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.

Super Scientists

This morning, the children have been working scientifically to investigate what happens when primary colours are mixed together. The children learnt that the blue, yellow and red are all primary colours. Before they were set off to experiment this, they predicted what would happen when these colours are mixed together. The children were given a variety of opportunities to mix colours in different ways.

Nursery began by mixing paint together. They pushed the colours around so that they swirled and mixed in different combinations, patterns and shades of colour. Have a look at their findings below.

To extend their learning further, the children investigated what would happen when the primary colours are mixed with white and black. They learnt that mixing white makes the colour ‘lighter’ and mixing black makes the colour ‘darker’.

Their findings were then confirmed during the food colouring experiment. In a small container of water, drops of food colouring (red, yellow and blue) were stirred together in a variety of combinations.

Having learnt about all of these colours they explored the multi sensory room, identifying and naming the colours as they saw them.

Using scientific equipment, the children concluded their morning, by trying to change the colour of the white light. By placing coloured objects in front of the torch, the children were able to change the colour of the light as it appeared on the wall.

First Nursery Days…

The staff are all extremely proud, of all the children in Nursery and how they have settled in so well! The children have been busy exploring their new environments and building lots of new friendships.

The children are already beginning to follow our Nursery routine. Look at how helpful the children are being at Snack Time, as part of the ‘Special Helper’ role.

Nursery have started learning about ‘Autumn’. As a class, the children learned how they can recognise signs of Autumn in the environment. After collecting from the playground, they began leaf printing using a variety of autumnal colours – red, brown, orange and yellow.