Welcome to Nursery ~
where working together we can be the best we can be!
Welcome to our fabulous Nursery class and our wonderful team!
Miss Woodray and the early years team welcome you to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.
What have we been learning this week?
This week we have been remembering those who sacrificed their lives during the World Wars as part of the Centenary of the end of World War I.
Children in the early years have been drawing their own poppies or poppy fields in the outdoors provision area using paint pens, they made their own poppies using craft materials and worked as part of a team to make a GIANT poppy that was presented to the British Legion's Byng House with the school council members.
Lest We Forget
Kids are naturally drawn to playing outside and there are numerous benefits of outdoor play: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Playing actively outdoors also increases flexibility, fine and gross motor skills, and is related to the development of a wide variety of physical skills, including those involved in sports.
Fun with shape!
This half term the children have really took an interest in shapes!
Shapes they can draw, shapes they can see in the environment, listening to shape songs, shapes they can name, making portrait pictures with shapes, and lastly going on a shape hunt with Mrs Doyle.
What shapes can you spot on your way to school?
Welcome to our wonderful 'Welly Garden!'
At BDS we pride ourselves on our outdoor space. We are lucky enough to have our very own 'Welly Garden' that the children can access in all weathers. This week, after reading 'Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn' by Kenard Pak along with other autumnal stories, we took the children out as often as we could to explore autumn for themselves.
The children loved raking the leaves and jumping in the piles, rolling tyres down hills, making kites, climbing trees (risk assessed of course!) collecting bugs and playing with the large parachute.
What is your favourite thing to do in autumn?
Getting to grip with a pencil!
From first holding something as a baby, children's pencil grasp changes significantly. Children typically develop control of large muscles first, and smaller ones later. This is why young children's gross motor skills are typically more advanced than their fine motor skills - for example, a three-year-old will find it easier to hop on one leg than to do up their buttons.
At BDS we do lots of activities to first develop children's gross motor skills such as dough disco or squiggle whilst you wiggle. However, some children are ready to pick up a pencil as shown below. It's important not to force your child to develop a correct pencil grasp before they're ready, no matter how clunky or uncomfortable their grip may look. Developing a good pencil grasp is a natural process and your child will learn in their own time.
After enjoying listening to 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Alison Bartlett and Vivian French; the children decided that they wanted their own vegetable patch to work on just like Grandad!
They enjoyed digging them up, writing shopping lists, discussing the roots and their favourite with their friends, drawing them and finally, with the help from Mrs Newall, making their own vegetable soup!
What vegetables do you like to cook with at home?
Incorporating our theme of 'Autumn' into our daily play; children have been counting conkers, ordering vegetables according to size, recognising numerals, matching numbers to quantities and making numerals using play dough.
What could you count going on an autumnal walk?