This week Nursery went on their very first class trip to Surrey Docks Farm.
It was a beautiful sunny morning and the animals were just coming out of their pens as we arrived. The children saw donkeys, goats, sheep and lambs, ducks, cows, chickens, pigs and tiny piglets. Then we walked along the beds with growing vegetables and fruit trees.
All of the class behaved beautifully throughout the morning and were a credit to the school.
After much anticipation, Nursery’s eggs hatched this week. We have six chicks; two black and four yellow. The children, who kept a watchful eye on the eggs whilst they were incubating, have named the birds Peter, Paul, Lila, Oscar, Violet and Lily.
All of Nursery Class have behaved impeccably with the chicks; demonstrating real patience and gentleness. So many of the children have sat beside the tank this week, quietly watching the birds and hearing their small cheeps.
When given the opportunity to stroke the chicks today, everyone was so beautifully quiet and calm that we were able to let the chicks roam free on the carpet inside the circle.
This week Nursery Class learnt how to successfully plant seeds. After reading Jack and The Beanstalk, the children eagerly planted their own bean seeds, which we will be monitoring closely over the coming weeks.
Both Albert and Rory did a great job of listening to the instructions, worked carefully with the equipment and remembered the steps needed to get their new plants off to a good start.
Nursery Class have come back to school full of energy and enthusiasm and have welcomed an exciting delivery to the classroom.
As part of our topic on new life and growth, this half term, we are incubating seven eggs. This week, the children made predictions about what animals they think will hatch out. We had a range of interesting suggestions, including dinosaurs and alligators!
Nursery class love to build and each week the children’s creations are becoming more complex and interesting. This week we have a collection of houses with roofs, staircases, arches and windows!
Well done Charlotte, not only for your huge ideas, but also, for sharing your vision with others, so kindly.
Also, a super thumbs up to Cruz, who spent a long time making improvements to his building this week.
Sami and Charlotte are regular visitors to the reading corner and can be found absorbed in a book by themselves or sharing stories with others. Both children handle books with care, turning pages lightly. They demonstrate super pre-reading habits such as recognising the direction of the text and allowing themselves time to silently explore illustrations.
Making space for enjoying stories together at home, regularly, is the best way to develop a child’s interest and love of books. Just reading a book for the pleasure of being close and being lost together, in that story, for maybe ten minutes each day, is powerful stuff.