The children who started Nursery last year, as Rising 3s, came back to school after the summer really confidently, and they have buddied up with our new children, really helping them to settle - a great start to the Nursery year.
Our themes have included Harvest and Autumn; we have looked at lots of fruit and vegetables using magnifying glasses, and we have explored them with our senses – sight, taste, touch and smell. We have learned and used lots of new words - skin, flesh, seeds, pips, stalk, and the names of some less usual fruit, for example pomegranate and mango. Using paint, we have printed with potatoes and carrots, looking at patterns and shape.
We also found out information about how bread is made, handled real wheat and looked at photographs and video clips of combine harvesters in action. We have become familiar with the story of The Little Red Hen, and have been retelling it with stick puppets we have made.
We found out that wheat is ground into flour, and we have had great fun experimenting with that - and turning ourselves white!!! We added water to it and used various utensils to explore it – whisks, spoons, sieves, scoops - this has been great for developing shoulder, elbow and wrist strength – all movements needed to help children develop as writers when they are ready.
Lots of families took up the challenge to collect Autumn objects and we have a lovely varied collection of leaves, fir cones, conkers, acorns and their shells in Nursery, which we have observed and used for counting practice. We made large Autumn collages and learned some Autumn songs to performed to our parents and carers, very bravely!
Our class book this half term is ‘Come On Daisy” and the children have taken to it like a duck to water!!! The majority of children know the repeated phrases in the story off by heart, and love to act out it out in the small world play, using deep “Gribbit” voices for the frog and soft “Coo” voices for Daisy the duckling. We have learned about staying close to our grown ups to keep safe too. Our collage and drawings based on the book have been amazing – very representational, achieved through good listening, concentration and careful observation. The ‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’ song has also become a favourite and we have been learning so much numeracy through it – counting, splitting 5 into different groups and adding and subtracting with the frogs. We have been very busy!
We are looking forward to exploring new challenges next half term, and to our next class book, ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ .