Week beginning 16th April:
This week in stars class we have been spending lots of time outside. We have been observing the plants that have grown over the holidays and discussing how they have changed over time.
We have been exploring the new areas set up outside including the new home area, creative area and maths area. These have all been very popular and encourages the children to explore new areas of the provision.
We have started our Minibeast topic and have started to be more aware of insects in our local environment. Being outdoors has allowed us to be physically active and explore different ways of moving. In nursery we love being outdoors just as much as we do indoors - no matter the weather :) Being outdoors in the sun has enabled us to talk about ways to stay safe including using sun cream and keeping hydrated.
Week beggining 26th March:
This week in stars class we have been very busy! We have made playdough together, focusing on the recipe and ingredients needed to make it. we have been exploring different things we can make with playdough and how we can do this. we used cupcake cases and sprinkles and pretended to make cakes for different celebrations.
We have been doing lots of mark making this week focusing on letter formation. In nursery we are showing lots of interest and name writing, why not keep practising at home over the Easter holidays. The children have enjoyed copying their names from name cards and writing their names on their work.
We have had lots of fine motor activities set up this week linked to new life and eggs. The children have been using tweezers to transfer eggs from the basket to egg cartons as well as searching for eggs in the class.
We wish you a happy Easter and we hope you enjoy your break.
Week beginning 19th March:
This week in stars class we were making biscuits. we worked together to measure out ingredients and then mix them to create our biscuits mixture. we spoke about texture and smells before rolling them out and using a biscuit cutter. we took it in turns to go to the community room and out them in the oven before getting to taste our yummy baking.
We had a great time at our crafternoon this week, Thank you to all of you who could attend! We made grass heads to take home and then we made cheerio bird feeders and hung them up in the playground. we have enjoyed checking daily to see if the birds have been eating them. why not try making one at home all you need is:
You thread the cheerio's on to the string and then tie them to make loops. squeeze honey on the cheerio's and then dip in bird seed before rolling in the bird seed. Ask a member of nursery staff if you would like more information.
Week beginning 12th March:
This week in stars class we had a special visit from Dogs trust. We all listened to things a Dog would need to be happy and healthy and how we can look after them. We all good to have a turn at giving the dog (Tigger) stroke and some of us gave him a treat.
We spent some time together in a group making playdough and then used felt tips to do lots of mark making. We created different types of food and animals using our playdough.
Week beginning 5th March:
This week in nursery we have spent lots of time planning and creating different types of constructions. We worked together as teams to build towers, castles and various other buildings. This allowed us to use lots of language about height, size and balancing.
We have also started doing fortnightly baking in the nursery and this week we made vegan banana muffins. we all had a turn to mix and explore the different ingredients before transferring them to the muffin cases and waiting for them to cook. We all sat together to taste our brilliant creations.
Now the weather has been dry, we have been making frequent trips to the boat and the tree house allowing us to move in a variety of ways and develop confidence when climbing, sliding and moving.
Week beginning 26th February:
This week in stars class we have been exploring different fine motor activities. We have been using pipettes and turkey basters in the water tray to suck up different amounts of water. This has helped us to improve strength in our fingers and hands and help to develop our hand eye coordination. We have also been looking closely at bugs and the type of habitat they might live in, for example grass and soil. We have looked at different types of plastic insects with magnifying glasses and used tweezers to count and collect them into bowls.
We have had lots of snow here and so we have been making the most of it. We have been making snowmen, snowballs, mark making and exploring the texture. We have been wrapped up warm and enjoying lots of different types of play outdoors before coming inside to enjoy a cup of warm milk.
We have been encouraging lots of counting in the nursery and been counting things up to and beyond 20, what things can you count at home?
We have started a new talk for write story this week called Goldilocks and the three bears. Over the next few weeks the children will learn this story of by heart and do lots of size ordering, drawing, talking about the story and much more.
Week beginning 29th January:
This week in stars class we have been focusing on wellbeing week. This has enabled us to tune into to how we can have happy, healthy life. We have been looking at a different positive affirmation everyday , these have included 'I can do it' ' I am unique' 'I am loved' 'I keep my body healthy' and ' I get better everyday'.
As well as these positive messages we have been exploring different ways to focus in on our senses. We have been drawing in response to a variety of music which has promoted lots of mark making in the nursery. we have also gone on listening walks and really tuned in to what we can hear, smell and see. The children have been tasting a variety of colourful foods and thinking about textures and flavours.
This has been a very insightful week and has helped to tune the adults and children into to different ways we can learn and how this can help towards us being happy and healthy.
Week beginning 22nd January:
This week in stars class we have been making lots of ice!! We discussed what we would need to make our ice and what would happen if we put some dinosaurs inside it. We filled different sized containers and put them in the freezer before then discussing how long it might take to freeze. When we got the ice out, we used various tools and techniques to dig the dinosaurs out of the ice. This activity was great for encouraging lots of talk about estimation, predictions and textures as well as creating lots of interest in a different type of sensory play.
We also had crafternoon this week which was all about the importance of junk modelling. we had a great turn out with lots of parents turning up. We made some amazing creations and use bundles of imagination, so thank you to all the could make it. If you would like to know more about the benefits of junk modelling please ask a member of the nursery team.
Week beginning 15th January
This week in stars class we have been exploring the construction blocks and different things that we could build. This has allowed us to look at different shapes and discover which shapes we can balance on top of each other and which ones would fall.
The role play area has been very popular which has allowed us to do lots of cooking and creating. We have created tea parties for our friends and cooked dinner in the oven.
We have been learning the little red riding hood during carpet sessions and we have looked at the different characters in the story. We are having a focus on how we can start a story and what might happen in the beginning and the end.
In nursery we love making play dough, this allows us to create different shapes and explore a variety of tools to manipulate our play dough. play dough needs very few ingredients to make and does not need to be cooked. All it needs is:
2 cups of plain flour
2 TBLS of vegetable oil
half a cup of salt
up to 1 and a half cups of hot water.
Why don't you try and make some at home for your children to play with. Ask nursery staff for more information. :)
Week beginning 11th December:
This week in stars class we have been doing lots of creative writing and posting them in our new post box. We have explored how we post letters by writing them, putting them in envelopes, writing an address and putting them in the post box. This has inspired lots of talk about who we could write letters to and what we could write about. The children would love writing letters at home and even posting them to themselves.
We got a new tea set in nursery this week and talked about all of the different drinks we could make. We used tea bags to put into the teapot and pour tea for our friends. We had lots of opportunities to share with our friends and listen to other children's ideas.
This week was our Christmas lunch! We all sat together and enjoyed a lovely meal cooked by our brilliant chefs. To celebrate our special lunch we made our own place mats and hats.
Week beginning 4th December:
This week in stars class we have been exploring lots of different creative activities. We have been painting different textured objects like tin foil and pine cones and decorating with glitter and other resources. We have been doing lots of fine motor activities to engage us and think carefully.
We have been exploring lots of shapes and their properties including, circles, rectangles, squares and triangles. We have been looking at where we can se these shapes and how we can describe them! What shapes can you find at home?
We have enjoyed making banana smoothies this week!! We identified what ingredients they needed and then they cut up the bananas before putting it in to the blender with the milk. The children enjoyed sitting together to taste the smoothie and talking about the flavour.
Week beginning 27th November:
This week in stars class we have been doing lots of singing and dancing to prepare us for our assembly on Friday. We have loved singing all of our nursery rhymes and re-telling the story Little red hen.
We loved going to the music room on Monday and exploring different sounds that instruments make. We moved in different ways to different styles of music and discovered ways to express ourselves through dance and movement.
In Nursery we love making playdough and exploring all the different shapes we can make with it. We make playdough cupcakes, playdough smoothies and explored playdough numbers.
We have been developing our fine motor skills by using pipettes with paint and dripping it onto our paper.
Outdoor play is very important and helps children to develop their gross motor skills which can be great in preparing children for writing. The children used water and big paint brushes to paint the tepee. climbing, jumping, balancing and running are also what they love to do.
Week beginning 6th Oct:
This week in stars class we have been looking at fireworks and all the different colours and patterns they can make. We have explored creating fireworks by painting, drawing and recreating sounds.
We have been spending time looking at different mini beast in our mud tray. We used tweezers to pick them up and magnifying glasses to look at the details. We counted how many legs the insects have and how they move.
We have been having fun in the rain mixing colours. We used scrubbing brushes to make colourful puddles and explore what colours we could make.
Week beginning 30th October:
In Stars Class this week we have been looking at Halloween and all things spooky! We have had lots of fun dressing up in different Halloween costumes, as well as making scary potions with eyeballs and other surprise ingredients. The children have also enjoyed making their own puppets and looking at the different shadows they make.
The children have shown lots of interest in talking about light and shadows as well as being very creative in their play.