In our nursery class we work hard to offer a nurturing and supportive learning environment for the children to thrive and grow. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum with an emphasis on promoting the characteristics of effective learning.
This approach fosters a love of learning and provides challenge linked closely to developmentally age appropriate experience. We strive to create an environment where the children feel confident to explore and discover new things.
As a Nursery, we understand that all children are unique and understand the importance of following their individual interests.
By following our nursery blog which we hope to publish on a weekly basis this will allow us to inform you through words and pictures how we promote your child’s learning in the nursery, it is also a great way for you to discuss with your child at home what they have been doing each week.
Do you know that you can plant the tops of vegetables that you chop off and pop them in a shallow tray of water in the sunshine. This is a brilliant activity for little ones to explore as they can watch to see what happens over the next few weeks. I would love to see their results so pleased upload what you are all up to at home onto Tapestry!
As we are having such gorgeous sunshine it’s perfect to get outside in the garden have have a tea party ! Encourage your child to tell you what they will need and perhaps even write a list. How many cups will they need, practice counting.
Have a chat about who they could invite and perhaps read The Tiger that came to tea ! This can be downloaded off the web if you don’t have a copy , can a tiger come to their tea party ?
Have a look at this clip and see if they can learn to song and have a little dance, mummies and daddies definitely need to join in ;)
Something for the imagination today, set up a quick posting station, complete with post box, letter writing area, letters to post and stamps. This is lovely way to keep in touch with relatives that they might not be able to visit at the moment. Spot the numbers on the hand written stamps. It’s amazing what excitement an old cereal box can bring!
Today we talked about the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day, morning and night. We spoke about how much toothpaste to use and learnt we only need a small pea sized amount of toothpaste on our toothbrush. Someone asked us how long should we brush our teeth for and one child said, “10 minutes.” We learnt that we need to brush our teeth for two minutes to ensure they are properly clean.
One child said, “You have to brush your teeth, gums and tongue.” We learnt some new words, plaque, bacteria and cavities!
We also investigated how clean our teeth are using disclosing tablets, an exciting experiment with lots of fun and giggles at their bright red tongues! This allowed us to reinforce the importance of brushing our teeth well and to discuss tooth decay and its implications.
Finally, we talked about food and drink that was good for our teeth. We learnt that milk and water were the best drinks to keep our teeth healthy and that if we ate sweets we should do it at meal times. They even got a toothbrush to take home and practice!
Welcome back after a rather wet half term ! This week, we started by reading the story Zog and the flying doctor. This was a story about a princess wanting to be a doctor but the king said that princesses couldn’t be doctors as they need to look pretty and do girly things ! This sparked a great conversation about jobs and what could girls and boys do, thankfully everyone agreed that we could all choose to be anything that we wanted to be. This leads nicely into the next few weeks topic where we will be looking at various jobs roles people do to help us, at the moment we seem to have been engaged in the doctors role play area, if you sit still for too long you are likely to be bandaged! We have also thought a lot this week about keeping our bodies healthy. We started by looking at germs and how quickly germs can spread unless we wash our hands. This led onto how we wash our hands properly. To support our understanding we carried out an experiment to see if we could all wash our hands properly by each having an inflated glove to make sure we got all the little germs off, even the little ones that were hiding between our finger and making sure we removed the stubborn germs with soap (Mrs Pearce had been busy with Sharpe pens) This proved to be great fun with soap and bubbles but also embedded the importance of washing our hands.
We also read and learnt about our five senses- taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing. The taste sense started lots of conversation about the foods we like and dislike which has definitely sparked some ideas for our next experiment!
The children have had a busy week learning all about the artist Wassily Kandinsky, he was a Russian painter, printmaker and art theorist. He was one of the most important 20th-century artists. He was a major figure in modern art and painted some of the first modern abstract works
We looked at various examples of his work which gave us a great opportunity to explore colour mixing and learning about primary and secondary colours.
As we’ve had a week also talking about love and things that we care about the children made some wonderful presents for their parents, little wall hangings made in the Kandinsky style and some great little handprint clay bowls.
EYFS Children lost in a world of imagination!
Effective role play gives children the opportunity to try out risky ideas in a safe environment. It allows them to explore boundaries, make sense of the world and develop their own identities. Through pretend play, children are learning to understand the basic principles of society and how it functions, and the important rules and routines of everyday life. Imaginative play is vital because it allows children to revisit familiar and unfamiliar events, whilst also supporting the development of their imagination, through real and familiar, to complete fantasy.
Kids just love getting mucky and making a mess – whether that’s squishing clay through their hands while making a special pot today , smearing mud across their faces at forest school or crunching rice krispies between their fingers!
So does messy play really benefit a child?
Yes! Messy play is extremely important for a child’s development. It provides children with an exciting tactile and sensory experience that inspires their curiosity, allows them to explore the world around them and enhances their learning, language and creativity. Children learn through experimentation and discovery and messy play encourages children to explore new textures and manipulate different materials through touch.
Not only does messy play enhance a child’s cognitive development and learning, but it also improves a child’s physical development as well, which is why our EYFS setting has a huge variety of resources for our children to get well and truly stuck into daily.
During our Chinese New Year week, we have learnt that it’s the year of the rat, we have enjoyed listening to Chinese music, watched the story of Nian the Monster that tells us the origin of some Chinese custom of lighting fireworks and wearing red clothes. We also watched youtube clips of the dragon dance and danced along. We found out that Chinese writing is different so we had a go and wrote happiness. We now also have a new member of class, our magnificent dragon that the children named Dave!
Today we invited KS1 to our class to join us at our Chinese banquet, we cooked lots of different veg, noodles and rice and enjoyed eating it with our chopsticks. We also tasted Dragon fruit and fresh lychee which received a mixed reaction! What a wonderful week of exploring another culture.
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