This week we have been learning about snails through the story book ‘The snail and the whale.’ The children have learnt lots of facts about snails and they have had lots of fun exploring snails.
Some children enjoyed holding the snails.
Some children enjoyed pretending to be a snail.
And some children enjoyed having snail races!
The children have also examined the snail’s shell. They then explored making spiral patterns. Some children made spiral patterns from tiny pasta shells. This was quite fiddly and required lots of concentration. Other children tried to finger paint spirals and others tried to draw spirals in the sparkly glitter.
Lots of children put snails onto leaves and then they totalled the number of snails on both leaves, demonstrating an understanding of addition.
Lots of children also made their own snails at the play dough table. The children then took their snails to the writing table and they used their think writing to write some facts about snails.
A great week learning about minibeasts!
This week the children have continued to learn about life under the sea. The children have learnt that there are lots of different types of plants and animals that live under the sea. They wanted to make sea creatures of their own. Can you guess what sea creatures they have made?
The children have also measured sea creatures using gems. This activity encouraged the children to count with one to one correspondence as well as encouraging them to use comparative language when they were talking about the different creatures.
The children were very good at understanding that a total was the combination of two groups of objects. They were able to give each fish a certain number of Rainbow Fish’ scales and then work out the total number of scales the Rainbow Fish had given away.
Some children chose to count underwater creatures on the computer and select the corresponding numeral using the mouse.
Other children chose to sort the sea shells. They looked closely at the patterns on the shells and wrote labels, using their think writing, for each sorting ring.
Some children chose to make mermaids and mermen at the play dough table. They independently shaped the mermaid’s and mermen’s tail and they decorated it with shells and buttons. The children then think wrote about their mermaids and mermen, and they were able to ascribe meaning to their writing.
Other children chose to make boats big enough to sit in using the small construction logs inside and the big blue bricks from outside.
Another busy week in Nursery!
This week we have been learning about what is under the sea through the story book ‘The Rainbow Fish.’ The children have enjoyed the story and as well as learning about sea creatures, they have been discussing the importance of friendship and sharing. We have learnt the phrase ‘sharing is caring.’
The children have been busy making their own rainbow fish at the workshop table. They selected their own resources, practised their drawing and cutting skills as well as counting with one to one correspondence. It took the children a long time to make sure their rainbow fish had 10 scales. The children were definitely stickosaurus’.
Some children have also learnt how to draw fish. They followed visual instructions. We think they did a fabulous job!
Some children made play dough rainbow fish. They decorated them with sequins and buttons to give the rainbow fish its sparkly scales. The children then took their rainbow fish to the writing table and they think wrote some sentences. We think the children are getting very good at think writing and at ascribing meaning to their work.
Lots of children really enjoyed fishing for numbered fish in a boat this week. Their number recognition skills are definitely improving.
Some children practised their fine motor skills at the funky fingers table. They carefully and skilfully used tweezers to give the rainbow fish colourful pom pom scales. The children then counted how many pom pom scales they had given the rainbow fish!
Another fantastic week in Nursery!
Today the children have been celebrating the upcoming royal wedding. During the week the children have learnt all about Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s big day. They have also made crowns at the workshop table and on the play dough table, made bunting, built Windsor Castle and even designed Meghan’s wedding dress!
Today the whole foundation stage came together to celebrate the royal wedding. The Owls and the Swans played in Nursery’s outdoor classroom. It was lovely to see the children from Nursery and Reception playing so beautifully together.
We all then had a street party in Reception’s outdoor classroom. We enjoyed eating lots of party food and it was fantastic to share our royal wedding celebrations with the Swans class. We are all looking forward to watching the royal wedding on television tomorrow!
On Monday the Owls went to Hatton to conclude our topic on farms. The children were impeccably behaved and we all had an amazing day. The children saw, learnt and did so much. Below is a video showing snapshots of everything the children experienced on our trip. A big thank you to Mr Sneddon for making the video for us. It really will be a fantastic memory keepsake for all of the children and their parents.