This week we have been looking at The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. The children found it hilarious that the chameleon had all the different animal parts by the end. We have discussed what mixed up animals we would like to be and even had a penguin, giraffe and dog! We used lots of different media to create our own chameleons and talked about camouflage and why animals in the wild need to hide away. We hid animals around the classroom and children went on a hunt to find them.
We have also been using our listening ears and beginning to start our phonics activities. We have been listening to instrument sounds and identifying which one Mrs Richardson is playing behind the screen. We were also concentrating to listen to the simple beat and copy it on our drum! We enjoyed the game so much that we even set it up ourselves during continuous provision, taking turns to be the teacher.
What a fantastic week we have had – all our friends in together! We have formed some lovely friendships and have continued to practice our class rules of using kind hands, looking after our toys and listening to the grown-ups and our friends. We have continued our exciting topic of colours and thankfully the sun came out for our ‘bright colours’ day as it went missing on our yellow day! We have really enjoyed learning about dark colours where we looked at dark spooky pictures for points of discussion, practiced our cutting skills by cutting out spiders and following recipes in our mud kitchen.
We loved orange day as we got to make our very own glass of orange juice and we even had a go at using the sharp knife (with Mrs Richardson’s help) to cut the orange. We followed instructions to cut, squeeze, pour and best of all drink the orange juice!
We have finished the week off by looking at a story which brings all our colours together…on an elephant! ‘Elmer’ has proved a firm favourite and we are looking forward to creating our own patchwork for our class Elmer.
We have loved welcoming our new class bear Boris! When he first arrived he was a little bit shy. We had to follow the footsteps to find him – he was hiding in the cupboard! We made him feel very welcome by showing him all around our environment and he has really enjoyed watching us play and learn together. When we go home, Boris moves things around and plays with our toys.
He has been challenging us to find different colour things everyday. We have been hunting for blue, red and yellow things in our school and classroom. Boris has been very impressed with some of the things we have found! You could continue the investigation at home. Discuss your favourite colour and bring something in that you have found.
What a fantastic start we have had to school life! From listening walks to presents from fairies it has been non stop! We have settled in so well and have formed some lovely friendships with each other. We have been practising sharing all the lovely resources on offer in our new classroom and outdoor area. Those of us who are full time have been so welcoming to the new children starting, showing them where things are and inviting them to play along. Mrs Richardson is amazed at how mature we all are!
We have been showing our teachers how good we are at our self help skills: putting on our own coats and wellies, going to the toilet by ourselves and even washing our hands. The taps can be a bit tricky but we are keeping trying our best!
You won’t believe it but we have fairies in Nursery! They leave little notes for us and have even given us a special library book that we can bring home and share with our families! We think they might live in the library as there is a tiny door and there is always sparkles on the floor when we go in. They are very shy though so we haven’t managed to see them yet.
Some of us were lucky enough to meet Miss Jancy and get a little taste of what our PE session will be like. We changed into our pumps and went into the big hall. We walked like penguins, jumped in hoops, experimenting moving in lots of different ways. We can’t wait to see Miss Jancy again, it was so much fun!
We finished our busy week by reading ‘Boris starts school’. We talked about how he was feeling nervous at starting school and how we felt a bit scared and nervous. Some of us even suggested ways we could make Boris feel better now that we know there is nothing to worry about as school is so much fun! We are looking forward to coming back on Monday, some starting their full time slot and meeting more new friends so that the whole class can be together!