A few of us went on an adventure to the woods. We searched for signs of animals (we found lots of rabbit poo!), balanced on logs, hid in dens and jumped from big tree roots. We also spoke about how the trees change as the seasons change. The children enjoyed eating their snack in the woods and listening to the different sounds they could hear.
In language group we have been looking at writing our names and general letter recognition. We have done this in a variety of ways: using the magnetic letters to form words and match letters, looking for letters when we’re out and about in and around nursery, using pencils to write letters and spotting letters in books. We have also played letter lotto and been singing our letter songs together.
In number group the children have been looking at recognising numbers 1-10 and sequencing them. We have also been doing lots of counting: bounces on the trampoline, the day of the month, how many cups etc we need for snack. We have been playing with the number puzzles and various number games. The younger children have been looking at colour recognition. We have been matching colours, hunting for different colours and naming colours. Colours can be a tricky concept to grasp as all of a sudden an object has more properties. For example it is no longer just a car, it is now a red car but there is also a red brick and a red plate. Things that children know are different start to have things in common and this is a big learning curve. When out and about it’s great to point out colours to children and ask them if they can find things of a certain colour. Giving them something of the colour you are looking for gives them an idea and they are able to match it.
In the garden we have been racing cars down the slide and practising turn taking by not having enough cars fir everyone. The children have been very good at taking turns and waiting for their go. We have also had fun playing hide and seek, trying to count up to thirty and finding new places to hide.
We have a new rug at nursery which has the planets on it. The children have been interested learning about the different planets and where we live. We managed to convince most children we all live one earth but one child was adamant they live on Jupiter and swim across to visit us!
We have also been doing lots of cutting and sticking, practising our scissor skills and again helping with colour recognition.
Don’t forget to send in pictures of what you have been up to so the children can share with their friends in small group time and then we can display it on the wall. We will also be starting to send Dennis the dinosaur home again soon as it’s been a while since he has had an adventure.
Just a reminder to please send your child in to nursery with some slippers.