the inflatable microphones to add a bit of fun!😀
The tuff tray has been a hive of activity also, with various provocations to engage the children such as ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’🐻and Claudia the Counting Cockerel!🐔We have been practicing our counting, number recognition and fine motor skills too! Busy, busy, busy!😀
This week we have explored diggers further, one child started to race the diggers, we decided to create a race track, the children explored mathematical language as we talked about first second and first place.
Children helped to create the race track and formed letters to create our finish line. We have had lots of talk around medals today so this will be our progression next week.
Our Acorn room children have been focusing on developing positive relationships with their key workers and peers, ensuring all children feel nurtured, cared for, secure, safe and loved within our environment. We are supporting the children with the change in their routine and encouraging them to explore/engage in what our centre has to offer them.
Activities the children have chose to participate in and show enjoyment in are:
Water play, painting, shaving foam, play-dough, puzzles, running, exploring our courtyard , peek-a-boo in the tunnel, exploring our village, garden, bubbles, role play in our home area.
The children have been engaged in our excellent resources within our centre like our dinosaurs, cars, diggers, dolls and fruit.
Most children are choosing to participate in group time. This is a short period of time where we come together to read a story and sing songs.
Here is a comment from one of our little Acorns-
R.T-“nice and good and happy, house corner in the kitchen”.
It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know our little Acorns and their families. We have been delighted with the feedback on their e.journals, it is an absolute pleasure
Alice, Elaine and Leonie
We have been very busy this week in our courtyard, we have continued using the block play to incorporate numeracy. Children have been creating ramps and watching to see where the car will stop, we then identify the number. This week we have added a recording chart where we are documenting how many cars land on which number.
We have also been exploring superhero’s and children have explored the different traits that can come with having superpowers. Children have had a keen interest in the masks, children have now been creating there own mask, we have been developing our fine motor control with scissors.
Fruit and veg
We have been exploring all our senses with different types of fruit and vegetables this week. The children expanded their vocabulary describing the textures such as “jaggy”, “squishy”, and “bumpy”, and had the opportunity to smell and taste some of the fruits. They then developed their fine motor skills through cutting, snapping and squashing the fruit and veg using a variety of tools. The children risk assessed the activity, learning how to cut safely using a knife.
We have had such a busy and fun filled week in our discovery area.😍We embraced the theme of superheroes and discovered that one of the most special powers a superhero possesses is kindness. We read a special story called ‘There’s a Superhero in your book’ by Tom Fletcher. Following on from this we have decided to create our own ‘Oakburn Kindness Charter’…The children had some wonderful ideas such as we should use kind hands in nursery and help our friends!❤️