Abbeywood Tots Blog Yate January 2015
The size of the frogs group has greatly increased since the start of the new term. While this is partly due to many of the children in the tadpoles group turning three and joining our group. We have also welcomed several new children. The group is now so large that we have begun splitting into two small groups for activity time. The increase in group size has presented new challenges for some children but as ultimately allowed them to make new friends. We began the new term with some refresher activities on the nursery rules. This serves the dual purpose of reminding the existing children of their responsibilities after the excitement of Christmas and the New Year. We have also engaged in a circle time session on the first day back which gave children a public forum to talk about what presents they had. Obviously presents are the burning issue for the children but we also used circle time to discuss who we spent time with over the holidays. This allowed us to encourage the children to think and talk about friends and family. Although perhaps we could have done with more of it , the snow came just in time for out topic on winter. We have talked about how to stay warm and safe in the cold weather. We looked at pictures of snowflakes and made out own from paper circles. We have learning about hibernation and about which animals sleep through the winter.
This week the Tadpoles have been learning about our fine motor skills and what they are. The Tadpoles have been learning to hold a pencils when writing and have also been practising on how to hold and use scissors properly. The Tadpoles have also been busy learning all about letters and have learnt parts of the alphabet. The Tadpoles have been identifying letters from the alphabet that are the same as letters in their names. The Tadpoles have been learning the letters in their names and have also been identifying things around the room that also have the same letters as their names. The Tadpoles have also enjoyed a game of Eye Spy to help understand their letters. The Tadpoles have also been learning about following instructions and have done so by an activity about making sandwiches following the steps of how to make the best sandwich!
Tadpoles Blog –
The Tadpoles have been doing lots of singing and dancing as they have been practising for their Christmas performance, and they are very excited that their mummy and daddy’s are coming to watch! The Tadpoles are also taking part in the Christmas performance ‘The Littlest Christmas tree.’
Since The Tadpoles have been back from half term the children have been working really hard! The Tadpoles have been concentrating on counting. The Tadpole Children have been using materials from around the room to count to ten. The Children have also been looking at the numbers and learning about what they look like and how they sound. The Tadpoles have learnt how to count to 20!
The Tadpoles have been doing a bit of construction! They have enjoyed helping us put up the Christmas tree and decorate it! The Tadpoles have also been using duplo to build houses and shelters for animals and their families.
Frogs Blog –
The Frogs group are all naturally very excited with Christmas just around the corner. We’ve been practising very hard, ready for our Christmas Diddy Dance performance. We’ll be singing some great songs and telling our families the story of ‘The Christmas Tree.’ We have some great ideas for our decoration – making session with our parents.
Since half term we’ve covered a range of topics. After David brought us back a cuddly tiger-cub toy from his holiday, we have been learning about endangered species. We learnt that ‘endangered’ means there are only a few of an animal left and that ‘extinct’ means there are none left. We agreed that we don’t want our favourite animals to become extinct.
After a visit from the local librarian, during which she read us some stories, we did a topic all about books. We separated our fiction and our non fiction books, learnt about the features of books and even had a go at making our own books.
Frogs – This week the frogs have been talking about the changes in seasons, the frogs have been looking at different leaves that they have found in the garden, and talking about what happens to them during the seasons. The frogs have enjoyed using their collected leaves to do leaf printing using Autumn colours, and have been looking at the different shapes, colours and textures of the leaves. The Frogs have also been looking at books about the plant life cycles and talking about how winters affects the plants.
The Frogs have also been talking about what they have been up to over half term during circle time. The Frogs have had lots of stories to tell us and have been role playing some things they have been doing to everyone. ‘I went to the zoo, and I was a monkey for the day!’ said one frog.
The Frogs have also been talking about what they have been up to over half term during circle time. The Frogs have had lots of stories to tell us and have been role playing some things they have been doing to everyone.
‘I went to the zoo, and I was a monkey for the day!’ said one frog.
the frogs have also been doing team building activities, where they have been working together to build shelters for their toy animals. The frogs have also been learning all about counting, shapes and learning the alphabet.
This month the tadpole children have been exploring lots of different things. The Tadpoles have been looking at different shapes and identifying the shapes around the nursery. The Tadpoles have enjoyed counting all the sides of the shapes. 1,2,3,4!
The tadpoles have been making their own shape pictures.
The Tadpoles have also been learning all about road safely and how important it is to make sure we are aware of the roads. The Tadpoles been looking at different transport and the noise that they make so they can listen out when near roads. The children have been learning all about pedestrian crossing and crossing the road. The children have been out on a walk looking at zebra crossing and pedestrian crossing and have learnt that they need to hold an adults hand when crossing the road. They children have been practising looking left and right before crossing any roads when they need to.
The Tadpoles have also been learning all about national burns day and how important it is for us to be aware of things around our environment that can cause harm to us.
This week the frogs have been learning about staying safe when it comes to things that get hot. In the home this includes kettles, irons and radiators, all of which we have discussed. They start out cold but can become very hot, so we’ve been talking about how we don’t touch them at all. We also discussed then oven and how we don’t touch it either, only adults can use the oven when we do the baking.
We have also been talking about staying safe on bonfire night. Some children won’t experience fireworks until their older, but for those that do it is important that they know how to enjoy themselves safely. We pretended our fuzzy sticks were sparklers and role played making patterns in the air, then disposed of the ‘sparklers’ safely in a bucket. It is the decision of individual parents whether to let their children use sparklers but now if they do, the children know how to use and dispose of them safely.
Yate Tadpoles have been learning about different animals and how over the years they have adapted. The children have enjoyed looking at different dinosaurs and creating our own dinosaur footsteps and fossils this week. (As seen in the photo below) The children have been painting their favourite dinosaur pictures using a range of colours and materials. The Tadpoles have also enjoyed making dinosaurs masks which they danced around the room acting like dinosaurs. The tadpoles have also been learning about Dinosaurs that live on the land and in the ocean. RAWWWR.
Yate Frogs started this week by reading ‘The Highway Rat’, a wonderfully compelling story by the same author as ‘The Gruffalo’. We took this as our ‘story topic’ for the week and have based all our activities around it. We started by talking about why we don’t take things that aren’t ours and how we feel when people do take things from us. We don’t want to be like the Highway Rat! We looked at the rhyming words in the story and counted the number of animals the Highway Rat steals from. We talked about the sort of food the Highway Rat wants to take, such as cakes and chocolate, and then discussed why these are treats and what healthier foods we can have. We also used the water play pipes outside to change the way our voices sound, like the echo in the cave in the story! We have been choosing different animals from the book to pretend to be and have been working together on a collage of the Highway Rat to go up on a display!