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July 2015


Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have all have a wonderful summer, even though the sun is hiding from us! Those who are going away, I hope you enjoy your holiday!

Pirates

The children showed a great interest in acting as pirates, wearing eye patches, (their favourite saying was “argh matey”) so we went on to learn more about them, which turned into a large, busy topic.

Great knowledge was demonstrated as three mind maps were created on what the children know, want to know and how we can find out about pirates. They all gave great ideas and were able to bounce off from each other’s ideas also.(LIT 0-09a- Within real imaginary situations, I share experiences and feelings, ideas and information in a way that communicates my message. Lit 0-02a/ENG 0-03a – As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen.)

The children expressed lots of good ideas whilst drawing what they think a pirate looks like. They talked about his clothes, face and hair, as well as discussing other related information, such as cannons. Some children were able to describe that their pirate was the captain! (EXA 0-02a I have the freedom to discover and choose ways to create images and objects using a variety of materials. LIT 0-09a- Within real imaginary situations, I share my experiences and feelings, ideas and information in a way that communicates my message.)

The children used the pens to create treasure maps for a treasure hunt we had planned the following week. They demonstrated good knowledge as they said “x marks the spot”. (EXA 0-05a- Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design.)

The following week, we had our treasure hunt. The children had to search for special pirate medals - each one had their name on it which was super fun and exciting. The older children were very fast at finding their name and then helped the younger children find their names if they were struggling!

We then had a discussion about what treasure the pirates could maybe find, and the children chose a toy to put in the sand tray to bury in the sand.  (SOC 0-04a – I have explored how people lived in the past and have used imaginative play to show how their lives were different from my own and the people around me.)

Creating playdough was exciting for the children. They helped mix the ingredients and then once it was ready, they children created their own pirates. They were confident at explaining (as well as identifying) the body parts of the playdough pirate. (EXA 0-07a-I can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others work.)

The children all got their creativity into gear, as lots of art and craft was created for this topic. Making pirate hats was lots of fun, where the children used a template, choosing tissue paper to decorate them, developing their cutting skills to cut out pieces of tissue paper. One of the children wanted to create a ‘real pirate hat’, so he used the iPad to copy each detail using the same colours. (EXA 0-02a, EXA 0-06a, TCH

The children wanted to make swords, so they demonstrated their number skills by doing a dot to dot picture of a sword. Several of the boys and girls were able to recognize the numbers, too. (MNU 0-20b- I can match objects, and sort using my own and others’ criteria, sharing my ideas with others.)

The children suggested we make pirate beards, so we printed out the shape of a face and the children created a pirate face. The younger children were supported and given pieces of tissue paper to use if unable to cut the tissue paper, and the older children managed to cut the tissue paper and were able to create the beard, knowing what shapes to cut it into. The children were able to identify where the beard goes, saying “The beard goes under the mouth” and we went on to have a discussion about moustaches being above the mouth, and that it is men who have them.

(EXA 0-05a-Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts, and feeling through activities within art & design. HWB-0-47b- I am aware of my growing body and I am learning the correct names for its different parts and how they work.)

We also created parrot pictures, using paint and cotton buds, and some children went on to draw their own parrots using the pens.

As well as painting a steering wheel for our pirate ship in the house corner, we drew around the children to make a real life size pirate.

The children wanted to know about parrots talking, and bird seeds, so we watched a video on the iPad listening to parrots talking, and there were lots of giggles, listening to them talking and singing! (TCH 0-04a-I enjoy exploring and using technologies to communicate with others within and beyond my place of learning.) We then spoke about what birds were able to eat, and the children said bird food, so out in the garden we created our own bird feeders using oranges, bird seed and lard. The children demonstrated good knowledge that the food was only for birds and not for them to eat. (SOC 0-08a-I explore and appreciate the wonder of nature within different enviroments and have played a part in caring for the enviroment.) The children then went on a bird hunt the following week using pictures to search for different birds which are common in the garden.





Our Body

The children demonstrated a great interest in our heart, and they used the stethoscope to check ‘our heart’ and a lot of the children played ‘doctors’ in the house corner, so we then went on to learn about our body.

Using the children’s ideas, we created three mind maps - one about what the children know about our body, what they would like to learn and how will we find out about it. (LIT 0-02a/ENG 0-03a- As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen.) We had a discussion about the body, naming all the parts and then we created a wall display with a real life size person with the children drawing the body parts on. They also practiced their writing skills whilst writing the different body parts.                                     We then we went on to learn the ‘bones’ song, pointing to each area where the bone is as we sang the song, and the children decided to create a skeleton where we started from the feet up to our head connecting them all together.

We did a sound experiment to test how the ear works, using a bowl, rice, a pan and spoon. If we placed the rice in a bowl and cling filmed the bowl to represent an ear drum, and then hit the metal pan with the spoon next to it, then the rice would move. The children were then able to understand that when the ear hears a noise it is the sound waves vibrating on the ear drum which sends signals to the brain about the sounds we hear.

As a result of understanding how our hearing works, the children then became interested in learning about the brain. The boys and girls were able to tell us what our brain helps us do, explaining that it deals with lots of messages which help our bodies do things such as see, hear, and smell. Thank you to Grace’s mum, Kerry, who let us borrow a foam brain model - the children knew it was a brain, understanding that their own brains look like this, and it was nice for them to see it. We had a discussion about our heads, talking about how our skull protects the brain and keeps it safe. (HWB 0-047b-I am aware of my growing body and I am learning the correct names for its different parts and how they work.)

The children used the iPad to take a ‘selfie’ and then draw their faces - this was exciting and fun for the children to do! (TCH 0-04b-I enjoy taking photographs or recording sound images to represent my experiences and the world around me.)

We created a mind map of what food our tongue likes and a mind map for what food our tongue does not like. The children then created a picture of their tongue after we took a photo, where they learned about the 4 sections of taste buds - sour, sweet, salty, bitter.

We had a food tasting activity with lemon, honey, ready salted crisps and avocado, and there were a lot of different opinions on each food - we then created a table to show this.

Learning about the digestive system was interesting, where the children learnt new words for things in our ‘tummy’ – these included the oesophagus and the intestine. We used tights to create the shapes of our large and small intestine, and the children described the small intestine as a ‘wiggly worm’.

We had a discussion on what would happen if we didn’t have lips and got some great answers, such as ‘we wouldn’t be able to kiss’ and ‘we wouldn’t be able to talk’, and the children expressed a lot of excitement trying to talk with no lips!

The children wanted to do an activity on eyes, so we used the mirrors to identify what colour our own eyes are. The children then coloured in a picture of their eyes, after which we created a chart on eye colour. This is displayed on the wall in the house corner. (HWB 0-47a-I recognise that we have similarities and differences but are all unique.)

One of the children wanted to find out the length of her legs, so we guessed how many counting cubes we would need to create the same size of leg, and then the children connected the cubes next to their legs and counted them.(MNU 0-01a-I am developing a sense of size and amount by observing, exploring, using and communicating with others about things in the world around me.)

As it is summer and we have been getting some nice weather, we had group time out in the garden and played a circle game, throwing the ball to each other where the children said a body part and what it does each time. The children showed good knowledge and expressed enjoyment throughout.


Father’s Day

The children designed their own Father’s Day cards, using coloured card, pens, pencils, and collage, so we hope they were greatly appreciated! All the boys and girls were very excited to give their Daddies their special cards.


Summer

We are going to plan lots of super fun and different activities for the children to do over the summer holidays. We will create a mind map for each day and plan what the children would like to do or learn about.

We will go on small trips down to Kintore, and visit the different shops, learning more about our community! (SOC 0-07a-I explore and discover the interesting features of my local environment to develop an awareness of the world around me.)


General

Could I please ask that you encourage your child to sign in every morning on the signing in board which is situated next to the parent/guardians singing in/out board.


Please take the time to look at our learning wall to see what your child has been learning about. This wall is always full up with things your children have been doing and things they have learnt during each area of interest.


The slippers and jacket pegs change daily, so could I ask that you take home your child’s belongings (slippers and bags) or place them in their box outside the room each night please.


Each child has their own personal box situated beside the front door which will contain different pictures and drawings they have created at nursery, so could you please check this daily.

Our ‘Show and Tell’ dates are both on the website and available on our Busy Bee door, as well as the parents communication board. Could I please ask that you take your child’s toy home at the end of night so the box is empty - this will also help prevent toys getting lost.

The library bus comes every second Monday during term time, and the children can go on and choose books to keep at nursery.

Whilst Miss Kay is on maternity leave, we have a new dance teacher, Angela from Abricabeats. Angela does a 45 minute dance class with the children and currently comes on a Tuesday morning.

Thank you

Gemma Gove (Room leader)

Lisa Montgomery (Assistant Room Leader)

Jo Scott (Nursery Assistant – doing level 3 training)

Alice Berry (Nursery Assistant – started level 3 training)

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