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Scientists Mrs Taylors group

We have been exploring mixing materials to create different textures. We began the process by dribbling and swirling PVA glue onto card. Next we sprinkled lots of salt over the glue and observed the effect we created, like a shiny snail trail! Then we very carefully added drops of coloured water using a pipette. The water travelled up the salt and created a beautiful marbled effect.  To make our frame we used a sponge technique to mix yellow and blue to make shades of green. The border effect was created by tearing or cutting up our work into pieces to create a collage around the edge.

We have been inspired by observing the patterns in nature and marks that snails and slugs make as they move.

Creative Context - November 2019

Welcome to Mrs Taylors Class!


Celebrating 25 years of Hornsea Inshore Rescue

The nursery was approached by Hornsea Inshore Rescue to see if we would create a piece of artwork to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Our group created an underwater scene with each child adding a sea creature of their choice to our painted plastic board. It will be displayed on the fence outside the new Hornsea Inshore Rescue Building. We have been invited to take a small group of children to sing for a special event being held at the boathouse later this month.
We went for a walk to the greengrocers to buy the vegetables that Oliver found in our story. Mrs Barker came with us. We had a lovely walk down Newbegin and saw lots of interesting things including a very old car that had a funny sounding horn!!

Creating structures

We love constructing things in our group and since we have been learning about vegetables, Mrs Catley thought we could use potatoes and sticks to create a structure. It was tricky at first but we perservered and made some amazing structures.

Yoga and mindfulness

We practice mindfulness in our group. We have a yoga session once a week and have started doing short meditation exercises before or learning or at the end of the session. We know how to use breathing to calm ourselves down.
We have been learning about keeping healthy. We know that eating fruit and vegetables is good for us, it's healthy food. We read a story called Oliver's Vegetables where Oliver had to try lots of different vegetables. We have been looking at different vegetables, comparing their weight, size and appearance. We have cut them up using our special Montessori knives and moulded dough into carrot shapes. We have also planted some vegetable seeds and have been watering them and looking after them.

Writing and mark making

We are learning to recognise letters, use them to make words and to write them down. We also like making our marks and drawing pictures.

Being independent

We are learning to do lots of things independently. We can get our own paint, get our snack, peel our satsumas, cut up our food with the Montessori knives, wash up and bake independently.
We have been learning about space. We have built our own rockets, painted puffy paint moons (even the blood moon), used pastels to draw the solar system and created a space themed transient art amongst many other things. We made a display of all our work, we are very proud of it.
We love reading! We like to look at books with our friends too.

Friendships and teamwork

The children have been working very hard on being friendly, kind, helpful and respectful of each other. They have been engaged in some good sharing and teamwork activities.
The children used a variety of resources to create a face on a log.

Mindfulness and wellbeing

We read a story called "Ishi", which means 'rock' in Japanese. It was a about a rock that experienced lots of different emotions and explained ways that he overcame them. The children chose their own rock and drew a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other. They have the happy side of their rock to greet them at registration everyday, starting each day on a positive note. At review time, at the end of the session, we get the rocks out and the children use them to express what sort of a day they have had, sometimes expanding and explaining why to our group. 
After looking at the patterns on different eggs, we have been exploring pattern at settling time, copying and creating our own patterns.
We are learning about new life and eggs. We looked in our talking box and discovered many different eggs. We have made clay eggs, done some egg rolling experiments and used the computer to find out which animals lay eggs. 
We have been learning about our 5 senses.....smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch. We did a few experiments to explore them all.
We explored how our bodies work, looking at our lungs and blood and measured our bodies using blocks.
We are the Scientist group. We have started the term by being Biologists. We have been talking about our bodies and what they are made up of. We were very lucky to obtain some REAL human bones which the children were fascinated by. At the end of the week we even tried to piece together the skeleton.
We have been learning about different animal homes. The children chose their favourite animal and used the Kapla and tin cans to create a home for their animal.

Colour Mixing

We have been learning to use powder paint correctly. We discovered what happened if we added too much or too little water. We explored mixing them, noticing what happened when 2 or more colours were mixed together.
For the past 3 weeks we have been going to the beach with Miss Hegarty's group for Beach School. We have done lots of exploring; we made marks in the sand with our hands and stones, we built stone structures and made patterns with them. But our favourite part was paddling in the water!!!

Mud bricks experiment

After watching a video clip about life in Africa, the children asked if they could make mud houses. We started off by making mud bricks using egg boxes as moulds. The children worked in pairs and experimented with the soil, sand and water to find the right consistency for their bricks. We left them to dry for a few days in the sun. Unfortunately, on this occasion, our experiment was unsuccessful as the bricks crumbled when we took them out. Some of the children decided to try again in their independent learning time.....ending in making mud pies instead!

Balancing Act!

We used beanbags and quoits to see if we could balance things on our heads as well as Handa did with her basket of fruit. It was tricky!!
We read the story 'Handa's Surprise'. The children were fascinated by Handa carrying the fruit on her head. They weaved their own baskets using wool and a paper plate and tried to balance them on their heads.
The children have been fascinated by the experiments that they have been doing in adult focus time, so we set up a science lab for them to consolidate their learning during independent learning time.

We have been doing lots of experiments. We wear our lab coats to protect our clothes. We combined different ingredients to see how they reacted with each other. Some changed colour, others went "fizzy" and others smelt funny. We recorded our results.


Members of St Nicholas Church in Hornsea raised money for the nursery's Kids in the Kitchen project.We have purchased class sets for the children to bake and cook together. On Thursday 2nd March, we invited some of the church members to visit the nursery, to do some baking with the children and look around the nursery. Our group had a wonderful time making chocolate buns (Poppy and Millie's idea) and showing our visitors their favourite areas in the nursery. We had a little tea party at the end and the whole nursery sang them songs to say thank you.

Tin can robots

Continuing our theme, we made robots out of tin cans, which the children had collected and other spare parts.
Our group has been exploring robots. One of our Beebots wasn't working so we dismantled it to discover how it worked.
We learnt how to make the Beebots travel in directions.

Baking apple muffins

Shopping for ingredients!

Laura wanted to bake with apples, so we decided to make Apple Muffins. We went to the shops to buy the ingredients. We all chose an item and paid the lady at the till. She gave us a receipt. Caesy's mummy and Mrs White came with us to help.
We have been talking about space and reading the story 'Aliens love underpants' by Claire Freedman. The children made their own alien sandwiches. They buttered the bread, cut the ham and cheese, put everything together, finishing it off with an eye....or 2.....or 3 on top.
What a pleasant surprise the snow was!!! We loved exploring in it, making snowballs, snowmen and working together to play with the sledges.


We have been celebrating Diwali, learning about different cultures and celebrations. We created Rangoli patterns using a variety of media. We made Diva lamps and tasted some Indian was delicious.

We have been making shapes and patterns.