We have been visited in Nursery by Mrs Womble from the Sale Wombles. She talked to the children about the importance of putting rubbish in the bin and how harmful litter is to the environment and wildlife. The children were then able to use litter pickers as they cleared the vast amount of litter from our garden.
Since the visit we have been discussing how we can play our part in caring for the world around us. The children have talked about saving water, saving energy and the importance of recycling. Some children have chosen to make posters for our nursery walls to spread the message!
We have been learning about growing at this time of year. Our caterpillars have trebled in size and are now safely in their cocoons - we are excited to see the butterflies when they emerge in a few days. The children have loved learning about the butterfly lifecycle and linked their knowledge and understanding to a favourite story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.
The children have planted and cared for their beans and these are now thriving. We now know about how to care for plants and their basic needs for continued growth. We are hoping for a 'Jack and the Beanstalk ' experience - another favourite story in nursery.
This week the children have spotted lots of ladybirds on our garden tree. We are now hunting for different minibeasts and talking about their features and habitats.
With the warmer weather we have had lots of opportunities to build and strengthen our physical skills outdoors. The children have been challenging themselves to learn new skills through different experiences and have been very proud of their personal achievements.
We have been sharing our favourite stories with our friends. Wearing the story cloak, the children have been sitting on the special story chair to talk about their book with the class. Dressing up on World Book Day was great fun and the children had the opportunity to go on the stage to show their amazing costumes!
This month we have been learning about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. As the children watched a short film, they showed particular interest in both the clothes worn and food eaten during the celebration. We worked together to set up a Chinese restaurant, where the children were able to act out the roles of staff and customers. Setting ourselves the challenge of working with chopsticks, the children had great fun exploring noodles. We also spent time thinking about how we could write in Chinese and how the written characters were different from the letter shapes that we recognised. The children then worked on the skills of painting or writing Chinese characters.
During our ‘winter walk’ around the school grounds, the nursery children noticed the bare trees and the birds looking for food.
We began to explore the impact of the winter season on our garden birds. As part of their learning, the children made their own bird feeders for the garden and created a bird hide in the cloakroom. As they spent time watching the birds visiting the nursery garden, the children have created collages, painted pictures and even made sets of binoculars to use inside the bird hide.
In other areas of learning, we have been focusing on developing our number skills. Around the nursery we have had plenty of opportunities to talk about and work with numbers.
Mrs Hughes and Ms Owen would like to say a very big THANK YOU for all of your kind words, cards and gifts. We hope that you have all had a lovely break and we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! As we start back, we are looking forward to the adventures and learning opportunities on offer in 2019.
A very busy month with lots of exciting activities....
The children were amazing in their Christmas Production and with only two weeks of practice! They all went onto the stage with such confidence and took part in songs with actions. Well done Nursery - you were amazing!
Nursery children took the Rhyme Challenge on Friday 16th November and performed 13 songs and rhymes to a large audience in Nursery. The children worked very hard to learn the songs and were excited to sing them and show their new skills. We took a collection for Children in Need, which took place that evening! Thank you to all of the parents and carers who supported this event and, if you would like to watch the performance, please visit our Springfield YouTube channel or use the links on the class web pages.
As the weather changes, the children have enjoyed exploring outside and noticing the seasonal differences around them.
Following our Autumn walk to the school garden the children chose to express their learning in different creative ways. We introduced a new friend to the nursery - Ollie the Owl. The children were very interested in learning more about owls and, having discussed their habitat and features, they drew and painted their own pictures of owls.
We have displayed their fabulous work in nursery so please feel free to come in and have a look! You might also spot our friend Ollie the Owl who has taken up residence in our nursery tree - he helps the children to think about listening while they are sitting at group time. Your child will be able to tell you all about him!
We have had a very busy month visiting all of our families at home and then welcoming the children into Nursery.
The children have been amazing and have settled very quickly into our busy environment. Many thanks to all of the parent and families for their support while we have been working to develop relationships with the children.
Our sessions are always busy with many different opportunities for play alongside stories, singing, snack and lots and lots of talk!
Here are a few photos to give you a flavour of nursery life so far.....