On Thursday it was lovely to welcome the parents of the Owls and Owlets into our classroom for our Christmas Workshop. It was lovely to see so many parents working alongside the children making different Christmas decorations and participating in lots of different Christmas activities. The classroom was a hive of activity yet it had a relaxed, inviting and Christmassy feel to it. Merry Christmas everyone!
This week the Owls have been learning all about snow. As part of their learning journey the children had an opportunity to visit the Snowdome. At the Snowdome the children had a fantastic time and they behaved impeccably. Super representatives of Bells Farm Primary!
The children played in the snow. They threw snowballs at each other, they had a ride on a sledge, they made snow angels and they went tubing down a slope.
The children then joined Santa and they helped him create the ‘BEST EVER christmas song EVER!’ They sung and danced along with Santa, Francine the foxtrotting fairy, Elvis the penguin and Santa’s Jingle Belles Band.
The children then went to the animal village where they saw Santa’s real reindeer, rabbits, ducks, goats and alpacas. They even saw Santa’s house!
It was an amazing experience for the children. The children really enjoyed themselves, although they were exhausted by the end of the trip and lots of children fell asleep on the coach heading back to school!
This week the children have been learning all about ice. The week began with a discovery. The children found, in the outdoor classroom, a letter from a man called Haides. He had captured all the princess’ in the world so that he could be ruler of the ice kingdom. The only way to stop him was to rescue the princess’. The children were very excited and they explored lots of different ways to try and rescue the princess’. They hit the ice with hammers, spanners, saws and drills. They dropped the ice on the floor and they tried to melt the ice with their hands. Eventually Nevaeh had the idea to put the ice in water. This did the trick. The ice melted and the princess’ were saved. Hurray!
The children have also been very busy in the classroom. They have been learning all about animals that live in the Artic regions and animals that live in the Antarctic regions. The children have also played with polar animals in the small world area.
They have painted polar animals.
And they have measured polar animals on the maths table using non-standard measurements.
The children have also really tried hard on the workshop table. They were set the challenge of making an igloo. This was very difficult but the children showed a lot of perseverance. Some igloos were 3D and looked amazing – just like the real thing! Others were 2D and they had TVs, settees and bedrooms inside them!
The children also made some fantastic penguins on the play dough table. Some children chose to make flat penguins using a variety of resources and other children chose to make 3D models of penguins that stood up. Both types of penguins looked fabulous. The children were definitely ‘Thinkodactyls’ – thinking of their own ideas and making decisions themselves. Well done Owls!
This week the children have been learning about Noah’s Ark through a story called ‘A Lark in the Ark.’ It is a rhyming book about the animals getting bored on the ark and having a game of hide and seek to pass the time. The children enjoyed the animals getting up to mischief on the ark and hiding in Noah’s bedroom!
We have also been making arks of our own. The children have been very determined to make boats out of plasticine that floated. It has taken a lot of persistence!
They have also been learning about rainbows, in particular when we see a rainbow and why we see a rainbow in the sky. We tried to make rainbows in the classroom. It was tricky but we did manage to see the white light being split into the seven colours.
The children have also made rainbows of their own. They have finger painted rainbows, threaded rainbows, coloured in rainbows and they have created some marble paintings with the rainbow colours.
The children have also enjoyed making up their own animals for Noah’s ark. They used a programme on the computer to mix up animal body parts and create new creatures. The children thought their new animals were very funny!
The children have continued to enjoy playing in the Noah’s Ark role play area and in the small world Noah’s Ark. This week they have progressed to feeding the animals, weighing and comparing quantities of food, as well as writing some animal care plans!
This week the children have been learning about the effects of too much rain. They have learnt about flooding through the story of Noah’s Ark. The children have loved being outside building their own ark. The children have used a variety of tools and resources as well as developing their measuring, mark making and problem solving skills. The children have also being learning to share and co-operate throughout and they have definitely been an Imagindocus!
Inside the classroom the children have been playing with Noah’s animals. They have acted out parts of the story in the small world Noah’s ark, at the puppet theatre and in our big Noah’s ark role play area.
They have also counted the animals, put them in twos and made their own animals for the ark out of play dough.
Some children have also built pens for their animals so that they were safe inside the ark. Some pens even had food and water bowls and a bath!
The children have also completed some Noah’s ark jigsaws and they have learnt how to take photos of their work on the iPad!
This week the Owls have been learning about water. The children have learnt where our water comes from (thanks to Auntie Mabel) and why water is important to us. They have also learnt about the water cycle.
The children have talked a lot about the rain and they been very busy exploring the properties of water in various water trays as well as making some super pom pom rainbows.
The children have shown that they are super stickosaurus’ this week as it took a lot of concentration and determination to successfully design, make and test their own umbrellas. The children discovered that they got very wet if they used paper or tissue paper on their umbrellas. It was soon discovered that plastic bags made a much better umbrella. The children really enjoyed testing out their umbrellas!
The children have also enjoyed using water to wash the baby’s clothes, the bikes and the scooters in our outdoor classroom. They have also learnt about the impact of too much water and they have been exposed to the consequences of flash flooding.
This week in Nursery the children have been learning all about Bonfire Night. They have learnt why we celebrate Bonfire Night and they have learnt how to keep safe when going to a bonfire and firework display. The children have enjoyed playing with the small world, setting up a bonfire display and acting out how to keep safe. Some children even wrote some rules to help them remember how to keep safe.
The children have also enjoyed painting pictures of bonfires using their handprints and they have enjoyed using forks and pipe cleaners to paint their own firework display. On a large scale the children have loved doing some splatter paintings outside to recreate fireworks and they are so proud of their splatter fireworks that we have displayed them in the classroom.
This week some children have also drawn fireworks using chalk, have made fireworks on the funky fingers table using pipe cleaners and beads, and some children have made fireworks on the play dough table. In the outdoor classroom some children have used the ribbons and the hoops to make some firework dances and explosions. They children even made some firework sound effect noises as they played.
The children have also made firework rockets on the workshop table. They selected their own resources and created their own rocket designs. The children are becoming very independent in thought and action.
During our Language for Thinking sessions the children have been learning about performance poetry. In their family groups they have made up their own firework poems and then they have devised actions to go alongside their poems. Afterwards the children performed their poems to their friends.
This week the children have been learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. The children have been learning about how Hindus prepare and celebrate Diwali. In the classroom they have been making their own Rangoli patterns. Some children decorated their Rangoli patterns using coloured rice.
Some children painted their Rangoli patterns.
Some children made Rangoli patterns using play dough and seeds.
And some children made Rangoli patterns using the geoboards and elastic bands. The children have learnt that Rangoli patterns are colourful designs made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests and to bring good luck. The children were very creative and they have also demonstrated hoe well they can concentrate. They have created some lovely mehndi patterns. The children have learnt that Mehndi patterns are beautiful patterns on hands and feet. The children decorated pretend hands using our beautiful sequins.
The children have also enjoyed making their own Diva lamps with their parents. The Owls have had their stay, play and chat sessions this week. All the Owl’s parents were invited into school to discuss their child’s progress and to stay and play with their child. All the parents loved visiting our Nursery and everybody had lots of fun. The Owls have been discussing the story of Rama and Sita and they understand that the diva lamps helped light up the way home for Rama and Sita.