This week the children in Nursery have been learning about people who help us look after our pets. On Tuesday the children were lucky enough to have a visit from two veterinary nurses from the 608 Veterinary Practice in Solihull, along with Leah’s Mum, Mrs Cook.
The veterinary nurses began by showing the children the uniform of a veterinary nurse and that of a vet.
They went on to explain the different ways that they help us look after our animals. They explained about micro chipping our pets.
They let us listen to Archie’s heartbeat using a stethoscope.
They showed us worms and fleas and explained how vets can make these worms and fleas go away with special medicine.
They also showed us some animal x-rays.
And the children also learnt how to put a bandage on a wound.
The veterinary nurses also brought in some visitors for us to meet. The children loved meeting Archie, the Labrador.
They also loved meeting Leah’s cat, Milo.
But the children’s favourite visitor was Leah’s very chilled, laid back chicken called Mildred.
A big thank you to Mrs Cook and the veterinary nurses from the 608 veterinary practice. We really enjoyed your visit.
This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from two local police officers. They explained to the children what it was like to be a police officer and they talked to the children about keeping themselves safe as well as stranger danger. The police officers also showed the children all of the equipment and clothing that they wear. The children also had the opportunity to sit in the police car, choosing whether they wanted to sit in the front or the back of the police car!
Back in the classroom and our outdoor area the children have really enjoyed being police officers themselves. They have particularly loved playing with the handcuffs and putting Mrs Horsley in jail!
When the children came to school on Wednesday morning there was a crime scene in the classroom. The children spent the rest of the week trying to investigate who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall!
The children began by predicting who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall.
The children then interviewed the suspects.
The children then made wanted posters.
The children then examined the all of the evidence and they solved the crime. The children discovered that it was Little Red Riding Hood who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall!
Besides solving the crime the children have also been busy examining finger prints.
Some children also chose to create images of Humpty Dumpty at the play dough table.
Other children chose to try and knock down Humpty’s wall without Humpty falling off!
And lots of children made their own walkie talkie radios. The children have taken these home so that they can pretend to be police officers at home too!
On Friday 8th March the Owls and the Owlets celebrated World Book Day. The children in both classes had lots of fun dressing up as their favourite book characters. Can you identify each book character? The children could!
This week to begin our learning about the fire service the children had a visit from Kings Norton Fire Brigade. The children were very excited when three fire fighters turned up in the classroom. They talked to the children about their role as fire fighters. They also showed the children the special clothing and equipment that they have to wear to keep themselves safe.
The fire fighters also took the children outside to the staff car park. We met two more fire fighters outside and they showed us the fire engine. We looked at the equipment on the fire engine and then the children were very lucky as they were allowed to go inside the fire engine. The fire fighters put the sirens on as they left the premises – it was very loud! A big thank you to Kings Norton Fire Brigade for giving up their time and making the experience so special for the children.
Back in the classroom the children have been very busy. The children have learnt what to do if there is a fire in their house and they have learnt what to do if their clothes catch fire. The children have also learnt how to call for help and they have acted out fire scenarios in our small world area and outside, pretending that the bikes were fire engines and the blur tubes were fire hoses.
Some children also explored making play ladders, other children decided to make fire engines using the mobile construction sets and some children counted fire engines and flames, matching these to the Numicon pieces.
Yesterday the children met a crossing patrol officer called Tony. Tony explained to us how to safely cross the road. We practised crossing the road with Tony’s help, taking it in turns to be the pedestrians and the vehicles. We had lots of fun learning how to keep ourselves safe.
Last week the children played with the crossing patrol equipment in our outdoor area. The children were very good at riding their bikes, stopping at the zebra crossing and allowing their friends to cross the road safely. The children also had lots of fun learning to cross the road using our pedestrian lights. They loved pressing the button and making the beeping noise of the green flashing man.
The children also had lots of fun indoors. Some children made playdough roads and some children made their own road systems. The children demonstrated their road safety knowledge as they played.
Some children painted fantastic traffic lights.
And some children made wonderful vehicles at the workshop table. They selected their own resources and worked imaginatively and creatively. Well done Owls.
As well as Stay, Play and Chat sessions this week the children have been learning about Chinese New Year. The children enjoyed learning about the Chinese zodiac and they loved making their own Chinese dragon.
The children also enjoyed playing percussion instruments along to their Chinese New Year song.
And the children were amazing using the dragon they had made to create their own Chinese dragon dance.
What an amazing half term the Owls have had. Enjoy the holidays Owls!
This week the Owl Nursery 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 making Chinese dragons at the workshop table with their parents. I would like to say a big thank you to all those parents who attended these sessions. The continued interest that you show in your child’s learning, progress and attainment has such a positive and profound effect on your child’s journey through school. Thank you.
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 story tellers and used the puppets to retell the ‘Three Little Pigs’ story. 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 putting on the different voices and shouting out the repeated refrains, especially ‘Not by the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin!’
The children also became brick layers this week and they pretended to put cement in between their bricks when they were building brick walls. This proved to be trickier than it looked!
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. This activity took a lot of perseverance and concentration.
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 decided to make the little pig’s face or the big bad wolf’s face at the workshop table. They explored combining different materials with different media. They worked independently and their character faces look amazing. I’m sure you will agree that the children have worked extremely hard this week.
This week the children have been learning about the traditional tale ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ They began the week by creating a story map of the story. The children drew the key events in the story and they learnt the repeated refrains. They especially enjoyed putting on daddy bear’s voice, mummy bear’s voice and baby bear’s voice.
The children also really enjoyed retelling the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ in the role play area and in the small world area using different props, puppets and costumes. They all looked very cute dressed up as the three bears!
The children have also had the opportunity to make the three bears out of playdough and paint pictures of the three bears in paint and on the app ‘PaintSparkle.’
Some children decided to make beds for the bears and the bear’s house using recyclable materials.
Other children were an Explorosaurus. They enjoyed playing with the porridge oats, weighing the compare bears and the bowls of oats. They found it quite tricky to balance the scales but they persevered well. Other children chose to use the compare bears to copy and create patterns, looking closely at the size and colour of each compare bear and some children played a number track game. They had lots of fun racing each other to the three bear’s cottage.
Some children also showed great perseverance and determination this week when they had to work extremely hard to create a picture of Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood using the Hama beads. The children who completed this were definitely a stickosaurus and a tryceratops.
This week the children also tasted the three bear’s porridge every day. Each snack time the children sampled a different flavoured porridge. The children then drew a happy face if they liked the flavoured porridge. This tasting session was the highlight of each day! The children found out that the Snowy Owl’s favourite porridge was the plain / original but the Tawny Owl’s favourite porridge was the golden syrup!
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 the small logs and out of Lego. Some bridges took the children a long time to build and the children showed us that they can be a Solveosaurus.
Some children chose to mark make on gingerbread men. They demonstrated how they were a stickosaurus as it took them a long time to colour in the gingerbread men, think write a sentence on the back and cut out the gingerbread man.
Other children enjoyed exploring maths activities on the big computer. They used the mouse effectively to match numbers to buttons on gingerbread man on the Topmarks website. Lots of children also enjoyed navigating themselves around the ipad to complete a colouring in / drawing activity on Paint Sparkle.
In discovery time lots of children chose to recognise numbers and match the numbered gingerbread men to pom pom buttons. Other children chose to measure how tall the gingerbread men were using non-standard measures and the children really enjoyed a ‘beetle drive’ style game in a race to make a decorated gingerbread man first. However, the children’s favourite maths activity this week has been eating gingerbread men. The children were asked to take one bite out of their gingerbread man. The children then compared which body part they ate first. In family groups we draw a pictogram to display out results. After discovering that the most popular body part to eat first was the head, then the legs and then the arms, the children were then allowed to eat the rest of their gingerbread man.