The children enjoyed exploring the snow and were fascinated by the different types and sizes of snowflakes. They had fun catching the snowflakes in their mouths… They kept warm by sitting round the campfire, and drinking hot chocolate!
Talk for Writing
We have begun combining Talk for Writing with our Dialogic Reading and Helicopter Stories. We are focusing on the same story over two weeks, and immersing the environment with props, resources and story maps so that children can ‘play out’ the stories they are learning.
Inside the nursery, the children have been exploring how to use scissors safely. They have been trying to master how to make their own masks for their imaginative role play. Practitioners have been scaffolding the process of mask making to enable children to be as independent as possible. We now have children who are acting as experts and supporting their peers to make their own masks.
The children have also been very interested in making maps, and using them for purpose all around the setting. The children made maps for their journey to school, for going on adventures and for finding treasure. Practitioners developed this into creating a real map of the garden and hiding story characters where ‘x marked the spot’.
Collaborative play outside
In the garden the children have been joining together in lots of collaborative play. Children have worked together to combine their physical strength when pulling heavy tyres. They have explored how to play team games such as football, tennis and catch. They have also been acting out role-play scenarios in large groups with lots of monster play.
Autumn Term 2017
We created a list of rules in the sandpit so that we can all play safely.
Our returning children served as more knowledgeable others and helped us create a list of different difficult scenarios,
Then we worked out what we should do to help each other.
We took some photographs to display as a visual reminder.
In the garden, the children have been fascinated with searching for spiders ' webs. This led to us creating our own webs.
The children wove wool around the trees and used scissors to cut the right length of wool.
We were inspired to use information books to find out more about spiders webs.
The children were introduced to new vocabulary, for example ‘spinnerets’.
We also looked for different 'art' images of spider webs online.
Then we used an identification chart to help us identify the mini -beasts found in the garden and researched in information books
We started to create a ‘Talking and Thinking Book’ to record the children’s activities and research findings.