May themes in the nursery…

In the Science Room we introduced Biomes in March, and during the May we continued to follow this subject.

A biome is a large region of Earth that has a certain climate and certain types of living things. Major biomes include tundra, forests, grasslands, and deserts. The plants and animals of each biome have traits that help them to survive and includes many ecosystems.

The children also learned about land formation and matching rocks to our geology set. Future scientists and explorers in the making!

In The Studio we have been illustrating how a sheep’s fleece is turned into yarn, and this has been further extended into using a loom and weaving.

The children enjoyed looking at the different stages of sheep into yarn and how they are able to wear jumpers knitted from spun yarn.

In the Art Area we are looking at the Impressionists, starting with Vincent Van Gogh with an activity involving sun flowers. In addition to this the children are also creating works of art using polka dots and have come up with some fabulous ideas.

The children have new folders to keep their artwork in, which they will be able to take with them when they move on to big school.

In The Sensorial room we have a nature area which features a snail terrarium, where the children have been introduced to the snails and the animal family that they come from. We also plan to introduce a nature table in our Sensorial room to show some of the many interesting finds from our Forest School adventures. We would also encourage the children and families to bring in anything they too have found of interest on their travels for the children to look at.

Lifecycles and all its wonders remain a favourite with the children, and our current activities include the lifecycles of bees, butterflies, frogs and chickens. The children have been very lucky this term as we’ve had the pleasure of bringing 7 chicks into the world from 10 eggs which we incubated. We all greatly enjoyed watching and listening to the chicks hatching. It was a fascinating process and it was lovely to see the children learn empathy with another living creature and understanding the need to be very gentle.

Extending the interest of the children with the hatching of the chickens, we followed on to activities where the children organised animals into categories to learn if they lay eggs or not. From there, they would then extend further to classify them into categories: mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds. We have included a special category for the dinosaurs as the children know they used to come from eggs.

In another area of the Sensorial room we have a set of smelling bottles which help educate children with their olfactory sense. They have been grinding coffee, which is creating a wonderful aroma, but also peppercorns, which has a completely different smell which the children are able to identify. For further exploration we have introduced some mystery bags to also educate them about the sense of touch.

In the Practical Life Room the children are learning new skills, most recently measuring with a tape measure. Using a pipette for transferring liquid rather than a jug, they are able to develop their fine motor skills with all of these activities but using a pipette is a particularly skillful activity.

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