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”
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:
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”
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:
We looked at Poppies and talked about what they look like and why people wear them. We found out that they symbolise people who have helped us and our country by serving in the War. We created paintings of poppies by looking at different pictures to aid our designs.
This little girl was very proud to bring in some musical shakers that she had made over the weekend to show her friends. Her Mum had attended the Phonics Workshop last week and this was one of the ideas that she gained from it.
Morning Nursery and Pre-Nursery were lucky enough to have a little visit from Merseyside Fire Brigade. The fire men informed the children about some important ways that they can stay safe on Bonfire Night. They then got the chance to hold the fire hose and have their photo taken next to the fire engine.
Today in Nursery we have been exploring fireworks. During continuous provision, a fireworks display was played for the children to listen to and watch. At carpet time, we then talked about what colours and shapes we could see in the sky on the video.
#st “a rainbow”
#rp “a heart, a big red heart”
#en “so many colours in the sky”
#lm “lots of colours”
#ws “i saw circles and shapes too”
#na “i see them outside my house going bang bang bang”
Inspired by the fireworks, the children then created their own firework paintings by using different lengths of string dipped into colourful paint to pull across their piece of paper.
This little girl was very proud of the rocket that she made using junk modelling materials. After making her rocket, she then was able to talk all about it, “This rocket flies all around school and children can ride on it like this, weeeeeeee, and it lands in space and we go on an adventure without our teachers even knowing about it. If you want it to come back you just shout COME DOWN and it lands in the class just like that”.
I am very proud of this child’s imaginative creation!
Some of us have been using the construction blocks to recreate the bridge from the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have then been role-playing elements of the story and recalling some repeated refrains within our play.