This is where you'll find the latest goings-on in the nursery class of Eldene School. The highs, the lows, and the downright oddities of nursery life - it's all here! Check out the links below.
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In the dark
We made a dark bear's cave with tables and blankets, and provided some torches for the cave explorers. Not sure who should flee in terror - the children, or the bear.
We shone a spotlight and crossed our fingers that the children would sit still long enough for us to draw round their silhouettes. Some are more recognisable than others. Can you see your little shadow?
Twinkle, twinkle, little firework
As part of our work on light and colour (and of course, as a seasonal celebration!) we had our own tiny firework display. No bangers, but plenty of sparkle.
It may look mundane but cleaning up is a highly educational activity! As well as the social convention of helping to keep a shared environment in decent shape, there are complex tools to be mastered. Next time you are sweeping, think of all the muscle control and cognitive skills you bring to the task....
Painting with water can be very satisfying. The children develop fine motor skills as they paint, whether it is our benches, our shed or our planters that are being spruced up. These vehicles were clearly in need of a new coat of paint and some go-faster stripes.
A helping hand
Helping another child does not always occur to a three year old. But once it has, they can begin to see themselves as a helper, as someone who has something to offer, as someone who contributes to their community as well as benefiting from it.
I've got rhythm!
Banging things to explore rhythms is irresistible to many children. We use cheap and durable buckets and pans which give a good range of timbres. At first the organisation of the music is not entirely - shall we say - apparent! But soon, we'll be tapping away harmoniously.
Old hands....with new friends.
This time of year features a whole new social mix. The children who stayed with us from July have a host of fresh acquaintances. New friendships are tried out and the children learn what level of confidence they can give to each new relationship.
Welcome new faces!
Excitement. Bewilderment. Shyness. Tearful partings. This is a tumultuous time of year in nursery. We hope that our new little ones soon see nursery as a place of safety and fun.