Children are naturally drawn to science-based activities. Added to the fact that they appeal to their innate curiosity and desire to make sense of the world, the best early years science activities are often hands-on (and sometimes messy) and produce exciting (and sometimes unexpected) results. What’s not to like?
During National Science Week we encouraged the children to explore and investigate the world around them by offering a variety of learning opportunities including making erupting volcanoes, colour mixing, floating and sinking, making a wormery for our garden worms to live in, making potions and colouring flowers with dye….. and our list of discoveries continues to grow each day with the children’s enthusiasm for science!
On the 20 March 19 we celebrated ‘BEEP BEEP Day’.
The children participated in a range of activities to support their learning about the importance of road safety. They played the ‘Stop/Go’ game on the bikes and road circuit in the garden. We made traffic light biscuits. We gave the children the opportunity to have real-life experiences, by safely crossing the local roads to nursery, using the traffic lights and zebra crossings.
We shared and discussed safe crossing strategies with the children at story time including remembering to walk safely, look and listen, hold hands as well as wearing a seat belt when they are travelling in a vehicle.
When you are out and about as a family, remember to always talk to your children about how to stay safe when out in the local community and beyond.
For road safety tips see: www.brake.org.uk/families
Water play is always a popular choice for children to engage in during their time at nursery. Water is a natural resource that provides children with endless opportunities to explore and discover.
In the garden the children have been fascinated by the large puddle that has formed due to the recent rainfall. They have enjoyed puddle jumping, sweeping, collecting water in buckets, and floating boats. We have also experimented with the water to see what happens when we add washing up liquid and food colouring.
The water theme has also been extended inside too! The children have had lots of fun making bubbles with paint and water. We also added soap flakes to water which the children then whisked to create a mixture for sensory play.
We have been following the children’s interest in Superheroes. The children have been encouraged to use their own imagination and creative skills to develop their own superhero characters. They have been inspired by a few familiar faces including Spiderman, Batman and Captain America to support them to construct their own ideas.
They have designed and made their own superhero costumes, including capes and masks, and made puppets to perform their own superhero stories. Through superhero play the children have had the opportunity to develop their mark making and cutting skills as well as their communication and language through self-expression.
Last week we also celebrated World Book Day. Many stories were read including ones about superheroes and fantasy worlds.
Please remember that sharing a story with your child on a regularly basis is a great way for developing their early literacy skills as well as being an enjoyable experience for all involved – HAPPY READING!
On the 11th March members of our staff team marched to Downing Street to deliver a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the Spring budget in an attempt to secure the funding nurseries vitally need to continue to provide the high quality education and community support that they do.
It is make or break time for nursery schools, if we do not receive the adequate funding, they will close. To support us to continue please ALL sign the online petition by clicking on the link below.
Please share with your families and friends every signature counts!
LET'S MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD. OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE COUNTING ON US.
Last term many of the children had an opportunity to visit Cherry Green Trees for a Forest School Experience Day. The children and staff travelled by the BEYA mini bus. They were prepared for all weathers, wearing their all-in-one outfits, allowing them to have the freedom to explore.
Forest School allows children to benefit from being outdoors with nature which can have a positive impact on their physical and mental health. The children were encouraged to engage in a range of activities from observing wildlife, making nature crowns, swinging in the hammocks and making dens. These activities support self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Through risk taking challenges and the sense of well-being that comes from being in and around nature, children will develop a love of learning.
The children have expressed a keen interest in construction activities and we have extended their play by developing our very own building site in Star Room. They have been using a range of blocks and construction resources to build a range of structures as well as using their problem solving skills to work out how to best fit the blocks together.
We have also been mixing sand with water to make our own cement mixture and using mark making to design and plan what they would like to build.
Many of the children have been doing yoga moves in the classroom. They have looked at you tube clips for inspiration on different poses and stretches to have a go at. Some children have also had the opportunity to join Bansi at her Yoga and Mindfulness class.
Yoga is a great activity for promoting children and adult’s health and wellbeing. It can help to focus the mind and provide physical strength through movement and stretching.
For more information and tips for how to support the health and wellbeing of your family please take a look at the first issue of our ‘Healthy Hearts and Healthy Minds’ Newsletter.