How lovely it has been to have most of our Forest Friends join us over the past two weeks (still a few more to go!). You have began to settle into how our Nursery day works with the help of the visual timetable and a big thank you to our current friends who have supported you in this. You can see and feel how far you have come in one term!
In the cabin we are in full swing with our Bear topic as we have been dancing and mark making to our Goldilocks song and sharing a lot of Bear stories during transition times. Thank you to those of you who have brought in your Bear stories from home - it is always lovely to share a familiar story with your friends. We have had fun dancing in, out and around the hoop and you are starting to understand the direction of clockwise and anti-clockwise - very tricky concepts for 3/4 year olds. This week we have been learning about the number 5 and our favourite activity was completing a "tally 5" by counting cars that come past the school. It is lucky we are in a quiet village where the vehicles are few and far between! Our C&L bear sessions have had us singing the Nursery Rhyme "Round and Round the Garden" and like Goldilocks when she meets the bears, we have been talking about what makes us feel scared. We always finish our day with a favourite circle time of Dough Disco - the past two weeks we have been discoing to Annie (thank you Sophie and Charlotte!!!!) and a Frozen song courtesy of Belle.
Outdoors, Mrs Allen has been reintroducing the areas of Forest School to remind us all of where we can/can't go. The use of the Red hand ensures we know when to "stop" and turn around to keep us all safe. We took our bears on a tour and showed them where they can and can't go and we have been searching for paw prints in the Forest where those bears have been stomping. The fairies have been a huge hit with you all as Mrs Allen has opened up our story area shed around the corner and you have been drawing some wonderful pictures of your families on the chalkboard in the same area. This week, the focus has been on colour as you have been outdoor mark making rainbows, painting with mud (always a favourite!) and yesterday, you even had the chance to grate chalks. Although the weather hasn't been cold, it has been a little wet which has created a very wet mud kitchen - it is great to see those muddy fingernails have made a return.
Now we have some new sleepier Forest Friends, our Quiet Time runs from 12.30-2.00pm and so if you are doing a 1.40pm pick, could we ask the buzzer isn't pressed (it is loud in the cabin) and instead, we will get them ready and bring them down to the gate for you.
Have a lovely weekend all!
Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn