How Does Your Garden Grow?
Nursery have been learning about growing and planting. The children enjoyed using ‘Mary, Mary’s’ shed outdoors and moving around the garden pretending to cut the grass, use wheelbarrows and tend to plants. They have also experienced working in a florist indoors and have started to learn some flower names. We also planted some real seeds and watched cress grow almost overnight! We are beginning to understand that living things need to be taken care of, but will die naturally to make way for new life again next year.
Chinese New Year
We have been exploring different cultures through learning about Chinese New Year. We have used our senses to explore vegetables and tasted Chinese stir fry cooking. Some of us were brave enough to try eating it with chopsticks and persisted with the challenge. We acted out going to a Chinese restaurant in our role play area, recreating cooking food and learning conventional phrases that we might use, including please and thank you. We used our fine motor skills to create Chinese lanterns by folding, cutting sticking and decorating. We counted out Chinese ‘Lucky Money’ and found out which animal’s year we were born in.
The Nursery children have been finding out about their bodies and how they work. We have explored our hands, feet and faces through a variety of activities and experiences. We created footprints with wellies and paint, comparing and noticing the different sizes and patterns we could make. We used our hands to explore different textures through messy play such as ice, spaghetti and jelly which was great fun! We talked about emotions and expressions and even had a try at pulling funny faces for our own ‘selfies’.
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
We have been very busy preparing for Christmas and learning about Christmas traditions. We have been involved in a variety of activities such as making decorations, cakes and cards and role playing wrapping up presents in our Christmas shop. We have had a turn at decorating a Christmas tree by ourselves and have brought in Christmas cards to post to our friends. We had a surprise visit from Santa who told us about Christmas and have been involved in the Early Years Christmas Play, 'Mary's Knitting'. We're now looking forward to some exciting events next week as we have a visiting story teller and a celebration party to look forward to.
I Can See a Rainbow
The Nursery children have been learning about colours and shapes this half term. We have been looking for shapes in the environment, exploring objects and learning their names.
We’ve had a great time investigating colours through paint and other mark makers. Each Friday we have celebrated our learning by wearing the colour of the week which has been good fun.
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Is It Time for a Rhyme?
The Nursery children have very enthusiastically taken on our theme of ‘Is it time for a rhyme?’ by learning a rhyme each week and exploring and creating their own learning. They have taken part in spider hunts for Incy Wincy and watching Humpty smash, speculating about how to put him back together.
Did you know, ‘… that experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are in Year 3? (www.cardiff.gov.uk/ readingpower 2011) so keep singing! Look on our Facebook page for photos of our activities each week, (South Camberley Primary's Nursery).
Welcome to Nursery! The children have settled in quickly and are beginning to link up with others and make friends. They are learning to play co-operatively and take turns. Some activities only work with more than one person, so they need to use their language skills to ask others to help, negotiate what to do and demonstrate good listening.