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.

Video: Easter Workshop

This week the children have had an Easter workshop. Mums, dads and grandparents were invited into school to make an Easter Bonnet with their child. Lots of fun was had by everybody and we were very impressed with the creativity that went into making the Easter hats.

The children then had the opportunity to take part in an Easter hat parade. The children were very brave as they walked down the catwalk, strutting their stuff, with all the parents and grandparents cheering them on.

The children then went back to the classroom and in our outdoor area more fun was had with parents and grandparents helping the children to find Easter Eggs. The children really enjoyed eating all the chocolate afterwards! A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came into school to make the Easter workshop a great success! Thank you.

Forest Faces

During our Muddy Monday session this week the children were very creative and they made salt dough faces on the trees. They used a variety of natural resources that they found on the forest to add facial features to their faces. The children thought their forest faces were very funny!

People who help us – Paramedics

On Tuesday the Owls were very lucky because paramedic Karen came to visit them. Karen was amazing.

She spent a long time with the children explaining all about how she helps people to get better. Karen showed the children her uniform. Some children even tried on the uniform. AJ didn’t want to take the paramedic coat off!

Karen also showed and explained to the children the equipment that she takes everywhere with her. She had lots of pockets in her uniform to hold equipment such as bandages, scissors, stethoscopes etc. and her bags were extremely heavy. The children loved talking to control on the radio.

Karen then took the children outside to look at her ambulance. The children loved sitting in the front of the ambulance pretending to drive!

The children also loved the flashing lights and they thought that the sirens were extremely loud. The children had to put their hands over their ears!

Karen then took the children inside the ambulance and she spent quality time with the children showing and explaining all the equipment that is carried on an ambulance. The ambulance really was like a mini hospital on wheels.

In the ambulance the children enjoyed using the finger tip pulse oximeter. Karen explained to them that the numbers displayed on the very expensive machine was the % of oxygen being carried around in their blood and the number of times their heart was beating in a minute. All the children were very healthy!

A big thank you to Karen. She gave her time so generously to the children and the children were extremely interested and responsive. They learnt so much from her visit and the language that they have used back in the classroom as a result has been phenomenal. Thank you Karen!

People who help us – Guide Dog Visit

On Tuesday the children met a guide dog called Bonnie. Mrs Hill’s friend Karen brought her into Nursery and explained to the children the role of a guide dog. Bonnie was very well behaved and was extremely gentle. The children loved stroking and cuddling Bonnie and thanks to Karen the children now understand how a guide dog can help change the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted safe.

In our Muddy Monday session this week the children experienced how difficult life would be if we had no sight. On the field Mrs Hill set up an obstacle course.

The first time the children completed the obstacle course they were allowed to see where they were going, where the obstacles were and they were able to decide upon how they were going to navigate up, over, through and around the course.

The second time the children completed the obstacle course they had a blindfold on. Initially they tried to navigate the course on their own but the children soon found it was too difficult. It was also a bit scary. The children were more successful when they had a friend to guide them. This activity emphasised to the children the role that a guide dog has – the importance of the dog being the blind person’s eyes.

People who help us – Vets

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.