The children have enjoyed role play and construction outdoors in the fine weather. They had Garden Centre resources which they used as a flower shop and then followed their own interests and began to plant the flowers and transport the flower pots. The children also used big construction bricks and built towers and enclosures using lots of team work, sharing and problem solving skills.
The children have been exploring play with construction vehicles. This has involved lots of scooping, digging, and problem solving with vehicles and other resources outside. The children have been listening to the books "Dig, Dig, Digging" and "Digger to the Rescue."
The learning has focused on "making skills" this week and the children have been practising how to use scissors, tape, hole punches, glue, and split pins and have made their own vehicles from recycled materials. They have done really well at being independent with these activities. They were able to use some of the same skills when making their Mother's Day Cards.
The children have been making trains and buses from 2D shapes at group time with a grown up. They have used these ideas and skills to select and stick shapes to make their choice of vehicle and to arrange large shapes too. They also loved hunting for shapes hidden outside and made marks as they found them. They explored shapes found in the sand and made arrangements with different sized shapes inside.
The nursery children have been exploring types of transport with their small world play. They have been listening to the books, "Bear on a Bike, Mr Gumpy's Outing and The Train Ride." They have been using vehicles and wheels in mud and paint to print and make marks. Outdoors the children have been pushing tyres and using them with steering wheels and bricks to construct and play imaginatively.
The children have been really interested to look at Chinese artefacts and hear about Chinese New Year. They have used lots of different fine motor skills and tools this week while making Chinese food, lanterns, dragons and lions.
The nursery children have been taking part in BBC Bird Watch. They have been learning to recognise and name different birds. They practised by hunting for pictures of birds around the nursery playground and making marks on the chart. We have lots of birds visiting the nursery as we have been feeding them for a few weeks. The children have enjoyed watching them especially the tame Robin and the two pigeons that live in the big tree.