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Exploring our New Den

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.

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Playing and Exploring

Father Christmas is coming!

This morning, this group of children were very engaged in some Christmas role-play together.

#ac We need to go to sleep for Santa!

#lj Lets go and lie down!

The children all gathered in the Reading Area and fell asleep for Father Christmas to come.

#dm He not coming until we sleep.

#ws It’s too noisy we need to be fast asleep or he won’t come.

A couple of minutes later, #oj came over to the children playing the part of Father Christmas. He delivered the children all a piece of play dough each!

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Playing and Exploring 

Big Draws

Today the children completed their Big Draws linked to what presents they got for Christmas. The children were encouraged to talk about their presents and what they looked like, before drawing a picture of them. Some children then attempted to label their pictures.

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Active Learning

Shake, Shake, Shake!

Last week, we brought in some empty plastic bottles and decorated them with collage materials. Today we added rice to the bottles to create shakers! We enjoyed using the shakers during continuous provision to sing songs with, as well as explore the words loud, quiet, fast and slow. This activity linked very well to our Phase 1 phonics learning.

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Playing and Exploring

What is our new story?

Today we were introduced to a surprise parcel that links to the new story that we will be exploring for the next two weeks. The parcel was wrapped up, and we had to use some of our senses to try and guess what would be inside, and then what story it could be from.

We passed the parcel around the circle and here are some of the children’s responses:

What does it feel like?

#ooj It feels squiggly.

#st Toys.

#dg Potatoes, sounds like potatoes.

#gk It’s soft at the sides. I think its eggs in the box. 

#lj The Little Red Hen wrapped it up for us so we can open it. 

#ms It feels hot and soft. It’s a ball. 

#as It shakes like seeds. 

What does is smell like?

#gj Its like peas. 

#dm Smells like food. 

Can you hear anything when you shake it?

#ws A popping machine

#rp It makes a sound

After some thinking time and questioning, the children opened up the parcel to discover a box of gingerbread men!

I asked the children “so what story could the gingerbread men be from?”

#rr A story about food. 

#ws The Gingerbread Man story!

The children were introduced to the story of the Gingerbread Man. We read it and talked about the events, and we saw how the Little Old Man and the Little Old Lady baked some gingerbread men, just like the ones in our box!

We will now continue to learn about this story for the next two weeks.

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically 

 

Moo Music

We have had a great time today joining in with a session with Laura from Moo Music!

We joined in singing lots of different songs, played lots of different instruments and took part in dances to lots of different songs – it was great fun!

Have a look at the pictures and videos below to see what a fabulous time we had!


If you are interested in taking your child along to attend a Moo Music session, here is the website with all of the details on:

https://www.moo-music.co.uk

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Playing and Exploring/Active Leaening

Counting with Numicom

This afternoon we helped the Little Red Hen count out the eggs inside her basket.

Some of us had a go at finding the matching numeral to the Numicon piece, and then counted out the correct amount of eggs into the piece.

This activity encouraged the children to carry out some elements of active learning, as they made links with their prior knowledge of number, and linked it in with the Numicon pieces.

In the Early Years, we have a big focus on implementing the Characteristics of Effective Learning, and we think it is important for the children to have a knowledge and begin to talk about the type learning that they have been doing too. We use dinosaurs for the children to relate to; they all have special names – Explorasauras, Activasaurus and Thinkadocis. In today’s activity, the children were all being Activasaurus’, and some children were given special stickers for their fantastic effort today in their learning.

*If you see your child come home with one of the Characteristics of Effective Learning stickers on, please encourage them to tell you about what they did to achieve this, as it is important to encourage lots of talk with the children to reflect on what they have been learning about in Nursery.

This little girl answered some questions about what she did today to achieve her Activasaurus sticker:

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Active Learning

Who delivered the bread? 

Today in Nursery we were very excited to find that a basket of fresh bread had been delivered. We passed the bread around in circle time, and talked about where it may have come from and who could have brought it.

#ooj “It is bread, Red Riding Hood bought the bread from Asda”

#lj “She lives in a cottage and had to get the bus to bring the bread to Nursery”

#rr “She lives in a village”

#gk “You bake the bread in the oven”

#dg “Mummy has bread like this in my house”

Inside of the basket was a letter addressed to Nursery, it was from somebody called the Little Red Hen, who told us that she had baked the bread for us.

But who was the Little Red Hen? We read a about her to find out.

After the story, we talked about how kind it was of the Little Red Hen to bake some bread for us, because after all, the animals in the story were not very helpful to her, so it was lovely of her to think to share it with us instead!

We thought it would be a good idea to write a letter back to the Little Red Hen to say thank you. We each had a go at mark-making a letter back to the Little Red Hen, some of us copying from a scribed piece of writing to begin practising our letter formation.

After writing a letter to the Little Red Hen it was time for snack. We used this time to tuck into the delicious fresh bread.

#oe “It tastes like toast”

#st “It tastes like cracker”

#lj “It tastes like bread and is delicious”

We look forward to continuing our learning about the Little Red Hen over the coming weeks!

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically

Nursery Rhyme Week – Day 4

Today we explored a nursery rhyme that we were not very familiar with, it was called Lavender’s Blue. We listened to the rhyme and tried to join in on the repeated parts:

We looked at pictures of the lavender flowers and talked about what they looked like and what colours they were. We found out that the green part of the lavender is called the stem, and the purple coloured parts are called buds. We then created our own fabulous paintings of the lavender:

#dm “i painting stem”

#dg “my flower purple”

#ra “its purple and green”

#gj “flower”

We later went outside to find a lavender flower. We saw that it looked just like our paintings, and each had a smell of it:

#ac “it smells like strawberries”

#ooj “it smells so nice”

#oe “I don’t like that smell”

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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning