The children absolutely loved listening to and joining in with the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ (on quite a number of occasions!), and all became experts at the repeated refrain! They listened carefully to the sounds associated with the different obstacles in the story, and played games matching the sounds to the correct actions. We watched a performance of the story by the author, Michael Rosen and had lots of practice of retelling the story whilst playing in our ‘bear hunt’ tuff tray, complete with real mud, lots of grass, a shaving foam snowstorm, a ‘splashy sploshy’ river and lots of twigs and leaves to ‘stumble trip’ in. We used the patterns made by the words in the story to practise our mark making, and exercised our fingers by threading laces and using tweezers to pick up pom pom ears and googly eyes for bear faces. Our maths activities included matching bears to pattern cards according to their colour and size, and counting how many bears were hiding in different caves! One of our STEM challenges was to build a cave for bears using building blocks and natural materials. The children were brilliant at this, and lots of very complicated structures were produced!
The pinnacle of the week’s excitement was definitely our own bear hunt in Forest School! We searched high and low, making our way over, under and through lots of obstacles, before finally finding our bear in his own little cave in a tree! Luckily, he was a very friendly bear, who was happy to accompany us back to Nursery for more fun and games.
What a fun and super-busy first week back at Nursery! The children have all adapted brilliantly to our new drop-off routine, and everyone is trying hard to come in with a cheerful smile and a wave. We have focused on settling in and learning new routines this week. The Nursery Class children have learned our ‘Good Morning’ and ‘Goodbye’ songs, have practised answering to their names in the register, and have learned all about our ‘Give me 5’ rules – they might be able to tell you about them at home! They have also been practising good handwashing, and have learned another new song to help with this! All of the children have enjoyed exploring the nursery inside and out, and trying out all of the activities on offer – have a look at the photos for just a few examples of what they’ve been up to. We’ve even managed to squeeze in school photos and a fire drill – phew, what a busy week!
We have had a lovely week in the nursery, welcoming our Busy Bees old and new! It has been wonderful to see parents and children having fun in our garden again after so many very strange months. Our initial meetings have all gone very well, and we are so looking forward to having all of our children in for their proper nursery sessions from next week. Our first couple of weeks back will be spent settling in and exploring our surroundings, and practising our listening skills. Then we’ll be ready to embark upon our first topic of the year – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! Don’t forget to bring your smiles!