This week we are reading Monkey Puzzle’. The children have really enjoyed the challenge of having to find the missing pieces and placing them correctly to the animal puzzle.
Playing with these puzzles encourages children to look at pictures more carefully, going over them from top to bottom and from left to right. Through doing this, children may begin to notice visual similarities and differences.
Puzzles develop memory skills, as well as an ability to plan, test ideas and solve problems. While completing a puzzle, children need to remember shapes, colours, positions and strategies to complete them.
For phonics we played a guessing game, the children were asked to guess the name of the animal, when they heard the sound they make. They did really well to identify the animals and used their hands and feet to show me how the animals look.
We also had a go at drawing a monkey.
Drawing builds a child’s fine motor skills.
It develops hand-eye coordination.
It develops creative expression through free drawing.
This week we have busy reading ‘Lost and Found’. The children were shown pictures from the story and asked to retell the story in their own words, using key words. They used the wooden blocks to build the boy and penguin a boat to act out the part in the story, while singing row row your boat rhyme. Then we were really excited to learn how we can draw a penguin in 6 easy steps using the shapes we have been learning about. The children then tried their best to write their names on the dotted lines to playing musical chairs, that Ms Tetteh spontaneously put fourth and the children were up in a heart beat to dance along.
Please scroll down to see some of the lovely work the children have done this week, from hand printing the Penguins webbed feet across the penguins body to making their very own paper penguin.
Can we please continue for our children to practice writing their name.
This week we have been reading ‘The Bear Snores On’.
We have spoken about about why the bear wanted to sleep on and what hibernation is.
On our funky fingers table, we have been busy learning how to zip up the bears in our coats, to flex and strengthen finger muscles! The children enjoyed making one big den on our bug rug and used their imagination to act out the character from the story too hibernate in. We’ve been using strips of sugar paper and glue to make a picture of a bear. This week we’ve also started learning about shapes and investigating the different properties of the shapes. What is the name of this shape? Can it roll? Does the shape have corners/sides? How many sides/corners?
We also had a hunt around the nursery to see if we can find any of the objects that form the shape of a circle, triangle, or square.
The story for this week was Little Red Riding Hood, when you get a moment with your little ones this weekend can I ask for you to engage in conversations about the book. You could ask them the following questions below!
Who did the Little Red Riding Hood visit in the story?
On her way through the woods what animal does she see?
Who got to Grandma’s house before Little Red Riding Hood?
What did the wolf do when he got to Grandma’s?
Why was Little Red Riding Hood not frightened of the wolf at Grandma’s house?
What did the wolf say to Little Red Riding Hood?
Who helped Little Red Riding Hood when the wolf was chasing her?
The children enjoyed making cupcakes out of play-dough for Grandma and decorated these using lots of different resources. Please scroll down and have a look at some of the projects the children were involved in and designed with me this week; our Christmas wrapping paper, which we then wrapped on our boxes to display under the Christmas tree and class room display of an enchanted forest with Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf in the woods using twigs and card.
We have been busy reading ‘The three Billy Goats Gruff’ and the ‘Gingerbread man in the last two weeks. The children are confident to recall the stories and you can challenge them this weekend by asking them, who the characters were, what happened and why!
The children enjoyed sounding out the hooves of the goats ‘trip trap’, ‘stomp stomp’,’stamp stamp’ as they were busy building the bridge using lego and large blocks at the carpet. We also enjoyed using big blocks of chalk in the playground to draw the river and bridge to practise each sound and develop mathematical language for the children to identify which goat is ‘small’, ‘medium’ and ‘big’.
This week the children used puppets to retell the story of the Gingerbread man and got to bake their very own Gingerbread not only for treat but to investigate what happens to Gingerbread if we were put him into water, to get a better understanding and recall why the Gingerbread man decided it was a safe idea to jump onto the back of the fox as appose to swim across the river.
The children are checking their troll plants everyday, to see how fast they are growing and have learnt; grass grow from a seed, we need to put the seed in the soil, we need water to grow the grass. We thought hard about where do we keep our grass trolls and agreed that we need to place our plants near the window, where they can get plenty of light and air to help them grow.
We were busy acting out the characters of the animals from the story, using props and continued to build on their curiosity at the ‘Animal Rescue Centre’, dressed as Vets taking care of the sick animals.
Maybe you could ask your child the following questions this weekend.
Can you remember any of the animals the zoo sent?
Why was the elephant/ giraffe/ monkey…etc not a good pet?
Which animal was perfect?
What pet/pet’s do you have at home?
If you don’t have a pet! you could ask, would you like a pet?
We have had a busy week, with an unexpected guess!
You may want to ask the children, who came to visit our Nursery this week! Yes it was ‘Incy Wincy’ Spider, which we had caught and placed in a special box in our very own investigation area. The children showed their curiosity, by exploring there 8-legged friend and had opportunity to use ‘Incy’ as an inspiration to spark their imagination and use other resources, to create, play or act the role of ‘Incy’. Mr Feitor came to ‘Incy’s’ rescue in the Nursery and the children followed the trail of Mr Feitor, as they made their way to the playground and found a suitable home for ‘Incy’, a spider web.
Mr Feitor shared with the children, some interesting facts, the ‘spider spin webs to catch other bugs to eat’, ‘spiders have short hairs on their feet that allow them to walk upside down on ceilings and over glass’.
We have had a lovely end to the week, with the children settled well into the new nursery year and have been; building friendships, building relationships with staff, learning the nursery routines, engaging in play and taking part in a variety of learning experiences.
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Hey everybody, it’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of the school year. Looking back over this past year in Fox Cubs it’s absolutely wonderful to see how much the children have grown and progressed in their learning. I feel so proud and lucky to have been their teacher for this year.
I would like to thank everybody for all of your support of your children throughout the year. Every time you look at the blog, read a story with them, show interest in their day you are investing time and energy into their education that will benefit them immensely in the future and helps us ensure that they are getting the best start to life.
I am confident that every child will thrive in Reception, and am excited for what is to come.
We have been spending this last week, and will be doing the same in the next few days, enjoying all the activities nursery has to offer, talking about our transition and our summer plans and reflecting on how much we have grown.
I hope that everybody has a restful, yet exciting summer, and I look forward to saying hello next September!