This month in nursery we have continued with our traditional tales theme and have been looking closely at the three little pigs particularly at materials. We have encouraged children to look at different materials around us and have had lots of fun exploring the tuff tray. We have been building houses with lego, wooden blocks and giving children the opportunity to use scissors and sellotape to join things together.
To develop children’s fine motor skills, we encourage children to experiment with scissors, showing children the correct way of holding a pair of scissors and cutting along dotted lines. Children started by making small snips along the sides of the paper and eventually cut all the way through to the other side.
To inspire children to be creative in their mark making we used paint and balloons. Children dipped different sized balloons into paint and then made marks onto paper. We have supported children to identify different 2D shapes by using Kadinsky’s art, and painted different sized circles.
Children have continued to learn new phonic sounds, looking at pictures and things in the environment beginning with that sound. We have played alliteration games where we think of words with the same sounds. Children have been introduced to blending simple sounds together. We use our fingers to teach children how to blend. We have also introduced some irregular common exception words.
In maths children have enjoyed using the weighing scale, we have used lots of different objects around the classroom to test which is heavier. We looked at the weighing scale and talked about one side going up and the other side going down. One child pointed out that when he goes to the park he goes on a see-saw and it goes up and down. Children are exploring their immediate environment continuously and making comparisons all the time.
Children have shown great interest in dinosaurs this month and as a result in nursery we have set up an activity using small world dinosaurs. A group of children narrated a story around the dinosaurs and created a mummy and baby dinosaurs, where the mummy dinosaurs had to go to the jungle to look for some food for her baby and the daddy dinosaur went to work. Children are confident to express their opinions and have strong relationships.
Children have been exploring the sound of different instruments, they have been listening to high and low sounds on the ukulele. To encourage turn taking and sharing resources children have been using sand-timers, this supports children to resolve their own conflicts independently.
This term in nursery, children will be looking at people who help us in the local community. To further embed children’s learning and give the children various experiences we have a doctor’s surgery as our home corner. Children enjoy examining each other, as they role play to be doctors and patients.