Using our story of Dear Zoo we have been thinking about where different animals live and what the different habitats are like. When we went to the woods this week in our ‘Muddy Monday’ session the children were given an animal and they had to make it a home. The children thought about what the different animals like and would need.
The children’s main interest in Nursery and Reception is animals. We began our half term by reading the children a selection of animal stories we know they enjoy. The children then used voting counters to vote for their favorite story. The winner was: Dear Zoo. We are using this book as our focus for our learning this half term.
To begin our learning the children in Nursery and Reception went on a safari…they saw lots of different animals hiding in Marlfields school woods.
The children have then written letters to the zoo to ask for a pet. BEWARE we might be sent lots of monkeys, snakes, elephants, lions, frogs, giraffes, and snakes!!!!!
This week Reception and Nursery played a game ‘Forest Finders’. Miss Barber showed the children two different types of leaves and they had to go and find the matching leaves. The children had to remember the colour, shape, pattern and size of the leaves. The children learnt the differences between a blade of grass, pine needles, and an ivy leaf.
The children were also risk taking this week in the woods – exploring the tree swing…they had lots of fun!
The children in Reception have been learning about how things grow. The children started by thinking about what plants and seeds need to grow. They found out that they need; soil, sunshine, and water.
The children have then looked closely at different seeds and used their observational skills to describe the features of the seeds. They described the size, the colour and the texture.
The children have then been busy planting seeds all week in their outdoor area. The children have planted beanstalks similar to the story they have shared together of Jasper’s Beanstalk. They have planted carrots, tomatoes and sunflowers. The children can’t wait to see them grow and change.
This week in our Muddy Monday session in the woods. We created woodland bracelets, by finding woodland materials and sticking them to our bracelets. We had lots of fun talking about the woodland environment and making observations of the plants and natural things.
We had lots of fun exploring the woodland area too!
On a Monday afternoon Reception and Nursery work together to find out about our outside environment. This Monday we went on a walk around the school grounds to spot the signs of spring.
The children worked on their learning and development in the area of Understanding The World. They commented and asked questions about aspects of the natural world, we talked about some of the things they observed with the plants, the children developed an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time – looking closely at the similarities, patterns and change.
The children found flowers starting to grow, blossom starting to show on some of the trees and green buds on other trees.
This week Nursery and Reception have been learning about the female scientist – Maria Merian. She discovered that caterpillars turn into butterflies. The children shared the story of The Hungry Caterpillar to learn about the life cycle.
We have been on a bug hunt looking for minibeasts in our outdoor area:
The children couldn’t find many minibeasts…so we thought we needed to do something about it…so we made a bug house to encourage minibeasts to come to our outdoor area.
Throughout the week we have been learning about minibeasts in our outdoor area: