Happy Easter Everyone,
From all of us at St. Margaret's
Construction, Crafting and Computers!
We have been constructing the most elaborate structures this week, from fire engines, castles, houses and dens, to hideouts, trucks rockets and boats. The children have used blocks inside and out to create new worlds, including many friends in their game and sharing ideas on how to better the structures as well as change them to do something out of the ordinary. It was great to see large groups of children working together, taking turns and using their imagination in play.
We have also been playing office this week, having a great time making appointments, telephone calls and typing up important documents! Expressing ourselves through role play and using past memories to influence the ideas in our play with our friends!
Lastly, because it is Easter we have been crafting Easter cards, gluing sequins on to our cards, using scissors to cur out Easter theme pictures to stick on our cards and using prompts to write 'Happy Easter' and our name in cards for our loved ones!
We have had a fun Spring Term and look forward to seeing everyone for the Summer term!
Happy Easter Everyone,
From all of us at St. Margaret's
On the 28th March we did a Sponsored Bunny Hop! We spent the week decorating our ears with paint - which were then fashioned into bunny ear hats that we wore during our hop around!
Across Moon, Star and Gold Room we came together to hop like bunnies around the track in our outdoor area. Regardless of whether we could do one hop or a hundred we all took part together....singing, hopping and cheering each other on. Here's a few snaps from the whole event.
This year we are hoping to purchase a new set of climbing equipment with the money we raise from our bunny hop. The equipment will be available for all of the children to use in the garden. It will promote the children's physical development and promote opportunities for challenge in their play.
Thank you for your support, we hope you enjoyed the day and its pictures as much as we did!
Worms, Warmth and Working together!
We discovered the worms in our garden this week! We enjoyed digging, planting seeds found from fruit cut up at the snack table, and conkers we found in the garden. We got to work as a team and enjoy our discoveries together. The children showed so much care in how they handled the insects they discovered which was great to observe
When children have opportunities to see wildlife, a whole new world of wonder can open up. Wild animals have certain qualities that make them mysterious and exciting to children.
Supporting children in their growing awareness and interest in animals can lead to deeper feelings of empathy in young children, more positive classroom relationships, and social-emotional development. As children have experiences with animals, they learn about differences and similarities, needs (such as for food, shelter, water and space), and compassion and empathy can grow and deepen.
We finally felt warmth as the sun shone bright this week - which made the children want to sunbathe. They had the innovative idea of using the tyres and their coats as beds to catch some rays and catch up with each other!
Working together was definitely a theme this week which was great as it was reinforcing the power of teamwork. We worked together to create great constructions out of blocks - making models of boats and towers. We also played some board games - promoting our turn taking and listening to each others ideas. What was really lovely to see was it wasn't just each other we wanted to help, with lots of us due to have siblings soon, we also practised helping our parents with babies, such as washing babies! How sweet!
We look forward to the possibilities next week!
Mark Making, Models and Magnets!
We had lots of fun this week Mark Making in different media. We had the chance to express ourselves in a different creative way as mark making does not just have to involve a pen and paper. (The children were given the opportunity to write in chalks and mix some watery paint and use the floor outside as their canvas!) What masterpieces we created. We enjoyed finding appropriate surfaces to paint, discussing our work with our friends of what we had created and proudly showed off our achievements!
As well as enabling a child to learn to write, making marks can benefit a child physically, and also help to develop their imagination and creative skills. Mark making opens the door for children to express themselves in a completely new way, offering them the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts without relying solely upon verbal communication.
Children may use mark making as a way of sharing their thoughts and feelings with adults around them, telling stories as they draw or sharing their completed picture with others offering an insight into what it represents.
We hope our artwork isn't completely washed away by the weekend weather!
Since our junk modelling table has moved it has become even more popular! This week we created a castle that was decorated inside and out. We used so many different skills to create it, including careful scissor work. By the time it was completed it was definitely fit for a princess. We kept it out in Star Rom and allowed all of our friends to use it in the small world area!
Three little pigs was our focus story this week, and we liked reading the book - especially to each other, playing with the props and re-telling our own version of events and creating pictures based on the Three Little Pigs story!
We also enjoyed team games of tennis and football, making paintings using golf balls, bubbles and the exploration of magnets
We look forward to exploring the possibilities our nursery has to offer next week!
Maths Challenge 10 - Making Sandwiches
Spend time together making some sandwiches. You can have a conversation about shape and quantity but in a fun way!
Make a sandwich with two slices of bread and whatever fillings you like best.
Please bring in pictures for us all to see at nursery!
Working Together for Maths and Mother's Day Fun
This week we have been busy exploring Maths a lot. We created our own outdoor board game and practised our counting on skills, using a dice and number lanes drawn in chalk to count on depending on what number we rolled on the dice; this helped us with our number recognition and turn taking also.
We also used our teamwork and mathematics skill to measure out and make our Mothers Day cookies. Taking the time to measure out in cups the ingredients we needed and working together to combine the ingredients.
We took the time to write down what we love about our mummy's and drew some lovely portraits of them to make our cards extra special.
We hope you enjoy your cards and cookies!
Happy Mothers Day Everyone!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
With the wonderful weather we had this week we got to explore snow and ice. The children came to nursery and were wowed by the blanket of snow that had fallen in the garden, they loved making snowmen, making footprints in the snow, searching for icicles and discovering the best way to melt snow and what happens during this process.
Because the children loved the texture of this snow, we also introduced ice as another texture found in this cold weather. The children built with ice blocks, figure out ways to crack ice to uncover the items we had buried within it and made pictures crafted from frozen paint to see how this changes the normal texture of our paintings.
Maths Challenge 9 - Natural World
With Spring approaching and to take advantage of the snowy weather, spend some time looking for shapes and patterns in nature - leaves, flowers, snow flakes and raindrops.