Nursery & Pre-School News
EARLY YEARS ELIGIBILITY CODE - DEADLINE 31st DECEMBER 2023
PRE-SCHOOL - Christmas Preparations
This week the children have been getting their room ready for Christmas activities. They have set a dinner table up in the role play area ready for a Christmas lunch. Working together to set up enough plates and cups for all the children.
The children have been making Christmas lists for Santa, cutting toys out of a magazine and putting it on their list.
They have created their own lunch place mat and enjoyed throwing and catching snowballs.
They have also learnt about road safety and how to cross the road safely.
NURSERY - Exploring the Colour Yellow
This week in Nursery the children have enjoyed exploring the colour yellow.
To begin our topic, a practitioner read our Big Book 'Come Along Daisy' talking about the yellow ducks in the story and other yellow things that the children could see in the illustrations.
They have joined in with making yellow playdough and have used this to mould duck shapes and have also used duck cutters along with yellow feathers to place onto pond-scene playdough mats.
The children also engaged in a 'Musical Chairs' style game where yellow pieces of card were laid out on the floor along with some other colours. Music was played and the children danced around the sheets of card until the music stopped and they were then encouraged to find a yellow piece to stand on.
Along with our yellow-themed activities, we have also been celebrating Diwali by sharing the story of 'Peppa's Diwali' and creating some Rangoli patterns!
Finally the children have supported 'Children In Need' by dressing in spotty clothes and doing a counting activity using Pudsey faces and pompoms.
PRE-SCHOOL - Learning About Diwali
This week we have been learning all about Diwali. The children have created their own Rangoli patterns by drawing around their hands on black paper and colouring in with chalk and also by using pipettes with coloured water squeezed onto cloth. The children have also cleaned and decorated their home corner with lights and candles. After reading the Diwali story the children made their own puppets from the story and used these to cross a bridge which they had made from various construction materials.
NURSERY - Orange is the colour!
We return to Nursery following our half term break focusing on Halloween and the colour orange.
We began by reading the story of 'The happy pumpkin'. Following on from this the children engaged in a creative activity of decorating a pumpkin using a variety of orange materials and using scissors to snip the papers.
We enjoyed making orange sensory soup using various ingredients such as pumpkins, orange jelly and pompoms. We then created orange puffy paint using glue, shaving foam and orange food colouring.
We took the children on an orange treasure hunt looking for orange items to collect in our orange spinning bowls. We were pleased to see the items and to talk about them afterwards.
Finally we played a pumpkin Toss game using orange play balls to throw into an orange pumpkin faced box. This was lots of fun and a very busy week for all.
PRE-SCHOOL - Down on the Farm
We are continuing our theme on farms. This week the children are learning all about the animals we find on farms. We have been learning about what each animal produces and what their babies are called. The children have had great fun shearing sheep using foam and brushes and milking cows by squeezing a glove to measure how much milk they could collect. The children have also been using their gross motor skills to chase pig balloons using squatters into a pig sty and thrown eggshells filled with paint to make a collage.
NURSERY - Our Homes
This week in Nursery we have been focusing and talking about our homes.
The children looked at a large book about 'homes' and we discussed the furniture we would see in different rooms. The children then created pictures of their homes by choosing their furniture and cutting out the pictures for each room.
We had fun practising our physical skills using balance beams and stepping stones to balance and jump off.
We created our own 'play cement' using sand and shaving foam . Then the children had the opportunity to build structures resembling houses using Weetabix and the cement they made.
We introduced the children to join in with the words and actions to anew rhyme 'when Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.
PRE-SCHOOL - European Language Day
We started the week celebrating European Language Day, the Preschool children created West Kirby seafront and Hilbre Island using their knowledge of the local area. We then learnt about farms and how they work. Some farms grow crops whilst others farm animals. We have made 3D models using junk modelling to create barns, chicken coups and tractors. The children have also used large loose parts outdoors to make a tractor.
In cookery the children have used their mathematical knowledge to weigh ingredients to make pin wheels.
PRE-SCHOOL - Marvellous Me!
This week we are looking at all the marvellous things we can do. We have been using large hard play to show how we balance, jump, crawl and climb to manoeuvre over the equipment. We have shown how marvellous we are by attempting to write our names and show our understanding of subsidising. We also went on a walk around school to find different natural materials to add to the play dough and use the scissors to cut it up. We have had a busy week and shown off our marvellous skills.
NURSERY - Thinking About Ourselves
This week in Nursery we have continued to focus on 'Ourselves'. The children have enjoyed drawing and cutting our face shapes out of paper. With support, the children have practised their scissor skills and followed instructions. We looked in a mirror to see what our faces look like and identified our features.
We have had lots of fun developing our physical skills by practising kicking a ball and rolling a ball to our friends. These games have encouraged us to learn each other's names.
We have had messy fun by dipping newspaper in runny glue to make papier mache. The children made island models in preparation for a new topic next week.
NURSERY - Exploring our Environment
This week in Nursery the children have been settling into their new surroundings, exploring their new environment and getting to know their key workers and their peers. We have been encouraging the children in helping to mix the ingredients for play dough and to create neutral-coloured paintings by rubbing the paint over the paper. The children have been joining in with familiar nursery rhymes and action songs and have also enjoyed exploring different ways of climbing and moving around the climbing frame.
PRE-SCHOOL - Exploring our Environment
The Preschool children have settled in really well and had fun exploring their environment and making friends.