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 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!