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Dear Parents/Carers


We would like to welcome all our new friends to our room and wish all the boys and girls moving to the 3-5 room the best of luck.


Responsive Planning

In January we read various winter stories to the children and discussed the snow and why we wrap up warm. The children took a great interest in this so we decided to do a winter topic.  Another topic the children chose was "The jungle." This was responded to as the children showed an interest in a variety of jungle puzzles and took jungle animals out to play with.  In response to one of our children taking in a story called "My mum is beautiful," around about Mother's Day, the children made some Mother's Day cards, making handprint flowers.  The children asked for the farm set to play with and showed an interest in playing with the tractors, trailers and farm animals, so we also did this as a topic.  We moved onto an "Under the sea" topic which we are currently doing, as one of the children asked for the sea creatures to play with in the water tray – especially showing interest in the sharks! (Rights of the Child 3 – To be involved in daily planning including planning for transitions.)


Winter

For our winter topic, the children showed an interest in the snow when it fell, so we made some snow pictures using cotton wool and glitter to glue and stick. (Respect 3 – To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences.)

The children went out to play in the snow with opportunities to develop their hand eye co-ordination, using the scoops and jugs to transfer the snow from one to another.(Responsive Care 4 – To explore, experiment and try out new things indoors and out.)

The boys and girls asked for the shaving foam out to play with and pretended it was snow. We discussed that arctic animals stay in snowy, icy countries, so we took out our play arctic animals for the children to play with in the shaving foam.(Respect 4 – To have their individual needs, feelings and preferences acknowledged and respected.)

One of the children told us they had seen a robin in their garden, so we discussed what colour a robin was and painted robin pictures using brown and red paint.(Relationships 4 – To communicate and express their needs and feelings and to have these understood.)

The children chose a variety of winter stories from the library bus which they enjoyed looking at during quiet time.

We all discussed sledging when there was snow but by the time we were ready to go sledging, the snow had melted!!!  This meant we decided to do a sledging activity indoors instead.  We put down a white sheet and the children used their imaginations to pretend it was snow. Along with the children's help, they each had turns at pulling each other along the sheet in the sledge, which they thought was great fun.  (Rights of the child 4 -To thrive and be nurtured by loving adults who promote their learning and development.)

The children had the opportunity to practise their cutting skills and develop hand eye co-ordination holding and using the scissors to snip and make snowflakes, which they then decorated using glitter and winter snow flake sequins. (Relationships 3 – To develop a positive sense of self and feel good about themselves.)

We discussed with the children what to wear in winter. They had some great suggestions and drew and labelled pictures showing what to wear and why.  The children also had the opportunity to make some collage pictures of what to wear in winter, gluing and sticking tissue paper.  (Respect 4 – To have their individual needs, feelings and preferences acknowledged ad respected.)

The boys and girls took part in a baking activity, making snowball truffles. They helped to measure and mix the ingredients, and they especially liked rolling their truffles in the coconut. (Relationships 3 – To develop a positive sense of self and feel good about themselves.)


In the Jungle

The children showed a great interest in the jungle animals and copied the colours of them whilst colouring pictures.  Some of the children even perfected their pincer grip as they drew around them. (Responsive Care 3 – To become independent and practise new skills.)

The children had the opportunity to make a selection of jungle masks using paper plates and they enjoyed gluing and sticking materials on to make their animal. (Respect 4 – To have their individual needs, feeling and preferences acknowledged and respected.)

Each child wanted to make a jungle placemat and chose which animal they wanted to colour in. The children used their placemat at meal times and then took them home. (Responsive Care 7 – To feel connected to their home environment and wider community.)

We all enjoyed listening to jungle stories and we sang a variety of jungle songs. "Down in the jungle," was a favourite with most of the children! (Rights of the child 5 – To be treated as individuals and have their individual needs/preferences met.)

After reading a crocodile story, the children asked to make their own crocodiles, so they helped mix and measure ingredients to make salt dough. We used crocodile cutters, afterward painting their salt dough green like a crocodile.

The children had the opportunity to take in a jungle toy, cd, book or game from home to show their friends for show and tell.  Most children were quite confident to stand up and show their friends what they had brought in. (Respect 5 – To have the freedom to express themselves.)


On the farm

The "3 little pigs" is a favourite story with some of the children so we read the story and made some pig masks using paper plates and paint. Charlie told us he had seen cows in a field, so we watched a short cow clip on the ipad about the process of milking the cows and the food we get from them. The children took a great interest in this, so we decided to collage white and black pictures of dairy cows. (Respect 1 – To feel included appreciated and valued as an individual.)

We explained to the children Ashleigh was taking in lambs to the nursery, and they were very excited about this. We discussed how the lambs feel and some of the children said they were "fluffy" and "white".  Using cotton wool, we made some lamb pictures.  When Ashleigh brought the lambs in the next day the children were all keen to touch and feel them … some of the children even gave the lambs cuddles.(Responsive Care 7 – To feel connected to their home environment and wider community.)

The children asked for the tractors out to play with, and we did some tractor printing pictures using the wheels of the tractor.


Sports Relief

The children had the opportunity to take part in various activities for Sports Relief. On Monday, we did an obstacle course and all the boys and girls had the opportunity to develop their gross motor skills whilst using the physical equipment in the garden. (Respect 3 -To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences.)

On Tuesday, we had a bake sale and the children helped to measure and mix the ingredients - we made top hats and chocolate krispies.

On Wednesday, the children wore their sports clothes to nursery.

On Thursday the children took in their favourite cuddly toy from home which they showed their friends and on Friday the children dressed up as animals. (Relationships 3 – To develop a positive sense of self and feel good about themselves.)


Easter

Thanks to everyone who brought in an Easter bonnet to the nursery - they all looked super and it was obvious a lot of effort was put into them.  The winner of our Easter bonnet competition was Keren who had used tissue paper to make an Easter chick, which we were told took a few weeks to make so well done!  After discussing the Easter hats, the children told us they were having Easter eggs hunts at home, so we had our own one at the nursery.  The children loved looking for the chocolate eggs and took them home.  They also finger painted Easter egg pictures.(Rights of the child 2 – To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making.)


Library Bus

The library bus visits the nursery every second Monday, and the children get a chance to go on and choose a book to take back into nursery, which they are very enthusiastic about. We do try to choose some books that match the topic we are doing at that time too.


Next

We are currently an "under the sea" topic which the children have been enjoying.  We will continue to responsive plan the children's ideas for topics we will do next.


Many Thanks


Nicola Buchan

Nursery Nurse

Room Leader

 

Ashleigh Duguid

Nursery Assistant (level 2, working to 3)

 Marie MacDonald

Nursery Nurse

 

            

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