Welcome back to Term 2! We’ve had lots of Halloween fun this week……
….disco dancing, games, weaving webs, pumpkin potions, dressing up and a visit from a T-Rex! The bairns had fun chasing the T-Rex around outside and then got busy making soup and all kinds of potions for his lunch after his sleep.
We had a spooky snack, made pumpkin playdoh, and a pumpkin treasure hunt outside…….Eeeeeeeek there’s a T-Rex at the window!!!!…..
Mr T-Rex really enjoyed his soup that the bairns made for him……
We rounded off our Super Senses learning with some taste and touch activities and an end of term Fire Pit. It was particularly special as it was the last day at Nursery for one of our bairns.
What better way to experience our senses than the smell of an open fire, marshmallows toasting and fresh air, the sound of the birds in the trees and bairns’ laughter, the sight of blue skies and such happy faces from bairns and staff, the most delicious taste of smores and beans on toast and staying cosy from the heat of the fire!
The taste test – what can you taste when you hold your nose – apple or tottie?……….
We have had a super busy week and are now half way through term 1 already!
We started off the week by making our family trees. We molded clay for our tree trunks and stuck in twigs from our forest. We left them to dry and will draw our family members on the leaves that we have gathered from the forest to stick to our twigs!
We have been making playdoh for baking in our kitchen and been for walks to the forest and play park. On Thursday we all got our waterproofs on and made a big puddle in our playground to splash in. We then decided to go on a puddle hunt to find a bigger puddle!
We have LOVED having the rice in the tuff tray to measure, pour, weigh, make rice cakes with and so much more!
We have been dancing and exploring to different genres of music, rock and Shetland dance was a firm favourite! We discussed how different types of music makes us feel and what it makes us want to do (run, jump, sleep). We then tried to match it to each of the colour monsters depending on how it made the children feel (happy, sad, calm, angry, love, scared).
On Friday we had the magnets out in our loose parts and watched a video about magnetism and why magnets repel and attract. We discovered lots of things in nursery that were magnetic and also found out that we could move the magnetic balls on the tuff tray with a magnet underneath which was very exciting!
In the afternoon we went to the OOSC garden and forest to play hide and seek and found 2 frogs! The one in the garden was a small frog so we decided to put it back to the pond. But the one in the forest was a big one so we left it in the long grass!
We love role play in Nursery and like to pretend we are Elsa and Anna from Frozen, who can freeze things. We froze hearts and explored different ways to melt or break them to find what was inside…..
………Some of us preferred using warm water in syringes and droppers to melt holes in the hearts.
….some of us preferred using tools to break the ice instead
But when the ice melted – it was even more fun!……
….floating petals to make patterns
….sucking and squirting water with syringes.
…..making perfume and love potions
Squirting water made everything wet inside, so there was nothing for it but to go outside for a WATER FIGHT! Which was EVEN MORE FUN!……
It was a good job we had waterproofs on. We drew pictures with the water – it was hard to control it sometimes. We did lots of target practice and the bairns drew their own targets to practice on when we were all too wet. Some bairns squirted water to wash the windows. Mrs Bishop said we could wash her car if we wanted…….SO WE DID……………….
We must have done a good job as Mrs Bishop sent us a Thank You card for all our hard work!
Wow, we can’t believe we’re half way through this Term already! Here’s a snap shot of some of the fun we’ve had with learning so far this Term…….
…….Letters, sounds, Bookbug, baking and messy play…
…..sand pit and mark making…..Drewie and Callum wrote a Wishlist of Bruder toys and posted it. Much to their excitement a reply came in the post with some goodies!
…..Outdoor play and hall time. Bringing our learning outside. Building galley’s, viking torches, puddle splashing and recycling…..
…..Celebrating Chinese New Year, and Robert Burns. We made tartan, thistles and had our own Chinese Great Race!…..
….Roleplay, snack shopping and sharing Learning Journals kept us busy and of course, DA OORICKS! Indie shared her learning from a new Nursery with us, all about the Ooricks. We read the story and Indie told us how to make an Oorick. Everyone loved it, made Ooricks then went to the forest to look for Ooricks. We found lots of clues that they had been there; hats, beds, homes, look-outs, their own garden and much much more!
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.
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.
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.