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”
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
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:
WOW! We are very proud of this little girl for this amazing shopping list that she created independently during Busy Time! She wrote the initial sounds of all the items that she needed on her list and then was able to recall her list to me using the initial sounds of the words.
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!
M (SSM) 22-36/30-50
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 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.
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.
Today in Nursery we were introduced to the Dough Disco! This is a fun activity that we will do each week which combines the use of play dough with a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children’s fine and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem.