Happy New Year and welcome to the spring term in nursery! We are looking forward to welcoming our new children and families this term as we support them into settling and getting to know each other.
We are thinking about the Traditional Story of the Three Little Pigs, following our huge interest in building at the end of last term. The children are busily making enclosures out of the small and large bricks and very much enjoying making structures that they can get inside. Story sheets will go home to you and keep looking at Class Dojo for links to what's happening each week.
We love this time of year in nursery and watching how the children explore and we build the planning around their interests and fascinations.
Each week, your child's key person will be on the ramp at home time if you would like to have a quick catch up. We are aware that it's not the same as coming into nursery and we miss working closely with families as we support your child's development and learning through play. Don't forget to stay in touch with regular updates and messages through Class Dojo to see what learning is happening across the nursery.
We believe in creating an enabling environment which supports children's early communication and wellbeing. We purposely choose natural resources, neutral colours and seasonal resources to support children's learning. We offer opportunities for children to access a range of textures of different weights and sizes to support their exploration of the world. The areas are carefully zoned so that the children can access equipment independently and return it as part of their play. Soft lighting, task lighting and natural light fill the spaces to support the zoning and create cosy spaces for children to interact and build their early language skills. We follow the Reggio Emilia Approach which considers the environment as the third teacher and that it's beauty is a crucial part of the child's experience.
Sensory exploration of the pumpkins have kept the children intrigued this week. They have been fascinated in the weight and moving them around. However, they are becoming softer, so we added the butter knives and allowed the children to discover what is inside. They used their strength, manipulative skills and their senses to explore. This engaged the children for a very long period and their involvement was high. We have collected the seeds to add to the playdough table next week.
It's autumn time in the nursery and we are busily exploring the weight of the pumpkins, the number of conkers and how we can use the fallen leaves for craft activities! We absolutely love the story of the Billy Goats gruff at the moment and have been so busy building bridges and retelling the story. The children are building their own bridges with the planks and tyres in the garden too. Luckily, the days have been dry for us to gather and collect the autumn leaves in the garden and we are enjoying the dim light that welcomes us in the mornings as the nursery glows with lamps and fairy lights, making the spaces inviting and special. Beautiful autumn in the nursery.
The nursery is embracing this Autumn weather. There are so many natural Autumnal resources and colours for the children to explore and extend their sensory development. The environment is set up to allow for children to build their independence and develop their opportunities for talk. I wonder what these resources will prompt for them next week?
The nursery is ready for the week ahead. The 3 Little Pigs are still leading our play and building work. We have drawn our own pigs too. The Pip's room is set up for lots of circular schema that our 2 year olds are exploring at the moment. Lovely bit of sunshine to start the week and a chance for the staff to turn their attention to the garden area over the next few weeks. Here's o another happy week at Woodfield Nursery.
Curiosity is leading the children in their scientific discovery this week. The projector has been set up as a Learning Provocation to see what the children notice and we will observe them closely to work out what they are exploring. The children are using their whole body to work out how the shadows work in the space. I wonder what they will do next?
We consider very carefully how the children respond to the environment and often find that relocation a table or repurposing an area brings new life to the way that the children engage with it. We are keen to ensure all our children are confident mark makers and were interested to see such concentration and involvement of these 3 boys as they used a range of mark making materials. We noticed how they liked to stand at the table and worked in close proximity as they shared their mark making experience together.
What a lovely send off for our Nursery children who are leaving us to start school! We had a wonderful party in the forest with party cream tea and we showed our families all our forest school activities and songs. We then presented each child with a parting gift from their key person. We are very happy that so many of our children are carrying on at Woodfield and we wish all of our children well as they start in their new schools. What an important and special time for them all.
The nursery team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families for their incredible support during their time with us and for joining us for the special party. It has been a pleasure to watch your children grow. Stay in touch...
By this time of year, our oldest child are becoming highly skilled at colour mixing and producing the colours they need. They are increasingly in control of their fine motor movements and choose the thickness of their brush for maximum effect. With a reference of a vase of beautifully pastel shaded flowers as inspiration, the children have created some beautiful pieces.
Well, we just can't get enough of gardening. So much interest. The children are totally engaged in weeding, planting, watering and caring for our vegetables and flowers. This week, we will be planting our sunflower and herb seeds.
Our children have brought their findings at forest school and the beauty of the blossoming tree into the nursery and have been exploring some transitional art using blossom and camellias from the gardens. They have made some beautiful creations.
The children are thinking about spring time in the nursery. We are getting ready to celebrate Mother's Day and all the people who care for us. We will be having a cream tea for our final Stay and Play this term. We hope you can come.
Our story is about Rosie the Hen who goes on a walk around the farm, but will that fox catch her? Story sheets are in the lobby for you to take home.
Even with this cold weather, we have wrapped up warm and put on our waterproofs because we just can't get enough of this sensory, whole body water play!
The children have been fascinated exploring these open ended resources. Lots of counting, ordering and grouping. Lots of mathematical talk and cooperative play happening in the Seedlings this week. The children spent a long time and their concentration was amazing!
At nursery, we like to allow children to children to engage in calculated risky play that challenges their bodies and builds their resilience. The role of the adult is crucial in allowing children to access this type of play safely and still enable children to take part.
The children have been very busy exploring how to make a bridge to get across the grass. We have linked their fascination with the story of the Billy Goats Gruff. There are story sheets in the lobby for you to take home. Trip trap, trip trap, over the rickety bridge!
The nursery children have lots of opportunity for mark making. Their developmental stages are assessed and the children have lots of practice to develop their pencil grip.