Friday 6th December
The children were busy putting out fires and 'helping people' this week until...our Christmas tree arrived!
The tree has been decorated several times over; all good practice for fine motor skills. There was some lovely sharing and cooperation and lots of ' leave it!' to each other. I have explained that we shouldn't touch the trees at home and in public without asking first!
We are doing well learning the Nativity songs and will be going in to the hall to find out where we sit etc.
Our reading area is very popular in its new position in the classroom. The children look at books independently, with each other and listen to adults read to the class and in smaller groups. They have favourite books they return to but enjoy looking at non-fiction and new stories. It is also our cosy place where some children relax (and sleep!)
There are lots of poorly children at the moment with coughs, colds and 'sicky' bugs. Please remember the 48 hour rule after an upset tummy.
Next week: The Christmas Story and rehearsals.
We have been keeping Yeadon safe this week!
The children have enjoyed our police station, taking turns to catch 'the naughty guys!' We discussed the other ways in which police officers can help us and have talked about road safety. We thought about other 'warning' lights and what they mean. There have been lots of opportunities for language development, speaking in sentences and learning new vocabulary. We are having a visit from a police officer in the last week which will be very exciting.
We used the horrible wet days to experiment with colour. We added powder paint to puddles and used chalk to see what happened when we wet it, with interesting results.
We have started learning the songs for our Nativity and listened to the Nativity story to give it some context. 2 weeks to go until the performance!! If you are able to join us please make sure you have ordered your tickets!
Next week: the fire service and LOTS of Nativity play rehearsals.
Thank you so much to those parents who were able to join us yesterday for our crafts and coffee session!
The children coped brilliantly with the change in routine and it made a lovely end to a very long half term. We hope you enjoyed seeing some of the types of activities the children are involved in. The children all said they enjoyed it, even the ones whose parents were not there and I'm sure its not just because of the biscuits! Thank you also for your Harvest gifts.
We have explored 2D shape through games and activities this week, found shapes in our environment and created pictures with shapes.
Enjoy the break, hopefully the children can rest(!) and get rid of the coughs and colds ready for the next half term.
Next time; Light and dark and..........CHRISTMAS!
We continued looking at Autumn this week and found out what hedgehogs do to prepare for winter. We used our fine motor skills to add peg spikes to hedgehogs and in threading fruit and vegetables onto a lace.
We have compared different sized pumpkins and squash and used our muscles to lift the biggest of all. The children made healthy harvest baskets, choosing fruit and vegetables that they like and talking about why they are good for us. We explored root vegetables in the water tray to make some lovely soup and sang a counting song that involved shiny conkers and a very hungry squirrel!
Next week- Shape week.
Please join us if you can for crafts and coffee on Thursday at drop off time.
We managed to get outside, in between the showers, to look for Autumn 'treasure'. Our grounds have lots of beautiful trees so we were able to find, name and talk about Autumn and the changes that take place. We have played Autumn 'I spy', mixed Autumn colours and painted leaves.
We replenished the resources in the mark making area which has prompted lots of super, writing, colouring and drawing.
The most popular activity this week has been serving in our fruit and vegetable shop. The scanning and till work has been superb!
Next week -Harvest
This week we have done lots of activities which involved using our senses to explore our setting, unusual objects and the world. The children have enjoyed smelly pots, listening games, feely bags using our fingers not our eyes and lots of talking! We learnt new words to describe the texture of things, chatted about our favourite foods and smells and talked about objects and equipment that help us to see.
The 'song bag' game is super popular with the children who have now cut out the middle man and play the game beautifully without adult help!
Next week; Autumn
Yeadon Medical Centre must have been very quiet this week because our surgery was very busy!
The children showed their very caring natures as they looked after each other in our role play area. We learnt new vocabulary and used the telephone to book appointments.
We talked about keeping clean and healthy and gave our babies a very gentle(!) bath.
We really enjoyed our listening walk around school. We listened carefully to identify sounds. Unfortunately for us school was very quiet at the time!!!
Next week- Our senses
This week we have focused on ourselves and our family. We have really enjoyed looking at the photos you have sent in. The children have proudly named their family members and told us things they like to do with their family.
We used mirrors to look closely at our features and made each other laugh pulling faces and copying expressions. We have looked at photographs and tried to say how the person was feeling which led to lots of brilliant talking: what makes us happy, grumpy, worried etc
Outside we gave the house a good clean with sponges, bubbles and copious amounts of water! Good exercise for hands and wrists as well as looking after our toys.
I am very impressed with how well the children are coming together as a group already. They really enjoy stories and are sitting well to listen. At circle time everyone is joining in with our songs and answering the register in a good clear voice. Brilliant!
Welcome to the start of a new year in Nursery. Our children have settled quickly, new friendships are being forged and the new starters have quickly learnt our routines.
A fab start!