The nursery children had a lovely day of Christmas fun in Gower Heritage Centre. They all sat together and sang Christmas songs with boys and girls from other schools and then the big man himself appeared….Santa! Santa went into his grotto to get all of the presents ready and the children went off to participate in Christmas activities. They made a Christmas calendar, watched a film in the world’s smallest cinema, had great fun watching a puppet show, played on tractors and in a soft play area, and even danced withTwinkle the Fairy. Some of the children even got to feed some of the animals that were there. The children were so good that they all received a present from Santa.
The nursery children have had a special visitor in their classroom, Elvis the Elf! Usually, the cheeky little elf hides in with our Teddy bears but today Elvis was missing! Elvis had left the building! The children went on an elf hunt to see if they could find him. They looked under tables, in the outside shelter and even up the slide. Elvis was nowhere to be seen! We went into the construction area and we spotted him, sitting up in the tree! We rescued him from the tree and took him back to our nice warm classroom.
The nursery and reception children had a fabulous Christmas themed Welly Wednesday today. They wrapped presents ready for Santa, made Christmas cards, elf masks, read Christmas stories and did some elf colouring. They also used their maths skills to complete a counting activity where they had to stick the correct number of pom poms on the Christmas tree. They had some yummy toast and hot chocolate and even had time to decorate a Christmas cookie!
We had a fun morning in nursery today supporting Children in Need. We all wore our comfy pyjamas or something spotty. The children were able to buy toast and cakes and all the money raised will help to support less fortunate children. Thank you for all your kind donations.
What an amazing morning the nursery children have had today! They spent the morning outside in the nature area. They took out some musical instruments and Mrs Rees played her guitar. She was like a rock star! They sang and played along with Mrs Rees and then they had some lovely cawl to warm them up. They even had time to explore the nature area, where they discovered some mini beasts.
Today in Welly Wednesday we learned about being kind to our friends by considering their feelings. Mrs Griffiths read us the story about ‘Hugless Douglas’, a little bear who is in need of a hug and goes on a journey to try and find one. We then discussed the best ways to help our friends feel happy. We made salt dough hearts, pictures of Douglas and played a game with bear feelings cards, where we had to match the correct emotion with the pictures of the bears. We counted and then finger painted the correct number of hearts and we also wrote kind words or drew kind pictures on post it notes and placed them on the tree in the yard.
The nursery children were very kind today and made some bird feeders for the birds. First an adult helped them to remove the core and thread string through the middle of the apple, then they used their fine motor skills to push seeds into the apple peel. The birds are going to enjoy eating those.
Today the Foundation Phase children enjoyed lots of hands-on, practical Autumn-themed activities. Unfortunately, the weather was against us, but with some adaptations to the planned activities, the children had a fantastic day, during which they further developed their personal & social and independence skills.
The children developed their fine motor skills through making bird feeders, which they then hung in our nature reserve, to help our feathery friends prepare for winter. Acorns were planted, and the children are looking forward to helping them grow into mighty oak trees. Autumn wreaths were created, to celebrate the changes in leaves that the Autumn season brings. Natural Autumn collages were created in groups, and the children developed collaborative and creative skills. The children enjoyed getting messy through exploring gooey pumpkins, using a variety of tools to scoop, scrape and cut. Autumn colours and materials were explored using colour swatches and magnifying glasses, to help the children develop close observation skills.
What a busy, fun-filled day. We are sure that the children will sleep well tonight…and so will the staff!
Nursery’s special sound of the week was ‘p’, so they asked if they could make popcorn. We decided it would be safer to make it in the microwave, and the children would be able to watch, and listen for the pop. They waited, and waited, then, pop, pop, pop! The children were really excited and couldn’t wait to take their popcorn home.