Monthly Archives: October 2018

Pumpkin Soup

This week the children in Nursery have been continuing to learn about Autumn through the story ‘Pumpkin Soup.’ The children began the week by examining pumpkins. The children looked at, smelt, squashed and squeezed pumpkins and they recorded, using their think writing, words to describe the pumpkins.

In discovery time the children had the opportunity to explore pumpkins further by getting messy and scooping out the insides of the pumpkin. It took a lot of concentration and perseverance to use spoons, knives and forks to scrape and scoop out the pumpkin. The children particularly enjoyed it when the seeds flew out of the pumpkins!

Later on in the week the children made pumpkin soup in the soup maker. They all tasted the pumpkin soup and discussed whether they agreed with squirrel, duck and cat that pumpkin soup was delicious!

Some children, in discovery time, chose to paint or draw pumpkins. It has been lovely to see that some of their drawings and paintings are beginning to take on more shape and form.

Some children also practised their fine motor skills this week when they had the opportunity to hammer golf tees into pumpkins. Some children found this quite challenging as it required a lot of strength to hammer the tees in. Some children problem solved beautifully and hammered the tees into existing holes!

Pumpkins and conkers in the water tray also proved to be a popular activity this week. Playing in here the children explored the concepts of floating and sinking as well as counting out how many conkers they could scoop out in the sieves and counting out how many conkers fitted inside the different sized pumpkins.

The children also had an opportunity to develop their counting skills further by counting out orange poms poms and matching the pom poms to the different numbered pumpkins.

Another very busy week in Nursery!

Autumn

This week the children have been learning about Autumn. They were very excited about going on a welly walk on Monday! They walked around the school grounds including our woodland walk and our forest area. They collected any signs of Autumn that they could find and they brought them back into the classroom to play with during our discovery time sessions.

During Language for Thinking the children learnt how to think write. They all had a go at exploring what their think writing looked like. The children wrote to Percy and explained to him what they had found on their Autumn walk.

In discovery time the children enjoyed exploring and sorting the Autumn leaves, conkers, acorns, fir cones and Sycamore seeds.

Some children also enjoyed counting the conkers and matching the correct number of conkers to different pieces of Numicon.

Some children sat and concentrated for a long time picking up acorns and arranging them into different patterns!

And some children were very creative at the play dough table. Here the children made hedgehogs, squirrels and even Percy the Park Keeper.

Outside in our outdoor area the children helped plant some acorns. They are now waiting patiently for the acorns to start to sprout. It might be a long wait before the acorns grow into a beautiful oak tree though!