Celebrating the Chinese New Year

We were also very lucky to have Ryan’s mummy in school this week. She talked to the children about how she is going to be celebrating Chinese New Year. She showed the children lots of pictures, shared with them lots of Chinese costumes, explained how she was going to be celebrating Chinese New Year and she made money wallets with the children. There was even a chocolate coin to go in the money envelopes! A big thank you to Ryan’s mum for coming into Nursery and helping us to provide the children appreciate and celebrate Chinese New Year.

Stay, Play and Chats

This week the Owl and Owlet parents were invited into school to discuss their children’s progress and to play with their child. Lots of parents attended and the children really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year with their mums and dads. The mums and dads also really enjoyed observing their children participate in lots of Chinese New Year activities and seeing their children interact with their friends. Everybody also loved making a Chinese dragon together.

The Little Red Hen

The children began their week with a Muddy Monday session with the chickens! The children observed the chickens in the pen in the school’s woodland walk area. They then did some observational drawings of the chickens. The children concentrated very well and were very quiet around the chickens. They did some super mark making and their pictures are now show some variation in shape and form.

During the week the children have been very busy learning about the Little Red Hen. They have collaged their own hens, retold the story in the tuff spot, used their handprints to paint hens, pretended to sow the seeds, weighed the Little Red Hen’s animal friends and they have think wrote what the characters could have said in the story.

The children have also been focusing upon numbers this week. The children are now beginning to recognise numerals, match numerals to Numicon pieces, count with one to one correspondence and record in their own way some form of graphic representations of a number.

Like the Little Red Hen, the children have made bread. We began by making bread in the bread maker. The children really enjoyed tasting this bread. It was delicious. The children then made bread in a bag. They went into the dining room and they made a loaf of bread by themselves. The children worked really hard and they enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately our loaves of bread did not rise very much but the children were still very excited to take them home for their lunch! I hope you all enjoyed eating them!

Gingerbread Man

In the classroom this week the children have been reading the Gingerbread Man. They have been very busy painting gingerbread man and making gingerbread men out of play dough. They have also been practising their fine motor skills by making split pin gingerbread men. This was very tricky but once again the children showed great perseverance.

The children have also been very busy building bridges for the gingerbread man to use instead of crossing the river on the fox’s back. The children built bridges out of sticks, twigs, lolly pop sticks, straws and Lego inside the classroom and they built bridges out of crates, foam bricks and planks of wood outside. Some bridges took the children a long time to build and the children showed us that they can be a Solveosaurus.

The children’s favourite activity this week has been making their own gingerbread men. They all took part in the making of the gingerbread men. The children had the opportunity to pour, sieve, mix, stir, weigh, roll and cut out. The children were amazed at how much the gingerbread men rose in the oven but the most memorable part of the process was of course eating them!

Bird Food

This week in our Muddy Monday sessions the children made their own bird food. They had lots of fun squashing the bird seeds and meal worms into lard balls. It was a very sticky, messy job. The children then went outside and they hung their bird food packages around the forest and around the outdoor classroom. The children are now waiting to see which birds visit us for food.

Video: The Three Little Pigs

This week the children have been learning about the suitability of building materials through the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ They have been exploring building materials and they have built houses out of straw, sticks and bricks. The children then pretended to be the big bad wolf and they used a hairdryer to blow the houses down. The children were very good at predicting that the brick house would not blow down. Daniel said ‘it is too strong to blow down!’

The children also became brick layers and they pretended to put cement in between their bricks when they were building brick walls. This proved to be trickier than it looks!

The children also collaged houses for the three little pigs. This activity took a lot of concentration and perseverance to complete.

Some children decided to make pigs out of play dough. The children are now getting very good at moulding and sculpting the play dough and their pigs look amazing.

Other children preferred to paint the three little pigs as well as the big bad wolf. The children were encouraged to really look at the pigs and the wolf before painting and they were encouraged to make sure that their paintings were as detailed as possible. We really like the pictures that they have painted. They show great progression from the start of Nursery.

Lots of children have been developing their story telling skills by using the puppets to re-enact the ‘Three Little Pigs’ story and by telling their friends stories of their own. Some children even retold the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ after they had cut out and sequenced the story through pictures. The children really enjoyed shouting out the repeated refrains, especially ‘Not by the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin!’