As part of our learning topic on farms the children have been focusing this week upon growing. We began the week by reading Jasper’s Beanstalk and the children planted their own bean seeds. The children are desperately hoping that the bean seeds will grow into an enormous beanstalk like Jaspers!
Jasper hoped that there might be a castle at the top of the beanstalk. The Owls decided otherwise! Some children wanted a land of spiders, others a land of princesses. Some children even wanted there to be dinosaurs at the top. Everyone think wrote their ideas down and drew a picture of what they imagined to be at the top of the beanstalk.
During the week the children were very busy in discovery time. Some children chose to play in the small world, pretending they were Jasper planting the bean seeds. Other children explored measuring in the soil. They loved exploringd how many scoops of soil fitted into different containers. It was very messy!
Lots of fun was also had picking up bean seeds with tweezers and planting them in flower pots. The children were encouraged to plant the corresponding number of seeds that matched the numbered flower pots.
Lots of children decided to make beanstalks of their own. Some children made beanstalks out of play dough.
Other children made them out of bricks.
And some children made beanstalks out of recyclable materials at the workshop table.
All the children who made beanstalks were encouraged to compare their beanstalks with a friend’s and we encouraged the children to use every day or comparative language to talk about the size of their beanstalks.
In the outdoor garden the children helped Miss Cass to plant some lovely herbs and flowers in our flower beds and in wellington boots. Our garden still needs lots of work but it is really beginning to take shape and it looks beautiful.
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.
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.
Miss Hancox hopes you have all received your reports and have enjoyed reading the report and looking through the learning journeys!
This week during our PE session the children have taken part in an obstacle course, which consisted of having to balance (and avoid the sharks that were in the river below them), jump in a variety of ways over the hurdles and dribble a ball around cones. Whilst we were waiting to have a go on the obstacle course the children practiced their throwing and catching skills, I must say the children have really progress when it comes to controlling a ball, well done!!
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a peaceful relaxing Christmas and New Year!
The children have all settled back into nursery very quickly.
This term our topic is “If You Down To The Woods”, we have started this topic by focusing on the story “We’re Going on A Bear Hunt” the children have really enjoyed this story and have loved having the opportunity to re-play the story with our supporting independent table top activities.
We have even created our own Forest and Cave within the classroom, we managed to find our very own bear!!!
This week the children have enjoyed celebrating Diwali and learning all about the story of Diwali. The children all made a diva lamp holder. They enjoyed moulding the salt dough and then painting them.
The AM children also sat beautifully to conduct the two minute silence at 11 o’clock on Remembrance Day.
This week the Chicks have started their new topic ‘Down on the Farm’. They have been learning all about the animals and what happens on the farm.
Today the chicks have done their first Forest School session of 2015. They all got very muddy creating Mud Creatures.
‘I made a monster from mud called Snowflake’ – Lewis
‘Its a monster, its called a Boxtroll, he’s the bad guy!’ Kaiden
‘I build a mud creature, I builded it with sticks for his arms. I found a worm and made it a mud bed somewher safe’ – Scarlette