Half Termly Life Skills challenges as part of our drive to develop good future citizens:
Weekly Brain Boosters and Curious Challenges as part of our Feel Good Friday initiative:
On Thursday 21st October, Nursery children took part in activities as part of Black History Month. We watched a short film called ‘Love Hair’; a beautiful story that explores identity and culture. It sparked children’s conversations about similarities and differences between themselves and their friends. Next, we explored the instruments. We used the rainmakers to make swishy rain sounds and the drums to make different sounds, beating fast and slow rhythms and using flats of hands and fists to change the sounds that we produced. Lastly, we listened to some African music and accompanied the music with our own sounds of the rainmakers and the drums altogether!
This week in Nursery it has been all about the pumpkins! We explored them, cleaned them, scooped the insides out, made our own out of playdough, made marks in scratch art pumpkins, listened to stories about them and learnt a song about one.
On Friday 8th October everybody was invited to wear yellow to show that there are times when we all struggle with our feelings. As part of Mental Health Day, Nursery took part in a range of activities to encourage them to talk about and manage their feelings. The children loved joining in with the morning yoga session! Throughout the day the children were encouraged to talk about the things that make them feel happy. Some recurring themes of happiness were: “mummy makes me happy”, “daddy makes me happy”, “playing with my toys makes me happy”, “singing and dancing makes me happy”. Later we talked about how to calm down; some children mentioned that they have learned to breathe when they need to calm down, so we taught this skill to everyone! We ended our Nursery session with a lovely meditation activity as we lay down with our eyes closed and focussed on our breathing. It was such a wonderful day!
In Nursery, we had fun becoming immersed in our Power of Reading book. We are reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury and had a bear hunt of our very own! We walked through the wavy grass, over logs as our forest, used cotton wool as our snowstorm, through the oozy mud and finally the cold water. We talked about how the textures felt on our feet and enjoyed recreating the story back in the classrooms in the Small World. We weren’t scared and we might go on a bear hunt again…
We are delighted to share some photos with you to show how well the Nursery children have settled! We are so proud of the way that they move around the setting with awareness and control. They are all curious to explore new activities and experiences. They are now showing an interest in each other, as they begin to form special friendships and continue to learn each other’s names. Please visit the website on a regular basis to see weekly uploads of the children’s adventures in Nursery.
Nursery have had a wonderful first full week at school. We are all enjoying exploring our new environment and making lots of friends. Whittle have been superstars at lunchtime and are following the routines with confidence.