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).
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!
This week we have been amazed at the fast progress the tadpoles have made, 2 of them are now froglets and keep happily sitting on a speckled log. The caterpillars have also grown longer and we have observed that they have hairy bodies now. We have explored other joining techniques this week in the workshop area, learning how to use hole-punches, string, paper fasteners and split pins alongside the usual glue and sellotape. We created unicorn puppets and pirate accessories to name a few!
What a busy week we have had, most of our tadpoles have back legs now and we have made a chart of how many do and do not. We have produced more beautiful observational paintings this week of flowers to decorate the woodland. In our role-play we have made an x-ray machine and talked about what's inside our bodies as well as completing large letter puzzles and matching sounds.
This week our bug theme has continued indoors as we painted our mini beasts and checked on the progress of our caterpillar and snail house. We have also checked in on the tadpoles to see how they are starting to change, some now have their back legs!
This week we have been exploring the Forest Schools garden with all things bugs!
We made a superb den for our mud kitchen where we mixed and prepared food for the creatures. Using our small and large spades we uncovered bees, spiders, worms, slugs and snails and checked them all against our charts. We created our own bugs in clay using natural and collage materials to enhance their features and have started work on our new bug hotel. The rain has not stopped our fun!
This week the children have been engaged in lots of water play, role play and other activities which follow the children's interests.
Green and Purple Group
This week we have been creating some fabulous Helicopter stories. We have made ourselves Authors, then Illustrators as we added our own pictures, before acting them out on our story stages. We have also explored the vets, looking after our pets and looking at animal x rays.
Red and Yellow Group
We have enjoyed the waterways, building castles using sand and wooden blocks after reading Jack and the Beanstalk. We have also accessed the leaf printing in the back garden.
Green and Purple Group
This week, we have observed the changes in our tadpoles and made a snail home. We have also embraced all things pirates. Making trails and maps and hiding treasure for our friends to find following our directions. We have planted seeds talking about what they and we need to grow and can't wait to see what happens next!
Red and Yellow Group
They have enjoyed accessing the sandpit and building dens for the teddies.
This week we have been looking at spring flowers: their colours, shape, features and details. We used a variety of paints and brushes to represent them ourselves on paper. We also had a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, who sent us on a eggs-tra special treasure hunt to find some treats!
Red and Yellow group have enjoyed singing on the stage, looking after our pets at the vets and making bread.
Reds and yellows have enjoyed accessing the area under the canopy and using the climbing wall and slide, making treasure maps and being pirates, looking for buried treasure in our pirate role play. Mark making using crayons, pens, chalks and fine paint brushes has also been popular.
After working hard on modelling our volcano, we made a list of what worked best and exploded in our potions and added them all to the inside to cause an eruption.
We have really enjoyed drawing pictures of our friends and families now we are all back at nursery.
This week we have been finding out out about healthy eating choices - choosing, peeling, cutting and blending our own vegetable soup, which smelt delicious!
After our potions exploding like Volcanoes last week, we have been involved in a Volcano theme.
We have drawn them, painted them talking about the lava, made them in the water play by filling containers and bubbling over. We also built one with recycled items and used different joining techniques, which we are going to try and erupt on Friday!!
The children have enjoyed Room on the Broom as a Forest schools theme this week.
They whittled their own sticks using vegetable peelers and made their own magic wands, before mixing a magical explosive potion!
We have continued to be busy in the builders yard, using tools to measure things, this week working out tall and short, taller and shorter.
We explored our own post office role play, writing more letters and finding out about numbers on our own doors at home. We have compared sizes of parcels and boxes and started to find out about weight, using the scales.
This week, we have been busy in the builders yard, using tools to measure things, working out long and short, longer and shorter.
We have been looking at how to post a letter to our friends who are poorly and those staying safe at home. We made letters and cards, addressed the envelopes and attached stamps, before putting them into the Oaklands mailbox.
We have loved more mark making and looking at books this week. We have helped to create our own space to do this, including adding more books and a reading bus.
Outside we have been very busy with the emergency services roleplay.
This week we have embraced more snow!We have also revisited how to make playdough, made animal footprints in it and wrapped them all up. We continued to explored animals and their patterns with paint.
This week, we have been exploring light, dark and reflection in our sensory cave.
We have really enjoyed mark making everywhere in the Nursery and have created pictures and messages to post, for our friends who are staying safe at home.
This week we have been exploring the snow and ice outdoors, balancing animals and floating rescue boats.
Inside we have been racing and measuring our cars down the garage ramp to see whose went the furthest. We labelled the finish lines using chalk and some letters from our name.