The Nursery children settled into their new environment during the first half of the Autumn term. The topic was ‘Ourselves’. This enabled us to get to know the children. The children learnt the Nursery routine and became acquainted with the rules. The topic for second half of the Autumn term was light and dark. We also learnt about the effects of Autumn and celebrated the many wonderful festivals that took place.
Communication & Language
The children have been taking part in lots of activities to develop their speaking and listening skills. These have included playing listening games and taking part in class discussions. Sharing Henry Bear’s diary has helped to develop the children’s confidence when speaking in front of a group. The children have been working hard at developing their ability to identifying rhyming words and they are rapidly becoming experts.
We have been learning lots of counting songs and taking part in counting activities. The topic has given us the opportunity to explore the areas of 2D shape and pattern through printing firework pictures and designing our own rangoli patterns using a number of different media. We looked at size using the book ‘Owl Babies’. We have worked on developing our understanding of positional language by describing the hiding places of Little Elf and Big Elf before Christmas.
The topic of ‘Ourselves’ has seen the children make paper plate faces and we have used our senses to discover more about our likes and dislikes. We have made Diva lamps and learned about the story of Rama and Sita. We recreated fireworks night combining our learning in the areas of maths and design. We have also learnt about the nocturnal lives of owls and hedgehogs, and have made our own ones using clay and paper plates. In November the children made a poppy wreath and observed the minutes silence for Remembrance Day, which they managed exceedingly well. Prior to Christmas the children made snowmen Christmas cards, star tree decorations and Christmas pudding crispy cakes.