We've had a busy start to the term, welcoming our new children and enjoying Shrove Tuesday, World Book Day and Red Nose Day!
On Shrove Tuesday the children enjoyed pancakes. First we looked at the ingredients and talked about them. Then the ingredients were mixed together and the children saw how the texture had changed and we talked about how the batter was runny and wet. The children then watched the pancakes being cooked in a pan. They children sang the 'Pancake Song' as they watched them being tossed and caught! The children then chose to have sugar or lemon on their pancakes and had the chance to sample them. Delicious!
World Book Day
The child had lots of fun on World Book Day. They came to nursery wearing their pyjamas because bedtime is a great opportunity to read books! They chose which bedtime book they wanted the adults to read and did lots of bedtime themed activities such as designing pyjamas, ordering their bedtime routine, playing with moon sand, making bedtime pictures, writing their own stories and of course reading lots of stories! Later on the children's parents and carers came in to see them join in with the telling of one of their favourite stories and also read with their children. We love books at Godwin Nursery!
Red Nose Day
The children really enjoyed dressing up in red for Comic Relief. Thank you so much for all your donations to this very worthy cause.
It has been a busy half term in nursery. The children have all settled in very well and are enjoying exploring our indoor and outdoor classrooms. Here are some of the play and learning experiences that the children have enjoyed so far.
Talk for Writing
In nursery we have adapted the 'Talk for Writing' approach used by the rest of the school to support our children to engage with books and to foster a love of reading. We focus on a key text for one or two weeks first looking at the pictures and learning the meaning of the story vocabulary, then focusing on the structure of the story and learning to recite it and internalise it. We use visual aids and props to support children's understanding and also learn actions to go with the story, ask questions about it and act it out amongst other activities. This approach supports children's listening and attention, speaking and understanding. As children move through the school this approach will support their writing. Below are some of the texts we have focused on so far.
Every Monday the children learn a rhyme or song of the week. We break the rhymes down exploring what the vocabulary means, asking questions about the rhymes as well as learning actions to go with it. Learning rhymes supports children's listening and speaking skills. We recite the rhyme or song throughout the week and send it home at the end of the week so parents and carers can support children by reciting it at home. Here are some of the rhymes we have learnt so far.
Understanding of the World
As part of our curriculum we support children to gain a good understanding of the world around them and encourage them to begin to use scientific vocabulary. We do this by providing the children with activities that will help them to gain a wider vocabulary particularly involving texture and change as well activities that involve nature. You can support children at home by going on nature walks, taking your child to the farm or zoo and going on minibeast hunts. Below are some photographs of some of the activities we have done in nursery which support children to internalise early scientific vocabulary and gain an understanding of the world. Perhaps you could try some of them at home!
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