Pop Art, Mother’s Day and Easter

The last two weeks of term have been very busy at nursery.

We had our last week of looking at British art which culminated in the wonderful modern pop art genre. Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material. The children created some fantastic shoe pictures, hand prints and abstract masks.

 

For Mother’s Day the children created some wonderful hand flower cards, with the upper preschool writing their own names in, well done all.

 

Jeremie’s grandparents are over from Canada. They came in and read to the children jointly which was fantastic as well as baking maple syrup cookies for the children to have after fruit snack time. Thank you so much and if any other grandparents would like to come in and read please add their names to the reading rota as the children love having visitors.

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The children have been very excited about Easter. We have learnt about the Christian meaning of Easter as well as looking at other religions such as the Jewish Passover.

The children have created lots of lovely Easter crafts including cards, bunnies, chicks and a free design picture.

Such a wonderful end to the term.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE

 

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Tracey Emin & St Patricks Day

Tracey Emin is an English contemporary artist known for her autobiographical and confessional artwork. Emin produces work in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, film, photography, neon text and sewn appliqué. The children have created some wonderful pictures across a few of these media.

By far the most enjoyable pictures the children created this week, were their neon art which involved glow sticks! Hopefully lots of you have them back already and have them stuck in the their bedroom so at night they can see them glow.

Some of Tracey’s most famous pieces of art are those with messages on. The children all told Mrs Ana what they loved doing with their families, we turned these into dot to dot messages that they could write themselves. They also matched letters to the wonderful canvas pictures they created to tell their families how much they loved them.

The children also created some fantastic messy play shape pictures using cling film, shapes and paint.

For Messy Monday we had the mud kitchen back in full swing.

At Forest school we created some wonderful Shamrock pictures to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

It’s our last week covering artists so please remember on Wednesday 21st March we are wanting the children to dress up as artists.

Henry Moore

This week the children have been learning all about the sculptor Henry Moore. He is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. Henry Moore’s house (Perry Green) and gardens are open to the public so if you ever fancy a day trip out of London I know the children would really enjoy it.

The children made a paper mache sculpture of Henry Moore’s famous sculpture King & Queen. This was a very enjoyable activity as they created so much mess!

 

Henry Moore was also famous for his reclining people sculptures, these are public works of art in New York, Harvard University, Buenos Aires just to name a few. The children created their very own reclining sculptures, with two heads, five legs and hair that was just glitter! Some great imagination was shown in this activity.

For cooking on Thursday the children created some wonderful bread rolls, some lovely kneading skills being shown by the children.

The children had lots of fun creating role play games this week, whether it was changing their babies nappies, setting up a picnic or pretending to be doctors, we had some wonderful group play sessions.

Jeremie’s daddy, Patrick, came in and read the children a story which they loved.

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Friday at Forest school we created some wonderful chalk tree pictures, climbed trees and chased Mrs Charlotte around.

 

 

William Turner (World Book Day & Pancake Day)

WOW, what a week. We have not only learnt about the wonderful landscape painter William Turner, but had Pancake Day and World Book Day all in one week!

William Turner, the English romanticist landscape painter from the eighteenth century has been allowing the children to develop their painting and imagination skills. We looked at some of his most famous pieces of art work, the subjects he liked to paint and the children have created some wonderful art.

 

 

The upper preschool have been learning all about the letter ‘J’ this week. They have also worked together on some amazing building projects, great team work upper preschoolers!

 

Mrs Charlotte has been helping the lower preschool with their cutting skills as well as learning all about the letter ‘g’ this week.

 

There were some wonderful costumes for World Book Day and as we had two hungry caterpillars we read the book with some help from the upper preschool children.

 

As my son tells me, Pancake day is the third best day of the year, after Christmas and his birthday and I would agree. The children made some delicious pancakes, which the teachers had to try as well!

 

For Forest School this week it was raining so we had a go at indoor gymnastics instead. I definitely think we have a few Max Whitlocks in the group, Olympics 2032!!

 

Parents meetings will be on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd March. Sign up sheets will go on the notice board this week.