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.
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:
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”
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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically
Over 2 million children have taken part in World Nursery Rhyme Week since its launch in 2013. Nursery rhymes play an important role in early childhood development and education. As well as being fun they are excellent teaching tools:
*Language and communication, songs and rhymes are language learners.
*Singing nursery rhymes can help children to develop emergent literacy skills.
*They provide a fun way to assist with learning early maths.
*Nursery rhymes help children to develop social, physical and emotional skills.
The rhyme we focused on today was Wind The Bobbin Up:
We explored colours and patterns using different resources such as coloured links and coloured paper. After we had explored patterns, we then created our own patterns using bobbin reels to print with:
This week we are learning about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In our Maths lesson today, we explored shape by designing our own Little Red Riding Hood capes using different shapes. We talked about what the different shapes were that we could see, and some of us even were able to count how many sides they had! We then attached some string to our capes and wore them proudly around the classroom!
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N.S. To continue to explore simple 2D shapes through the environment so that you can recognise shapes and talk about some of their properties.
This morning the children enjoyed following instructions to create a potion. The children applied their knowledge of counting to ensure that the correct amount of each of the ingredients were added to the potion. They then observed in amazement what happened to the potion once all the ingredients were added.
In order to continue to develop number recognition and number formation in Nursery, we will now be focusing on a particular number each week. We will refer to this number throughout the week during our carpet time and continuous provision. This will be alongside our usual day to day learning of all topics across the Early Years curriculum.
This weeks ‘number of the week’ is number 3. We have chosen this number as it enables the children to make links with our previous topic The Three Little Pigs, as well as our current topic, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Please support us with this at home too, and encourage children to recognise the number three in as many places that they can, such as on car registration numbers, house numbers and print around their environment.