Monthly Archives: June 2019

Under the Sea

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!

Spiders

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.

Another fab week in Nursery.

Worms

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!’

Snails

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!

A great week learning about snails!