Joshua Reynolds

This term our theme is British Artists. We will cover Six British artists that have varying types of art. We are building on the children’s love for creativity and getting messy to make this term full of creating and making things. You never know we might inspire the next Warhol or Emin.

This week we covered Joshua Reynolds, the eighteenth century English painter that specialised in portraits. The children all brought in photo’s of themselves as babies to create their own self portrait. We also used dough, shells and pasta to create our own faces as well as vegetable potato heads. It’s amazing how many eyes and noses we all seem to have grown!

 

The upper preschool covered the letter ‘b’ in phonics classes doing some wonderful finger painting. In maths they were building lots of colourful tower blocks and working through our lego mats.

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The lower preschool had lots of messy fine motor skill activities; cotton bud painting, colourful corn flour and glueing and sticking on line drawings. Some fantastic work achieved.

New sand meant the sand station was busy this week, digging and creating a farm.

In the next couple of weeks we will be covering William Turner, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol and Tracy Emin, if you have any resources that could help us for this topic please do bring them in.

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The Victorians

In our final week of British history we covered the Victorians.

We spoke about Queen Victoria, all her palaces, her children and how long she was our Queen. We also spoke about the changes to the Victorian houses, running water, flushing toilets and the railways.

The children made crowns, houses, fans and shoes from the Victorian times. We were so busy this week that we only got a few photo’s but on the boards in the nursery are all their wonderful crafts to look at.

As it is Valentines day during half term we made some wonderful valentines biscuits for our loved ones. The children did a fantastic job of rolling out their biscuit dough and cutting the heart shapes out, a fantastic way of improving fine motor skills.

George’s mummy came in to read to us the wonderful “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” book. This then led on to Friday’s Forest School, as soon as the children were in muddy puddles they shouted squelch, squash, squelch, squash, we’re going on a bear hunt!

It was extremely cold on Friday so the children collected lots of natural resources to create a wonderful picture back at the nursery.

The children had lots of fun creating role play stations this week, they are all going to be the next Nicky Clarke!

I hope you all have a wonderful half term break and see you on Monday 20th February.

The Tudors

This week the children have been learning all about the Tudors.

The Tudors were a Welsh-English family that ruled England and Wales from 1485 to 1603, starting with the first monarch King Henry VII (1457–1509). The Tudors ruled for 118 years and Tudor England saw two of the strongest monarchs ever to sit on the English throne: King Henry VIII and his daughter Queen Elizabeth I

We introduced the topic with lots of masks of prominent people from the Tudor times. Henry VIII, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn.

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The children made crowns for the kings and queens to wear, the Tudor Rose, Tudor houses, stockings and baked a Tudor cheesecake.

The lower preschool learnt the number 4 this week as well as continuing building on their shapes and colours.

The upper preschool learnt the letter U this week as well measures in Maths. They all loved doing the filling and emptying activity to learn about when a container is full, half full or empty.

 

The weather was much warmer at Forest school this week! We had a go at digging for worms in the mud as well as painting the prominent people from the Tudor times.

 

Next week we are learning about The Victorian times, if you have anything at home that can help us with this topic please bring it in.