We are always thinking of ways to share what the children are learning at nursery and in addition to our Blog we are hoping to set up a page on a social media network that would allow notifications to your mobile device any time we add a new post.
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Now that we have permission forms returned and organised we are able to reintroduce our GoPro action camera to record footage of the children’s learning.
The GoPro can be worn over children’s clothing but some children prefer to hold it or have someone else hold it. The footage is then downloaded onto an Ipad and in small groups children are supported to watch the footage back and edit it, thinking about what parts will make interesting viewing and what parts they would like to share.
You can see from the video footage from this week, new children are becoming familiar with the camera and are very much aware of this piece of digital technology and what it does! This week the GoPro was worn to the library, when we had a visit from Mari from Child Smile to nursery and when children were playing freely, exploring the hill.
You may notice that the footage is sometimes cut short mid sentence, this could be because a child without permission has came into view or personal information was being discussed e.g. a child saying their address.
We would like to share our learning near and far and encourage readers to come to our blog.
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Have you wondered what we used all our ‘treasures’ that we collected from our outings to Beecraigs Country Park for? After lots of exploratory play with them in nursery we took all the natural resources outside to make pictures with them on the ground. Just like the artist Andy Goldsworthy, we used our natural resources as material to create pieces of art. We used iPads to look on the internet to find out how Andy Goldsworthy uses nature to create his exhibitions. We saved our favorite pieces of his work to the camera roll and used them to help us plan our own natural art.
We then photographed our pieces of work just like he does on the iPads. Our next steps are to share our photographs with our friends and discuss our ideas.
Do you like our giant? We worked together as a team, shared our ideas and designed our giant together.
Earlier this month we learned about the important work of Poppy Scotland and why the nursery ladies and other people wear poppies at this time of the year. We made paper poppies of our own by hand just like the volunteers used to at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory and we created lovely poppy collage pictures and poppy paintings to take home. We had fun modelling poppies from play dough and using our poppy shaped cutters in our red and black play dough. On the 10th (Afternoon group) and 11th (Morning group) of November the children went for a ‘Poppy Walk’ and planted poppy seeds in our nursery garden. Thank you to Poppy Scotland for providing, seeds balloons, flags, and age appropriate resource materials and thank you to everyone who bought a poppy on sale in nursery and supported The Scottish Poppy Appeal.
We had a very special afternoon in nursery yesterday with Aeryn and her mummy learning all about the Japanese Festival Children’s Day. In Japan on the 5th Day of the 5th month people pray for the health and happiness of children. Children have a holiday from school and nursery to celebrate this day. Carp shaped streamers made from Koinobori (cloth) are hung outside to blow in the wind and children wear origami samurai hats. Aeryn’s mummy helped us make Carp steamers and told us all about Kashiwamochi, which is a Japenese snack of sticky rice with a sweet filling. We tried hard to pronounce new Japanese words, with lots of help from Aeryn and her mummy.
Thank you very much to Aeryn and her mummy for teaching us all about Children’s Day and bringing in beautiful Carp streamers for us to investigate. Children were keen to share their learning with their families at home time.