The Nurture children have been longing to bake a chocolate cake for quite some time, so when one of the group told us it was his birthday the next day, we had the perfect excuse to roll up our sleeves, put our aprons on and get baking!
While we are baking we are practising lots of the skills we are learning in our Nurture group, such as sharing, taking turns, listening, following instructions, paying attention to detail, being careful, accepting disappointments, helping each other, patience, as well as talking, laughing, bonding and generally having a jolly enjoyable time!
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We have spent lots of time on our allotment this week. The soil needed refining as there were many stones and weeds covering it. The children enjoyed the fresh air and worked co-operatively together to prepare the bed. We planted broad beans and cabbages and talked about how much hard work it takes to grow vegetables. As with anything in life, our hard work will pay off and we will be rewarded when we are sitting down to eat our broad bean and cabbage soup!
Today we borrowed the big box of microscopes we have on loan in school . We learnt the meaning of words and phrases such as magnify, lens, field of view, in focus, adjust, and blurry. It was fascinating how to see how things look different under the microscope, especially the dead fly!
As part of our learning about The Little Red Hen story we decided to see just how hard The Little Red Hen had to work when she made the bread. We enjoyed kneading the soft, warm dough and then we popped it into the fridge and left it to rise overnight. All ready for baking tomorrow!
Today we received our brand new water/sand/sensory trays. The children could not wait another moment! They quickly filled them with warm water and got down to the serious business of water play straight away!
Water play releases energy, it can be both invigorating or relaxing and calming for young children. It increases their ability to concentrate on one activity when presented as a tranquil and repetitive activity (scooping, pouring and running their hands through the water). Gentle water play allows them to unwind, order their thoughts and relax.
Water Play also gives so many opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills across all the age ranges. Children will improve their hand eye coordination through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing.
It also encourages role play and crucial social skills like cooperation and sharing. They learn to work with one another, to take turns and share the space and accessories with their friends.
WE LOVE OUR NEW TRAYS!