What have we been up to at Seedlings Nursery…..?

Children in Blooms have settled well into their new room and have been really busy! Here are some of the things we have been doing…

We have been using our mathematical skills to make our own play dough, using spoons and cups to measure the ingredients, we counted out how many teaspoons it took to fill the cup with flour and then how many tablespoons it took to fill the cup. We talked about the cup being full, half full and empty. The children did well taking turns and worked together.

Once the play dough had been made we divided it into 4 pieces and added natural materials for the children to explore and create, the children got straight to work using their imagination. They created a snail, a tree, a mountain with trees on the top and a snail that was drinking water.

For snack, the children loved making their own fruit kebabs and chose from a range of fruits which they placed onto the sticks.
We talked about healthy eating and about the fruits we liked and disliked.

All the children have been busy making marks and writing using a range of mark making tools, the large white board, chalk board and using paper.

The children have been interested in writing and have been forming letters from their names and asking to write their friends names. They have showed good pencil control and formed some beautiful letters, as well as sounding out the letters they are forming.

The children have showed high levels of involvement while doing larger and more difficult puzzles and have remained focused, they have showed they are proud of their achievement and can work together as a team.

We have enjoyed using the tape measure, we have compared sizes and have looked at the numbers to see which is the biggest.

We have had fun making shapes using the magnetic shapes, and managed to create a large star! The child talked in detail about what they had made and how many points the star has and why they added more to the star to make it a star square.

We have been having sessions in the outdoor nature garden exploring, using the mud kitchen and we went on a bug hunt. We have been listening to sounds in the environment, and discussing what different sounds we can hear. We are going to be making our own paint brushes from natural materials and painting with mud in our next sessions!

Seedlings explore the outdoor!

Blooms have started off the New Year in the Nature Garden.

The children did very well at putting on their own water proof trousers and jackets and their wellies, some children that hadn’t done this before found it a little tricky so the other children helped them showing them what to do and helped them put their jackets on.

We started off by sitting on the logs in our log circle, one of the children stood up and told everyone the rules of the Nature garden.

The children then went off to explore, with some going into the mud kitchen using a range of tools to dig mud, pour water and mix together, one child said “I will put it in the microwave for 5 minutes” while turning the dial.

“I’ve made pizza come have some, careful it’s hot”.

The children involved each other in their play which was lovely to see and hear, lots of laughter was had.

We went on a bug hunt and found a worm. The children were gentle with the worm and said “ We will look after him, his name is now Bob”.

When examining some old plants from the nature garden we carefully looked at all the roots and talking about how roots grow, one child described the roots looking like lots of worms.

The children used their arms to measure sticks using lots of mathematical language “ Big, little, huge, long, longer, short, shorter.

Some children even made shapes out of the sticks on the floor and were very proud of their achievements.

At the end of our session we all came back to our log circle and talked about what we liked doing, we then listened to the sounds in the outdoor environment and talked about what we could hear “ I can hear the trees moving”

” I can hear the wind”  “ I can hear the birds in the bird box”  “I hear and see a plane”.

Christmas time in Little Pips!

At Seedlings, we have transformed our sensory area to a Christmas theme in our Little Pips room, encouraging the children to share and enhance their experience of Christmas.

Children are able to engage in open-ended activities, playing and exploring using their senses,  building on previous experiences and gaining new ones. They are developing their creativity and ability to think critically; filling and emptying containers and categorising objects through their characteristics.

The rising twos have shown a particular interest in putting  the baubles on the tree (and taking them off again!), stacking various sized tins on top of each other to make a Santa and snowman and dressing up in Santa hats and a snow man outfit; whilst the younger babies have shown curiosity of the lights and the texture of the baubles.

Christmas parent join in at Seedlings new pre-school room

Last Wednesday, the Blooms children enjoyed showing off their new pre-school room at Seedlings Nursery in Wellesbourne. Both children and parents had a lovely time at our parent join in afternoon, which gave both parents and children the opportunity to explore the new room in action.

There were various activities for the children and parents to do together, including making your own Christmas card, decorating your own Christmas tree and painting your own star shaped Christmas decoration.

The children also enjoyed exploring shaving foam ‘snow’ and using their creative skills on the new painting easel.

The children sang Christmas carols to the adults by the Christmas tree and enjoyed a party tea while the parents enjoyed mince pies and gingerbread biscuits.

 

 

Polkadot Nurseries – Seedlings and Bunting Closed Tomorrow

Please be aware that due to localised flooding our Seedlings Nursery and Bunting Pre-School will be closed tomorrow (Friday 15th November). All our other Nurseries and Pre-Schools are planning to open as usual.

Our Denim Clubs will continue as long as the school they are running from remains open. Please check for school closure updates using the following link –

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/education-learning/emergency-school-closures-1

We will continue to update you if there are any further changes.

Seedlings Nursery – What have we been up to this week?

This week in Blooms the children have been learning about clouds. We read a lovely book called ‘Shapes In The Sky’ – a book about clouds. We then decided to go outside and lie down on the floor and look up to the sky and see what shapes we could see in the clouds. One child said they could see a crocodile, another child said an enormous hippo. The clouds were moving fast and when the crocodile shape cloud disappeared the children said “The crocodile has gone because it was scared of the hippo”! One of the children asked if they could do this everyday!
We have also been looking at Diwali and reading a book about it. We explored some clay and one of the children made fireworks with the clay as we had read about it in the book. They flattened their clay with the palm of their hand then used the other end of a paint brush to make marks which they talked about in detail as “big fireworks”. Another child made a clay pot and said “ When it’s dry I will paint it and put a light in it”. Some of the other children made hedgehogs.
We also enjoyed using our creative skills and made some pictures using glue by drizzling it across the paper then sprinkling coloured powder paint onto it. Some of us used handfuls and were very careful throwing it onto our pictures. We had lots of fun as we talked all about the colours and the new colours we had made.

Seedlings Blooms get creative!

This week in Blooms we have been exploring clay, talking about the texture and making our own individual models.
Some of the children rolled the clay between the palms of their hands, others squeezed it down with the tips of their fingers or rolled it along the table.
The children then chose from a range of materials – sticks, leaves, buttons, straws, lollipop sticks, feathers and more, and then created their own model, talking about what they had made in detail to their friends.
Some of the models that were made were, a rainbow, a rabbit, a T-Rex, a hedgehog and a campfire!
The children used their imagination and creativity to create their wonderful models, they showed determination and stayed focused on their activity.
Blooms were proud of their achievements and welcomed praise given to them.

Seedlings Nursery – Our first session back in the Nature Garden

We did some clever learning today, putting on our own water proof trousers, jacket and wellies. We also helped each other to take them off when we had finished. We all sat around the log circle and talked about the rules – no sticks longer than our own arms, no waving sticks around and to carry them dragging them behind you. The children enjoyed playing hide and seek, playing in the mud kitchen making pasta, mud pancakes and mud pies. The children ran in and out of the bushes and trees, watching the leaves falling from the trees and the children enjoyed playing in the leaves. It then began to thunder and the rain started. We talked about what we could hear and see with some children commenting “the loud bang made my ears turn around.” “It’s loud, made me jump!” “I don’t like that sound but I know it won’t hurt us”. As we will be using forest school more, please ensure you provide wellies for your children.