Since lots of the children love dinosaurs we decided to cover this theme for two weeks. This allows time to reinforce the learning and the children to take the lead on activities we plan.
The first week we spoke a lot about the different types of dinosaurs. The three favourites were T-Rex, Stegosaurus and the Triceratops. The children used a selection of different dinosaurs to see what footprints they would create as well as making their own dinosaurs.
We also created some dinosaur feet for the children to wear and make dinosaur foot prints for themselves. This soon turned into everyone painting their own feet and creating footprints on the paper!
We also learnt all about baby dinosaurs and the eggs they hatched from. They created their own large eggs using paper mâché and balloons.
In PE we practiced a series of obstacle courses, learning how to run and jump over cones.
In the second week the dinosaurs were frozen one morning and the children had to try and break them out of the ice using a selection of different tools. This led to lots of conversation about living in the North Pole!
In Forest School we made dinosaur faces in the mud. Lots of mud and water equalled muddy puddles to jump in! The children also found a worm which they put in a cup and showed all their friends.
To finish off the two weeks of learning we took the children to the Natural History Museum. This really brought to life the theme of dinosaur’s, we got to see lots of the children favourite dinosaurs as well as baby dinosaurs coming out of their eggs. The children each had a clipboard to spot all 12 types of dinosaurs we had covered and they loved looking for them.
Nursery is all about getting messy and creating play that allows the children to use their imagination. The picture below really captures this as the children said they were making dinosaur soup to feed to all their friends at nursery!
Health & Safety was an extremely enjoyable week for the children as they either love the emergency services or walk to school every morning so can relate to the topic!
We covered a wide range of safety measures from learning about how to call ‘999’, what they are used for and what we need to tell them. The children had a go at making their own telephones and practicing their home addresses just encase an emergency happens at home. We also practiced a fire drill so the children know what to do in a fire as well as look at the fire safety equipment we have around the nursery.
The children learnt about traffic lights; how to use them and what the colours stand for. They also made their own lollypop sticks and created some role play where they all took it in turns to be the lollypop lady/man. We reinforced the road safety learning out on our trips to the park this week.
On Tuesday and Wednesdays PE sessions the children practiced their ball skills, kicking the ball around the cones. They also practiced their kicking skills and seeing how far the balls went.
Thursday we cooked some wonderful cakes which the children always love doing.
On Friday at Forest school we wondered around the Forest learning about the plants we can and can not pick. The children then created their very own Autumn tree college.
Our first week back of term and it was lovely to see so many new faces in our nursery.
This week we covered the topic ‘All About Me’. This allowed our teachers to learn lots about our children and to see how much the children knew about themselves!
The children created a large drawing of themselves and worked together to put the correct body parts in the right places! They had lots of activities that involved hand painting as well as decorating the first letter of their name. They even had puzzles of their faces which they had to solve!
We also just had lots of fun playing and getting to know our new friends!
Our first Forest School outing was a great success. All the children made their own stick men to support the learning we had done in the week about ourselves. They also found lots of muddy puddles for jumping in!
This week has been action packed as well as the weather improving!
We carried on our learning about under the sea and looked at Octopuses and seahorses. All the children created wonderful crafts of these animals which are displayed on the nursery boards.
In PE as well as practicing for sports day we also created some games for the children to practice their ball skills.
The children also created Pirate ships that are going to be used in small world play for next weeks Pirate theme.
We had lots of visitors to the nursery this week. Madeline (George’s mummy) came to read to us for story time.
Harry’s grandad also paid us a visit and taught all the children about scuba diving. The children got to try on some of the equipment you need, to go under the sea as well as having a breath through a really diving regulator. The children were mesmerised.
To finish off our two weeks of ‘Under the Sea’ we took a trip to the London Aquarium. It was amazing! The children got to touch a star fish, have lunch with the sharks, see the penguins being fed and see some wonderful colourful jellyfish. A big thanks goes to Madeline who helped us on this school trip.
We start off our final summer term with two weeks of under the sea theme. The children love everything about the water so we thought we would spend some time covering this topic.
We decorated both areas of the nursery to bring the theme to life.
Mrs Ana first read the children ‘The Rainbow Fish’ book which introduced them to lots of the creatures that live in the sea. We then created wonderful rainbow fishes with celery sticks as paint brushes.
The children also learnt about starfish and crabs. Why crabs walk sideways and what starfish eat. They created some wonderful craft work below.
The children also learnt about the ocean and how important it is to preserve it. They created a wonderful ocean picture with all their favourite sea creatures.
As it was raining on PE day we had an indoor session learning to walk like a crab sideways!
In forest school we made our own natural paint brushes from materials we found in the woods and created our own piece of art work based on this weeks theme.
Next week we will have a visit from Harry’s grandad to talk to us about scuba diving and we will be doing a trip to the aquarium.
For the last week of term we also spent two days doing charity events to help raise money for Action Medical Research. Action, funds medical research that beats the diseases that devastate the lives of so many children today. They funded the first Polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine, all things we take for granted in our world today.
The children and their parents completed some wonderful baking at home for our cake sale. Each of the children got to man the stand during the day, calling people to the stall, handling the money and telling the public about the cakes they had made.
The children raised an amazing £110, well done!
The children also made biscuits for our teddy bears walk and tea party. We would have these biscuits as a treat on our very long charity walk the next day.
In Forest School we under took a charity walk with our bears to raise more money for Action. The children walked a long way with their bears but had a fantastic time and had a teddy bear’s picnic at the end of it.
We raised an amazing £260.00. If you haven’t yet sponsored your child please make a donation here.
Thank you to all the parents for the wonderful support you have given the children in raising money for our chosen charity this year.
The last week of term and continuing on from our spring themes we looked into Eric Carle’s wonderful book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. For a lot of our lower preschool children this seems to be one of their favourite books as well as Freya having caterpillar’s at home, we thought this would be a brilliant theme to bring to life.
The children created some wonderful craft work. They learnt about the life cycle of a caterpillar, they created a selection of wonderful caterpillar paintings, their own version of a butterfly as well as a wonderful butterfly picture made from butterfly pasta.
The children also found a caterpillar out at Forest school. This really brought home how much they had taken in on this weeks theme as it was the children that found the caterpillar not us!
Freya’s Nanny, Anne, came in for story time and read two wonderful books to the children which they loved. She was also very kind and lent us the caterpillars for the day so all the children could have a good look at what caterpillars looked like in really life.
In PE we are getting ready for sports day and practising lots of our running, jumping and balancing skills. It’s so nice to have some wonderful weather.
Lots of fun was also had this week as that’s what nursery is all about.