This half-term our theme is:
'Plants and Flowers'
This unit is part of the Early Years programme of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out clearly what children should learn in four groups or ‘strands’ — these are called ‘Independence and Interdependence’, ‘Communicating’, ‘Exploring’, and ‘Healthy Living’. The activities which have been planned will cover these strands in the following ways:
Independence and Interdependence
The children will have the opportunity to play in the class flower shop. They will learn about simple responsibilities when they look after their own seeds and plants.
We will share the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and learn about the practical use of language when we are acting as shopkeepers. We will learn about numbers when we count and order seeds and bulbs.
A major focus of this theme is learning about the natural environment and the children will have the opportunity through practical experience to learn how to take care of it.
During the course of this theme the children will be given the opportunity to make choices and to develop the skill of concentration.
We began this theme with the delivery of a bouquet of flowers to the Nursery. We will find out as much as we can about them, before beginning some art and craft activities.
Watch this page for more details as the theme progresses.
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Plants and Flowers Entry Point
We began our new theme with a bunch of flowers being delivered to the class.
We talked about:
• Who they were from and why
• The parts of the flowers — petal, leaf, stem
• Where and how to keep them
The children then enjoyed having a go at drawing the flowers. Take a look at their super observational drawings below!
Plants and Flowers - Stories of the Week
Here are the stories we have been reading about during this term.
Nursery Visit to Cartwright Hall
The Nursery children enjoyed a fantastic visit to Cartwright Hall on Wednesday 14th March. We participated in a workshop based around ‘The Enormous Turnip’ story which we have been learning about as part of our ‘Plants and Flowers’ IPC theme.
The children looked at some vegetables and identified the turnip. We discussed what we needed to grow a turnip and then drew some seeds on large sheets of paper. We talked about what a seed needs to grow and pretended to cover our seeds with soil. The children then took part in a movement based activity looking for paintings in the Art Gallery which showed water and sunlight.
We talked about how we would need help to pull the turnip out of the ground and identified characters in one of the artworks that could be in the story. The children put the characters from this painting in size order.
We discussed what we would do with the turnip now it was out of the ground and challenged the children to find fire and pot images in a painting. The Ladybirds then created some fantastic collages of their own versions of the fire and pot. We looked for fish in the gallery artwork and the children created their own fish. We put all our ingredients together in the cooking pots and enjoyed recapping and retelling the story.
The children behaved impeccably and were rewarded with a visit to the adventure playground in Lister Park in the afternoon!
Thank you to the team at Bradford Museums and Galleries for this wonderful learning opportunity and of course our lovely Mummies who came along to support us.
Please take a look at the photos below of our wonderful day!
Nursery IPC 2017-18 Overview
|Autumn 1||All About Me|
|Autumn 2||Let's Pretend|
|Spring 2||Plants and Flowers|
|Summer 2||Up and Away|