This week we explored the texture of different things. We learned new words to describe how things felt like ‘sticky’ and ‘runny’. The Gloop was amazing and sometimes it was runny but then it went hard. We explored the insides of old pumpkins and even made a a cauldron full of witches porridge!
First we decide who is special helper and how many children are in our group today
When we sort the milk out we need to put straws in for our friends
Some of us then plan to play in the home corner. Soup for anyone?
Or outside in the sunshine
At tidy up time we make sure that everything gets put away.
April was a busy month for Red Group. We had a lovely Forest School looking for signs of spring. We found lots of new leaves, flowers and lots of birds! Our yoga-based keep fit is very popular and even though some of the moves are a little tricky, the children love it. The children have been interested in mixing colours so we had a colour mixing small group time. We were using pipettes to move the colours around and they changed like magic! I had a request to work with the Numicon from Red Group and challenged them to fill the board and make patterns. They did very well.
Red Group have experimented with lots of different materials this month. In Forest School, they mixed sand, mud, powder paint and natural materials they found and talked about the textures they had made. Then they painted with it! We also experimented with chocolate which was very popular with the children. They observed how the chocolate was very hard when it came out of the packet, but then when it was heated it went runny-just right for crispy cakes! Next we experimented with object to find out if they floated or sunk. They could not wait for their turn as they predicted what would happen-sometimes it was not as expected! We finished the term with an Easter party with lots of dancing and games-and a very special visit from the Easter Bunny!
Red Group have had a very busy time in February with lots of different celebrations and lots of snow! We made a huge dragon for Chinese New Year and did a very noisy dragon dance with the children taking turns to play the instruments. We investigated a box full of Chinese objects and learned a lot about their culture. We practiced Chinese writing, using chopsticks and tried Chinese food. Then the snow came! Red Group had a great time digging in it and trying to catch it in their mouths. We made a huge sledge and we all had a turn to slide around the yard. It was great fun! We did not forget about the birds, as we made pine cone bird feeders for them to eat in the cold weather. We made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and ate them with chocolate sauce. They were delicious. We had to make extra for our pancake races which were very funny!
We have had a busy time at Nursery since the Christmas holidays! We have had sensory investigations into playdough, sand and water using individual trays which the children enjoyed. Red Group also experimented with colour mixing with primary colours. It was just like magic when new colours appeared before our eyes! The icy weather has added another dimension to Forest School as we looked closely at the frost and the effect the cold weather has on our trees and plants. The children observed the bare winter trees and drew them using charcoal made from our twigs – we really enjoyed our hot chocolate that day! When the weather has been really bad the children have developed their physical skills by using our soft play area and climbing equipment inside, and by practicing exercises, dancing and yoga!
Huge thank you to all the children that joined in with our Easter egg competition this year.
They were all fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed looking at them.
The chicks are here! The chicks are here!
We have had a brilliant 2 weeks watching the chicks hatch and grow.
We received 10 eggs and numbered them 1 to 10. The children all chose which egg they thought would hatch first.
The children helped feed the chicks and even got to hold them! We watched them grow bigger and flap/walk around. They were full of lots of energy!
The children also identified which chicks were girls and which were boys and helped feed them each day.
BIRTHDAY PARTY DAY!
This is what our monthly birthday party looks like!
Lots of dancing, smiles, games and treats! All the children join in to celebrate the birthdays that month and have such a great time.
So much fun even the teachers join in!!
Each child always wins a prize and we end the session with a yummy party tea in our group rooms.
We have been fortunate to have so much snow this week!
It’s been exciting to explore outside.
The children noticed and identified all the changes that have occurred due to the weather.
We found the frog pond frozen almost solid around the edges and frosty in the middle. The fairy houses were covered in more snow!
We all worked together to make Frank the snowman! The children used wheel barrows and spades to scoop up snow for Mrs Uddin and the children to make Frank.