Nursery have thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Pets’ topic the past three weeks, taking part in a variety of fun pet-themed activities, exploring a different kind of pet daily and focusing on the stories ‘The Great Pet Sale’ by Mick Inkpen and ‘Aaaarrgghh Spider’ by Lydia Monks. We also got the opportunity to look after our own class pets for a couple of days, Frank and Phil the goldfish! Nursery did a fantastic job of taking care of them.
Over the past three weeks we have..
– Bought and sold pets in our role-play shops
– Painted and described our pets (or a pet we would like!)
– Cooked for cats in the mud kitchen
– Took part in a ‘Crufts’ obstacle course
– Designed our own fish tanks in the ICT suite
– Created animal information pages
– Counted cheese cubes for the mice
– Hunted for spiders outdoors
What an enjoyable afternoon we had on Monday! The children worked so hard in the sunshine taking part in our annual EYFS games day.
They took turns to…
– Race on the bikes
– Fill the water bucket
– Hook the ducks
– Balance the egg and spoon
– Collect the fish at the seaside
– Take part in a running race
– Complete the obstacle course
– Bounce on the space hoppers
…and beat the goalie!
We were so proud of the children who put in 100% and showed super sportsmanship!
It was a fabulous turnout too. Thank you to all the grown-ups who came to cheer us on and support us, especially those who took part themselves 🙂
Nursery have had another great week of exploring ‘Dear Zoo!’ by Rod Campbell.
As part of our literacy work, we have created our own ‘lift-the-flap’ book pages, choosing our favourite zoo animals and writing about why they wouldn’t make a good pet. The children have also been following instructions to learn how to draw animals, using their fine motor skills to paint zebras using cotton buds and practised their tricky word recognition in the sand pit.
Through our maths work we have been learning the song ‘The Animals went in two by two’ alongside the story of ‘Noah’s Ark’. We have been adding small world animals to our boats and finding out how many are left when we take small amounts away. This has also inspired our construction, building boats to fit all the animals in, and our art work.
The children have worked in groups to make their own ‘Animal Ark’ collage! They used different materials to create a team picture and chose an animal they would like to put onto their Ark, giving reasons why.
Take a look!
We look forward to seeing you at Sports Day on Tuesday 26th at 2pm 🙂
Following last week’s ‘Oi Frog’ focus, this week we have been exploring animals further using the much-loved ‘lift the flap’ story ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. We have thought carefully about why these zoo animals wouldn’t make very good pets and used adjectives to describe them e.g. they are too scary, they are too heavy…
The children have been participating in many fun, themed activities. Firstly they have worked as a team building their very own zoo in the classroom. It comprises of different lego brick enclosures, signs to ensure the animals are in the right place (and don’t eat each other up!), painted animal patterns and collaged, spiral, hanging snakes!
Alongside this, they have ordered zoo animals by height, hunted and counted zoo animals in the sand pit and made a variety of animal masks for role-play.
Next week the children will take on the role of ‘zoologists’ , collecting facts from books and the computer to create an information page of their chosen zoo animal!
“Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs!”
Nursery have had a fantastic first week back exploring rhyme through the very silly but funny story ‘Oi Frog!’ by Kes Gray.
To name a few of this week’s activities, the children have been….
– Matching rhyming pairs in reading time
– Counting frogs onto numbered lily pads
– Painting the five green speckled frogs
– Junk modelling objects for the animals to sit on
– Working in pairs to create an animal scene on the laptops
– Creating their own ‘Oi Frog’ rhyming books!
Today Nursery found out that their focus story for the week is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. They learnt that Carle is not only the author of this well-loved story, but its illustrator too!
Following this, we met a real artist called Julie! She has helped us to make our own story pictures using felt and mark-making tools. After that we used a range of threading materials to weave and create our story background. We are looking forward to seeing this come together over the next few days…
Alongside this, Miss Jancy has also been to visit to begin our egg to caterpillar to butterfly movement piece.
Lastly, we have been using tools to create our own paper using different shades of paint! We used bubblewrap, combs, brushes, sponges and a range of kitchen utensils to create different textures like Carle and tomorrow we are looking forward to using this for collaging 🙂
Today we have really enjoyed using the paper we created yesterday to collage our own caterpillars! What do you think?
We have also taken part in threading leaves to work our pincher fingers, creating caterpillar masks for role-play and collaging leaves for fingerprint caterpillars!
Another wonderful arty day today!
The children were very excited as today they worked in small groups to create their own set of butterfly wings! They used different materials and thought about shape, patterns and position to make their wings symmetrical. We are looking forward to them drying so we can use them for role-play and our egg to caterpillar to butterfly movement piece!
We have also been using different shades of red paint to design individual butterflies for our wall art. We used cotton buds to add a range of patterns including spots and stripes and to fill them with colour!
We shared the story ‘Head to Toe’ by Eric Carle and learnt that Carle didn’t only write about and illustrate caterpillars, but other animals too! We recognised that he had used different shades of the same colour for each animal and texture had been created to. Using this as our inspiration, we chose our own animals to paint by mixing various colours and using tools to create the same effect!
What a busy but fun-filled week! The children are sad that today is our last day of arts week. We have spent today finishing all our wonderful mini-projects and sharing the work we have completed so far! The children should be very proud of their wonderful efforts 🙂
MONDAY: We have had a very exciting first day back in Nursery! We were lucky to have some visitors and new arrivals.
Debs brought Cindy and Wilbur, two hens from the farm, to teach EYFS all about eggs and what comes out of them. We had to guess which animals came from eggs and which didn’t, and learnt about how chicks hatch from their eggs when they are ready.
We then got the opportunity to meet Cindy and Wilbur and feed them. We were brave to hold out our hands with food for them to eat! We thought they were very funny pecking and clucking around us.
Finally, we were left some of their eggs in a special incubator which we learnt keeps them warm. We are going to keep a close eye on them and keep them safe until they hatch. We are looking forward to seeing what comes out of them!
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: We are so excited to announce that egg number 3 has hatched! The children were so lucky this afternoon to observe the chick break free from its egg and have decided to call it ‘Buddy’ as it’s our first chick friend.
FRIDAY UPDATE: Nursery have had such a wonderful week observing the eggs and watching more and more little chicks appear. We are happy to say we have 5 in total (Buddy, Bella, Donut, Lovely and …) and they are extremely cute! Today we got the opportunity to handle them and feel their fluffy feathers. I was very impressed as the children were very kind and gentle.
Nursery have had a fantastic time sharing their school day with their favourite teddies to finish our ‘Bears’ topic this half term. We shared our milk, made jam and marmalade sandwiches, sang them songs and read them stories. Of course, we finished with a picnic outdoors and egg and spoon races too! We had so much fun and by the end of the day we didn’t just have very tired children but very tired teddies too!
We’re going on a bear hunt…We’re going to catch a big one…and what a beautiful day it was! Nursery had a wonderful time on their bear hunt trip to Bring Yer Wellies!
First we met Ricky and Barney, Melissa and Nigel’s horses, before heading inside to play on their ‘beach’ in the greenhouse.
Then we learnt all about the senses of an animal and how they are much stronger than our own! We split into group to complete sensory challenges; we listened to each other’s heartbeats using super hearing, read tiny words using our super eyesight through magnifying glasses and sniffed wellies to guess the objects using our super sense of smell!
After this is was time for a bear hunt! We split into teams to use a map to navigate around the sight and collect objects. At first, we were a little disappointed as there was no bear to be seen! That was until we spotted a furry figure by the pond, sat on a toadstool playing a guitar!
After lunchtime, the children got the chance to work as a team to build dens in the woods and then race each other to jingle the bell as quick as they could! Lastly in our teams, we made cork boats to race along the brook. Speedy, Boris the Bear Boat, Super Pirate Ship and Bear Hunt Boat were the contenders!
As we headed home it was a delight to hear a very tired voice say, “Miss O’Brien I enjoyed the bear hunt. He wasn’t scary, he was a kind bear”
A huge thank you to Bring Yer Wellies for hosting a fantastic day and to all the kind mummies who came along to help!
This week Nursery have been learning the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt!’ by Michael Rosen – a firm favourite amongst the many stories we have explored this year!
As part of our maths work, we have been focusing on shape. We explored the corridors, the classroom and the outdoors to see how many shapes we could spot in the environment. The children were encouraged to use lots of language to describe what they saw 🙂