Over the last week, Nursery have been learning lots about Diwali, the festival of lights.

The children learnt that Diva lamps are traditional decorations, used to make Hindu houses look bright. Nursery have created their very own Diva pots using clay. Through this process the children have strengthened their fine motor skills by rolling the clay, coiling it round and finally pinching it all together.

Nursery also learnt that during the festival, it is common for Hindus to share special food and sweets. As part of the children’s celebrations, they were able to taste samosas, Barfi and Gulab Jamun.

They have also created beautiful pieces of Rangoli artwork. The children learnt that these patterns are traditionally made on the floor using coloured rice or sand and are a way of ‘lighting up’ homes. To create these patterns, the children had to think carefully of their designs and repeat in each quarter of the paper. The other patterns were made using a programme on the computer. The children were required to select objects, dragging them onto a symmetry wheel. They were able to change the size and colour of these objects, by using the tools.

Harvest Celebrations!

This week the children in Nursery have been celebrating Harvest. Nursery have learnt that we celebrate this festival because it is the time of the year when all the crops have been harvested.

The staff were extremely proud of Nursery, with how they performed their Harvest song – ‘The Owl’. Over the last few weeks, Nursery have been practising, with Reception, ready for their first Rushall performance. They also learnt the words to ‘Harvest Samba’, ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’ and Cauliflowers Fluffy’.

To celebrate the success of their Harvest performance, Nursery met with their buddy class, Year 3, to share Harvest bread. The children could choose whether they wanted butter or jam on their bread. It was very yummy!

Hedgehog Heroes

Today, as part of Nursery’s Autumn topic, they met Marilyn from Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue Centre. For more information on the work of Snuffles, please visit their website, http://snuffles-rescue.com.

Marilyn’s knowledge of hedgehogs and how to look after them was amazing and the children all learnt lots from her. They began by discussing the body parts of a hedgehog and comparing them to those of a persons. They learnt that hedgehogs use their nose to smell food – hedgehogs like to eat worms, caterpillars and beetles.

Nursery also learnt how they might recognise if a hedgehog is living in their garden (by their poo – the children even got to see some), how they can make their gardens safe for hedgehogs and what to do if they find a hedgehog.

Finally, the children were able to meet one of the many hedgehogs that Snuffles look after. Nursery had to remain very quiet, as they learnt that hedgehogs become nervous when they hear loud noises.

The children thoroughly enjoyed expanding their knowledges of hedgehogs and are ready to become ‘Hedgehog Champions’! Thanks again to all of the parents and guardians that sent donations of pet food for Snuffles, it was greatly appreciated!

Baking Harvest Bread

Over the last two days, in preparation for next weeks Harvest celebrations, the children in Nursery have been learning how to bake their very own Harvest rolls.

The children began by accurately measuring out their ingredients before adding it to the mixing bowl. The children in turn helped to knead the ingredients together.

The dough was then left to prove in the classroom – as the children learnt that yeast works best when in a warm environment. The children closely observed the dough “growing”. Once risen, the children rolled their dough into individual balls, before being placed into the oven. Their rolls came out golden and smelling delicious.

Share a Story…

This morning, Nursery shared their love of reading with their brand new partnership class, during a quality reading session. They each selected their favourite book or story ready for their peer in Year 3 to read to them. All of Nursery thoroughly enjoyed stories being read to them and getting to know their new ‘buddies’. During the session, the children were all able to talk to each other, discussing why they enjoyed the story.