What we have been up to…

November 27, 2015

Here’s a little bit about what we’ve been up to……

We have had the water tray out and have been seeing what floats and what sinks and how we can make things sink. The children worked out that by putting heavy things on the boats they could make them sink. Why not try some floating and sinking activities in the bath? A few plastics bowls and some marbles or little people would be ideal. Some of the children were very smart and worked out straight away that if they pushed their boat under the water it would fill up with water and sink!

In the sand tray we have been looking at light and heavy with the older children. They have also been using our balance scales to see which items weigh more than others. The younger children have also been exploring the sand, using scoops to fill up containers (and then empty them over the floor :))

A few of the older children helped to write a letter to Santa the other day, I have taken it to post and we’re all looking forward to Santa’s reply. Christmas fever hasn’t fully hit nursery yet but it will do by Tuesday when December begins. The children have spied the advent calendar we have got and are looking forward to opening the doors each day.

Beebot has been out and about around a treasure island this week, the children worked out which arrows they had to push to get him where hey wanted. Sometimes he ended up in shark infested water, other times he ended up by a lion cave,but luckily he made it out in one piece. Working out directions is quite a tricky concept, I still often struggle with it but it’s a great way for children to develop their problem solving skills. Why not see if your child can direct you home? See if there are any landmarks that they recognise, you’ll probably be amazed by what they take in. If you end up in completely the wrong place I take no responsibility!

We had a great surpirse yesterday, the children at school had a visit from Cinderella and she popped in to nursery to say hello, this was very exciting and even more so when she came back with stickers. Cinderella is on at Princes Hall in Aldershot, from personal experience it is a great panto and everyone is encouraged to get involved with the dancing and singing.

We’ve also been doing lots of constructing. We made a huge rocket and moon rover from various boxes, the children added lots of buttons and gadgets, they then put on special suits so they could walk on the planets. It was great to see the children working together and offering help and advice to each other. As well as box modelling we have been building zoos with duplo, sea creatures with Octons and racing cars with Knex. we love construction resources as they are very open ended and you get to see the childrens imagination explode with different ideas.

In language group the children have been playing Kim’s game and looking at matching words to sounds, some of the younger children have started to join in so Hayley is also doing a recap of all the letters and sounds.

In number group the children have had various resources to explore such as the abacus, calculator, compare bears and marbles. Lulu has been sitting back and watching what the children do with these resources, stepping in occasionally with a suggestion or idea.

We have changed snack to a “rolling snack bar”, this opens at 10am and shuts around 10.45, the children can choose when they would like snack. They continue to pour their own milk and select their own fruit, they have even started doing their own washing and drying up, we’ll have them doing the hoovering next :)

If you’re up to anything Christmassy over the weekend please send in photos and as usual we’d love to see pictures of your decorated Christmas tree when you put it up.

What we have been up to..

November 20, 2015

We hope you’ve had a lovely week, it’s been a busy week here at nursery….

We’ve had a visit from Hannah at Boogie Beat who took us on a train ride, she has a brilliant train whistle that the children all love! The children also helped her to pull up an enormous turnip. The children seem to be really enjoying these sessions and the excitement shows through on their faces when Hannah walks through the door. Hannah has left a “Giggles the monkey and Cd set here for parents to look at. To purchase both it is £15 and this includes some of the songs that the children sing with Hannah. Let me know if you would like to order one.

On Wednesday some of our older children went on a trip to the Aldershot Military Museum. We had to get two buses there and two buses back. The children were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They had the chance to crawl through tunnels, try out some old fashioned soldier beds, sit in a tank and see lots of different army vehicles. It was a great trip and we’re hoping to plan more trips in the future.

While the older children were out the younger ones had a go at “potato printing”- this didn’t stay as potato printing for long…. The children soon thought it was far more fun to paint themselves and use various body parts to apply paint.

In the hall this week we have been playing ball games as well as climbing on the different apparatus.

Some of us have been through to the school with Hayley to collect the post and look at the fish and birds. It’s always fun going in to the big school!

We have been practising keeping a beat with the instruments. We were working out whether we needed a fast or slow beat to various songs and whether we should play the instruments loud or quiet. This is a great activity to encourage listening skills and a sense of rhythm.

What we have been up to…

November 13, 2015

This week as usual we’ve been very busy having fun at nursery.

We started the week with Beebot, we directed Beebot around his racetrack, making him bump into various objects which we then had to match to the correct letter sound. The children loved navigating Beebot around by pushing the arrows on his back.They enjoyed working out the best route for him and also pushing buttons randomly to see where he would end up.

The children have also been enjoying using puppets so this week we made some, the children then put on a show. They used their knowledge of other stories to make up their own. Why not find some props for a favourite story at home and encourage your children to act out different scenes with the props?

On Wednesday the children did a fantastic job during the 2 minutes silence, we spoke to them about why we have the silence and about what the soldiers do for us.

Lot’s of the children went for a walk in the woods where they explored the area for toadstools and animals.

We’ve also had lots of scissor activities out to help develop the children’s fine motor skills and hand eye coordination which are skills needed for many different aspects of life.

Water play was a big hit this week with the children pouring out cups of tea and using different sized saucepans and cups to transfer water.

We’ve also had fun using rollers and sponges to paint (although this soon turned in to hand painting!). We’re focusing on using various tools to achieve different effects. If you’re feeling creative at home why not find some objects at home that you could apply paint with? An old hair brush or a pine cone make some fantastic marks, as do toy cars.


What we have been up to…

November 6, 2015

We’ve enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and why we have bonfire night. We read a very simple story about the 5th November and have looked at lots of pictures of fireworks as well as making our own. We had lots of fun flicking paint on to paper for a great firework effect. It also covered the walls and floor of nursery quite well! It’s up in our marquee if you’d like to see it.

Thanks to all those who came to our hotdog and sparkler night, this went really well (even if our matches did keep blowing out!). The children all remembered their safety rules well and we all had a lovely time. It was great to see so many of you there. We’ll definitely do it again next year.

We’ve dried out our pumpkin seeds from Halloween and have used them to make pictures with, creating different patterns and using different techniques. We got this idea as at snack time the children love to place their fruit in to various shapes on their plates and tell us what they are.

We’ve also been speaking about telling the truth and lying, this came from a story that we read together. the children gave some great examples of what was a lie and what was the truth. In fact later on that evening Lulu told them she had eaten all their toast and quick as a flash one of the children announced “Lulu is lying!” Luckily for them she was so they all enjoyed toast with their spaghetti.

The children have had lots of fun playing with a Little Red Riding Hood puppet set, Demi spent a long time with them earlier in the week putting on a puppet show and showing them how to use the puppets. Since then the children have had them out various times and have used several different props to act out the story. This is great for their language, imagination and social skills. It’s been lovely to watch them being so involved in this.

We had from Boogie Beat join us for a session on Monday, the children had lots of fun, they pretended they were on a train, danced and wiggled and helped Hannah tell the story of the enormous turnip. The children really enjoy these sessions and it’s great to see the children whoa re usually a bit quieter get really involved and have a great time.

The younger children have been exploring different textures and using their senses to investigate. This has been with the treasure baskets, in the sand, with various boxes and containers and some paint. We’ve also been playing lots of music and making lots of noise with the instruments.

Thank you for taking them time to read this, we hope you have a lovely weekend. Don’t forget to keep sending in photos of what you have been up to, so we can put them up on our wall.