In term one we have been getting to know each other, learning each others' names, becoming familiar with routines and where things belong inside and outside the classroom. The children are taking part in activities based around the theme of "Ourselves". This theme is also linked to our Talk4Writing story "Titch". The children have been enjoying joining in with songs and circle games, using the parachute and other games and activities to develop good listening skills. They have been investigating their senses, talking about their families and what it is like to be a baby, comparing this to what they can do now. We are soon having a visiting musician who will show the children some musical instruments - some of which feature in the story of "Titch". Before the end of this term we hope to take a walk to the Secret Jungle to look for signs of Autumn.
Term 2 was a busy one. Our story was "The Three Little Pigs" which the children very much enjoyed retelling and acting out. The children enjoyed a visiting theatre group performance of "Dotty the Dragon" with the characters coming into the Nursery afterwards to talk with the children and show them the puppets from the story. Christmas saw us making lots of shaped decorations with the children not only identifying 2D shapes, but developing their cutting skills. We were proud of the children for singing so well in the Early Years Nativity as the Reception children acted out the story.
Term 3 has begun well and the children are very involved with activities based around the story of "The Gingerbread Man". We have made our own salt dough gingerbread men to retell the story at home and real gingerbread men to eat. Today we made our own loaf of bread and really enjoyed eating it - as the children said "It's delicious!" There has been a lot of exploration of different textures - food textures and other materials, such as finger paint, cloud dough with more to come. The children are working hard at developing their fine motor skills and this term we are taking part in P.E. to increase gross motor skills.Our morning session is filling up fast and there are just a few more places available in the afternoon session