It has been another busy week for us at St Margarets. We have been really focused on healthy eating this week; with many questions and discussions around healthy eating and what foods are good or bad for our teeth. We have expanded our knowlege on nutrition and shown great interest in the role of dentists and what they can do to aid our healthy lifestyles. With all the knowledge gained throughout the week, we created a collage based on foods that are good for our teeth and bad fornour teeth to act as a healthy reminder. The children enjoyed discussing their thoughts with their peers and showed great interest and skill when cutting and sticking the appropriate pictures that created our display.
In addition we explored patterns in paint, wrote invites to our friends, had fun constructing miniature houses out of tiny bricks, dancing and playing instruments in the music area, making pasta jewellery and planted apple seeds and a conker to see if it would grow into a tree....we even made signs so show where the tree was to make sure we don't loose it!
We look forward to what discoveries we will make next week!
Maths Challenge 7 - Exploring Coins
Ask your grown up if you can count some of the coins they have got.
You can practise writing the numbers you can see on the coins, or find a crayon and make a coin rubbing!
Please bring them in to nursery to show us if you do!
This week has been very busy! With the start of the week being very rain dominent, the exploration of the huge puddles that formed in our garden was a big focus. There was lots of discussion around why it rains, what clouds are made of and weather in general. With all the splashing, the children grew more interested in the formation of the bubbles and the exploration of bubbles and creating the biggest or the most, continued indoors using different tools to explore bubble making!
The children continued to put their pirate hats on and hunt for treasure hidden around the garden, following the map where x marked several spots with hidden treasure chests. The children showed such great team work! Well done.
We also enjoyed different textures this week, such as shaving foam and paint, and expressed our creativity through clothes designing and various contructions!
Our Research and Exploration topic is based around clothes designing. Please come and take a look at our board (shown below) currently based in Moon Room.
What started as paper being cut out to create an outfit (using great scissor skills), developed into the chilldren using their creativity to design on paper. What followed was the exploration of sewing, first on a large sheet of....then next using wool to design their own miniture outfits.
To sew requires concentration, problem solving skills and focus. The tactile nature of sewing helps strengthen a child's hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills - which is a skill needed to aid early writing!
Additionally, notable benefits of sewing include providing children with a vehicle for personal and creative expression as well as acting as a very social activity. Lastly, completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child's morale and self confidence.
We have had and continue to have a lot of fun exploring this topic and look forward to using different opportunities to develop our self-expression further in coming weeks.
The Pirate themed creativity has continued this week at nursery. We played with pirate ships - creating our own pirate worlds. Became actual eye-patch wearing pirates and continued to make and follow our treasure maps, going on group hunts for the hidden treasure. Luckily, we managed to find hidden treasure all around our nursery, as some of our friends had been busy crafting and designing treasure throughout the week by decorating lids and glitter, and rocks covered in shiny foil. Making marks on tally charts to record how much treasure we had collected. We even had some children create a Pirate Ship out of crates in the garden - with the flag (the most important feature) being the focal point!
The Pirate theme has particularly developed the children's role play. Role play is an important part of child development, as it builds confidence, creativity communication, physical development and problem solving. Along with being a fun activity, it also allows children to get into character and act out real life roles or fictional performances.
Role-play can take many different forms and serve as many purposes. As well as feeding the imagination and encouraging sharing and empathy, it is a powerful way of developing social skills and for our new starters our Pirate theme has acted as a great way to introduce themselves through play and show their new friends aspects of their personality. Well done!
We look forward to the adventures of next week!
Maths Challenge 5 - Maths Hunt Out and About
When out and about in the local environment, see if you can spot numbers on doors, buses and signs.
Count how many different vehicles you see; bikes, cars and trucks.
Play maths 'I Spy' - look out for things that are shaped like a square, rectangle or circle or with the number 3 on it etc.
Welcome back after the Christmas and New Year break. We hope you all had a wonderful time and we wish you a very Happy New Year.
Firstly, a very warm welcome to our new starters and their families who have joined Moon, Star and Gold Room this term.
The children have returned to St Margarets refreshed from their break and raring to learn. Due to the heavy downpours we have been experiencing, water has been a great focus! In addition there has been lots of discussion around our windy weather; experimenting with heavy and light items that can and cannot blow away easily in the wind.
We have also been developing our imagination with lots of discussion around pirates and treasure hunts. We have been mark-making to draw our own maps; using dressing up to explore our pirate persona's and creating pirate ships using items we found around our nursery.
We look forward to a fun Spring Term full of learning opportunities and exploration.
Last week we went to purchase our nursery's Christmas Tree! We walked to the Christmas Tree stall next to Bodens and the generous gentleman was kind enough to donate the tree to St.Margarets!
The Children were very interested in the fresh pine smell and the texture of the tree, with comments such as "It is prickly like a hedgehog" being made.
Here are pictures of our venture out.
The interest in the tree continued through to decorating the tree, Here are some pictures of the decorating process and the finished product!