What have we been learning?

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In Term 3 we welcomed new children to the nursery which gave the current children plenty of opportunities to support and help their new friends - showing them around, helping them find resources and explaining and modelling the rules and routines of the setting. 


We learned about Chinese New Year and some children shared ways that they celebrated at home. We practised our knife skills preparing vegetables to make a stir fry to eat with our noodles, and found out how tricky it is eating with chopsticks. 


Many of our activities are based around core books and this term we have been reading some favourite stories, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Bear Hunt, The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs. 


As well as building their literacy skills and confidence in retelling familiar stories, reading Goldilocks provided opportunities for lots of mathematical language around size, sensory exploration and cooking with oats and using construction resources to build a new chair for baby bear.  


Reading The Three Little Pigs prompted a flurry of construction activities from junk modelling inside to large scale building outside using crates and wooden blocks. We have been encouraging the children to use their creative and critical thinking skills to think of ways to solve problems and do things. The children have been using small world and story sack props to recreate the story and acting it out in the Wendy house in the garden. They seem to really enjoy using a big scary wolf voice “Little Pig, little pig, let me come in!” We learned how to play What’s the time Mr Wolf?, but we are still working on remembering to only take the same number of steps as the number the Wolf says. 


At Forest School, as well as learning the rules of Forest School and taking part in fun activities such as mud painting, making bird feeders and creating mini stick dens, we learned how to play 123 where are you? We had to count while one group hid and then use our listening skills to hear where the other group were calling from. 


The mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee we are taking part in The Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. We have been donated three fruit trees to form part of the canopy which the children helped plant in our front garden.  


Term 3 was often very wet and muddy but that didn’t stop the children (and staff) getting out and having fun in the puddles. Don’t forget that we go out in all weathers, so please make sure they have appropriate outdoor clothing. We also enjoyed other weather themed activities, including exploring ice and making and flying kites on windy days. Hopefully Term 4 will bring some drier and warmer weather.


Don’t forget to check out your child’s Tapestry journal to see what else they have been learning. If you are having difficulty accessing Tapestry, please speak to you child’s key person.

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