Our youngest children at Bells Farm have begun Nursery this week and we have had lots of fun settling into our newly designed learning environment. The children in Nursery are now known as the Owls and they have been split into two family groups: The Tawny Owls and The Snowy Owls.
The children have been learning all about Owls through the story ‘Owl Babies’. The children have been very creative and they have made Tawny Owls at the workshop table and Snowy Owls at the painting table. They have also drawn lots of owls on my whiteboard!
The children have also been making Tawny and Snowy Owls on the play dough table. They have even made juicy worms for the owls to eat. Some children enjoyed making a nest for the baby owls using the construction.
The children have also worked hard to retell the story of the ‘Owl Babies’ through playing with our owl puppets on the small world table and through participating in ‘Talk for Writing.’ The children worked in family groups and they thought of pictures and actions to help us remember key events in the story.
The children then tried really hard to use these illustrations and actions to retell the ‘Owl Babies’ story to their friends.
The Swans and Chicks had a lovely Easter workshop on Wednesday morning with lots of Mums, Dads, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents. The children worked very hard and very creatively making their Easter Bonnets. The children then paraded their bonnets down the catwalk and everybody had fun hunting for eggs on the school field. A big thank you to everyone who attended our Easter workshop. It was lovely to see so many of you working with your children. The children had a fantastic time making their bonnets with your help.
The children absolutely loved visiting Ash End House Farm. They got to meet lots of different animals, including a calf that was born on Tuesday. The children enjoyed singing Nursery Rhymes with Farmer Joan as we walked around the farm park. They were able to feed some goats, sheep and ducks, giving them all their special food. We even got to meet an Owl, some of the children were brave enough to hold the Owl when wearing the special gloves.
Miss Hancox hopes all of the children enjoyed the trip as much as the adults! She would also like to mention how proud she was of all of the children, they sat beautifully on the coach on the way to the farm and stayed with the adult who’s group they were in whilst at the farm brilliantly. The children really could not have behaved any better!
This week the children have really engaged with our focused book for the week ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. The story was quite a long story however all the children stayed engaged whilst listening to it. The following day the children acted out the story, again all of the children enjoyed this whether it was watching or taking a more active role in acting out the story. The children have also all had a go at creating a ladybird which is now going to be displayed on the door to the classroom.
This week in PE Mrs Horsley created some tasks for the children to complete, these included using hoops in a variety of different ways, the children had to think about what they could do with the hoops, we held a conversation about the things hey could do such as skipping through the hoops, rolling the hoops, spinning the hoops. The other task that was set was to use the ball in a cup to try and catch the ball, the children had to show good hand eye co-ordination to be able to complete this.
This week during PE Miss Hancox split the children into pairs the children were then being given a ball per pair. Miss Hancox and Mrs Horsley demonstrated how to catch the ball correctly by cupping their hands. We also demonstrated how to throw the ball underarm. The children then got busy throwing and catching between themselves. They were very mature and worked well independently. The children got very excited when they were able to catch the ball between their pairs.
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely relaxing half term and are now ready to get back to nursery.
During the last week of term we focused on “The Three Little Pigs”, the children really engaged in the story and were able to re-tell the story without any adult support, the children retold key parts of the story using masks from the story.
The children also enjoyed spending time with their parents during our “Play,Stay and Chat” sessions and loved making houses out of the different materials that the Three Little Pigs used in the story.
This half term our focus will be “Down On The Farm”, we will have lots of exciting activities, look out for a letter from myself regarding a trip this half term.
This week as pat of our “Animal Habitats” topic we explored the ice with the sea animals and discussed which animals would live there. We then tried to create our own animal homes by creating spider webs using glue and glitter, these have turned out wonderfully and are very eye catching. The children have now added a spider into their web, they are being displayed in the classroom and I am sure the children would love to show you where they are during “play, stay and chats” next week.