Ice and Snow 2019
Lots of fun and new experiences for the children during the recent cold snap!
The children explored the snow and ice, they made comments about how it felt and the noise that it made when they walked on it. Some children made track in the snow with their feet or by rolling objects. Some followed animal tracks and were intrigued by where they went.
Some learned how to roll snowballs and understood how to safely throw them. They also built a snowman.
The children observed that the snow was cold and even though it appeared dry it would then melt and turn wet.
Children dressed themselves in water proofs and wellies, they understood why this clothing needed to be worn.
In our nursery school, we encourage children to persevere when faced with something they may find challenging.
It is very easy as adults to step in and do something for a child when they are struggling, without even thinking.
Our role is to actively support children so that they learn that they can do things for themselves but also that it is important to try and have a go.
It can be as simple as putting on their own shoes or coats.
This week, for example, children were keen to open the padlock on the bike shed to get the bikes out. 🚲
They knew that they needed the key and where to find it. 🔐
The children then took turns and helped each other in putting the key in the lock, turning it, opening the padlock and finally pulling the door up.
This process took about 20 minutes but what a lot of learning was going on, just by being given that time and opportunity. 🌟
The children have been making use of the ropes in the garden at Hazel Avenue to swing from the trees. They worked out how to hold the ropes in order to lift their body off the ground. This skill develops upper body and core strength. Developing these muscles help children to be able to sit well, both on the floor and at a table, and further develops shoulder muscles which help children to hold a pencil for writing. (It’s also a lot of fun!!)
Autumn 2018 at Nursery
We have been looking at all the changes happening in the garden. The children collected leaves, sticks, apples, feathers… We used them to create a picture. There was lots of talk about size, colour and pattern.
We found a little frog in the garden at Hazel Avenue. He was hiding under a log but jumped out to see us. The children were fascinated to see how quickly he moved. Some of the children were able to hold him although he didn’t stay still for very long! We carefully placed him back under the log afterwards.
The children also collected apples in the Hazel Avenue garden. They sorted them and washed them. We sold them for 10p each. The money will buy more things for us to grow. They are delicious!
Sports’ Day – March 2018
We had a great sports day with an amazing amount of families coming to join us. We played egg and spoon races, walking with a balloon between our knees, rolling a hoop down the hill, parachute games, bean bags onto a target, and riding bikes around a course.
Thank you to everyone who participated and of course donated money for a very good cause.
Snow Day – March 2018
This was an activity for the children in January 2018 about ‘Exploring Puddles’ with the following questions….
- Where do they come from?
- What happens when I jump in?
- Where does the water go?
- I wonder what happens when I put this in the puddle?