Science in the nursery is explored through our learning daily with a more specific focus in set activities, for example the tray of items which alter visual perception. It is based in the Leopard room and within the S.T.E.M. resources. Being alongside the sand and water affords the children a change to use these to explore science concepts and do repetitive play to form schemas. Also supported by an area of floor play for construction and wheeled toys.
A few examples of specific science activities which support observation are:
Using multiples of different leaves we looked at the leaves to notice features and match. We used the factual book to identify the leaves. Following this we talked about the trees making forests and what creatures live in them. We used the leaves to make pictures, to make hedgehogs and squirrels for a forest display. Supported by a woodlands creature puppet in tree toy. We also pressed them into play dough to see the imprint clearly.
Caterpillars and tadpoles
We have the chance to see the wonder of growth and life cycles with our tadpoles outside and our caterpillars.
The nursery mud kitchen is a fantastic cross curricular resource enjoyed by all the children.
This year we have continued to consult with the children and families on how we can develop this area. We have re-positioned the mud kitchen within the nursery garden to an area which enables the children to have easier and instant access to mud and other natural resources which appear in the garden throughout the years as the seasons change such as leaves, grass, stones, sticks, blossom, fallen apples, snow and ice.
We introduced more signage and equipment to the area to promote literacy and numeracy and the role playing that takes place in this area develops both social and emotional skills.
The children at Clober have been enjoying a wide variety of experiences in our outdoor play area. There has been lots of opportunity to share their ideas and express themselves by accessing all areas of the outdoor playground.
Children have been using tools safely and children have been involved in risk assessing the environment where they have been enjoying making bird houses and shelving for storage. We continue to thrive in our outdoor space and children continue to be curious and question how and why.
After our success last year the growing of produce continues and through science and technology we continue to enjoy the wonders that surround us and enjoy observing the ever changing environment that is our garden. We have some very keen gardeners and they will be enjoying the fruits of their labour very soon.
The children all enjoy taking part in water play. They enjoy moving the water around and watching it fall down. The children have had opportunity to decide what they would like to extend water play and we have added new resources to create a water wall.
The children helped clean the water wall, after we cleaned the water wall with soap and water, we added some new parts.
The children have access to the water to fill up the buckets and pour the water on the water wall.
“Where does the water go if I put it here?”
Children develop their problem solving skills, explore early maths including volume and weight and expand their vocabulary.
The children have been taking part in the Music Machine programme. They have been learning how to use percussion instruments properly and they have been learning how to read music by looking at the note family.
Most children are now able to name the notes and also say/play the correct sound.
Donald Drum was a favourite with the children. They learned how to keep to the beat whilst talking about their favourite foods, toys etc.
At the end of the Music Machine programme, the children were happy to receive a certificate of completion.
Have a look at some of the fun we have had with Music Machine!
Play on Pedals is a 8 week course which aims to help children develop their confidence and improve their ability in riding a pedal bike by initially teaching them how to properly ride a balance bike.
With conjunction with parents staff will assess the stage the children are at and how they can be brought forward in their cycling abilities. Staff will also provide parent information sessions to outline the programme, answer any questions, recruit parent helpers and provide activities which can be mirrored at home.
The 8 week programme consists of:
Week 1: Naming the parts of the bike
Week 2: Securing the helmets
Week 4: Gliding
Week 5: Steering
Week 6: Mounting and dismounting
Week 7: Balance, Slow speed & control
Week 8: Pedaling
At the end of the 8 week, children may or may not be able to pedal their bikes, however they will all receive a certificate for all their hard work and staff would ask that parents continue to support children in their cycling abilities.
The growing up project is a part of the children’s transition process preparing them for Primary 1.
Liaising with the Primary 1 teachers, the nursery staff plan fun and interactive activities such as transient art outdoors, parachute games, planting, number hunts and story time for the pre-school children and Primary 1 classes to participate in.
These activities happen all over the school environment from the nursery, outdoor playground, school hall and primary 1 classroom.
The Growing Up Project allows the children the opportunity to visit the school, work with different adults and teachers and also to make new friends along the way. It is great fun for all.
Children are enjoying the launch of the forest school. They play games which encourage them to risk assess before they leave the school and again when they arrive at the forest site. After the shelter has been erected and boundaries set, the children enjoy activities such as using clay to make faces on trees, building nests, exploring and playing in mud.
Loose Part play is becoming a vital part of learning both indoors and outdoors. Over this year we have continued to develop this area within our nursery environment.
We have made it easier for the children to access the resources on their own and this enables them to choose the materials they want to use in their learning. It also makes it easier at tidy up time for them to replace the resources in the correct areas.
The children have made use of the tools we have available and are aware of the safety precautions they should take while using them (wearing gloves, goggles etc).
Over the year we have used our loose parts to create pirate ships, cars, climbing frames and shops as well as solving the problem of how to fill up our water tray more easily.
The children enjoy being able to express themselves through their play and having suitable loose parts helps them to do this.
We continue to develop this area and would welcome any suitable resources that anyone may be able to supply.