Our Autumn Term Project is ‘In the garden’!

One of the things that we discovered from all of our children’s fantastic photo and video shares during lockdown, was that those of us who are lucky enough to have one, ABSOLUTELY LOVE our gardens!

We decided that a project based on gardens would be a brilliant way to share some of the things that our children like about their gardens at home, and the things that they see there. For those children who don’t have access to a garden, this project will be particularly beneficial, as we will be bringing a little bit of the joy of a garden into nursery for us all to share together.

Gardens can be magical places where children’s imaginations have no bounds…

They can be brilliant places to discover nature and wildlife…

And of course, to enjoy growing and planting activities…

Gardens are also great places to exercise…

And can inspire us to create arts and crafts…

And we particularly like that they can be places to get muddy and wet!!…

We are always led by the children’s ideas and input into their project each term.

Some things they might like to include are:

The garden at night – looking at the types of wildlife that might be found in our gardens when humans are asleep in their beds.

The garden pond – looking at the different types of plants and creatures that are found in and near garden ponds. This also gives us lots of opportunities to discuss minibeasts and their life cycles.

The changing seasons – talking about the names of the different seasons and how our weather is affected by them

How are the creatures and plants that live in our gardens affected by the changing seasons? Do we see different wildlife at different times of the year?

There are many children’s stories, songs and nursery rhymes that support our garden themed project this term. If your child has any particular favourites from home that are connected to our topic, please let us know so that we can include them in our nursery day.

The children have already been telling us about some of the birds that they’ve been spotting in their gardens using the bird feeders that we made last term. We’re looking forward to hearing about which other animals, trees and plants they may have seen during the summer holidays.

‘In the Garden’ is always a popular project, as it helps to make connections between home and nursery life. We’re really looking forward to talking with the children about the different types of gardens they might have at home. This might range from a few pots on a balcony, growing things to eat in a vegetable patch, or even a whole woodland area! Sharing with friends helps children to express themselves and extends their vocabulary. The different experiences that they bring to nursery and share with their peers, promotes learning, builds confidence and broadens their understanding of the world.

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