"Play is the highest form of Research" ~Albert Einstein
The 3 Little Pigs
Once upon a time there were 3 little pigs. They each built a house made of straw, sticks and bricks. They were very happy until.....
THE BIG BAD WOLF
came along. He huffed, and he puffed but luckily all the pigs were safe and warm in the brick house. No matter how much he tried he could not blow it down, it was just too strong!
The pupils enjoyed this story so much that we decided to re-tell the story outside in our beautiful sensory garden. We were very busy with our pig masks and the BIG BAD WOLF even made an appearance!
In the Nursery we are learning about The Farm
Through a variety of play based learning experiences and activities we have been finding out about all the animals associated with the farm. We are encouraged to identify animals using objects, pictures and by their sounds, count and sort animals into sets and further develop one to one correspondence for a variety of animals and their young. Our art, stories, rhymes and music are related to this theme. We are really engaged and focused on what we are doing and learning so much through play.
Transport Topic in Nursery Our topic at the minute is Transport. We have been finding out about all different types of vehicles such as cars, trucks, boats, aeroplanes and trains. Through taking part in play based learning the children have had opportunities to sort modes of transport into sets that are the same, developing their early number through counting the cars etc and matching the number car to the same number garage.
In the water tray we have a car wash which is proving to be great fun. We use big sponges, dip them in the soap and water, and squeeze them over the cars. The children are also encouraged to further develop their mark making by filling in a valet booking form for their cars!
In the Nursery we feel it is very important to focus on each child’s fine motor skills. We provide a range of different activities and experiences aimed at developing and extending their fine motor skills. Fine Motor Development is the ability to co-ordinate the small muscles of the hand. This includes the ability to grasp, pick up, release, imitate and copy patterns. These small muscles perform the movements used in writing, or holding a pencil.
Children benefit from experiences that enhance the development of their fine motor skills enabling them to utilize their hands and fingers. Children need to have strength and dexterity in their hands and fingers, as well as eye-hand coordination, before being able to manipulate a pencil on paper.
During our winter topic we made bird cake.
Nursery meet the animals from Zoolab!
The nursery's morning session pupils enjoyed a visit from Zoolab. They brought a giant snail, a tortoise, a spider, a snake and a rat. The pupils were very brave and even touched them. They all felt very different. The rat was furry and the tortoise had a hard shell. The snake didn't feel the way we thought it would have at all!