At the Nursery we place a huge emphasis on the children’s independence and creativity. You can see how the children can work together cooperatively using junk materials (e.g. biscuit boxes, cardboard tubes, lids, old cards, wrapping paper) to create their own ideas. They can also use cellotape, scissors and glue sticks by themselves. They learn so much from this activity and it is one of their favourite things to do. If you can help us by saving up useful crafty bits and bobs such as wrapping papers or cards we would really appreciate it.
Exploring and Investigating is a big theme at Nursery. We can do this indoors and outside. Here you can see us asking questions and making observations about the ice we found in the garden one cold morning. We also love our mud kitchen and love making soups and pies using sand, leaves, twigs, flowers, bark and MUD!!!!
In the last few weeks we had fun with our teddy bears and did lots of games and activities including a “Teddy Bears’ Winter Olympics”. You can see the children playing with honey in the water tray (yellow water). We also dressed up as bears and practiced putting our Winter clothes on. We also danced to teddy bear songs with our bears up in the “big school” hall.
Reading and writing or mark making is very important at Nursery. The children do their “Best Work” and leave it for staff to look at and place on the Brag Board. Sometimes the children tell the staff all about their pictures and we write this “story” for them. At the Nursery we have a huge selection of themed books and the children are encouraged to select books and “read” independently.
The children enjoy building and connecting. A range of learning opportunities present themselves using these resources. For example mathematical skills-You can see them counting and comparing the blocks. Who has made the longest rod of bricks? In the second picture the children are choosing legs, heads and tails to make silly animals. Both activities help to improve fine motor skills, concentration and hand eye coordination.