Each child responds to activities, adults and their peers differently. At Peter Rabbits Nursery we ensure that key practitioners offer extra support to children in new situations. We participated in a singing assembly on the 5th of April which was a huge achievement. The children had the opportunity to sing the songs learnt in preparation to Easter. The children were confident singing songs to the school parading in their Easter bonnets. The children worked hard to design and make their Easter bonnets, and they all looked fantastic.
In England, Germany and other countries, children traditionally rolled eggs down hillsides at Easter; this may have become symbolic of the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ's tomb before his resurrection. The children enjoyed taking turns rolling eggs on the school playground. We looked at preposition including furthest and closest. The children tried different approaches, throwing and pushing rolling the eggs down the hill. We celebrated our achievement’s cheering and clapping for our peers.
When creating Easter cards and engaging in an Easter enhanced provision we have been using one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors, using tools for a purpose. We are developing our hand eye coordination, fine motor skills developing our creativity.
This month we have been closely looking at the chicken eggs that are incubating in nursery. We understand the eggs must be turned regularly inside the warm machine. The eggs are soon due to hatch. We looked at a time lapse video of eggs hatching inside an incubator, we explored eggs through laminating pouches and scrambled the different parts between our fingers. When looking at the eggs we compared the different types, including our frog spawn in the tank, and the tiny Bluetit eggs inside the bird house. For details on some of the activities we intend to touch on during this topic, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser. http://www.livingeggs.co.uk/hatch-a-chick/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Living-Eggs-English-KS1-KS2-A2-Poster-3-1.pdf
The children were able to watch what happens when the fertilised eggs hatched into chicks. Through showing care and concern for living things in the environment they have been observing the life cycle. We have been observing the chicks change and develop into little chickens and hens which will live on the school field. Most importantly we were involvedin chick sitting! Chick sitting includes looking after our nursery chickens for one night or weekend period. The children have had lots of fun doing this. During this opportunity, they could talk about some of the things they have observed developing their knowledge and understanding of the world.
The children explored different media to create observational images of chicks. We explored a small world farm scene with chickens developing our imagination building stories around toys.