Tate Britain

To finish our topic on British Artist’s we took a trip to Tate Britain to see many of the artists we had worked on and their most famous works of art.

The children couldn’t believe how big the sculptures were which Henry Moore had created as we had tried to recreate these at the nursery.

As soon as we entered the William Turner collection the children recognised his work! Mrs Charlotte explained to the children what we could see in his work and where it was painted.

 

We then all got inspired to create our own drawings or we tried to recreate some of William Turner’s work, it was so lovely to see all the children immersed in art for the day.

 

We finished the day with a trip to see a moving piece of art, which some of the children were a little bit wary of!

Mrs Charlotte also took the children to see her favourite picture in Tate Britain by the artist John Sargent; Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

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On The Farm

It’s that time of year where new life is arriving on the farm. We thought we would immerse the children in learning all about what happens on a farm.

We learnt that not only farmers look after animals but they also grow a lot of the food we eat every day. Lots of the children knew farmers grew corn and some even knew their Weetabix were made from cereals grown by the farmers.

The children were fascinated to learn that the baby offspring of animals might have a different name, for example, a Goats baby is called a kid!

In PE we have been practising our hand-eye coordination skills with a selection of games. Throwing and catching bean bags with our partners was a great success.

In Forest School on Wednesday afternoon, we took a trip to the pond in search of baby ducklings and had a wonderful picnic in the park.

We also celebrated a birthday this week out on a picnic!

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To Finish the week we took a trip to Vauxhall City Farm, to bring the theme alive. We had a wonderful time. The children got to feed a selection of farm animals as well as have an interactive session with the animal keepers. Stroking ‘Popcorn’ the rabbit was a huge success.

 

Tracey Emin

This week we introduced the children to Tracey Emin, the English contemporary artist best known for Neon and fabric art.

The children had so much fun creating their own neon pictures, decorating wooden letters that were in their name as well as creating their own t-shirts.

 

We used paint, this week in lots of wonderful ways. The children made their own height charts as well as learning the shapes. We love art!

In Forest School, we all worked together to build a bridge to cross a muddy puddle. Let’s say we spent more time in the mud than out of it!

 

William Turner

This half term our topic will be British Artists. We will spend each week studying one particular artist. By the end of term we would have covered 5 different artists, through this century and last with a range of types of art they create.

Our first week is looking at the world famous landscape painter William Turner.

The children were intrigued to know how much his paintings cost and were quite sure they all had one at home!

All the children created their own paint palettes, like William Turner would have worked with. They then had a go and creating their own paintings. We have some really talented artists.

The children created some wonderful symmetric art to practice painting inside lines. There were pieces worth framing!

We gave the children different types of ways to created pictures and they all loved using the cotton wool and pegs to created some very colourful pictures.

This week in science we learnt all about rockets and how they are powered. We also had another visitor to read us a story.

This week in Forest school we created dams with a selection of different tools, found worms and created some wonderful pieces of outdoor art.

The think the children spent the whole week getting covered in paint, what fun!

Finally, our new mud kitchen arrived!! I’m sure this will be the only picture of it clean!

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Valentines Day & Chinese New Year

In our last week before half term the children learnt about two cultural celebrations. Valentine’s Day; to celebrate the people you love. Chinese New Year; to celebrate the start of the traditional lunisolar calendar in China.

 

The children learnt how to use chop sticks in a really interactive tuff tray full of Chinese noddles.

We taught the children all about the traditions of a Chinese New Year. What the dragon represented, why they light lanterns and the fire works display. We also learnt that this year was the year of the dog. They created some amazing dragons, Chinese hats and pictures of fire works.

For Valentine’s day the children made their parents a Valentine card as well as some very yummy Valentine biscuits.

 

In science we have been teaching the children about electric circuits and where in our house we might find them. The children also got inventive with our robot and started programming the robot to negotiated more complicated routes around objects, like themselves!

Max’s dad paid us a visit and read a wonderful book from Max’s home.

The children also took a trip to the library to get some books on the topics they are finding interesting as well as some new stories to read at story time.

Have a great half term.

Transport

Transport is always a popular topic. All the children use some form of transport every day to get to school and they had a wonderful time telling us about it.

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The children had a delightful time around the building site we had set up in the tuff tray!

 

 

 

The children also had lots of fun running cars through paint to make some wonderful pictures, using different types of vehicles.

 

 

In our cooking class we made some health bread cars and then some lovely chocolate cars!

 

 

As lots of the children had been on holiday over the Christmas we spent a whole day talking about planes. As a group we learnt a new song about planes and then practiced flying our planes we had made during the day.

 

We had band practice! Mrs Charlotte tried to remember how to play all the nursery rhymes on the keyboard, which turned out to be a great success!

 

In yoga we have been refining our yoga positions and all love the tree pose.

 

As a group we discussed whether the type of transport we have used was on land, sea or air.

 

 

In science we made our very own robots that moved. We had great fun making them and even more fun showing our parents.

 

We finished off our transport topic with a visit from the fire brigade. The children got to sit in the fire engine, try on the firemen’s helmet and have a go at using the fire hose!!

We also celebrated Guy’s 4th birthday with some delicious cakes.

London

The children wanted to learn more about the wonderful city we live in and I have never seen them more enthusiastic about a topic. Everyday the tuff tray transformed into a different scene of London, whether it was the London underground, Heathrow Terminal 5 or the London eye the children where so engaged and shared their experiences of going to these places.

The children created some wonderful crafts of black cabs, red buses and Tower bridge.

In drama class they role played having tea with the Queen. The children had a go at different acting parts; the Queen, butlers and princesses were all roles that the children played.

 

The upper preschool learnt the letter ‘O’ for Ocean and created a wonderful ocean picture with an octopus in.

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In the lower preschool they learnt the letter ‘N’ for nest and made some beautiful pictures of birds nest. They also practiced the shapes.

In Forest school we made some wonderful magic wands which were an excellent way to explain to the children about wind direction, luckily it was a very windy day!