June/July & August Update

Bumblebee room update

In June, we started our new book of the month, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children have become very engaged with the story, focusing well, joining in with key phrases, counting the fruits and starting to develop an understanding of the life cycle of a butterfly.

They have loved the arrival of our very own caterpillars and have closely monitored their growth as well as showing an amazing level of care when watching or holding the container. We are very excited for their next steps after linking some creative activities to our story about caterpillars and butterflies to really imbed their knowledge and understanding of lifecycles.

This month we have enjoyed exploring what we can do with water. The children have made their own choices by selecting resources to use to explore the water. The practitioners have also added paint/ food colouring and bubbles to make changes too. We also had water in the garden and enjoyed a nice snack after.

July  – Making Smoothies

 

The children have enjoyed playing alongside their peers selecting different fruits to make real yummy smoothies!

We allowed the children to push the button on the blender which helps encourage their technical skills.

Butterflies Room news

The butterflies have also been exploring a range of materials and resources to mix and talk about.  These include coloured paint and gloop, coloured ice, bugs and sensory shapes.

Our story of the month is ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ which the children join in with and like to guess what is going to happen next. As part of the story of the month we have set up sensory trays that the children have been investigating with while the story has been read

Finally a big well done to all of our new Butterflies that have come down from Bumblebee, you have all begun to learn new routines , explore new toys and make new relationships with the staff and your peers.

Ladybirds Room news

 

June

Ladybirds have been very busy this month! We have made a start with our under the sea display and the children have had great fun making sticky seaweed and handprint jellyfish.

In the garden we have worked as a team to build an obstacle course using the tyres and building blocks. The children had great fun practicing their balancing and jumping skills. Every morning we have been practicing our phonics and the children have had some great ideas when we talked about different sounds.

July has been super hot!

We have been using trays of sand and glitter to practice making the letters of our names.  The children have also been using their imaginations to build a train with the chairs inside! We had great fun chatting about where the train was going and the children were fantastic at taking turns to drive.

In the heat of the month we also had our annual sports day which the children enjoyed and all took part in. The children all did so well at varies races and it was great to see them cheering on their friends.

 

Graduation 2018

With the end of year fast approaching, we have to end with on a sad note, as our preschool children have left us to start their new adventure at “big school”. With some of the children only being with us for a short period of time, the staff and I have seen them all grow in confidence and are all truly going to missed at the nursery. We wish them well for the future!

 

May Update

Bumblebee Room Update 

Whilst making the most of the sunshine we ventured out to the local park. We had lots of fun on the roundabout, the slide and climbing frame. We went on the swings, seesaw and climbed through the train tube. We explored our Physical skills – squatting, negotiating spaces building our special awareness skills, climbing and running. We also used our Personal, Social and Emotional skills taking turns, sharing, smiling, eye contact and observing whilst developing and using keywords. We explored our surroundings, Understanding the World and  looking at our environment on the way to the park seeing the cars, people, buildings and trees around us.  We were also being careful in the sunshine with our sun cream, sunhats and drinks.

 

We celebrated St Patrick’s Day and National Flag Day.

We invited our families to join in to decorate four leaf clovers.  We used lollipop sticks, glitter and glue. This is good for our hand eye co-ordination. Using our concentration and direction skills to make sure the glue went onto the clovers.

We decorated various flags for America’s national Flag Day. We named the different coloured felt tips. Choosing what colours we wanted to use. This supports the children with recognising and naming the colours. The children used their whole hand grasp. These are not just creative activities but it helps develop physical skills, promotes communication and languages skills using key and simple words.

We celebrated the Royal Wedding with Butterflies and Ladybirds in true British fashion with an afternoon tea garden party! We made our own crowns and ate homemade muffins with tea.

 

Butterflies Room news

 

The children have enjoyed developing their motor skills with the scissors, particularly with cutting the herbs and bluebells.  This has also allowed the children to explore their senses with the various smells.

This month we have also enjoyed celebrating Peppa Pig’s muddy puddle walk by splashing in our own muddy puddles and making footprints. We made the most of the weather by making mud pies afterwards and playing with our peers outside.

 

 

Ladybirds Room news

Ladybirds have been very busy strengthening their fine motor skills with the Geoboards (elastic band nail boards). They have been very creative when using them, making all types of shapes with one child even made and named a hexagon! Another child made a house using only one band! Very impressive! This strengthens their pincer grip (thumb and fore finger), hand eye co-ordination. This extends the children’s learning with their math’s skills, recognising shapes – looking at the environment around us with the similar shapes we can see i.e. a door is a rectangle.

 

We have introduced a new ‘job board’ for the children in Ladybirds. It is a fun way of encouraging life skills and routines to the children, as it helps develop their choice and decision making. At the start of the day, during self registration – the children sing their morning welcome song, and then choose what area of the room they are going to be responsible for when it comes to tidying up. There are pictures of the areas of the room on the board. The children find their own name and place it against the picture of the area they wish to help tidy up. The children have taken well to this and cooperate with this new concept well working well as a team. This encourages the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional skills.

The children have enjoyed using the computer. It encourages turn taking, co operating with boundaries set, recognition of numbers and letters and general ICT skills needed to operate a programme on the computer. The children have also been making some amazing pictures on the computer as well.

 

March Update.

Bumblebees

To celebrate Mother’s Day the children created beautiful flower cards using their hands as the petals and pictures of themselves as the middle of the flower. The children enjoyed making these as it involved a gooey sensory experience getting their hands into the paint.

World book day was celebrated throughout the nursery with the children dressing up as their favourite book characters. We had Peter Pan, pirates and princesses. The children enjoyed listening to their favourite books at story time.

Butterflies and Ladybirds

Our book of the month for March is Piranha don’t eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey. Brian the Piranha loves bananas. He tries to convince his friends to try some fruits and vegetables, but they prefer chomping on people’s feet, knees and bums! He keeps asking them until they finally give in and try a fruit platter. Will his friends like it and switch to eating more fruits and veggies? The story is a fun and cheeky rhyming book which encourages children to try new things and embrace their individuality.

We started March off with World Book day. It was amazing seeing the children dressed as their favourite characters and bringing in their special stories from home.

For Mothers Day this year we made special cards with flowers on. We planted bulbs in decorated pots to give as presents. We have really enjoyed hearing the children telling us about the bulbs which have begun to sprout.

 

In March we also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. We celebrated in true messy style with our festive green, sparkly foam in the garden.

February Update

Bumblebees

Our bumblebees have been very busy this month with lots of different activities going on.  We have been exploring different media and materials, such as table painting, play dough and multicoloured spaghetti play. When we had the snow showers we brought some of the snow into the room for the children to see and feel, this allowed the children to explore with their hands and some children even tasted it!

 

On Valentine’s Day we decorated biscuits for our loved ones and ourselves! We used different coloured icing, each child chose the colour they wanted and did a great job decorating their own biscuit. They found this extremely hard as most of them just wanted to gobble up the biscuit themselves – they did look scrummy!

Ladybirds and Butterflies

In February our book of the month was ‘One Mole Digging a Hole’. The children became very engaged with the story – counting along, starting to recognise their numbers, encouraging their participation as their confidence grew. As a result of this we saw a corresponding increase in the children using numbers spontaneously in their play.

We celebrated Chinese New Year with the children making their own dragons and taking part in a dragon dance.

At the start of February, we were visited by the ‘Beast from the East’. We made sure to make the most of the opportunity – making and throwing snowballs and building mini snowmen.

Janaury 2018 Update

Bumblebees

Sensory Silliness

This month we have been testing out senses to the max! We have explored so many textures from Jelly to smelly slime. The children have loved using their gross motor skills to stir the jelly with spoons and folks. We have especially chosen spoons so that they children become familiar with holding spoons to encourage them being used at meal times. The children have also been expressing themselves

Ladybirds and Butterflies

Our ladybirds and butterflies have been very busy having fun this month.  Our book of the month has been “Goldilocks and the 3 bears”. The children have absolutely loved this book! They have been joining in with the story, repeating missing phases the children have loved signing our 3 bear song and joining in with the actions. As a follow on activity we all made our own porridge for snack time and added in our own choice of toppings.

 

 

 

 

The children have been using their imagination with play dough. It’s amazing what you can make,  we have had ham and cheese sandwiches, birthday cake, castles and even power liners to power the castle. We extended the children’s learning by letting them use the play dough in the home corner so they can make and mould their own foods, having their own ideas.

Why don’t you use our simple play dough recipe at home? All you need is

Play dough on the hob

½ cup of salt

1 cup of plain flour

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon of oil

3 drops of liquid food colouring

Peppermint essence

How to make

Mix all of the ingredients together in a sauce pan.

Stir over heat until dough is pliable

Allow to cool and store in a plastic bag or container

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Ho Ho Ho post our letters and to the North Pole they go!

We had lots of messy fun this month making our post box for our friends to post their Christmas cards.  We also enjoyed making lots of festive decorations for our mummy’s and daddy’s, exploring different textures and using lots of different techniques when doing so.