The children were so surprised when they walked into Nursery today to see that our room has been changed around!
Recently in Nursery, a lot of children have been creating their own dens and cosy areas using the crates or the pillows in the Reading Area. Through observations, the Nursery teachers therefore thought it would be a good idea to support the interests of the children and build them a den.
During busy time, the children had a fantastic time exploring the new area. They transported different objects from around the classroom into the new den. Throughout the day, some children then took some reading books to the new area and sat quietly reading and exploring their stories.
We look forward to continuing to observe the children using the new den area as a role play and quiet space, as well seeing what lovely learning opportunities it creates for them.
Today some of the Afternoon Nursery children decided that they wanted to make a place for the dinosaur to live. I asked the question “What would a dinosaur house look like?” #ws said It would have wood all over it. #mma said It would be like a forest and have some sticks in. #tw said It would look like a muddy forest place.
Using the children’s ideas, I then suggested that we should create a ‘muddy forest’ for the dinosaurs to go. We collected mud, leaves and sticks from outdoors and worked together to create a home for the dinosaurs.
The children were then really engaged in dinosaur related play, and were very proud that it was all created using their ideas.
This little girl was very engaged in the Water Area, filling and emptying different sized containers. She persisted as she used the bottle to fill up the small plastic kettle, and then used this to fill up the large cylinder. She became very excited when the water reached the top of the cyclinder! She then poured the water into the water tray and repeated this process again!
Her next steps were met instantly, as whilst she filled the containers I modelled the language of full and empty in the appropriate context. She began to repeat the words, and this is something that we will be continually build upon develop her vocabulary.
Every week, Mrs Ridell comes in Nursery and carries out Music and Movement sessions. We really look forward to these sessions, and learn lots of new songs, as well as using different musical instruments and moving our bodies in different ways.
The rhyme we have been exploring today was called Old King Cole. This was a rhyme that we were not very familiar with, however, after a few practises we soon remembered the words and the tune!
We loved performing the rhymes we have been learning so far at the Stay and Play with our parents and carers. We then enjoyed creating our own crowns out of collage materials so we could be just like Old King Cole!
Here are Morning Nursery:
“What does Old King Cole wear on his head?”
#en “a hat”
“It looks a bit like a hat, but we call it something else starting with a ‘c’ sound…”
#gk “he wears a crown!”
Here are afternoon Nursery:
In reference to Old King Cole, #tw said “I think he lives in the castle”
The nursery rhyme that we explored today was called Hickory Dickory Dock:
We followed step by step instructions to make a mouse to run up the clock. We talked about what shapes we could see, we saw circles and triangles.
How do you know it’s a triangle?
#mm “it has three sides”
#ms “cos it’s a shape”
How do you know it’s a circle?
#ws “because it goes around and around”
We then looked at a real clock, and during circle time we had a go at naming and matching the number cards around a hoop to make our own clock. In the provision, we then had the chance to create our own clocks with paper plates, using and applying our learning from circle time:
#lj “i’m going to use my clock to tell me what time it is like Mummy”
M (N) 22-36/30-50
M (SSM) 22-36/30-50
Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically