Nursery's trip to Twy Cross Zoo.
On the Tuesday 19th May Nursery went to Twy Cross Zoo as part of their topic about Living Creatures. The children, teachers, Mums, Dads, Aunties and Grandma's had a lovely day and we learnt so much about the animals.
Nursery's Charity Week.
Nursery's Charity is the Birmingham Children's Hospital. It was a very busy but fun week for the nursery children.
During Charity Week nursery had lots and lots of fun decorating cakes and biscuits to sell. The children also enjoyed face painting, nail art and mendhi.
Life Education Caravan.
The Life Education Caravan came to nursery. Children enjoyed meeting Harold the Giraffe.
Brrrrrrrrrr it was very icy and cold. Nursery couldn't go out to play with the ice, so the teachers brought it in. The children enjoyed the sensory experience.
As a starting point to our mini project, children in key groups were invited to become nature detectives. To go outside and hunt for natural objects. To look high and low and collect objects small and big. Magnifying glasses were added to support careful looking. Conversation about size, weight and texture followed , with links made to home and previous experiences.
Children in key groups revisited photographs from last weeks session to offer time to reflect upon their learning and actions. The visual prompts supported speaking and listening and helped scaffold questioning and consolidate new vocabulary.
The groups were introduced to an Artist's work, Andy Goldsworthy. He creates large scale art work from natural materials, often in a 3-D way.
To support the current topic of ‘Ourselves’ mirrors and natural materials were offered for children to create facial representations. The exclusion of glue was intentional to offer time for children to revisit, amend and develop their plans. Often at this age if glue is added too soon it can become a sticking skill exercise. Again there was lots of mathematical talk, counting and using positional language, ‘on top 'next to’ ‘below’ to support positioning of features. Some children were able to extend this by adding ‘2 arms’ and ‘ 2 legs’ and finer detail such as ‘eye brows’.
Today children in key groups revisited photographs from the previous session, to recap on the role of an artist. Again the visual prompts supported speaking and listening and helped scaffold questioning and consolidate new vocabulary. Children began to move past pointing out friends and themselves with in-creased talking about the objects and actions of their portraits.
Pieces of canvas were offered to our little „artists‟ for them to explore mark, shape and form in an open ended way.
A mixed media approach was offered as to expose children to a variety of materials and techniques. This allowed for informal teacher assessment of skills and possible areas for development in regards to EAD and PD.
Charcoal was used to allow for strong expressive marks which was especially liked by the boys in the group.
Paint and fine brushes were used to allow for greater control.
Glue and collage materials for sensory and texture opportunities.
Returning to the concept of being an ‘Artist’, children in key groups were invited to join, attach and mould using various materials. Some of these materials were new to the children so time was needed to fully explore their potential before creating a ‘something’.
“ Its string”. Children from their experience thought the wire was string, this allowed for an experiment. Comparing string to wire we created shapes and made the wire ’stand up’. Wire holds its shapes and is ‘tricky’ while the string is floppy and ‘falls down’.