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Hello Yellow - Raising Awareness of Children's Mental health

Every Mind Matters

09/10/2020

We turned the nursery Yellow to support the Every Mind Matters - 'Hello Yellow' campaingn to raise awareness of Children's Mental Health and Well Being. 

Throughout the week in nursery the children have had lots of opportunities to engage in Mindfulness activities and have discussions about their feelings and emotions. 

At Highfield Nursery School the Well being of our children is a vital part of our core values and we strive to ensure our children feel happy, safe and secure at nursery. We promote a positive and fun approach to learning and ensure the children are at the heart of everything we do. 

Thank you to all our families for taking part, dressing in Yellow and donating to such a important cause.

Clay

The children have enjoyed exploring clay in big nursery. They have used a range of open ended materials to add to the clay to make their creations. The children noticed that the clay was hard so they added water to their clay to help them manipulate it, this encouraged new language such as slimey, wet, squidgy, slippy to describle to texture of the clay.

Over the week they have made a number of creations including faces, forrests, elephants and snails. 

The children were introduced to a range of clay tools and were able to have a go at using them independently. The children were observed to have an interesst in mark making in the clay using clay tools, sticks and pencils.

Investigating our Sunflowers

The children worked with Sabina to explore and investigate the sunflowers they planted last year in the garden. They were curious to look closely and observe the different parts of the flower and talk about what they could see. Sabina was able to add new language to teach the children the names of the different parts of the flower such as leaf, stem, petal and seeds.

One of the things the children were interested in was the size of the sunflowers. They were fascinated about how tall the sunflowers were. The children laid them on the floor to see which was the longest and which was the shortest. Some children then wanted to see if they were taller or smaller than the sunflower. What a great way to figure our some early matematical concepts by useing the natural resources in the nursery garden. 

Children were able to use their hands and fingers to explore the different parts of the flower and also the different textures it offered. To get the seeds from the middle some children chose to use scissors to snip in to it, while others continued using their fingers. 

The children have harvested the Sunflower seeds to replant ready for next year and watch the sunflower lifecycle happen again.

Exploring Paints and Textures

The children in Big Nursery have spent time exploring paints with their hands using a mixture of powder paint and ready mixed paint.

They enjoyed using their hands to mix, this allows for them to feel the textures and experience sensory element that paint offers.

The activity allowed them to see how colour changes when mixed together and also how they can use their hands and fingers to make marks.

Leaves, conkers and sticks were then added to mix with and create new marks. The children were free to explore these materials and think of ideas of how to use them.

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