What we have been up to..

May 27, 2016

It’s Friday already!

We’ve had a lovely week at nursery….

We have been out in the garden lots and lots – digging for worms, making mud pies, hunting for objects in the sand, building sandcastles, painting with water, running a cafe……. the list goes on and on! 

With the children who are leaving us for school we have started to fill out the school booklets I emailed about earlier in the week. These will be sent home soon for parents to fill in and pass on to teachers.

Demi found a new playdough recipe, which was a success. The children have been using various machines and tools to craft different things out of playdough. 

Of course there has been lots of junk modelling going on, the creations seem to be getting bigger and bigger and more and more imaginative.

In language group the children created stories based on characters and events that started with the first letter of their name. We had a Radish the Rabbit who liked to eat Rice Pudding and Dylan the Dog who ate dogfood and went to Disneyland!

Some of the children also decorated the letter of their first name.

We have also been looking at splitting a group of objects in different ways but knowing that the amount stays the same. We have been doing this with various activities and also looking at equal amounts and making sure everyone has the same. The children leaving us for school have grasped this really well and enjoyed working out different challenges.

In the hall we have been looking at different ways of jumping and how to land safely.

The younger children have playing with big boxes, investigating shape sorters and practising climbing skills on the garden equipment.

Going back to our school leavers- There are several things that we continuously work on with the children to help their transition to school. Things such as writing their own name, sitting quietly during a small group activity, wiping their own bottom, using cutlery, understanding basic safety and nursery rules, dressing themselves, counting to 20, recognising numbers and letters….. If children are confident in doing these things it will aid their school transition and hopefully give the more confidence at school. It would be great if you could continue to work on these things with your children at home and let us know if you think there is anything we can help with. Many of the children will be going to school with far more skills than these and we of course adapt activities for individual children ensuring each is supported and challenged to help them develop their skills and knowledge.

Don’t forget it’s a bank holiday on Monday, there are a few local events on such as The Donkey Derby http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=271324&ClubID=1544 This is always a good event and theres plenty there for children to do.

What we have been up to…

May 20, 2016

We hope you’ve all had a lovely week, we have here!

Due to internet problems I wasn’t able to send an email last week so i’d like to start with saying a huge well done and thank you to all who took part in our “Pirate and Princess Dance and Wiggle”. This was a great success and great fun was had by all, we have raised over £400 which is fantastic. An extra thank you to the parents that helped out and all of those who offered their help.

Moving on to this week….

We have had fun with Beebot: after taking him on a pirate adventure, the children, supported by Lulu made their very own track for him to whizz around. The children directed him using the trow buttons on his back and got him from one end to the other.

The children had fun going on a letter hunt in the garden, there were 50 letters hidden which the children found and then put together to make different words. These were a mix of lower and upper case and we spoke about when each should be used. The older children seem to be getting a grasp of this and we hope this will support them in their move to “big school”.

We drew a big target on the floor in the garden, got out some bean bags and had lots of fun throwing the bean bags and seeing which part of the target they would end up in. There were points for each area and the children added up their points to see how many they had got.

We have also had lots of fun with paper aeroplanes, there have been a few races in the garden and as yet none have ended up on the roof! We have started to talk about the Farnborough airshow and the children are especially looking forward to seeing the red arrows.

We have also been looking at counting the “beats” in our names and in words. The children enjoyed an activity where everyone had an instrument and for every syllable in their name they had to do one beat with their instrument. This really helped to slow the children’s speech down and for them to think about what they were saying.

Yesterday some of the children took part in and “all about me” activity”. We spoke about our features, likes, dislikes, family etc and then drew pictures of ourselves. The children then compared themselves to others and enjoyed looking at each others pictures. 

The younger children have enjoyed playing with the talking tubes (a long pipe with a phone on each end), there have been some lovely long chats going on! They have all enjoyed exploring the ballpond and shredded paper. Some good team work went on with this activity- the children discovered that together they could tip the ball pool over and make them go everywhere. Needless to say once this had happened once it was an action that was repeated several times!

As always there have been plenty of stories read, songs sung and junk modelling made. In regards to junk modelling, a couple of children have seen a milk bottle igloo that they are very keen to make at nursery so any empty milk bottles you have would be greatly appreciated. Then I will just have to work out where we can fit our igloo!