3 and 4 year old room
Please click on the links below to view the weekly planning and activities so that you can see what the children are learning in nursery. Photos of the activities are below the weekly planning (further down this page).
Week commencing 20/6
In the 3yr old room we explored holidays and journeys. We sorted and classified clothing into hot and cold holiday suitcases. We made lists using our knowledge of key sounds. We have looked at the globe and atlas to find hot and cold countries and talked about which animals may live there. In the back garden we have embraced the beach hut shop, the paddling pool on the hotter days and making ice creams. We were very grateful for ice pops on Thursday, one of the hottest days of the week, sent in by Luna and her parents.
This week we have had a huge response and attendance in our Fathers Day / Special Gentleman workshop where we have designed picture frames, looking at patterns and embracing our creative sides.
We have made a caravan out of a very large cardboard box and been exploring holidays, picnics and journeys, which we will be extending in our outdoor provision next week.
Next week, we are packing our suitcases for a hot or Cold holiday and making lists of the things we may need. We will be designing our own passports and doing an up to date portrait of ourselves.
The 3yr old room enjoyed their annual school trip on Wednesday. In preparation for this we talked about car and vehicle safety, water safety and stranger danger, including what to do if you lose your grown up! We are very pleased everyone listened and this was not a problem.
The coach proved a very exciting part of the trip and the children loved being so high up and being able to see different cars and animals in the fields.
When we arrived we all experienced pond dipping and finding the creatures on a tick list. Bug hunting, butterfly sweeping and decorated our own sticky caterpillars. But I think our favourite part was our picnic lunch.
We had a fantastic day and would like to thank all our parent helpers once again for their support. Here are some of our pictures recalling the day.
This week we are welcoming special gentlemen in our lives and families into our creative workshop for a Father's Day experience.
What an end of half term we had! The children excelled in the workshop area, demonstrating their creativity as they continue to experiment with joining materials to create binoculars and magic wands, as well as crowns for the Jubilee celebration. Purple group have explored "The Huge Bag of Worries" story, which has led to many fascinating conversations about worries, stresses and anxiety. This has highlighted how what may be little things for adults can be so important to young children. The children were supported to write their own worries down and posted them into "Sunny" the worry eater. They created Sunny together to help them take some of their worries and fears away. We ended the week, with the most incredible turn out for our Jubilee afternoon tea. The children had made their own fruit kebabs and decorated buggy biscuits after enjoying our Forest Schools bug themed week. Thank you to each and every Parent, Grandparent and Carer who were able to join us and support the children and Nursery staff.
This week the children have experienced maths in different contexts throughout the Nursery as we celebrate National Maths week.
From using money in our grocery shop, to counting jewels on the Queens Crown, measuring ourselves by drawing around our shadows and shoes, to going on a number hunt in the water tray and joining shapes in a pattern as we create our Jubilee party bunting.
We have observed the tadpoles again, who have grown larger this week, but have not yet got their back legs. In just 5 days the caterpillars have also become wider and longer!
As the children are consistently stronger and confident with the bikes and obstacles now, we have explored the hand bike this week, which encourages upper arm strength and fine motor skills gripping, turning and steering the bike via the handle bars only. It takes a lot of co-ordination too and the children have been really supportive of one another giving directions to how to operate successfully.
Next week, we are “Getting the Bug” on our Forest schools week and finishing our Jubilee Afternoon Tea decorations and party planning. Please don’t forget to join us if you can, next Friday at 12 to 1245pm. The invitation is open to a Mum, Dad, Carer, Aunty, Uncle, Grandma or Grandad to attend.
This week the children have been working on asking questions and did this by writing letters to each other. We explored addresses, initial sounds and what process a letter follows to get from A to B. We walked to the post office, bought our stamps and posted our letters and were so excited when they arrived back addressed to us and our friends who could then answer our questions and write back to us! A postman visited us to talk about his job in the community, he talked about his van and how many letters he carries everyday and where he delivers within our borough.
We have also been learning about the Queen and the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations. The children have worked hard designing a mug, which they all said had to be beautiful for the Queen to have a cup of tea or coffee.
We observed the tadpoles who have got bigger, but have not got their back legs yet or started to change into froglets and our caterpillars have arrived!
Next week is National Maths week and a wide variety of maths activities will be taking place, throughout the whole nursery. We also have the photographer coming in, for group photographs on Wednesday 18th May.
Last week the children enjoyed a warm and then very soggy walk to the Dingle, observing signs of spring in our natural environment and collecting items to explore further back in Nursery. They thoroughly enjoyed the space and produced some lovely maps of how to get there and key features that can be seen along with how to get back to the Nursery safely, as well as watching the busy fishermen. Water play was popular, we have explored water ways and how water does not like to go up. The babies have all been cared for bathed, dried and re-dressed and we have explored sinking and floating with rocks and balls. Our maths investigation last week was finding out all about heavy, light, heavier and lighter. The children had a great time on the see-saw weighing each other and worked out that not all that is large is necessarily heavy, finding out that a huge piece of paper is not as heavy as a house brick. Our final treat of the week was a guest author, Ginty Thorley, who brought her first published book, “Buddy the Campervan” to Nursery accompanied by the real camper van Buddy, for us to look inside. We particularly enjoyed peeping the horn! This week the children are investigating how to write a letter, we are going to be asking some very interesting questions, walking to the post office to buy stamps and then posting them out to our friends as we eagerly wait for a reply. A big thank you to Tesco once again, as the children and staff have explored and consumed a variety of fresh fruit which they kindly donated via their community alliance scheme. Any surplus will be left out at the end of each week for families to help themselves to and enjoy as a healthy weekend snack.
What an amazing and very busy week we have all had!
After last week's healthy eating activity, we followed on this week, talking about Dental hygiene and the importance of good choices for Oral Health. We read a story about visiting the dentist. The children sorted more food to identify sugar and how this attacks our teeth and can make cavities. We talked about using a dummy and how this affects tooth growth. We also used some sample teeth to demonstrate and practise our good brushing techniques - 2 times every day for 2 whole minutes each time, and how important it is a grown up still checks we have done a good job!
The children have taken home their toothbrush challenges now and we are looking forward to seeing them fill up so they can return them and get their super star brushing certificate.
We would also like to thank all the parents/carers who supported the Easter Bonnet parade this week. We had lots of smiles, cheering and clapping and some of the best bonnets we have ever seen, well done everyone for your super hard work you looked fantastic and all the teachers were very proud!
After the Easter Holidays we will be concentrating on growth and change and life cycles as our frogspawn has started to change already into tadpoles.
Have a safe, restful and enjoyable Easter break everyone! Take care.
This week the 3yr old room have been exploring healthy eating and making good and bad choices as we pack the giant's lunch box. The children noticed the traffic light system on the food packaging and we discussed how this helps us to stop, think and make better food choices. We incorporated talking about sugar and the importance of dental hygiene, which we will be exploring more next week.
We have incorporated different ways of printing in the workshop area, as a family visited a butterfly farm at the weekend and the children joined in with butterfly prints and talked about the paint mixing, copying and being the same on the other side after they folded their paintings over.
Green group have really enjoyed the Bear Hunt story, packing a bag for a bear hunt and making their own maps this week, which has seen some amazing creations!
We have had lots of secret storytellers this week, which has been wonderful including one dressed as a knight reading Zog, by Julia Donaldson.
What a fantastic week we have had full of celebrations!
We have welcomed mums and special ladies in for our crafts workshops and made some lovely creations and memories.
We have celebrated the Hindu spring festival of Holi in all our colour mixing activities indoors and outdoors.
The children have also been able to taste their cress, with cheese and crackers, which grew huge over the weekend!
Next week we are discussing healthy eating and building our ball skills outside, kicking, throwing and catching.
We hope you have been busy getting ready for our sponsored walk and are all able to join us on Saturday 2nd April.
Photos of activities week commencing 14/3
What a busy week it has been! We have completed our Forest Schools sessions exploring the topic of Jack and the Beanstalk and being brave.
The children have been embracing British Science week, which this year has a theme of growing. We have planted cress and runner beans so far and are already starting to see changes in these, as they begin to show their shoots. We have made a list of other things we would like to grow also and will be walking to buy these seeds very soon.
Our outdoor cafe, after our real visit last week has been extremely popular, with customers placing lots of orders each day. We have also been learning how to use our new sensory light table and looking at colour changes and mixing with the paddles, discs and jewels and painting lots of portraits.
Next week we are so pleased to be able to welcome in special ladies in our life, to support us in a craft activity in our Mothers Day workshops.
This week we have been exploring the Forest schools space, with the theme of Jack and the Beanstalk. We talked about how brave Jack was and were "Go for it Gorillas" as we tried to climb our own 'beanstalk' climbing tree.
Jack hid from the giant and as we hid in the garden, we challenged ourselves to find somewhere to hide inside, under, behind or next to. We were super at counting and finding one another with our clues. We made a new home for Jack and his mother and a healthy snack also, as they were so poor.
A few of the children have been making maps of our local community and we followed one on Wednesday. It took us out of Oaklands Avenue, past the houses, the post-box and the Co-op and we arrived at the local cafe! We had a fantastic time, with hot chocolate and toast and found lots of other things to include on our next map.
This week we will be completing our Forest Schools sessions and embracing British science week. The theme this year is growth and the children are currently making a list of things we would like to grow. It may mean another trip out, this time to the hardware store, to get seeds!
Here is a link for you to enjoy and download your family fun pack for British Science week.
What a fabulous first week back we have had! The children have embraced celebrations all week round as we 'flipped out' and made pancakes with delicious healthy toppings. Then we donned our cosy pyjamas for world book day's big bedtime story theme, sharing our favourite stories, enjoying hot chocolate and cookies, with comfy cushions and blankets.
Next week the Children are going to need some warm layers, as we will be exploring in our Forest Schools sessions throughout the week with activities surrounding a traditional story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
The children have loved the windy day boxes this week, watching the windmills and scarves show the direction and speed of the weather and then wondering why when we took them inside they weren't as effective. We also watched the rain and sunshine together make the most beautiful rainbow yesterday to everyone's amazement, it disappeared - We wondered where rainbows went?
We have used our observation skills to notice shape, detail and use our descriptive language as we explored a treasure trove of wooden and natural objects. We incorporated words like bumpy, spiky, fuzzly and smooth all around before producing some of our own drawings trying to include the details and shapes.
Next week is half term and we have sent out your Child and Parents challenge to enjoy! You don't have to do them all, we just wanted to provide enough different activities to keep you busy and a variety to suit everyone.
When we return we will be getting our chef's hats on to make yummy pancakes and explore different healthy toppings. Thursday 3rd March all children and staff are welcome to come to nursery in their pyjamas for the day to enjoy a big bedtime story, hot chocolate and cookies with our favourite books. Please do try and ensure children wear top and trouser style pyjamas, onesies are very hard to get to the toilet efficiently in, at this age.
Enjoy half term, stay safe and well everyone!
This week the children have loved the Gingerbread Man story and Little Red Riding Hood traditional tales to act out and be creative with. They have begun to scribe their own stories and pictures as budding Authors and Illustrators, with adult support. We have built pathways and check points talking about directions and stopping stations and will be experimenting more with this next week.
We have also enjoyed counting Gingerbread men into the oven, practising who has the most and fewest and spotting number patterns as we use a dice.
Next week, we are reading the Perfect Day for it by Jan Fearnley and beginning winter colour mixing.
It has been so lovely to welcome the children back and hear all about your Christmas celebrations. The children were keen and happy to return to their friends and re-establish their nursery routines once again, with their key workers.
We have mostly enjoyed transporting things this week, in bags, in the small trucks and large wheelbarrows and trundles. We have also worked really hard on balancing in our block play, some of our castles have been amazing!
The 3yr old room have thoroughly enjoyed the Farm on wheels visit this week. The children got to have a first-hand experience of meeting the nativity animals, petting and walking some of them. We even sang Little Donkey to Racket the donkey!
We have been building cars and santa trains with the large scale boxes and fabric, demonstrating our creative side. Many of us are also excited as we prepare for our first Oaklands Christmas disco this evening - we have all asked for the Hokey Cokey and disco lights.
This week the children enjoyed a real treat exploring the Forest School garden, making a bonfire, cooking marshmallows and warming up with hot chocolate.
We have also enjoyed the mechanics' garage this week, where we have refuelled and repaired engines and tyres, rescuing one another.
Next week we are making our own salt dough, beginning to look at Christmas celebrations and starting to use our own self-service cafe.
The children enjoyed a mixture of online and nursery based activities last week. They demonstrated increased independence in accessing the tools and materials in the workshop area, exploring patterns and colours through leaf painting and printing as well as fixing the nursery bikes in the outdoor mechanics’ garage. They explored the back garden, hunting for bears and dragons with some children creating their own maps.
We have had a maths is everywhere week! The children enjoyed making targets and throwing and aiming at key numbers 1 to 5 and adding their own numbers, shapes and targets using chalk. We have explored shapes in a variety of ways even with our left over pumpkins, matched shapes and hunted for them around the nursery environment. “The cave is a triangle too!”.
This week we also talked about the poppy and why we wear them. Everyone was thankful for something, in respect to the heroes who helped to keep us safe. The children all explored red paint and different textures, which helped to build the Oaklands Poppy which is currently on display outside with our thankful hands.
This week we have enjoyed exploring the back garden, the autumn leaves including those from our home challenge, the climbing equipment and see-saw. We have sorted, matched and arranged our leaves to make pictures and done some lovely counting with them too. The Halloween pumpkins have been very popular this week and our Meg and Mog story!
Next week the children will be learning all about the Poppy and how it makes us Remember and be Thankful for our lives and world today. We are also having our own bonfire bonanza with some tasty treats, as we enjoy our first Forest Schools sessions.
Week commencing 18th October
The children have been exploring and experimenting with things that roll this week, indoors and out. The fire station role play has been extremely popular and we have enjoyed using the balancing equipment to support this, as bridges and roads.
Your autumn challenge is attached and has been uploaded to the website also. We hope everyone has a safe, healthy and restful half term.
When we return, we will be making patterns in nature with various objects and our autumn collections and accessing the Forest Schools space.
The sun shone for us all week to embrace National Day of Spain in a variety of ways with one of our Spanish families.
The children have made their own fans and enjoyed castanets, maracas, a Merengue and Salsa dance as well as singing and counting in English and Spanish. The children have especially enjoyed the colours rhyme , why don't you give it a go at home!
English/Spanish Color Song (Jan Barry)
(Tune: “Frere Jacques” Children repeat each line.)
Red is rojo. Red is rojo.
Blue, azul. Blue, azul.
Yellow, amarillo. Yellow, amarillo.
Green, verde. Green, verde.
Next week, we will continue to celebrate difference and culture as we meet some new friends in our nursery key worker groups. Outside we will be enjoying a variety of ball games, for kicking, throwing, catching and turn taking.
The rain has finally stopped enough for us to have our first experience exploring the mud kitchen. Our recipes included - chocolate mud cake, mucky pie and soup. We have had a lovely time finding out about each other's families, how they are the same and different this week also. We have counted everyone and discovered who has the most in their house. There is still time to send your family photos in this week to your keyworkers if you have not done so already.
Next week we are embracing National Day of Spain in a variety of ways with one of our Spanish families, please see the parents planning on the website for more information. I have attached a short video clip of a fun Spanish counting song, you can have a go at, at home! Enjoy!
This is our first full week of everyone attending the setting doing their full hours and we have all worked very hard. We have enjoyed exploring our face, using mirrors and reflections. We noticed key features about ourselves, our friends and how we are often the same and different! We continued this painting in the workshop, where we represented some of these key features. Our recycling project is in full swing and the children are taking responsibility for segregating food scraps, cardboard from foil and washing their pots for the plastics tray. The home corner has been very popular this week, with lots of children packing for the beach and going for a swim – maybe trying to avoid all the rain we have been having!
This week we have really enjoyed the vets and doctors role play space outdoors. There have been lots of patients to look after.
We have discovered an old tree and are decorating it for our wellbeing - "tell me" tree. Somewhere we can share our thoughts and feelings.
You can find out more about it here - https://kareninglisauthor.com/2020/07/02/the-tell-me-tree-and-other-news/
Next week we are looking at ourselves, our faces and painting a simple portrait. We will also be exploring our mud kitchen in the outdoor area, Wellies at the ready!
We have had another really lovely week settling into our new environment, getting to know our new friends and our teachers.
We have mostly enjoyed, the petrol station outside, lots more water play - emptying and filling on a large and small scale and talking about bubbling over and volcanoes.
We have explored more construction and recreated our favourite places, this is Alton Towers and CBeebies land!
This week we will be exploring recycling and how we can help the environment and some of us will be staying for lunch club.
Maddie learns how glass is recycled and visits a factory to discover how jam is made.
What a lovely first week we have had welcoming back all our existing children and the new starters and their families.
You can see how busy we have been, embracing and exploring our new environment already. What a fantastic start!
What a fun week we have had! The children have excelled themselves at our mini Olympics demonstrating they know so much about exercise and how it effects their bodies. We had some amazing warm up suggestions before starting our sports day as well. Everyone had a go and tried their best at completing our obstacle course, soggy sponge throw, bean bag balance challenge as well as going for goals with our amazing new football net. The ice lollies we had to cool us down were also a real treat and we made healthy fruit smoothies, after discussing what our bodies need to keep them strong. In addition to this the children have been using their imaginations and exploring 3D shapes through block play and model making with reclaimed materials. Ideas have ranged from transformers to unicorns. We have also revisited traditional stories, in our mark making, I wonder if you can guess which ones these are?
This week, we have enjoyed all things nautical, from sealife and holiday beach play, to pirates, maps and even walking the plank! We have also explored the garden centre, numbers, money and been very busy list making.
This week we recalled all our camping and holiday experiences from the half term. We have enjoyed exploring ice again in the sunshine, finding our letters and sounds hidden, working out which will melt the quickest and how we can make it go back to a solid again.
We also have a butterfly which has hatched, It's a beautiful orange and yellow colour!