Discovery Area Wk beginning 12/07/21

This week in the discovery area we have shown a great interest in Sea life creatures! GH came into nursery on Monday morning and was sharing with her friends that at the weekend she had been at Deep Sea World where she had seen lots of sharks and fish! She brought a few small sea creatures in to show us. We put them in a tuff tray to explore them further.

The boys and girls agreed together that the sea animals needed blue sea, sand and shells so we added this to our small world along with some stories.

While exploring some of the children took interest in the shape and patterns on the shells so we set up some paint and paper to explore these patterns further.

Later in the week CM asked me β€œhow many legs does a squid have?” So we printed some pictures of different sea creatures and counted how many legs, tentacles and fins they had.

The Garden Wk beginning 12/07/21

In the garden we did some printing using Broccoli, Lettuce and cauliflower. The boys and girls were painting the trees in the garden using the various vegetables.🌲πŸ₯¦πŸ₯¬. The children selected the colours of paint we had to use for trees which was brown for the trunk and green for the leaves.🌲

Malleable area Wk beginning 12/07/21

Malleable area-Week commencing 12th July 2021😁

We have been exploring texture this week. The children chose to add glitter and rice to their play dough and we discussed how different this made the dough feel!πŸ€©β€˜It’s bumpy, it’s rough, it feels funny!β€™πŸ˜

To link with our Sports Week we made medals using play dough. We talked about the circle shape and what we could use to make a circle in the dough. There was some fantastic shape knowledge on show!πŸ‘πŸ‘

On Wednesday we decided to make gloop using corn flour and water.πŸ’§πŸ’§We had a really good think about how we make it look and feel different. There were some brilliant suggestions such as adding blue paint, rice and lolly sticks! Sticky, gloopy FUN!πŸ˜ƒπŸ™Œ

On Thursday we became Chefs in our very own Oakburn Bakery! We made shortbread medals.πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹Lots of learning opportunities here, from measuring to counting, turn taking and sharing and of course developing those all important fine motor skills as we rolled out the mixture. Our shortbread tasted YUMMY!πŸ₯°

What a fun filled week jam packed with learning experiences!⭐️

Flower fine motor Wk beginning 12/07/21

The children have been developing their fine motor skills and creativity while exploring a selection of fresh flowers. They took turns to snip petals off using the scissors, or pluck then using their fingertips. One child said β€œthis bit is really hard to cut” when discussing the sunflower stem. We discussed the varying sizes and thicknesses of the flowers, as well as the different colours and textures. The children then spread PVA glue onto plastic lids and arranged their flowers on top. When dried, they were attached to some string and added to the tree as sun catchers. Well done boys and girls!!

The Courtyard 12/07/21

This week we have been investigating different sizes and amount – Short, long, small and big. We used measuring tapes, rulers,Β  uses and boxes to measure the different sizes off dinosaurs.

The courtyard 05/07/21

The children had been so excited about the BBQ, that we continued to explore fire in the expressive area. The children painted a fire on a tuff tray, and discussed how to keep ourselves safe around a fire. The children made their own fire extinguishers, filled them up water, then sprayed out the fire! One child said β€œwe’ve got to stand back” and β€œwe’re gonna use it to spray the fire out”. There was lots of lovely sharing between the children as they took turns with the extinguishers. The children agreed that its best to leave putting out real fires to the nursery staff and fire fighters.

Construction Area Wk beginning 05/07/21

In the construction area this week we have been looking at American buildings and bridges. The children have been recreating the buildings using different blocks and have also been using their imagination to build their own buildings.

On Disney day the children designed their own Disney castle using pens and paper to trace around blocks and mark down their ideas.Β  We then used recycling materials to build our own castle. Β 

Fire safety American campfire πŸ”₯ 05/07/21

This week we have been discussing fire and how we can risk assess to use it safely. The children were going to be doing a BBQ on Wednesday so we wanted to prepare them for how we can keep ourselves safe.Β Β We explored and discussed the importance of our emergency services particularly our fire service.Β We created a fire square and the children learned that we never enter the fire square as this will keep up safe.Β Β We explored some words that linked with America as it was America week, Β any of the children haven’t heard of s’mores before therefore we decided this would be a perfect treat for our BBQ.

We then had our American BBQ and what a day it was, the children have shown great awareness of risk by sitting safely around the fire. They also experienced some tasting we had veggie sausages, pastry and s’mores all cooked from the fire. one children has asked if we can revisit this which we look forward to doing in the near future. ☺️

Expressive Area 05/07/21

This week at the expressive arts area , the children have been very busy for American week πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ.We made American flags , we used crepe paper to create our wonderful flagsπŸ˜„.We also spoke about the very important statue in America called the Statue of Liberty, we spoke about how the statue has a crown and is holding a torch πŸ”¦, we decided it would be a fabulous idea πŸ’‘ if we made our very own crowns and touches, we made our crowns sparkle by adding some glitter. We made beautiful and colourful firework πŸ’₯pictures , using some black paper and chalk to make these. On Wednesday we had American BBQ πŸŒ­πŸ”day we spoke about the Importance of fire πŸ”₯ safety , and then created and designed our own BBQ plate , these turned out fantastic ⭐️ well done πŸ‘ boys and girls for working soo hard to make American πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ week such a great success.

Malleable Wk beginning 05/07/21

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈWelcome to America weekπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈWeek commencing 5/7/21πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

We have been exploring the colours of the American flag, red, white and blue. We used these colours in our play dough mixture and discovered that blue and red make purple and red and white make pink!πŸ’•

On Wednesday Stephanie was our fabulous BBQ Chef!πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³The children were so excited πŸ”πŸŒ­We thought it would be a good idea to make the play dough orange and yellow to match the colour of the flames of the fire.πŸ”₯What a brilliant suggestion! We added glitter to the dough for some extra special sparkle!

The water tray looked very inviting as it was filled with shaving foam and red, white and blue glitter.πŸ’¦πŸ’§πŸ’¦We used paintbrushes, lolly sticks and sponges to mark make and create patterns and shapes!πŸŸ‘πŸŸ¦πŸ”»πŸ”Άβ™₯️ We also froze Lego in ice and developed our fine motor skills by using tweezers to try to get the Lego out of the ice blocks! It was tricky!😁

On Thursday we held our Disney character day! We coloured white rice blue and red using paint and Disney characters were hidden in amongst the rice for the children to findπŸ‘€


Friday was Crazy hair day!πŸ€ͺWe made red, white and blue glittery play dough and the children made crazy hair designs on silly face templates!πŸ˜ƒ