Week beginning 10.04.23

Expressive Area

This week in the art area we have been working on fine motor skills and imaginative play. The children used their imagination to build and construct different items. LB made a castle using levels and natural resources. This activity influenced the curiosity approach and enabled children to use their imaginations and problem solving skills.

Woodwork area

As the weather has been nicer we have taken woodwork outside when we can.  The children have enjoyed hammering away in the sun and showing off their beautiful work 🤩

Block area

Reduce, reuse and recycle is at the heart of Oakburn! In the construction area, we have decided to reuse old pieces of board that used to hold together our courtyard shelves and have found so many more uses for them that are much more fun! Just this week they have been tables to build on, roads for cars, ramps and bridges! All of these ideas have came from the children which highlight their vast understanding of reducing waste by reusing these boards to create their own learning opportunities ♻️

The focus this week in the construction area has been building large structures! With their hi-vis vests and thinking caps on, the children have worked together amazingly to build wonderful creations this week! With the sunny weather creeping in this week, it has got the boys and girls thinking and inspired them to build a vehicle that serves everyone’s favourite summer treat- an ice cream van! Spending lots of time building it led to even more time serving us all our favourite flavours 🍦 this activity combined many key learning opportunities such as teamwork, gross motor skills, construction from imagination, and imaginative play. Well done builders 👷🏻👷🏻‍♀️

Acorn Room

The Acorns have enjoyed “That’s Not My…” themed sensory books – pointing out different facial features. We used the mirror to look at our own features such as hair and eye colour and made happy, funny and sad faces! 😁😊😋☹️

STEM area

Over the past few weeks we have been planting runner beans in our STEM area. The children have been loving this activity and watching them grow on the window. The children used clear zip lock bags, wet paper towels and runner bean seeds to create their growing environment.

Together we spoke about what our beans needed to grow and the children came up with some great ideas including water to drink and some lovely warm sunlight.

The children have enjoyed checking their bean growth each day and some are now growing out of the bag and have lots of roots, leaves and flowers starting to bud before the beans form.

After everyone’s beans start to grow we will be planting them in pots with compost and they will come home with the children so they can be enjoyed, harvested and eaten at home.

Please look out on the window for our beans when you are visiting the nursery next! 🫘🌱🫘🌱

Hope everyone has had a lovely Easter holiday and we will see you all next week 🙂



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