Weekly News Flash!
This week we have been learning about Diwali. At together times we have looked at the reason people celebrate Diwali, how they prepare for it and how it is celebrated. We have been very lucky to have a Little Elver that has been celebrating Diwali at home with his family and have enjoyed hearing about what he has done and enjoyed looking at photos and artefacts used in the Diwali celebration.
The Little Elvers have been busy making Diya lamps from both playdough and clay, creating Diwali cards, making Mehndi patterns and Rangoli pictures. The children have compared some of their own celebrations to Diwali and created some fantastic art work. They have also enjoyed listening to music from India and using scarfs and instruments to accompany their dancing.
We have been looking at representing numbers using marks and objects this week. The children have particularly enjoyed doing this through our café role-play.
This week Little Elvers have been learning about ‘Remembrance Day’. We have watched the cbeebies animated video and we have been talking about why we wear a poppy.
We have continued looking at 2D shapes. The children have enjoyed taking part in shape hunts, drawing and matching shapes and making pictures with them.
We have making our own poppy pictures and followed instructions to create our own salt dough poppies and a printing picture inspired by Andy Warhol. On Wednesday we joined the whole school assembly on TEAMS to pay our respects by taking part in a 2 minute silence.
We also celebrated Children in Need on Friday. We enjoyed coming to school in our pyjamas and taking part in Pudsey activities.
This week in Little Elvers we have been busy exploring fireworks. We have read a simplified version of ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ and talked about how we celebrate the 5th November. It was very interesting to hear the different things we do and to see that we don’t all do exactly the same thing.
We have been busy mark making our own firework pictures using various tools and materials such as chalks, glitter, glue and printing. We enjoyed watching our own firework display in class so that all the children could experience fireworks this year with the public displays not going ahead this year.
We have looked at firework poetry and used musician instruments to accompany them. In maths we have been looking at 2D shapes. We have been on hunts, sorting and matching them and creating fireworks using them.
We have also very much enjoyed playing on our new climbing frame!
This week Little Elvers have been continuing to think about Autumn. We have used Pumpkin Soup as our focus text. The children have enjoyed acting out the story and creating prompts to use in their role-play. They have also been asking ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions linked to the story and thinking about the feelings of the characters.
We have continued to work on rhyming and created a pumpkin soup rhyming game. The children have really enjoyed playing this game and exploring the textures in the soup which has changed daily.
The children have loved using the pumpkins to mark make this week. They have experimented with a range of resources and equipment. The children have created faces for their pumpkins using emotion picture cards and have been able to talk about their creations to small groups of their friends.
In maths, we have continued to focus on matching numerals to quantities and lots of children are starting to recognise the numbers in the environment.
We have had a lovely week in Little Elvers learning about autumn. We have had lots of fun exploring autumn objects. We have been looking at these things closely and talking about how they feel. We were surprised how spikey the horse-chestnut shells were!
Our book this week has been We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt. The children enjoyed following the story pattern and retelling the story during their play. We went on a walk around the school field to collect leaves. The children went on to make autumn crowns.
We have enjoyed matching the numbers and corresponding pictures this week and exploring numbers using numicon and conkers. We also have been measuring how heavy objects are using conkers and exploring size through autumn objects we collected.
We were also very lucky to have an online visit from the author, Claire Alexander, who shared her book, A Little Bit Different, with us. We talked about feelings and the children created their very own drawings based on the story. We had lots of fun!
We're going on a leaf hunt!
Our story this week has been Golidilocks and the Three Bears. Little Elvers have used Talk for Writing to learn their story and really enjoyed performing their story to Mrs Butterfield on Thursday. The children have been repeating key phrases with in their play and acting out the story using the small world characters.
This week we have been looking at size and the vocabulary that is linked such as biggest, smallest, huge and tiny. We have also continued to focus on numbers, counting out and matching numbers to 3.
We have also been looking at feelings and identifying what might make us feel in certain ways. We have been thinking about how the characters in our book felt. The children have created letters to the bears from Goldilocks.
Little Elvers have been exploring porridge and textures through sensory play. We have been describing and comparing how things feel. We also enjoyed tasting porridge! The children have been helping to build Baby Bear a new replacement chair using resources of their choice.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Little Elvers have had another fun week. We have been looking at ourselves and our families and talking about similarities and differences. We have use ‘Elmer’ as our focus book which has linked in very nicely with our discussions. This week we have also been exploring colours. We have been naming, sorting and mixing colours using a variety of resources. The children have really enjoyed experimenting with colour mixing and have happily shared their knowledge with their friends and the adults in the setting.
Little Elvers have been very busy planning a birthday party for Mickey the lion this week. The children have been busy writing lists for Mrs Ryan to go shopping, creating cards and having a go at writing our names. They have also been making cakes from a variety of resources, counting out candles and having a go at recognising some numbers. Towards the end of the week the children enjoyed carrying out the party that they had planned for Mickey.
Little Elvers have been reading the story Funny Bones this week. The children have enjoyed looking at the illustrations, reciting key phrases and coming up with alternative endings for the story. The children’s imaginations have amazed us!
We have been counting this week and are getting really good at saying our numbers in order. We have used our counting skills to measure each other with a variety of different objects. Some children have really enjoyed representing the final number by making marks.
This week, we have been looking at our bodies and our skeletons. We have been naming our body parts and talking about what they do. The children have also been talking about their needs and looking at how they have changed since they were babies. They have really enjoyed washing the babies and hanging out their washing in their role-play game.
The children have enjoyed searching for shapes in our environment. This week, we have been focusing on circles and have enjoyed creating our own Kandinsky representations using a variety of materials including paint, different papers, objects to print with, chalks.
This week the Little Elvers have continued their focus on Nursery Rhymes. We have been looking at ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little star’. The books we have linked this week have been ‘The Naughty Bus’, ‘How to Catch a Star’ and ‘The Very Busy Spider’.
Little Elvers have really enjoyed learning the nursery rhymes and adding music and actions to them. We talked about the rhymes they liked and some children represent them. The children have enjoyed using the music with the rhymes to mark making using with pens, felt tips and paint.
The children have enjoyed collecting stick in our forest school area to create their own spider’s webs, counting spiders and putting them down the water spout, using positional language to negotiate through the giant spider’s web before the giant spider returned.
Throughout the week they have enjoyed creating their own bus and playing in role with their friends. They have followed the naughty bus through the garden (Small world), into the lake (Water) and through the bake beans and shapes – what an adventure they have had! All these play has really encourage the children to problem solve and communicate well with their peers.
After reading ‘How to Catch a Star’ the children went on a shape hunt and tried to build their own stars. They experimented with colours on black paper to create star printing and continued to work on their scissor skills.
Nursery Rhymes - Week 2
What a fantastic first week it has been! They have all settled amazingly! Little Elvers have had so much fun! Our focus this week has been nursery rhymes. We have been focusing on ‘Humpty Dumpty’, ‘5 Little Ducks’ and ‘Old McDonald had a Farm’. Our books have linked to our rhymes. They were ‘Little Lumpty’, ‘Duck in the Truck’ and ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’.
We have been problem-solving how to put Humpty together again, building our own walls from a range of materials and investigating if different materials can prevent Humpty breaking when he falls off the wall.
Little Elvers have enjoyed acting out rhymes with musical instruments, creating role play using Old McDonalds Farm small world and using paint, pens and printing resources to create their own art master pieces.
We have been using five little ducks to help us to group objects, look at numbers and recite numbers in order. We have also been using water play to explore and problem solve.
It has been lovely to return to nursery and find our blackberry bush is full of delicious blackberries. The children have really enjoyed collecting them and cooking chocolate and blackberry muffins!
Throughout the week, we have been exploring fine motor activities. We have been threading beads on to pippets, using scissors, threading laces and rolling balls.
We are all looking forward to lots more fun next week!
Nursery Rhymes - week 1