Today some of the Afternoon Nursery children decided that they wanted to make a place for the dinosaur to live. I asked the question “What would a dinosaur house look like?” #ws said It would have wood all over it. #mma said It would be like a forest and have some sticks in. #tw said It would look like a muddy forest place.
Using the children’s ideas, I then suggested that we should create a ‘muddy forest’ for the dinosaurs to go. We collected mud, leaves and sticks from outdoors and worked together to create a home for the dinosaurs.
The children were then really engaged in dinosaur related play, and were very proud that it was all created using their ideas.
These two children were very busy at the Lego Table demonstrating parallel play.
Each child was engaged in their own Lego play and did not try to influence the other child’s behaviour. The children each created their own separate models and persisted with this activity for more than 5 minutes.
These two boys enjoyed using our small workspace area to collaboratively create pictures. Lots of language was used between the children whilst completing their pictures and they were very proud of their finished work.
This workspace is a great opportunity for two children to take part in activities together such as board game, jigsaws and mark-making, as well as enhancing their personal and social development and their communication and language.
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.
Every week, Mrs Ridell comes in Nursery and carries out Music and Movement sessions. We really look forward to these sessions, and learn lots of new songs, as well as using different musical instruments and moving our bodies in different ways.
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 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”