What a fantastic start to our nursery year! We have been exploring everything autumn using a range of activities to extend the children’s knowledge and learning.
This project teaches children about the natural changes that happen during the season of autumn, including how the weather changes, why trees lose their leaves and how wild animals prepare for winter.
Discovery Trays: We used a range of natural and craft resources to spark the children’s curiosity, imagination and intrigue.
Autumn Discovery picture cards: We used autumn picture cards during small groups to extend the childrens vocabulary and encouraged group discussions with each other.
Autumn play dough and Salt dough: The children had a fab time making autumn play dough and salt dough. They made leaves and hedgehogs developing maths and fine motor skills.
Spice paints: We made autumn scented spice paints for the children to develop their sense of smell, they then were able to make marks with the paints and explore the different smells.
Curiosity Cube: Our curiosity cube was filled with natural objects from the environment, it gave the children an opportunity to use their language to describe what they can see?
“From the tree” “I see six” “Looks like a grape” “I like the spikey one”.
Halloween and Diwali: We explored two autumn festivals providing the children with a range of activities:- discovery table, witches hats, spaghetti monsters, pumpkin plates, Diwali candles.
Autumn Rhymes and Stories –
- Stickman, The Enormous Turnip, The Little Acorn.
- Rhyme - Leaves are falling.
- Spooky fingers (tune of Tommy Thumb)
Once upon a Time
We have been exploring the world of fairy tale stories, songs and rhymes. We have used a range of resources to extend the children knowledge and learning and that a story has a beginning, a middle and an end!
This project supports children to develop a love of stories and reading. It encourages children to learn, retell and act out familiar and traditional tales including Cinderella, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Discovery Trays: We have had a range of discovery trays over the term, they have included fireworks, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Christmas, Elf present wrapping station, resources to encourage story telling as they play.
“We did some mixing. We mixed porridge”
Cooking: Keeping to our fairy tale theme the children took part in baking plaited bread to represent Rapunzels long hair. They also have been baking Ginger bread People. The children were able to measure out the ingredients, mix them together, roll and cut out their shapes the wait for them to cook so we could eat our tasty treats.
“I liked baking gingerbread; it smells really nice”, “ we made gingerbread”.
The Three Little Pigs: Our focused book has been the ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children have been making and building houses, Piggy hats and noses, piggy play dough, various discovery trays for the children to have ago at retelling the story independently…. Even making up their own versions. The children also loved our shadow puppet show at story time.
Winter and Christmas: The children have been exploring winter festivals and the changes between autumn and winter.
We made our role play areas into a Post Office where the children were able to explore how we send letters and parcels, writing letters, putting letters into envelopes, money and stamps.
For our younger group we made a Tree-pee, the children are able to sit inside to read stories and relax with their friends under the twinkle lights.
We set up a snowy winter scene for the children to explore on our light box.
There has been a range of activities celebrating the Christmas season with a Christmas concert for our pre-school group, lots of crat activities and a Nativity scene for our children to explore.
“Singing Christmas dinner”, “we post letters to Santa in the post office”, “I made a Christmas card”.
When we return for term 3 our theme will be Starry Night.
The Nursery Team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!