The rain hasn’t stopped us from having another good week at nursery and we’ve done lot of learning.
On Monday we continued our discussions about Remembrance Day and talked about the people and animals who kept us safe during the wars. We watched a CBBC video story that contextualised our learning in an age appropriate way and bees did some fantastic talking about it and how it made them feel.
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It was national Anti-Bullying week so a lot of our learning at nursery was based on helping us to think, talk about and understand about how we treat others and what effect this has on them and to appropriately support the children to recognise when others are being treated badly or bullied. We watched a very old Disney film version of The Ugly Duckling story which had music and no words. It was a great way to begin to talk to the children about kind and unkind behaviour and to help us to think about how other people are feeling and the effects that our behaviour has on them. The children were great at making the links and fantastic at describing what was happening, what the characters were doing and how they were feeling.
We shared a number of other stories too about friendships and what it meant to be a good friend and learned a sign for kind and friend.
The floods on Thursday were a real point of discussion too. Lots of our nursery garden was under water which meant that we had to play inside during the afternoon session...we took lots of pictures to help us to remember and talk about what had happened. Luckily by Friday lots of the water had gone and it was safe to go outside again.
On Friday it was BBC Children in Need and staff and children enjoyed dressing in spots or bringing spotty things to nursery. We had a great time with special activities to support our learning about Children in Need and raise money for the charity day. We looked at lots of pictures and talked about 'Children in Need' or 'Pudsey Day' We talked about every child’s right to have their needs met explaining to the children that this meant a safe place to live, warm clothes, healthy food and water to drink for example. We talked about how not every child in the world had all these things and that the money we raised today would help supports children who are less fortunate than us, helping them to have a happier and better life.
Our maths learning this week helped us to talk about and describe shape. We learned that everything has a shape and looked for shapes in different places and made shapes with our bodies, concentrating particularly on using words like pointy, spiky, round, curved and roly to describe them. We also used our handprints and our fine motor skills to wrap some special pointy stars with wool to create decorations for the Postmill Centre in South Normanton Village. Some of our children delivered the decorations and helped to decorate the tree on Friday afternoon and these decorations will be on display in the Postmill over the Christmas period.