What a festive week it has been - opening our fantastic toy advent calendar each day, decorating our tree, cutting and decorating glitter stars, and dancing along to Christmas music.
This week we have watched 'The snowman' and 'The Snowdog' and the children have been working very hard to make some Christmas surprises for you all... shhhh!
Thought of the week - It's not what's under the Christmas tree that matters it's who around it..
Have a lovely weekend.
Early years team :)
Another week over already! Nursery children have been finding out all about animals that hibernate during the winter and where they might sleep. We have created leaf collages and threaded leaf bunting to decorate our windows. Some of the children have been spending time writing their names, enjoying moments together in our 'home corner' at the new light table, caring for our babies, and problem solving with new wooden construction.
Next Friday is Christmas Jumper Day (3rd December), all the children are welcome to come to Nursery dressed in something festive.
Thought of the week - "Children see magic because they look for it."
Happy Friday from the Early Years Team! :)
We have been very creative in Nursery this week. The children have made hedgehog paintings using forks instead of brushes, we mixed Autumn colours for free choice painting and on Thursday we made binoculars to use on a colour hunt around the school grounds visiting the Trim Trail once again.
During carpet times we have shared our thoughts about Autumn and learnt some new things.
What happens in Autumn...?
"The leaves have changed colours, yellow and orange, and brown leaves."
"It gets cold and the flowers don't come out. Some crunchy leaves."
"The leaves fall off and when the leaves fall off in the road a car comes along and they dance around and go whoosh!"
The end of the week has been fun filled with dressing up in aid of 'Children in Need' and lots of dancing!
Thought of the week - Learning can happen anywhere not just in the classroom.
Have a lovely weekend.
See you next week, Early Years Team :)
Friday again already! We have been enjoying playdough, Lego, magnetic construction, junk modelling and pencil drawing. This week to mark 'Remembrance Day' we created our own poppies using paint and made large poppy broaches with card, glue and tissue paper. - Thank you to everyone who contributed to the poppy appeal.
The outside learning space is slowly coming together, the children are very excited for the completion and we are all looking forward to getting back to our grass area.
Next Friday (19th November) is 'Children in Need' appeal, the children are welcome to come to nursery in a dressing up outfit and a money donation is welcome.
Thought of the week - If you see someone without a smile... give them one of yours :)
Have a nice weekend! EY Team...
Welcome back Acorns! It's been another busy week in EY. We have been finding out about Divali and why we have fireworks on November 5th. Divali is an five day celebration of light that is celebrated by the Hindu community around the world.
Throughout the week the children have made their own Diva's (candle holders) using clay as well as decorating them with glitter glue, they will come home with your child throughout next week. This afternoon we have tried a selection of Asian food. The children have also created wonderful 'Firework' paintings with toilet tubes and paint or pva glue and glitter while expressing such joy when telling us about the firework displays they have been to or are going to.
Our outside learning space is growing... Yay! We can't wait for it to be finished and start to enjoy it.
Quote of the week - "Play is our brains favourite way of learning."
Enjoy the fireworks display this weekend if you are heading out to see them, stay safe.
We look forward to seeing you next week!
The Early Years Team :)
Our first half term has flown by, we have got to know our new environment and new friend. Our first topic has been
'All about me' and over the last few weeks we have been discovering what makes us unique, new beginnings, people who help us in our community, our feelings and managing them, our families, homes and what super hero powers are and what we can do with them. During this week we have been creating Autumn homes, making emergency vehicles, writing letters, learning about people who help us in an emergency and enjoying the great outdoors!
Thought for the week - Play is the work of childhood.
It has been so lovely getting to know the children and families of North Tawton school. Have a lovely half term everyone.
Karen and EY team
The evil pea has been up to no good! He tied up a poor carrot and celery stick to the window and then we found him in our counting jar on Wednesday morning. our activities this week have included Potato printing, cutting and drawing peas, making and squashing peas. After reading the story of the week 'Supertato' we discussed what super powers we might have and how we could save the day.....
"If I was Supertato and someone fell in the water I would save them"
"I would be a fly bird"
"I would be a car superhero and save everyone that crashed"
Thought of the week - It's a happy talent to know how to play
This week we have been building houses, making glasses with small construction, mark making on our new easel, caring for babies, creating our own colour Monsters and moving into a box house. We have also been reading the story 'Supertato' and talking about what super powers we might have. During forest school we have been working hard planting a willow tunnel, rope climbing and zip wire sliding!
Thought for the week - Play is the work of children, It's very serious stuff.
Have a lovely weekend,
The weather has been wet and windy this week but it hasn't stopped the little acorns from exploring outside. We have been tree rubbing, mud sliding, building Dinosaur houses and making mud cakes in the mud kitchen.
When the rain drops were to big we spent time inside the school hall using equipment to help us jump, crawl, roll and balance as well as enjoying new nursery toys that have been arriving throughout the week.
We are often outside doing forest school activities and do get very muddy! Wet weather clothes are very useful if you can bring them on your child's nursery sessions.
Thought for the week - Play is the highest form of research.
Enjoy the weekend,
It has been another fun filled week exploring and creating inside and out. Along with drawing a self portrait and writing our names we have used natural props to build faces and animals. The playdough came in useful when some children worked together to make funny faces. our mud kitchen continues to grow and our outside learning space is changing daily. The children have also been exploring feelings and what colour they might be with the help of the 'Colour Monster' story book.
Thought for the week "Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play they learn how to learn".