In nursery the children are encouraged to climb trees as this physical activity is great for strengthening arms, hands and core muscles. This activity is also used to help the children understand risk and how they can keep themselves safe. This week Mrs Purves has been working with a group of children to find out how they thought they could be Safe Sallys while climbing. They then made up a risk assessment to put up beside the trees to help keep everyone safe.
“There is two pipes, you pour sand in them. It goes down the pipe, it goes in the black bit” (Leo)
Mrs Hardman and Mrs Erussard added some tubes, pipes and tubs to our sand tray and the children have enjoyed exploring what happens when they pour the sand in.
We had some caterpillars delivered to nursery this week.
“The tiny caterpillars are in tubs. The tubs have food in them. They will eat it and they’ll turn into butterflies.” (Freddie)
We were mixing paint in squirty bottles then we had fun spraying it onto paper. Squeezing the handle helps make our hands stronger.
Last week several children were making pizza with their playdough and adding different items to represent their favourite toppings. To follow this interest we decided to make real pizzas. First we looked through some cookbooks to find a recipe, then we wrote a list of ingredients to buy and finally we asked some of our friends which toppings they would like and the we added the most popular to our shopping list. We had lots of fun mixing the toppings and then we chose which toppings we wanted to add.
This week we have been extending our learning from last week. Inspired by the book Handa’s Surprise we had an exotic fruit tasting session. We tasted passion fruit, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate and lemon. Some fruits received better reviews than others!
After watching some African music videos and looking at photographs, we used fabric crayons and paints to decorate some fabrics to wear while dancing and we borrowed some drums from school to join in with the music.
Just a reminder that the school and nursery will be closed on Monday due to the May Day holiday. We hope that you have a lovely long weekend and see you all on Tuesday 2nd May at normal time. Ms B and the Cockenzie Team
This week we received some new hats in a donation of fancy dress items. The children enjoyed playing with the hats and noticed that some of them were quite big and could carry things. We then read the book Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne which led to lots of discussion about Africa and the differences between life there and life in Cockenzie. Following these discussion we turned our tepee into a mud hut and did some mud painting in our digging area. “
This week we had a visit from the Easter Bunny, who hid lots of eggs in our garden for us to find. We then swapped our egg for a little special treat which we enjoyed with our friends.