What’s new in Main Nursery from 22nd March 2018

 

  • A new high net has been added to a space in the outdoor area.
  • Some new turn-taking games will be introduced for the children to participate in.
  • The play oven will be introduced alongside the play dough in the creative classroom.
  • Longer strips of paper will be added to the painting area in the graphic classroom.
  • Baby bathing resources will be added to the water in the workshop classroom.
  • Dry sand will be added to the workshop classroom for the children to explore.

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions From 22nd March 2018

  • How can we support children in identifying their feelings and help them to manage their feelings in a positive way?
  • If we provide longer strips of paper on the painting table will this encourage the children to use the watercolours to make marks in a different way?
  • Will the introduction of the play oven alongside the play dough encourage more role-play?
  • Will the introduction of turn-taking games in the graphic classroom encourage more cooperative play?
  • How will the children respond to the introduction of dry sand in the workshop classroom?
  • Can we encourage the children to explore caring and nurturing for our babies by providing bathing resources in the workshop classroom?
  • How will the children develop their gross motor skills when using our new high net in the outdoor classroom?

What’s new in Main Nursery from 13th March, 2018

  • The desktop computer will be introduced in the Graphic classroom. The children will have one turn exploring the programs during each session that they attend. We will use a 5 minute sand timer to show the children when their turn has ended.
  • Following on from our staff-training day on music and movement, we will be introducing some new movement games involving listening to instructions and moving to music during group times.
  • More writing resources will be added to our vet’s surgery to encourage the children to write for a purpose.
  • A variety of different resources including spoons, small pots, scoops and mark-making tools will be added to the corn flour in the workshop classroom.

 

 

 

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions        From 13th March 2018

  • How can we support children in identifying their feelings and help them to manage their feelings in a positive way?
  • How will the children respond to the introduction of the desktop computer in the graphic classroom?
  • Can the children follow instructions when taking part in our new group music and movement games?
  • If we provide more writing resources in the Vets Surgery will more children write for a purpose in their role-play?
  • Will the children develop their fine motor skills when using the duplo tulo tool kit for the first time?
  • If we add different resources to the cornflour in the workshop classroom, how will the children use them?

 

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions        From 8th March 2018

 

Now the children have experienced water colours, can they begin to use colours for a purpose to make representational paintings of the chicks?

With the introduction of some softer materials, will the children use their technology skills to develop ideas around ‘habitats’?

By changing the role-play to a Vets, will children have opportunity to further develop care and concern for living things?

What learning experiences will arise through the Living Eggs experience?

What mathematical thinking will arise from discussions around the eggs and chicks?

What questions will the children ask and what experiences will they share within their groups?

What’s new in Main Nursery from 8th March 2018

  • Our role-area will be changed to a vets surgery in the creative classroom.
  • Water colour paints corresponding to the colour of the chicks will be introduced in the creative classroom.
  • Mathematical resources relating to the chicks will be introduced at cushion time.
  • Because of the chicks late arrival Christy will introduce the letter ‘A’ this week in literacy.
  • In Forest School the children will be using potato peelers for the first time to strip the bark from a stick.

 

What’s new in Main Nursery from 1st March 2018

  • Our ‘Living Eggs’ experience will begin with the delivery of the incubator and eggs to Nursery School on Monday. These will be set up in the Graphic Classroom for the next two weeks for the children to observe and hopefully handle the chicks once the eggs have hatched.
  • I-pads will be introduced at small group time and then used by the children to record their observations of the chicks.
  • A selection of non-fiction books related to ‘changing and growing’ and story books about animals and growth.
  • Additional number resources in the Graphic classroom to support children in developing mathematical skills such as counting 1 to 1, recognising and matching numerals, estimating and predicting how many in a group i.e. how many boy chicks and how many girl chicks will there be?
  • Work books – children will be invited to use their work books to record their observations and thoughts about the ‘Living Eggs’. The children will be encouraged to choose their own way of representing the eggs or chicks through mark-making, drawing, writing or number representation.
  • Sequencing cards – sets of picture cards of different events e.g. making a sandwich; doing a painting; wrapping a present. Adults will encourage use of vocabulary ‘First, next and last’.
  • Water colour paints will be introduced in the Creative Classroom. Children will be invited to explore the new paints and adults will support children in learning how to use these appropriately and effectively.
  • Technology – additional materials will be available for the children to use as they continue to practise skills in cutting, joining, attaching and develop and share their ideas around creating a ‘habitat’.
  • Literacy – Last week we began our focus on introducing letters and sounds. The first letter introduced was ‘S’. This week we will be learning ‘A’.

 

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions        Week beginning 5th March 2018

What learning experiences will arise through the Living Eggs experience?

What mathematical thinking will arise from discussions around the eggs and chicks?

What questions will the children ask and what experiences will they share within their groups?

How can the children use technology to record our experiences and the changes they notice with the eggs and chicks?

Can the children use the language of ‘first’, ‘next’ and ‘last’ to sequence simple events?

How will children use mark making to represents their observations of the Living Eggs?

How can we support children to develop a new technique for painting with watercolours?

With the introduction of some softer materials, will the children use their technology skills to develop ideas around ‘habitats’?

How can we support children in identifying their feelings and help them to manage their feelings in a positive way?

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions Week beginning 5th February 2018

  • How can we support children in identifying their feelings and helping them to manage their feelings in a positive way?
  • How can we inspire children with work at cushion time to further develop their work with the found materials?
  • How can we develop the children’s skills in joining different materials and using different techniques?
  • Using their experiences from storytelling in Literacy and group time, what ideas can the children share to map out a story with a simple beginning, middle and end?
  • How can we support children in their physical play in a positive way?
  • If we open the mud kitchen, what needs to be in place for the children to access it independently?

 

 

What’s new in Main Nursery  from 1st Feb 2018

  • Additional resources will be added to allow children to focus on practicing skills and techniques in joining – hole punches; pipe cleaners; card; treasury tags and tape.
  • Small world arctic animals have been introduced in the water tray for developing imaginative play and story-telling.
  • Doctor’s role-play will continue with information books and stories. Children will be able to take on roles as patients or doctors.
  • Found materials have been added to the clay work with Matt then used in the play-dough during the week.
  • In the Graphic classroom children will be encouraged to take part in ‘story-mapping’. The adult will work with small groups of children to create stories through making story maps and books. There will be a focus on the beginning, middle and end of the story. Children will be encouraged to listen to each others ideas and this will link with our work in Literacy.
  • In the Mud kitchen we will be supporting children in becoming independent in accessing the mud kitchen and using the Farringdon to get themselves ready; putting their own wellies and suits on.
  • Additional resources in the outdoor home area to role-play ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ will be added.
  • We will be taking found materials to cushion time to inspire ideas and play with these resources.