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Gingerbread Men

The children had been making gingerbread men in the playdough so we decided to follow their interests and bake some too! Each child weighed out their ingredients, watching carefully until the scales balanced, thinking about how they could melt the margarine and then mixed their ingredients to form the dough. They then rolled out the dough and thought carefully about the sizes and amounts of gingerbread people that they would need to make to represent their families. Once cooked, the children took them home to share!

Chinese New Year

In Nursery we celebrated Chinese New Year. We did lots of cutting activities to develop the children's fine motor skills including making lanterns, and dragon puppets. We found out which animal we were on the Chinese Zodiac and compared our findings on a chart. The children were very excited about showing off the dragon they had made by doing their dragon dancing and singing their Chinese songs for the parents. We also enjoyed tasting a variety of Chinese food and even had a go at using chopsticks!

Penguin

In Nursery we have gone penguin mad! One of our children said "I can waddle like a penguin" - and all of his friends joined in!
The children shared what they already knew about penguins, then we used the internet and books to find out more. We looked on the internet to find out about different types of penguins - the children especially liked the rockhopper penguin! We also found out where penguins lived in the world and spotted these places on a map.

Alongside information books about penguins, we have been reading lots of penguin stories and our favourite has to be 'Penguins in the Fridge!'.

This child initiated interest has linked extremely well to our maths focus on size. We began to compare the size of different penguins and we even made a life sized chart so that we could compare our own height to that of different penguins! Then we ordered penguins of various size in the maths area as an independent challenge.

The children were inspired by a budding artist at the painting easel to create many of their own penguin artworks. We have displayed these in the classroom and the children are very proud of their achievements.

We celebrated Diwali in Nursery!

The children arrived in Nursery for a fun filled day of celebrations. They made some mehndi patterns on hand shaped paper, designed rangoli patterns in the play dough using seeds and they even had a go at doing some traditional Indian dancing.

We were also very lucky as one of the children brought in some of her own special celebration clothes from home to show us. We had lots of fun trying them on and even wore them to our Diwali feast.

We tasted lots of Indian food such as samosas, korma curry, rice, onion bhajis, pakoras, naan bread and poppadoms - these were our favourite!

Spiders

As part of the school's Wildlife Week, Nursery chose to learn all about spiders. All of our children were invited to join us for a day of spider themed fun. We went on a walk around the school grounds looking for spiders and their webs. We then did lots of spider themed activities back in nursery such as weaving our own webs, spider handprints, playdough spiders and decorating spider biscuits. We also worked together, as Primrose Lane Learners, to create our own enormous spider web.
We also learnt a song about spiders and found that spiders have 8 legs through lots of careful counting.

Baking

Here are some photos of the delicious baking we did with the apples we collected! Our apple cake, apple crumble and apple pie went down a treat and even the other grown ups from across school came to taste some! We also had a vote to show who did and did not like the apple cake!

Autumn Walk

This week, we went on an Autumn walk around our lovely school grounds. We spotted lots of signs of Autumn and collected lots of objects to bring back to nursery and make some Autumn collages with.

Cooking

Following collecting our apples last week, we have begun to find uses for them in our classroom!

We decided to cook the apples to turn them into apple cake. We noticed that the apples started off hard and then turned soft as we cooked them.
"They've gone mushy!" said Raphy

We held a vote to see who did and who did not like the cooked apples - 8 children liked them and 4 children didn't. That told us that most children did like the cooked apples!

We have also printed with the apples in our outside area, using red and green paint, as we noticed these colours on the apple skin.

We have been singing songs about apples and even made up our own number rhyme about them! It goes like this;
(to the tune of Peter hammers with one hammer)

We picked one juicy apple, apple, apple
We picked one juicy apple from off the apple tree!

(Repeat up to 5 apples)

Orchard

This week we visited our orchard to see if the apples were ready to be collected. When we arrived, we found some of the red apples had fallen to the ground but the green apples were still on the tree. The children picked the apples and put them in our baskets so that we could take them back to Nursery.

We counted them and looked at the differences; some were big, some were small and some were different colours.

We used our sense of smell and taste to find out more about the apples and then the children thought about what we could make from them. Next week we will begin our apple based culinary creations!

Nursery

Since joining us, the Nursery children have had lots of fun! They have been making new friends, exploring our environment and settling in well. We look forward to getting stuck in to lots more exciting activities over the coming weeks.

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