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Enjoying the Autumn in Nursery

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The Nursery children have had another busy week.  We have collected different types of leaves, twigs and other autumnal findings from our forest area to use in creating our own pictures, as well as having lots of fun running through the willow tunnels.  We have continued to enjoy our visit from the Spanish teacher and we began our Dance and Musical Mini’s sessions, where we enjoyed learning new movements and used lots of different props to support them.  Messy Play was another great success as we learnt how to make our own play dough, using flour, salt, water and powder paint, it was a messy job but we really enjoyed it.

Working on Their Pre-Writing Skill in Pre-School

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This week Preschool have been very busy working out different ways to make marks on paper.  The children have explored paintbrushes, pens, paint.  They even tried throwing empty egg shells full of paint to see what marks they would make.  Once all the eggs had been thrown the children then took a print of it.  The children even took part in squiqqle whilst you wiggle, to practice their pre-writing skills.  The circular movements they are becoming familiar with will help to form the letters o,b,d,p, c, a.   We used paper streamers to make our circle shape then we transferred the circular movements to the table and shaving foam.   We have also had our first computing lesson and cookery lesson this week.  We have been very busy.

Squidgy Jelly Fun in Nursery

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The children in Nursery have been very busy this week.  They have been practising their gross and fine motor skills, balancing, jumping, hopping, walking, running, and using scissors.  They have continued to practice their listening skills by playing a game called jack in the box, waiting for instructions and jumping up.  They have particularly thoroughly enjoyed our messy play activities with jelly, shaving foam and paint.  The children have created autumn coloured leaves by mixing paint with the foam,  dipping leaf shaped stencils in and scraping the foam away.  As this activity progressed, the children decided to mix up the paints and foam and create their own marks using their fingers.  The jelly was a great success, squeezing it through their fingers and scooping it in to pots.  All these activities help to build up their muscles in their arms, hands and fingers and of course they are so much fun.

Action Words in Pre-School

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This week the children have been learning about action words.  They were given an action word and then asked to act this out.  We used words such as stomp, crouch,  shake, press, flick, float.  The children then went on to talk about different occupations, we talked about the actions they make. The children came up with fireman sliding down the pole, lifeguard swimming and of course Spiderman flying on webs.  We had so much fun.  The children also enjoyed playing with the balloons.  They tried different ways of making the balloon travelling around their body.  Over our head, around our waist and through our legs.  The children enjoyed this so much that they keep asking to play the balloon game.  We have had a fun week.

Fun in Nursery

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This week the Nursery children have been practising their throwing, catching and kicking of balls.  They have also had great fun exploring different ways of making marks in play dough and in our outdoor area using the bikes and cars.

Settling Into Nursery & Pre-School

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The children in Nursery have settled in very well, after exploring their indoor and outdoor environment.  We have been concentrating on building up our gross motor muscles and making marks in different ways using different resources and materials.

This week we have been continuing to settle into Pre-School and have had fun exploring the sand and water. We have been concentrating on shape recognition and have enjoyed scrunching up paper balls and throwing them at a chosen shape. Together we looked closely at the shapes and counted all their sides. We have also been practising scissor control, using the scissors to follow different lines.