We have some very enterprising children in the 3-5 room this term. They are busy exploring buying and selling in our role-play shop, and the chat is flowing. They are learning to recognise different coins and notes and being exposed to numbers through this rich real life context.
Numbers and counting are also the focus of our singing and rhymes this term.
Last week we trialed ‘self service’ snack. The children were very willing and eager to help with this service. The children get to choose their snack from pictures. All the helpers through the week worked very well together to ensure their ‘customers’ got what they asked for! The children also engaged in lots of conversation in Gàidhlig. Self service snack is a great way to promote fine motor skills, build relationships, and encourages the children to become more independent.
Part of our new menu choices involves the children making their own snack. This week, Alison kindly donated some potatoes from the garden in St Peter’s and we decide to make potato scones with them. The children enjoyed the process from mashing the potatoes to tasting the delicious final product!
This week we have been learning some clothing words in Gaelic. We were working on our fine motor skills and some very important skills for being independent when we were learning how to do buttons, buckles and zips. We also played a matching game with socks.
The last couple weeks the 3-4 group have been working on their mini beast topic. They have had lots of fun exploring outside in the sun and looking for mini beasts with our magnifying glasses. They have been creating mini beasts for our display wall, they made some snails using egg cartons, they also took part in a sorting bug game which they all did great in. The children are still really enjoying this topic. The children put their bug hotel out and are waiting on some guests to visit.
In conjunction with our spring topic the 3-5 group have been learning a little about Old MacDonald and his farm. The children have engaged well with this topic and have been taking part in various activities, which have included some ploughing and feeding of the many animals on their pretend farm.
The 3-5 group have started a new topic on mini beasts they have had lots of fun exploring outside to see what mini beasts they could find, they found lots of wiggly worms. They also made some ladybug flapjacks which all the children really enjoyed taking part in.
The 2-3 group have just finished their topic ‘Na Deich Spuinnich Bheaga’ the children have really enjoyed this topic as they have focused on numbers 1-10 and have learnt about some under the sea animals, they even got to see a real life octopus! They also made their very own pirate ship and enjoyed role playing as pirates.
The baby room have been working on a Gàidhlig song to help learn their features. They created a face for the wall, which they all helped to paint and colour. They also loved investigating and exploring Mr Potato Head to help learn where all their features go.
The boys are outside, enjoying some time to investigate the amount of water that has gathered in the tyres. One found a star fish in the sand area and took it up to put it in the water, telling us "it needs water to survive". Also ‘double trouble’ gathering water for their mud pies! Our poor mud kitchen took a bit of a battering in the recent gales, but this doesn’t stop us having some messy outdoor fun!
On our blog you can read about all the things we get up to in the nursery.