The Ocean and Exploring Sounds

A busy week for Nightingales exploring the ocean and the beach. There were three Ocean and beach activity environments for the children to explore during creative lessons this week.

There was the Ocean pendulum which had a variety of textures and problem solving activities. There were hanging octopus that contained different materials held within the gloves such as rice , glitter or water. So when the pupils squeezed the octopus they would get a different response. The octopus were also being held with elastic so could be pulled and when the child let it go they would bounce. At the pendulum we also had two fish bowls – one was wet and one was dry. Here we looked to see if the children showed a preference. The children also worked on the their fine motor and problem solving by taking out the fish from the bowl or placing the fish into the bowl.

At the pendulum it gives the children the opportunity to explore a range of physical development activities from standing, bench sitting but also stretching their arms and using their hands to explore. The ocean pendulum this week was a hit with all the children!

The other ocean activities included the high tuff tray which had objects added as the children explored. We were looking for the children to notice any changes to the environment such as the water being added or hard shells. We also observed if there were any preferences. Glove octopuses also made an appearance here. We had one child that showed a dislike to the octopus and would throw it on the floor and make angry vocalisations.

Nightingales have continued the sensory story ’Ernest and I’ however we have created activity areas for parts of the story. Creating the story this way has enabled the children to stay longer at one part of the story so they can explore at their own pace. If we feel a child is ready for the next part of the story then they are then moved to explore further. We saw lots of happy faces when Ernest saw the sparkly sea and we used glitter and water spray to demonstrate this with the children. The children also created stormy seas by using the foil sheet and wind was created using the fan and switch. The children carried out some lovely mark making of the sand – this was when Ernest arrived at the deserted sands.

This week Nightingales also explored the resonance board. We observed some amazing responses during this session! Children placing their heads on the board, smiling and laughing but also children sharing the space together happily. We observed intensive interaction between child and adult and communication by the children requesting ’more’ when sounds stopped.

We are super proud of our Nightingale children this week. We have seen some fantastic engagement and with it being warm in the classroom they have done amazing. Well Done!

Thank you Nightingales staff and children for a lovely week!

Have a brilliant weekend!

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