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”
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Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically
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.
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 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.
Today in our tuff tray we explored the insides of a pumpkin. Miss O’Malley carefully cut off the top of the pumpkin to form a lid and then and took it off, which revealed the slimy pulp and seeds inside! This sensory activity promoted lots of exploration around the pumpkin and opened up lots of opportunities for communication and language between the children.
Today in Nursery we made cakes to sell at the MacMillan Coffee Morning which is being held in school tomorrow.
We explored the ingredients that we needed to make our cakes with, and after washing our hands we each had a turn at mixing them altogether using gross motor movements. After the chocolate and cornflakes had been mixed up, we then decorated them with some sprinkles! We talked through the process of making the cakes and afterwards some of us were able to put the events in order!
Both Nursery classes have been working very hard in making relationships with different members of their class. We have been talking a lot about how to be a good friend, and we know that sharing and taking it in turns are some ways of how we can be one of these.
The following pictures are some lovely examples of how the children have been working together in their play.