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25th May 2018

This week we have been on bug hunts. We went in small groups to visit the wild area at the back of the school. The children listened carefully to the sounds all around them. They used their magnifying glasses to look carefully in the leaves, under stones and logs. We put everything back carefully so we didn’t disturb their habitats. We talked about some of the things we found. Lots of children were really enthusiastic during this activity. It may be something you would like to follow up in the garden or in the park over the half term break. It is very good chance to get the children to use their listening skills and helps them begin noticing details in their surroundings, and also extend their vocabulary.

18th May 2018

This week we did lots of activities based around the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen. The children were all very keen and if you didn’t know the story before I’m sure you do now!

We had some lovely paintings and lots of children retold the story beautifully.

We went to the wild area at the back of the school to look for bears. The children were all very excited and they managed to find all the hidden bears.

As we had another very busy week we didn’t have time to explore the wild area properly. So next week we are going to revisit it, in small groups, and go on mini beast hunts.

We are also going to play lots of listening games with the children. Now that we have a larger group in nursery, there are more distractions and it’s always good to improve our listening skills!

11th May 2018

This week we have been exploring shapes all around us. We talked about both 2D and 3D shapes. We made shape pictures, went on shape hunts, sang shape songs, did shape puzzles and we even ate shape toast! The children are using lots of new language and some children are beginning to really enjoy trying to solve problems when they are set a challenge. This week I set some of the children using the soft play bricks, a challenge to build a bridge that an adult could fit under. They worked as a group and built a great structure that met the challenge. You may want to try setting simple challenges at home. It’s a great way to develop problem solving skills that will benefit the children well in the future!

Next week we are going to do activities based around the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen. The children love this book and it’s a great one for them to act out.

May 4th 2018

This week we have been exploring colours. Mixing, painting, matching and talking about the colours we like best. Some children made some lovely books on colour and everyone enjoyed the investigational aspect of this topic. The children were commenting and noticing colours all around them both inside and out. We even used some vegetables to make coloured dyes, which caused a great deal of amazement!

Next week we are recapping shapes. We will talk about both 2D and 3D shapes. We will sing some shape songs, go on some shape hunts, make some shape books and shape pictures. We will also be helping the children to realise how important shape is in their everyday lives. We will challenge them to build bridges, houses, garages and other structures using 3D shapes, finding out which ones work best and talking about fitting shapes together.

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