Healthy, happy me!
This week we are continuing our ‘mini mission’ , learning about healthy foods. We have used all of our senses to find out about fruit and vegetables – some very familiar and some we have never heard of or tasted before.
We have two stories of the week – Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Vivian French and Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. We talked about the fruits which come from other countries.
We tasted lots of different fruits and especially enjoyed the pineapple, persimmon and pomegranate which was also so good for our letters and sounds – lots of new ‘p’ words! We read Oliver’s Fruit Salad and then had a delicious afternoon snack-time making our own ‘fruit salad’ by choosing from the selection of all the different fruits we had been exploring and talking about.
On Friday we had a healthy fruity breakfast – with granola, a selection of fruits (including strawberries and blueberries) and a choice of vanilla, raspberry and natural yogurt for topping. The children have been so willing to tasting new things and are learning to express their opinions, saying what they liked and disliked and why.
This week we have also been encouraging the children to notice details and shapes when they are drawing and especially painting. When children paint independently at our easel during their own child-initiated time, their painting continues to be a process of painting colour upon colour upon colour. Their drawing skills are becoming increasingly more detailed and, through our observations, we have identified that many children do not understand that they can also represent their ideas in paint. The children have been introduced to observational painting using fine pens and watercolours. They have been encouraged to notice and draw details, shapes and colours of the different fruits they have been exploring this week. Our Nursery adults then worked alongside the children explaining how to use the watercolour paints. With amazing concentration, observation, drawing skills and talk about colours, patterns and shape and careful, thoughtful work the children produced some astounding art-work! You are such fantastic artists, Nursery boys and girls.
The children have made excellent progress with their pencil control skills over last term. They are now beginning to work on learning to write their names. Please keep practising lots of mark-making and drawing at home so that children continue to develop hand strength, an effective pencil grip and control.
We have now resumed our maths activities after the Christmas break and have revisited learning from last term. The children remembered so much prior learning that we are now ready to progress to the next steps.
Parents, please have a look at our Maths challenge cards in Nursery hallway next to the weekly planning board. They have ideas for fun games you can play with your child at home which will help develop a range of mathematical skills through playful learning.
Next week we will continue to talk about healthy eating with a focus on vegetables. Our story will be The Enormous Turnip.