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By Joy Heels

Leeside Nursery School opened again in September with 20 children on the roll. Our topic for this half-term is ‘nursery rhymes’: we started with Humpty Dumpty, one of the activities was looking at the inside of a raw egg and then a hard-boiled one to see the difference cooking makes. Each child had a hard-boiled egg to decorate which they later rolled down the hill in the play area.

The children decorated oval biscuits as ‘Humpty Dumpty’ (see photo) and threaded a sewing card.

The second week was ‘incy wincy spider’ (spiders made of hand prints on black card less the thumbs, palms together with stuck-on eyes and mouth) which could be seen hanging in the hall. Of course this subject brought the weather, other insects and lots of paintings into this week’s play.

‘Mary, Mary quite Contrary’ was next and cockle shells were shown to the children which made fantastic rubbings. Bells were rung, gardens painted and musical instruments played.

‘Curds and whey’ was made the following week: yes you’ve guessed, ‘Little Miss Muffet’. The children learnt that a tuffet is a small stool. They all made scary faces and said what they were scared of, ghosts, dinosaurs and snakes were some of the answers.

Shapes, numbers, letters, mark making, creativity and knowledge of the world were all included within these nursery rhyme activities.

‘Jack and Jill’ and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ are to follow.

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