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Our Lent Term is well underway and we are really starting to feel the temperatures associated with the season! I have already encouraged the merits of learning through the seasons, and in this blog I'll share with you how Nursery are exploring their Winter topic!

As always, using the resources on our doorstep, we began the topic with a wintery walk through the Bishop's Palace Gardens to notice similarities and differences between our previous visits. The children were able to immediately notice the lack of leaves, colour and animals in the gardens, which raised some thought-provoking discussions on how we could care for animals during the winter months.

Recent days have allowed us opportunities to explore frost and ice, and we have been encouraged to them as a stimulus. We have been experimenting with wax resistant paintings and stencils, in frosty colours - we hope you like them!

We have also used loose parts to create our own snowflake pictures. Loose parts play was introduced in the 1970s by Simon Nicholson who believed in their ability to empower creativity.

By definition they are materials and resources that have no pre-planned use. In our case, glass puddles, straws, pasta, sparkly gems, pipe cleaners and pom poms. The children spent time moving them around, combining them in different ways, lining them up and constructing and deconstructing their pictures.

I find that loose parts are exceptionally good for observations of children's learning against the EYFS framework.

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development - sharing resources and helping each other to sort objects.
  • Communication & Language - talking their their ideas and developing two-way attention (the ability to move the parts and continue a conversation).
  • Physical Development - refining their fine motor skills, gripping small objects.
  • Maths Development - working out patterns and arrangements with shapes, exploring prepositions and spatial awareness of objects in relation to each other.
  • Expressive Arts & Design - encouraging endless opportunities for imagination and creativity.

We have now started to think about animals who live in colder climates, and have started to focus on the book 'Penguin' by Polly Dunbar. We have had our snowy writing tray for a few days in the Nursery and just look at the fun we have had!

Mrs Wild
Prebendal Nursery Teacher

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