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!

Thursday 2nd May

Easter Week!

We had such a busy week learning all about Easter, making crafts, tasting different eggs and had fun doing an Easter egg hunt!

Stay and Play Gardening Day

We had so much fun with parents, friends and family on our last Stay and Play day that we decided to have an outdoor Stay and Play day too.

The bairns have been really interested in developing their outdoor play environments and had some great ideas, so we thought it would be great to get parents involved in our journey to creating more outdoor play areas.  We were also very grateful of all the gardening and joinery skills that the parents brought with them!

We are so excited to start growing things in our new planter, which allows us to watch the roots grow and the worms play. Sydney and his Dad and Anri and her sister, helped us to fill it up.

Wow – we’ve been busy.  So many seeds planted to decorate our playground.  The bairns also chose to grow some lettuce, rocket and herbs for us to try at snack time and share with the rest of the school.

“I wonder which herb will be the best?” (Maximus)

“You have to water the seeds or they’ll not grow.” (Owen)

We’re glad we had big sisters to help us…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and little brothers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johanne and Anri were very intrigued at the different sizes of seeds.  “They’re actually much smaller than I thought.” (Johanne)

   “They’re tiny!” (Anri)

“If we plant some lettuce seeds we could have a salad for snack.” (Maximus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

After exploring the signs they found in the forest, the bairns thought we should have signs for other play areas too.  They even suggested we make signs to show directions on how to get to the forest and pond.  We had lots of great discussion about the different directions and instructions we would need to give to get to the right place and got to work on making some signs, with the help of Sydney’s Dad.

We really loved getting to work with our hammers and nails to create the signs.  We hammered the nails in to spell out the letters and words we wanted.

We used string and elastic bands to twist around the nails to make the letters stand out.  It was quite testing on our fine motor skills twisting in and out the nails.

Even more exciting was getting to hammer in the nails and NO ONE HIT THEIR FINGERS, YEAY!!!!

Alec brought his own hammer from home and kindly showed others how to use it.

 

It was great to have so many parents and Grandparents helping to spell out the words we needed.

We were finding it difficult to make our way through the forest as the trees grow bigger, so we pruned some trees to make paths around the forest.  Mrs Colvin used the cuttings to weave a Tee-Pee den!  We look forward to making more over the next term.

After all our busy work, the bairns were inspired to change their ice cream shop into a garden centre and shop and got to work creating an amazing indoor gardening space too.

Well done to all involved, we had such a busy, fun day with you all.  We look forward to lots more fun days to come!

Special thanks to Alans of Gillock for supplying the wood and nails for the signs and to Jolene for the seeds and gardening skills!

Outdoor Play and Forest Fun!

We love going to our forest to play.  There are so many things to discover in the forest and we find something new to do each time we go. It’s our favourite outdoor classroom!

We hold hands with a partner and practise crossing the carpark safely on our way to the forest.

The boys and girls in Nursery have been particularly interested lately in the signs they have found in the forest.  They have been using their sounds and letter skills that they have been learning in Nursery, to try to read the signs and discover what they say.

These barrels and trees make great shelters for animals and creatures in the forest, but they also provide great climbing and balancing fun.  Risky play really helps to develop our gross motor skills and allows our children to test and affirm their capabilities, as well as problem solve every day activities.

There are lots of exciting places to explore and hide, but some children have already begun to ponder……

” What will happen when the leaves grow? (Rory)”

“How will we get through the forest? (Owen)”

We found some more signs and worked together to find out what they said.  Anri and Maximus wondered why there were no signs to show us how to get to the forest and thought about ideas of what signs we might need and what they would say.

There are lots of amazing things to discover and find in the forest.  “What is this?  Where did it come from?” Lottie-Mae wanted to take what she had found back to Nursery to look at it a little more closely.

 

 

 

 

 

MUD…glorious mud!!!

 

 

 

 

 

We were having too much fun to leave the forest so we stopped for a quick picnic snack.

“Look what I found!  Is it a pine cone?  It’s very small. (Archie)”

Look at us climb!

“I’m the highest! (Johanne).”

“I’m like a monkey. (Anri).”

“I got up!  This tree must be very strong. (Lucille)”

Peek-a-boo!

“You have to put your head down low to get through.  I nearly got stuck. (Elsie).”

We loooove a muddy puddle….

1….2….3…juuuummmmppp!

“Squelch”……”splat”….”sticky”…

We visited our nature pond to see if the Frog spawn has hatched yet.  We hope to take some tadpoles to Nursery to look at more closely and see how they change into frogs.

Who will be first to spot a frog?

We found lots of frog spawn but still no tadpoles….

It’s hard work to walk through long grass and heather.  Sometimes we find it tricky and fall over but we are getting better at it and our legs are getting stronger.

Yay – we caught a frog!  It was great to take a closer look at the frogs.  They look tiny but when the frog was trying to jump out of the bucket, we saw it had really really long back legs.

“That’s so they can jump high” (Maximus).

“I can see another frog!” (Honor)

We also took a closer look at some frog spawn.  Some had black dots in the middle but some were beginning to uncurl into tiny tadpoles, getting ready to hatch.

Owen found a tiny caterpillar on the ground.  He carefully and kindly picked it up so as everyone cold have a closer look.

We love getting outdoors to play.  Even better when the sun is shining!

The bairns are really enjoying building their own obstacle courses.  It is fantastic to see them working together to build the obstacles and helping each other as they build their confidence with balancing.

“If you put your arms out like this, it helps you balance.” (Anri)

“I’m rocking!” (Anri)

“It looks like you’re surfing.” (Maximus)

“If we both go on we can do it like a see-saw.” (Lucille)

“Let’s see if we can all balance on it.” (Lucille)

A-hoy!!!

 

Learning without stabilisers…..

Sandpit fun…..

Mark making with chalk…..

Drawing around each other and our shadows.  Who is the biggest?

Building a house…..

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