During the first week of February, we all enjoyed learning about ‘Garden Birds’. Some families joined in the ‘RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch’ and they recorded the birds they had seen in their gardens.
At nursery we made some bird feeders and hung some in the woods when we went for a walk. The children also made a hide in which to watch the birds and of course every birdwatcher needs binoculars. We made some binoculars and used them as we went for walks in the fields, we even saw a red kite flying overhead and some pheasants in the nursery carpark.
During the second week we learnt about the Chinese New Year, at snack time the children used some chopsticks to eat some noodles. We watched a short video about Chinese New Year celebrations and we danced with some streamers to a Chinese dragon dance. Before half term we also made some small vegan heart shaped biscuits to share with our families.
During the last week of February, we had fun learning all about opposites. We created a train out of chairs and drove all around. The children made some day and night pictures, we chatted about things that make us happy and things that make us sad and we learnt an opposites song. The children practiced their cutting skills and cut some short pieces of paper and some long pieces.
Outside we had a floating and sinking activity and we tried to work out if different objects would float or sink.
Finally, we have started to see signs of Spring in our nursery garden as snow drops and daffodils are coming out.
Our ‘Arctic Topic’ certainly fitted in with the weather this month, as we have been learning about the Arctic and the amazing animals that live there. We, watched a short video about the Arctic Tundra and one called a ‘Walk in the Arctic’. We, conducted a small science experiment and discovered how water turns to ice and we rescued some toy animals that were stuck in the ice. Outside we also found some ice and made footprints on the frosty grass.
The children worked together to create an Artic area display made out of card board, white paint, cotton wool and other materials with artic animals, a cave and snow.
Most excitingly, we were granted permission from Fawley Farms to take the children for our “squirrel walks” around their fields. We have enjoyed lots of long muddy walks exploring the fields and the woods, where we built a den and jumped in muddy puddles. Hopefully, you saw some of the photos on Tapestry or Facebook.
Finally, during the last week of January the weather aligned to “our topic” enabling lots of snow to play in. We headed off with a backpack containing hot chocolate and homemade bread, after all that walking and exploring in the snow, we needed a snack to warm us up.
The next day with the snow still in the garden we made some snowmen and used Miss Veronica’s hat for our biggest snowman.
We continued with our cooking activities as well and we made bear faces out of yoghurt. The children furthermore cut their own bananas or cucumbers, spooned the yoghurt into a circular cutter and made a bear face with banana cucumbers and blueberries. The best part of it all was eating it during snack time, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
The children have certainly enjoyed learning about the Artic. They can name many animals that live in the Artic and they understand how these animals keep warm in snow and ice. As the lockdown continues, we hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well.
Another busy month at nursery. We have been exploring colours and discovering what happens when we mix the prime colours together.
We had a lot of fun making a large mail box. The children worked together to paint and decorate it, then lots and lots of letters were written and posted to Father Christmas.
We have all been busy making Christmas craft, some clay candle holders, bauble cards with buttons and sparking decorations involving lots of glitter. The children have been learning some Christmas songs, you may have heard them singing some at home.
During “Welcome Time”, we have been learning how to have kind gentle hands and how to help our friends. We have introduced some grace and courtesy demonstrations and the children have been practicing how to set the table for snack time. We also continue our PE classed and had lots of fun outside.
Finally, we finished the last week of term baking some vegan Gingerbread cookies and having our Christmas Party.
So, it is goodbye to 2020! And yes, the Christmas Holidays will be a little different this year! We, on behalf of Privett Montessori Nursery School, wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and peaceful break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!