It was a perfect winters day, cold, clear and crisp, an excellent opportunity to think about how some of our feathered friends look after themselves when it gets colder. We made some fat balls for the birds that stay in England because there isn't so much food around for them. Then we walked through our woodland and the children chose where they wanted to hang the tasty treats. We looked for signs of winter and noticed that the grass was still, "White, scrunchy, and frosty' in the shade but the sunshine had melted the frost in other places and it had melted it so the grass was green again. The children pretended to be birds, shivering in the cold English winter, then taking flight and migrating to warm, sunny Africa!
We love trees 🌳. We have been speaking about how important they are for our world and how beautiful and inspiring they can be. The children have all chosen ‘their tree’. We went for a walk around our school and they were encouraged to slowly and quietly see which tree made them feel the nicest and which they felt a connection to; which was ‘their tree’. It was so beautiful to watch them really look, smell, touch and think about the trees. We will be watching them over the coming year to see any changes that might take place.
Lots of learning at Nursery happens outside. We have started to get ready for Forest School over the last couple of weeks, we will be outside for most of the session on Tuesday mornings so the children can really have the opportunity to increase their confidence, independence and resilience. They will develop their skills in assessing and managing appropriate risk and play and learn through direct experiences within nature.
The children have been exploring the different outdoor areas around the school site. You can have a look at some of the things they have been doing here.