… just opportunities for new new kinds of exploration.
Jack Frost visited this week and the children were excited and eager to get outside and experience the changes in the weather first hand. The children practised their observational skills by finding ice deposits on natural resources such as twigs and leaves. Learning new vocabulary and concepts such as freezing and melting are so much more powerful and meaningful when you are holding ice in the palm of your hand and within minutes it physically changes into water. The weather also gave rise to more discussions about how they can keep themselves safe. The children are learning that surfaces such as the playground can become slippy and dangerous to move around on in icy weather, but grassy and soil surfaces are safer to travel on. Most of all though, they understand that they can have fun in the different weather we experience, including mark making in the ice.
We are a ‘reading’ school and the love of stories is promoted in the outdoors as well as indoors in the EYFS. The icy weather provided us with an opportunity to adapt and physically experience a Nursery favourite story, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, by Michael Rosen. The Nursery children were thrilled and just a tiny bit scared of going on a … ‘Snow Bear Hunt’. We crossed streams and hills and mountains seeking out the ‘Snow Bear’ with the children joining in with the refrains enthusiastically.
We would like to say a big thank you to the parents who stayed for a story telling session this week. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children have come to enjoy and participate in these sessions. We will be holding further sessions, if you didn’t get the chance to come to this one, and we look forward to sharing your child’s learning with you.
We have been busy this week on our current topic, ‘Ourselves’, and the children have been learning about feelings and emotions. They have been naming different emotions and talking about situations where they might experience these feelings.
To tie in with our topic and continuing the theme of the friendship week, ‘Everyone different, Everyone equal’, the children have now completed a self portrait in paint. In focused sessions they studied their faces closely, describing their particular features before they began working on their portraits. Look through the gallery and see if you can spot your child’s likeness.
As it is the 1st of December today we have started to prepare for Christmas. Our home corner is a cosy Christmas scene where the children can relax and share a book or a chat with their friends.
Please don’t forget your invitation to the story telling session in Nursery next Wednesday, 6th December, at 9.00am. The children will be very excited for you to share this session with them.
Our outdoor area is evolving all the time and today the children were excited to observe the delivery of wood bark for the flooring in our writing den. They watched from a safe distance as the load was lowered over the fence and gave the delivery driver a round of applause when the task was completed.
After the delivery, the children set to work helping to transport the bark to the writing den. It will soon have all weather flooring, so it is functional to use whatever the weather.
Other new additions and improvements to the outdoor area are the Astro turf flooring in the role play den, as a well as a tarpaulin cover to provide some protection from the weather. We also have a fantastic crafted signpost and a weather station. We would like to express our gratitude to Joseph Pritchard for his unstinting work , in helping us to develop the learning potential of our outdoor environment. Even when the weather is extreme, like today, most of the children want to be outside, and so we are always striving to boost the learning opportunities to be experienced there.
The first week back has been very busy but the children have soon settled back in. They are loving the new additions to the outdoor area, especially the mud kitchen and the reading bench. One of our new topics this term is Autumn, and The children were very excited to explore the school grounds looking for signs of Autumn. We found lots of different leaves which generated talk about colours and sizes, the children were matching and comparing leaves they found. This was a good opportunity for the children to practise their vocabulary about textures and for the adults to introduce new vocabulary. Leaves were described as, scrunchy, crinkly, hard, smooth, bendy etc. We have created a woodland theme role play area in the classroom for the children to experience what it is like in a wood and it is a popular activity. We would like to thank the parents who came to the Nursery ‘Tips for Talking’ workshops this week – we hope they will be helpful. Enjoy the Bonfire celebration Weekend and please keep safe.