Christmas Carol Concert

Wir bairns were absolute stars at their Christmas Concert!  What an amazing achievement to stand on stage and perform in front of such a big audience.

The bairns chose their own words to the tune of “Ten Little Elves”, to create their own version of a Christmas song.  They thoroughly enjoyed the process and the confidence gained from having ownership of their own song, was clear to be seen from the amazing participation, singing and happy faces with which they performed ….and of course the fact that they are all still singing it a week later!

We are all so proud of every one of them. Here’s a snap shot of their performances…..

  

Christmas Advent Calendar

It’s fair to say the Christmas frenzy has hit us!  What an exciting and busy time we’ve had.

For our advent calendar this year, we really wanted to emphasize the value of quality time together, rather than just “things”. So we filled our advent calendar with activity and challenges tailored to each individual bairn’s interests.  Each bairn has a special activity to do and the opportunity to share it with their friends if the wish.  Quality one to one time and time with friends can often be overlooked at such busy times and we’ve all really enjoyed our advent times together so far.

Here’s a sneaky peek at what they’ve been up to…….

Christmassy Water play!

 

 

 

Digging for Christmas treasure!

Build a snowman………

 

 

 

 

 

….and knock it over!

Making hot chocolate…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a unicorn making craft station!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen dance off and musical statues….

 

 

 

Make your own christmas sand tray…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a Christmas snack…

 

Make a John Deer Tractor…..

Farewell Mrs Sunshine

We had to say farewell to Mrs Sutherland this week.  Mrs Sutherland had been covering the vacant post which Mrs Dutch has now filled.

The bairns nick-named Mrs Sutherland “Mrs Sunshine” which seemed to stick with her throughout her time with us.  We had a lovely send off for her with sunshine stickers, songs and dance.

We will really miss Mrs Sutherland and really appreciate all her support, but we will look forward to seeing her in Nursery again anytime to cover holidays and such like.

 

 

I’ll huff and I’ll puff…….

The bairns have been really interested in building this term.  This week we read the story of The Three Little Pigs and experimented with building houses for each pig out of straw, sticks and bricks…..

It was really hard to build a house from the straw.  “It didn’t stay up.” (Elsie)

 

“I huffed and I puffed and I could knock da sticks down.” (Honor)

“The best one was when we used all the stuff to build da house.  It was da biggest and da strongest.”

 

 

 

 

 

We had lots of fun exploring the story with roleplay and exploring, strength, materials, size, weight, position, forces, problem solving to decide on the best material and how to test them.

The bairns decided the bricks were easier to build with because they could stack but they still fell over, so we explored different types of brick….foam….wood….stone….and built a wall.

Busy bees….

It’s great to be busy, work together, problem solve and let friendships develop, all at play.

we have enjoyed making pizza for snack, lots of building and measuring and being creative.  The bairns really enjoyed themselves and transferred they play outside, using larger loose parts to build than the marble run and making pizza and soup in the mud kitchen.

Mrs Colvin “Oooh this tastes like delicious chicken soup.”  “No Mrs Colvin, it’s MUD soup!” 😂

The bairns made a games hiding balls in pipes and wondered how to get them out, how many would come out, which end would they come out and so on.  Lots of great counting, estimating and problem solving as well as great co-operation working together.

There’s a bit of a Frozen frenzy happening in Nursery too with the upcoming new Frozen 2!  Our bairns are turning their den into a Frozen palace, enjoying the princess dresses and songs.

our creative area has been popular making Frozen props and decorations with a focus on using squares as our shape of the week.

 

Hand Washing

We had a lovely visit from our School Nurse this week. She had a special light box which helped us to see if we were washing our hands well.  She also showed us the best way to wash our hands to keep ourselves and others healthy.

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”……….

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