A Planned Environment: Professional Questions

  • How can we support our children in understanding the importance of tidying up and looking after our school environment and resources?
  • How can we encourage the children to ‘work together’ to tidy up at the end of each session?
  • How can we support children through different transition times e.g. getting ready for Forest School?
  • What ideas have the children got for developing the role-play area and what resources can we offer to support this?
  • Which children are ‘noticing’ change in the environment?
  • What resources can we provide to encourage children to begin making their own books for story-telling?

Which children are able to retell the main parts of a story considering the beginning, middle and end of the story?     

What’s New in Main Nursery: from 18th January 2018

  • We will be asking the children for their ideas on how we can develop our role play area
  • Various resources will be provided in the Nursery to encourage the children to begin making their own books.
  • The new ‘Workshop Space’ is now open each afternoon allowing children to explore a fourth learning area in which a range of materials for fixing, joining and creating with will be offered.
  • Our resident artist, Matt, will also begin offering new materials to inspire and interest children in this space each Tuesday.

What’s New in Main Nursery: from 11th January 2018

  • We will be welcoming our new children from Pink group and Sky Blues group into Main Nursery during our afternoon sessions. These children are part of our transition group who had been attending Nurture Nursery.
  • Ice will be introduced into the water tray for the children to experience as part of our‘noticing change’ exploration.
  • Group time ‘challenges’ will begin as the children join their colour groups at the beginning of the session.
  • The mud kitchen will open for the first time.
  • All children will be encouraged to make marks to represent their names.
  • ‘Finger gym’ exercises will begin. Keep a look out for our display!

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions – 11th January 2018

  • How will the children respond to the new group of children starting in Main Nursery?
  • How can we encourage the children to share the rules and routines of Nursery with the Pink and Sky Blue groups?
  • How will children from the Pink and Sky Blue groups respond to exploring their new environment and resources?
  • Which children are ‘noticing’ change in the environment?
  • Can the children talk about their experiences of the ‘ice’ as they use their senses to explore?
  • What other opportunities can we provide for the children to further explore colouring mixing?
  • How will children respond to the introduction of a small group time ‘challenge’ when they join their colour group?
  • How can we encourage all children to begin to make marks to represent their name?
  • How will children respond to the introduction of ‘finger gym’?
  • How will children respond to the introduction of ‘Mud kitchen’?

What’s New in Main Nursery: 4th December 2017

  • As Advent begins, Advent bags will be introduced to encourage number recognition and counting.
  • Cardboard boxes of various sizes will be introduced in the creative area for the children to work on with paints in a three dimensional way.
  • As the build up to Christmas begins, the children will be encouraged to talk about and share their experiences.
  • Colour group post boxes will be introduced in the Reception area for the children to post their cards to each other.
  • Smaller wooden blocks will be introduced in the construction area in the graphic classroom.
  • An assortment of seasonal books and stories will be provided for the children to read and share.

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 2017 – From 30th November 2017

  • How will children respond to the opportunity to work with paints on a three dimensional scale?
  • What learning will this painting opportunity lead to?
  • Which children are able to use scissors effectively for cutting and which children need support?
  • Are children ‘noticing’ changes in their environment?
  • Do children show an awareness of their own and others safety in the outdoor area?
  • With Christmas festivities taking place in the local community and Christmas traditions starting at home, are the children talking about their experiences with adults and each other?
  • Children are requesting to share stories with adults during the session – is there a pattern to the timings of this and which children are they?
  • With the introduction of colour group post boxes will the children be encouraged to write cards for each other?
  • Will the introduction of the Advent bags support number recognition and any further mathematical enquiry?
  • How will children respond to the change of size of blocks in the construction area?

What’s New in Main Nursery: 22nd November 2017

  • Open-ended materials, including a selection of shapes and a range of transparencies will be provided at the light table for the children to explore.
  • Large wooden blocks will be introduced in the outdoor classroom for the children to build with.
  • Zoo animals will be added to the duplo and the construction space will be enlarged.
  • The finger lights will be used in positional language activities in the Literacy session with Christy.
  • Different opportunities will be provided for the children to mix and change colours including colour changes in water using crepe paper.
  • Small coloured Perspex blocks and sheer coloured materials will be introduced in the block area.

 

 

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions

  • Which children are interested in the open-ended exploration with the materials provided at the light table?
  • Can we provide different opportunities for children to mix and change colours?
  • Children are requesting large wooden blocks, how will they use them in their learning?
  • Can we continue to encourage children to use phrase “I’ve got an idea, let’s test it” and apply it to learning opportunities in the Nursery School?
  • Children have been noticing the different sizes of leaves, can we challenge them to sort by size and to search for leaves that may be larger or smaller?
  • If we enlarge the space provided for duplo construction and add zoo animals will the interest and creative responses continue?
  • How will children respond to positional language listening activities using finger lights?

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 15th November 2017

*As the children continue to explore the pumpkins are they able to use mathematical language to talk about the size and weight of them, making direct comparisons and ordering them?
* Can the children use their observations and exploration of the pumpkins to represent them using marks on paper?
* By using the seeds from the cut open pumpkins, will this encourage children to develop their counting skills, counting beyond 10 to extend to teens numbers? Which children are recognising numerals to 10 and beyond?
*How will the children respond to the addition of more mark-making equipment and a larger area to develop mark-making in the outdoor classroom?
* How will children respond to the introduction of the challenge basket – small perspex blocks to use on the light table?
* How will the children respond to their first Literacy session with Christy, focusing on ‘listening and attention’?
* Where will the work with clay, the children have explored with Matt, lead to next?      * What will happen when the children are offered opportunities to explore colouring mixing in different areas of Nursery e.g. in the water tray, painting on the easels, using colour paddles?

What’s New in Main Nursery: 15th November 2017

  • The pumpkins will be introduced into the graphic classroom for the children to explore and represent them using marks on paper.
  • The pumpkins will be cut open to allow the children to explore the seeds inside.
  • A larger mark-making area will be created in the outdoor classroom.
  • Challenge work will be introduced. Small Perspex blocks will be used on a light box.
  • Christy will introduce her first literacy session to the children in their colour groups. She will play games that will focus on listening skills.
  • Colour mixing will be explored with different resources in the creative classroom.