We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

For Children in Need today we thought about helping others and being kind.  We watched videos of different people’s lives and stories about how the Children in Need appeal had helped them.  We talked about people we knew who benefitted from the support of Children in Need and those we didn’t know or lived further away from us. We talked about the things we could do every day to help support each other and also what we could do on days like today to helper a wider circle of people.

Later, we played some Pudsey games. Indie told us she was going to visit Pudsey at the library in town and some children thought that sounded exciting so we decided to go on a bear hunt at Nursery too!……

……..we had to look high and low, far away and close up.  We looked under things, over things and inside things to find them all…..

Everyone had fun finding a bear and looked after them for the rest of the day at Nursery.

Exploring Ice

What amazing weather we’ve had for playing outdoors.  The bairns have really embraced all weathers an have been excited to be out to experience all weather types.

We had lots of fun collecting haily puckles…..who caught the most?….who caught the least? ……who had the best container for catching hail?……then they decided to gather their hail altogether and touch, feel, eat and play with it.

We had lots of mark making in the frost, using ice scrapers, sticks and spoons to make roads, draw, patterns, handprints and much more.

And of course smashing the ice was the most fun.  Our polar bears froze in the ice and we had to smash them out.  Some polar bears left a perfect pattern in the ice and we talked about fossils, felt the imprints with our fingers and discussed floating icebergs as the ice began to melt in the water.

The bairns were excited to tell us they could not find a circle shape amongst all the smashed frozen ice.  “It’s sharp”,  “it’s pointy”, “It’s like glass”, “it’s a triangle”, “mine has more points than a triangle”,  “mines is slidy”, “mine is smooth”, “it makes my hands sore”, “I don’t like it”, “I want to eat it”……….

Outdoor play

We love to be outdoors.  This week we have been focusing on the shape “circles” and what fun we’ve had.

Archie and Indie made up their own game by making circles for stepping stones and numbering them to make a path to follow.

We played some circle games where everyone’s favourite was Duck Duck Goose. It was a bit chilly so the bairns thought some races would help warm them up.  Following our circle theme we used tyres to roll across the playground and race each other.  The tyres made great use of the bairns motor skills and coordination while they lifted, pushed and rolled them across the playground with such amazing control.

 

 

Exploring paint and colour

We have been learning about colours and exploring paint to mix colours as well as create some explosive Fireworks!

The Bairns used spray bottles on the walls to achieve different patterns in the sky and experiment with colours mixing and running.

Some bairns chose to mix their paint by squashing a balloon on their puddle of paint and watch the shapes and colours it would make.

Everyone enjoyed mixing different coloured icing to make firework biscuits for snack.  They used cocktail sticks to mix colours and design their fireworks patterns, whilst discussing the consistency of the icing that was most suitable to achieve their desired effect.

They enjoyed looking at and discussing the results of their creations with their friends.

Halloween fun

We had a spooktacular time at Nursery for Halloween.  Everyone was so excited to be back with lots of catching up to do with friends they’d missed over the October holidays!

We chose jelly-baff to hide some spooky creatures in.  Connal and Magnus talked about the consistency of the jelly-baff and used different words to describe it.  They worked together to achieve the consistency they wanted.  “It’s squidgy”, “”It’s sticky”, “It’s too thick and gloopy”, “It’s too runny”.

We had a Potion Making station with lots of ingredients teh children found outside and in the kitchen.  The bairns used droppers and squirty bottles to add just the right amount of mixture to their potion.

We made faces and geoboards on our pumpkins.  The bairns explored different tools and nails to see which ones were best for their creation.

 

 

 

 

We went to our forest and gathered items to make broomsticks.  We found plenty of sticks and twigs in teh forest and had lots of space to fly around the playground

 

Outdoor play is always our favourite…building ramps, making music, bikes and scooters!

Our Learning in Term 1

Hello everyone, apologies for our lack of posts for a while, there was a blip with our blog, but hopefully it’s all sorted now.

Here is a snapshot of our learning fun last term!……

…..Da bairns were really interested in exploring different materials,  their properties and uses.  They experimented to see if the material waterproof, strong, heavy, light, could float or sink.

  

……Then they explored their uses.  Could they build with it, could it stack, could it hold it’s shape…….

…..They took their learning outside to explore further where they experimented with forces and how things move…..

….Some bairns were very interested in magnetic forces, push and pull and others really enjoyed exploring mark making in the sand using different tools and materials.

….Magnus explored forces of push and pull using his body and feet – he even made his own ski’s!

We had lots of fun outside as always………

…building, climbing…

…..Jumping, sunbathing….

 

 

 

…..flying kites, experimenting with sound, pony jumps and building….

….Bikes and scooters pedalling with a passenger and negotiating corners with an extra wide bike!

…..Pony cuddles, walks to the shore,

 

 

 

 

 

…..and of course jumping in muddy puddles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

….And finally…..

…..baking, tea parties, painting with pineapples and pineapple play doh…..

 

 

….cosy stories, colour sorting and lemon tasing…..

…….music making, instrument skills, rhythm….

 

 

 

 

 

We were kindly donated an amazing castle!  The bairns carefully followed the instructions to build the castle themselves and some went on to make their own castles using all their knowledge of building and material properties they had already learned in their experiments….

 

Week 3

Wow what a busy week!

This week we are learning about the colour Orange.  Ruby, Greg and Drewie made some orange playdoh.  They and fun testing different smells and oils to add to the playdoh to make it smell delicious.  The cakes and biscuits they baked in the play house were amazing!

We re-visited our Colour Monster story and tried sorting all the different coloured feelings into our own jars, just like the story.  It was a bit tricky but everyone enjoyed using tweezers to pop the pom-poms in the jars.

There was loads of cool items brought in from home for Show and Tell which we enjoyed seeing at together time. It was great to practice talking in front of an audience and our older bairns were fantastic role models for the younger boys and girls who had never done Show and Tell before.  Drewie brought in fresh carrots from home which Junior carefully prepared and served for snack.  Well done everyone!

We enjoyed some time in the play room with the climbing frame, trampoline and soft play.  then we relaxed with the sensory tent and looked at different colours of light we could make.

Our favourite thing this week has been building!  We’ve experimented with lots of things to build with;  wood, plastic, foam and cardboard.  We’ve also discovered different ways to knock our building down with; feet, hands, balls and blowing!  We’ve built walls, towers and pyramids and we’ve practiced balancing to see how high our towers are.  Magnus used his body to measure how tall his tower was, while Michael and Katie used a ruler.

We missed the rain this week for splashing in puddles, so we experimented with different ways to play with water.  We used paint brushes to paint the shed and fence.  We also used paintbrushes to write our names and make pictures on the ground.  Then we added some soap to make bubbles with our tennis rackets and wash the babies.

Everyone enjoyed using different lengths of pipe to make different gradients of ramps to race cars down, then they used water down the pipes to see which pipe made the water in the water wheels go fastest.  Willum was keen to visit the forest, so we went on a forest adventure to find some Orange Autumn leaves, then we hung them on our Nursery tree for our new Autumn season.

Week 2

We are all having so much fun discovering our new environment and thinking about new things we’d like to do.  We add our ideas to the board and then we explore the ideas in our play.

We have had fun exploring dry sand and the different things we can do with it.  We have also been reading the Colour Monster book and discovered that the colour Red represents the feeling of Anger.  We discussed what made us angry, and thought about what we could do to help us when we’re angry.  We loved pouring dry sand into containers, so used this idea to make stress balloons to squeeze if we ever have feelings of anger.  Junior and Callum love playing with cars and used the cars in red paint to create pictures.

We have enjoyed some nice weather outside to play in but missed the rainy puddles so we made our own to splash in.  Elsie and Connal used wood to help build a new water tray and Michael used wood to build a tower with ramps for his cars to roll on.

We had a trip to the shop to buy snack and helped each other remember how to stay safe near a road and remember our shopping list!

Elsie and Ruby used loose parts and different materials from the house to create pictures and practice mark making.

We’re Back!

We are all so excited to be back at Nursery and welcome all the new boys and girls to Nursery for their first week.  Here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…..

…..we love being creative with paint and loose parts..

…it’s great having a tea party.  The smell of coffee and tea in the nursery has been delicious!..

…everyone likes to have a turn helping with snack and it’s great when the older bairns help our new starts to learn all the different jobs we do….

…..we continue our learning outside everyday.  This week we’ve been pedalling, sharing, building, balancing, making music with different objects and the most fun playing in the rain!  Puddles are great and when the rain stopped we added more water to make more puddles and continue our play.

Stay and Play

What a glorious day it was for our last Stay and Play day this term!

We were all very busy painting, sanding, watering and building while the sun shone, but the highlight was most definitely building our Fire Pit at the end of the day to toast marshmallows and eating “shmores”!

Painting!………..

Making trampolines……..

Sanding, ready to build……..

”We look like scientists!” (Maximus)

Gardening and making planters……

 

Making fire, toasting marshmallows…..yum!….

The Fire Pit was a big hit with staff, bairns and parents.  Providing children such experiences with real tools and fire allow our children to directly experience and gain knowledge about the nature these things and of open flames within a safe and controlled environment. They develop a respect for fire and the skills to keep themselves safe, which they can apply throughout their lives.

We all had a fabulous afternoon in the sunshine.  Big thanks to John the Janny and all the parents who donated items and came along to help.  Some even managed a sneaky marshmallow or two!

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