The children all graduated from Nursery today in a lovely graduation ceremony that involved the children singing, dancing, speaking in front of other, collecting their awards and posing for photos!
Here are the children in their graduation outfits. They looked splendid and they did an amazing job. Lots of fun was had by all. A big thank you to all the parents, siblings and grandparents who attended this special and memorable event.
On Wednesday the children spent transition day in Reception. The children really enjoyed exploring the Reception environment and they had lots of fun. The children are now very excited to become Swans in September!
Our topic for the next few weeks is ‘under the sea.’ The children began by creating a brainstorm about what they knew existed under the sea and they then discussed what they would like to know about in more detail. The children wanted to know more about fishes so we focused our learning around the ‘Rainbow Fish’ and we watched accessed the internet to find out some specific facts and pieces of information about fish.
The children then explored making fish. Some children made fish out of play dough and they think wrote information about fish.
Some children made a fish at the workshop table using old CDs.
Other children sponge painted fish.
Some children carefully coloured in pictures of fish, demonstrating great perseverance and concentration.
And some children decorated the rainbow fish with coloured pom poms and some extra sparkly pom poms for the Rainbow fish’ shimmery scales.
Some children decided to build a boat out of the large duplo. They then put on snorkels and goggles and pretended to catch fish, recognising their numerals as they did so.
Other children played with the hook the fish fishing rod in the water tray.
And outside big boats were built using the blue bricks. The tarpaulin was used as the sea, a walk the plank was created with the crates and pieces of wood and fish were caught with the imaginary blue tube fishing rods!
The children are now busy thinking about what they would like to learn about next!
This week the children have been learning all about spiders. They have enjoyed finding lots of spiders and spider webs both in the forest and in our outdoor area. They have also enjoyed catching flies tangled in webs and singing Incy Wincy Spider in the water tray and using guttering outside.
In discovery time the children have been very busy making spider webs of their own. They tried to make a big spider web outside using the blue bricks, the crates, the guttering and wooden planks. They soon realised how skilled a spider must be to make a web!
Back in the classroom the children also tried to make webs using straws and plasticine. The children have had lots of fun making spiders out of play dough. They loved putting their spiders on their straw webs.
The children were also amazing at writing down facts about their spiders using their think writing.
Some children chose to make their spiders at the workshop table. The children had to make sure that their spiders had eight legs. They also had to choose how many eyes their spiders had, knowing that spiders can have up to 8 eyes!
Some children painted their hands to make spider handprints. They even added on googly eyes to make their spider paintings look more realistic.
There were also opportunities this week for the children to complete some spidery maths activities. They had a choice of adding the correct number of peg legs to numbered spiders and /or putting spiders onto two webs and adding up how many spiders they had altogether. The children are becoming more confident with number recognition, one to one counting and simple addition calculations.
This week the children have been learning about worms. We began with a worm hunt in the forest during our Muddy Monday session. We brought the worms into the classroom and we put them into their own bug hotel! The children then examined the worms, learnt some facts about worms and they wrote, in their think writing, information about worms.
Some children then made worms out of play dough. They made their worms different sizes and they used every day and comparative language to talk about their worms.
Other children made pasta worms. Again they made their worms different sizes and they used every day and comparative language to talk about their worms.
Other children measured the worms with non-standard units and other children built towers taller and shorter than our plastic worms.
Some children painted string worms.
And some children made worms out of the construction logs. The children couldn’t resist making some homes out of the logs for their snails too!
The children have had lots of fun learning about worms this week and we finished our week by reading the story ‘Superworm.’ The children absolutely loved the adventures of ‘Superworm!’
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 and holding snails. The children loved the snail races that we had!
Some children also enjoyed pretending to be a snail outside.
The children have been scientists and they have examined the snail’s shell. They then explored making spiral patterns of their own. Some children made spiral patterns from coloured gems. This was quite fiddly and required lots of concentration. Other children tried to paint spirals using corks and others tried to draw spirals on the chalk boards.
Some children transformed these spirals into pictures of snails. The children even did some think writing and wrote some facts about snails.
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 made some graphic representations of the number of snails they had made.
Other children made snails at the workshop table. They had to be a stickosaurus and a triceratops to make the paper spirals. It was quite tricky! The children then added on the snail’s eye stalks!
This week the children read the story ‘The Enormous Potato.’ This inspired their learning for the week. The children re-enacted the story in the small world area and they enjoyed joining in the repeated refrains in the story and planting potatoes in soil.
The children then became very creative with potatoes and they had fun creating their own Mr Potato Heads. Some children made Mr Potato Heads out of play dough and a selection of resources.
Other children made Mr Potato Head using real potatoes and a selection of resources.
The children were very imaginative and were quite independent in their choice of resources and in their creations. Afterwards the children were encouraged to think write about their Mr Potato Heads. The children are becoming much more confident with their think writing, ascribing meaning more independently.
The children were then asked what the farmer could make with the enormous potato. The children discussed their love of boiled potatoes, mash potatoes, roast potatoes etc. Each family group then decided upon one potato dish to make in Language for Thinking. The Tawny Owls chose to make chips out of their enormous potato.
The Snowy Owls decided to make cheese and potato pie out of their enormous potato.
The children enjoyed tasting both potato dishes. Yum! Yum!
On Monday (13th May) the Owls went to Hatton Country World to enhance their learning about farms. The children were impeccably behaved and we all had an amazing day. The children saw, learnt and did so much. Below is a slideshow of photos from the day and a video showing snapshots of everything the children experienced on our trip. The children were engaged, motivated, brave, curious and enthused all day. It was a pleasure to take them to Hatton and the staff at Hatton said they were the best group of children they had had the pleasure of meeting all year! Well done Owls.
This week the children have been reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. The children loved the clever way that the farm animals tricked the robbers and foiled their plans to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow.
The clever little ladybird who said never a word was our inspiration for discovery time this week. The children enjoyed making ladybirds of their own. They worked completely independently and they were all a Proudosaurus and a Stickosaurus!
Some children wanted to make ladybirds at the play dough table. Afterwards the children were challenged to do some think writing about their ladybirds. It has been lovely to see the children now ascribing meaning to their writing and to see how their writing has developed to containing letter and letter shapes rather than squiggles.
Some children wanted to give the ladybird spots. They then counted the spots on the ladybirds and matched them to the corresponding numeral and Numicon piece.
Other children chose to draw ladybirds on the iPads and everybody learnt how to use the BeeBot to navigate themselves around the route that Hefty Hue and Lanky Len planned to take in order to steal the fine prize cow!
The creation station has also been very popular this week and the children are now painting some lovely paintings of farm animals. Can you guess the farm animal? We are definitely looking forward to seeing the farm animals for ourselves on Monday when we go to Hatton Country World.
This week we have been learning about farms. We have based our learning around the story of ‘Farmer Duck.’ The children have been very busy in the classroom. Some children made cows out of play dough, placed them in a field and counted them. These children then matched the number of cows in the field to the corresponding numeral and Numicon piece.
Other children chose to put pigs in pens and count them. They then also matched the number of pigs to the corresponding numeral and Numicon piece.
The children have been super stars at the mark making table this week. Some children think wrote about their favourite animals and other children wrote labels for their Lego pens and houses that they made for their chosen farm animal. The children are now beginning to think write with letters and letter shapes, ascribing meaning to their work as well.
Lots of children chose to paint farm animals at the creation station. The children were encouraged to add detail such as number of legs, tails, eyes, ears, horns to their paintings. Can you identify the farm animals from the children’s paintings?
This week the children have also loved making tractors. Some children made tractors at the workshop table using recyclable materials. Other children enjoyed making tractors using the resources in the outdoor classroom. All the tractors were superb and the children gave their choice of resources and creativity a lot of thought. A great start to our learning about farms.