The children have been exploring water play in the garden due to the weather. They have been splashing in “muddy puddles”, finding different objects for floating and sinking using the water tray and the tyres filled with rain water. The children have also been developing their cooking skills in the mud kitchen, on the menu is worm soup, spider pizza and bug ice cream. The younger children that have recently started in the room have been investigating the garden. They have been intrigued with the wooden hut and see-saw. Some other activities the children have been involved in were floor is lava, lava monster and using the binoculars looking for birds.
In playroom 2 the children have been developing their creative skills through exploring a range of open-ended materials and resources. The children had the freedom to explore and create objects and images using the materials and worked on their own and with others to solve design problems. The children were using their curiosity and imagination while developing their decision making social skills.
In the literacy area the children have been developing their understanding of letter formation and letter recognition. Using a variety of resources, the children were able to explore a range of activities to support their literacy development. The children were confidently able to identify their names as they picked out their name plates, then holding the pen in a pincer grip controlling the pencil as they copied each letter.
The children were keen to show their knowledge of phonics using the alphabet flash cards.
In the snack area we have been focusing on developing our cutting skills and as some of our children will be going to school soon practicing these skills will develop their independence in the lunch hall. The children are already encouraged to use knives to cut their own food at lunchtime in nursery but some children find this task a bit tricky. The children also spread their own butter or soft cheese onto their bread or crackers at snack time and some children are expressing an interest in preparing all of their snack, which means cutting their own bread, fruit, cheese etc. We discussed the issue of safety before using the knives and emphasised the need to keep fingers a safe distance away from the knife and how the knife correctly. We started off cutting soft fruits with a blunt knife where the children had to slice through the fruit. We moved on to cutting bread into quarters which ended up with some broken bread but practice makes perfect, then slicing cheese with a knife that has a serrated edge. We discussed the different motions and techniques used for cutting different foods with most of the children finding the cheese the hardest to cut. Encouraging the children to carry out tasks like this gives the children a sense of independence, improves coordination and teaches the safe use of items deemed to be risky. The children are also developing their motor skills and building muscle in their fingers and hands as they need to hold the food in one hand and grip the knife with the other. These skills are useful in helping develop other tasks for example, writing.
We have been sequencing and making and following patterns on the interactive board. The sequencing game required the children to complete the pattern of different coloured shapes. Initially starting with 2D shapes and then providing more challenge introducing 3D shapes and making the patterns and sequences more complex.
This develops memory and observation. This was continued elsewhere in the playroom, using a variety of resources. This is developing our ability to recognize and create patterns which helps us make predictions using our own our observations. Understanding patterns help prepare children for learning complex.
During Forest Schools sessions we help to build on independence, self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning in children as they explore and experience the natural world for themselves. A combination of freedom and responsibility is beneficial to children with little confidence or challenging behaviour. Valuable life skills are learnt - communication, team working and responsibility.
During our Forest School sessions, the children participate in;
Den building Climbing trees Exploring the Forest Tree swings Story telling Arts and craft activities Fire building and much more
The children have been developing their numeracy skills by trying to find out which number was missing from the number line. The children were finding different ways of identifying the missing numbers. Some counted along the number line to find out what number was missing. Other were able to look at number line and knew which number was missing without counting.
Some children have also been exploring which number comes before and which number comes after, for example they can identify what number comes between 5 and 6.
Big Bedtime is an initiative that we roll out to all 3-5 year old children. The children choose a book to take home each week and read it at home. Before returning their book to nursery the children complete a book review so everyone knows what they liked about the book.
The aim of the Big Bedtime Read is help parents to make reading with their children part of the bedtime routine at least 4 times a week.
Have a look at the display in the hall for more information and to see the children’s book reviews.
Families Connect runs for 8 weeks and provides activities and techniques to support wellbeing, literacy and numeracy that parents and carers can practice at home. The programme aims to build confidence and relationships between parents and carers, children and nursery staff.
Our first every programme started at the beginning of October and as you can see from the photographs the children and the parents are having fun together. They also get lots of resources to take home so they can practice the activities at home.
Shona is our families connect trained member of staff and she is hoping to run another programme next term so watch out for dates and sign up to join the fun.