Spring time is when all the mini beasts either come out of their hibernation or start to create new life.
The theme was brought to life by a visit from Zoolab. Richard, the zoo keeper, showed the children a spider, snake, giant snail, beetle, iguana and a scorpion. The children were allowed to touch the snake, snail, beetle and iguana which they loved. Rosie the spider and the glow in the dark scorpion had to stay in their boxes!
A few of the children’s brother and sisters also came along to share the experience.
At craft time this week the children made some wonderful ladybirds, bees, snails and spiders that climbed up their spouts! This all brought the mini beast theme to life.
We also had a birthday celebration this week as well as having afternoon snack time outside as the summer is coming, or so we thought!
A big part of growth in spring happens in our ponds. Since we have so many on our doorstep we decided to look at what happens in them over Spring.
The children had fun learning about the frog cycle. How Frog spawn hatches into tadpoles, tadpoles grow feet and are called froglets, then they lose their gills and are fully grown frogs. The children created some wonderful frogs as well as looking at lots of pictures from the frog cycle.
Ducks and their ducklings are also another common sight on the pond in Spring so the children created their very own duckling with feathers. Along with salt dough water boat men that they moulded, painted and stuck spaghetti in to make their very long legs.
The upper preschool were doing some wonderful number work this week with cards and pegs. The also learnt the digraph ‘oa’ for boat and made a wonderful boat each.
The lower preschool were working on big and small concepts and created some wonderful pictures of a small mouse and a big elephant. They also had a wonderful time with Mrs Howida sorting the counting bears into big and small piles.
On an afternoon session we visited the playground to practise some climbing skills.
For Forest school we brought our fishing nets with us and caught some pond animals to look at. This was to in still the learning we had done in the classroom into a practical environment. We didn’t manage to take any photo’s as we were just making sure no one would disappear into the pond.
This term we are looking at themes that happen around Spring. To kick it off we covered the season of Spring.
We looked at lots of fruit and vegetables that have seeds and how Spring is an important time for planting the fruit and vegetables we want for the summer.
We also learnt about all the flowers that come out in flower in Spring. We looked at daffodils, bluebells, tulips and cherry blossom trees. Consequently, the children created some wonderful daffodils and beautiful cherry blossom trees.
Mrs Harshpreet showed the children how to plant seeds and everyone has had a go at planting cress seeds. These will come home in a few weeks. We want the children to learn how to look after their plants and hopefully they will be rewarded by them growing, fingers crossed!
The lower preschool were learning about the letter ‘L’ this week and created a fantastic laundry line picture. They also did some fishing for numbers to practice numbers 1-5.
The upper preschool have been learning about the concepts tall and short. Creating wonderful straw towers in dough with different lengths of straws. They have also learnt the digraph ‘ai’ for train and created some wonderful name trains.
We had a wonderful time in the forest leaf painting, but we were so busy we forgot to take photos! Looking forward to Pond Animals next week.
The first week back we worked on the behaviour we expect around the nursery. We have added a traffic light system into our behaviour management system with picture posters for green and red choices.
All the children loved this idea and have been really keen on making green choices to get a green choice card from their teacher.
The children also created a wonderful promise chart for their classroom. They all promised to listen, make good choices, do our best, help each other and have fun.
At Forest school the children created their own paper streamers. They all collected their own sticks, Mrs Charlotte showed them how to create the streamers and then they all had a go themselves.
They had great fun playing with their streamers in the wind!
For the last day of term we created an Easter egg hunt in the woods for the children. Mrs Charlotte gave them clues and as a group they all went off to find the hidden eggs.
There were five hiding places, they all did so well finding them but one got them really hunting even when they were sat right underneath it!
After the hunt they were all allowed one egg to eat and then they had lots of fun playing with their friends before the Easter break.