Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Festival of Lights

What a busy week we've had in Nursery.

We have been learning about Diwali, the festival of lights.

We listened to the story of Rama and Sita. We made masks to retell the story.
We dressed up in special clothes.

We will be making Diwali sweets later in the week to remember the gifts that Hindus give each other at this special time.


We heard how Rama and Sita used candles in little holders called Divas. We made our own divas using clay and sang a song called This Little Light of Mine while we watched Mrs Page light our candles. It was very beautiful. We knew we had to sit very still as lit candles can be dangerous, and we must NEVER light a candle ourselves.
 
We are playing games like eye spy in phonics, thinking about what sound our names and our friend's names begin with. Why not try to play at home with your family?


We played a fun game matching letters to those in our names.




 
 
 


 In busy fingers we rolled the right number of play dough balls for our number then counted them, splatting each one as we went, so we knew that we had counted all the balls.

 

Next week is half term. After this we will continue to think about light and dark by exploring the themes of fire works and space.

Have a wonderful holiday!
 

 



Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Colour Magic


This week we are continuing to explore our Autumn theme.
This week is also science week and we explored colour and how to change colours.

We went on an Autumn Treasure Hunt and found lots of autumnal items including different coloured leaves and acorns.











We chose a coloured leaf and made a laminated collage, using lots of other similar coloured items.

We sorted vehicles of different colours and talked about our choices.

We went on a colour hunt and found coloured strips around the classroom, then placed them on the right poster, naming colours and talking about what other things were the same colour.



We explored what happens when we mix two colours. We used our new colours to paint animals from this week's text Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle.
 











In the play dough we made number cookies by pressing numicon into the play dough and counting how many bumps it had left.



In the house we painted letters and shapes on the wall.

Next week we will be thinking about the festival Diwali and after half term, light and dark, as well as fireworks.








Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Seasonal Changes

Autumn

This week, we are exploring what changes we can see now that it is Autumn.

We have listened to the story Bear Hunt and added our own verses using autumnal objects:

We're going on a bear hunt, We're going to catch a big one
What a beautiful day!
We're not scared.
Uh oh! Conkers! Smooth rolling conkers.
We can't go over them, we can't go under them
Oh no! We have to go through them!
Whoosh! Whoosh!
Whoosh! Whoosh!

What new verses could you add?
We retold the story in our sensory tray using natural autumnal objects to add sound effects.

We will shortly go on a autumn treasure hunt and will make art using our treasure. Perhaps you could find some autumn treasure while out walking with your family and share it with us.

We've been using natural objects to count.

We made Autumn happen in our parachute games - tossing the autumn leaves so they tumbled around.

 
We have been having lots of fun developing our finger strength in our busy finger activities.

 
 

 We celebrated French day by singing Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in French, taking a virtual trip to Paris and tasting croissants.  



Next week is Science week. Mrs Hardie, our Science Co-ordinator will be sending home some fun science activities you could try at home with your family.

Have lots of fun!

 


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Our Senses

We are continuing to think about Ourselves and what our bodies can do.
We have played tasting, touching, listening, looking and smelling games and linking our senses to the parts of the body we use.
We felt jelly and custard and described it as "cold" " slimy" and " gooey".

We smelled ginger, cinnamon and vanilla essence.

We listened to sounds around us and guessed what they were and tasted different fruits.

We also listened to the Five Senses song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXXiyIGqliE&safe=active and joined in touching the right part of our body to match the sense.  Why not try singing along at home?

We have started our busy fingers sessions which builds up our finger strength and control ready for writing.


We have used some of our busy fingers sessions to consolidate our maths learning, using and making shapes, describing them and naming them.


We had another visit from Ben, who played a chasing game with us, where some of us pretended to be rabbits with tails, and the rest of us had to chase the rabbits and catch their tails ( bibs stuck down the back of our shirts). This game warmed us up nicely for practising football skills and learning to strike with the laces so that we shot the ball into the goal with greater precision.
 
 

 

  Here are some of the other activities we have been up to:


 
Making music with the lentils and pasta and using the language of capacity - full, half full, empty.


Using number jigsaws to count and match number to amount.
 
Making play dough faces, naming facial features and talking about how we look the same and different from each other and our families.
 

Counting animals
 


Making shape collages with the magnetic shapes and using the opportunity to describe and match shapes.

Next week, French day is on Monday October 2nd. The children will be listening to French songs and rhymes, making French flags and tasting croissants. Your child may wear red, white and blue instead of their school uniform on this day. Ooh la la!


Next week we are learning about Autumn and the changes around us. You could draw your child's attention to the colours of the leaves on the trees and what has fallen from the trees (acorns, conkers and leaves). Your child could bring in some autumnal objects to show us and leave in our investigation area.
 
 Happy hunting!



 



 

 


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ourselves

This week we have learning about different body parts through singing songs like Tommy Thumb, If You're happy and You Know It and Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
We have read This is Our House by Michael Rosen and thought about how we look the same and how we look different. We have also talked about how we can be good friends by sharing and taking turns.
We made paper people thinking about what features they had.

We have been exploring different textures by feeling a variety of objects such as cottonwool, foam, sand paper, coral, shells and furry material. We talked about how they feel and used some great describing words.

"prickly"  "tickly"   "rough" " soft" " smooth"

We have been singing number rhymes including 5 little monkeys, 5 little Ducks and 5 Little Speckled Frogs. We have been counting objects 1:1 and matching numbers to the amounts we have counted.


We have had a visit from Ben who helps us learn P.E. skills. This week he taught us how to dribble our footballs and keep them still. We had lots of fun!!


Here are some of the other things we have been getting up to.
 

 

  
 

Next week we are continuing to explore our themes of Shape and Ourselves.