We welcome three new children to Upper Nursery this term; Athena, Marcus and Thomas – and hope they enjoy being at Dallington School. They have settled quickly into their new class and made new friends. Everyone is happy to be back; playing with blocks and construction, in the home corner with the new baby dolls, playdough, water and sand. In our weekly cooking sessions we have already made jam and savoury tarts. We have all been swimming at Ironmonger Row Baths with Alex and enjoyed dancing and singing with David. All of the children have participated in a Fitness Day, had a party evening at the school playground with parents and made bunting for the Macmillan coffee morning. As well as producing a magnificent display of paintings and an autumnal collage for our class gallery. Our topics for this half term are – All about Ourselves and Autumn Changes. The children have worked hard to produce wonderful self-portraits and write their names independently too. A very good start to the academic year – well done Upper Nursery!
Sunflowers and Vincent Van Gogh
We listened to a story about the artist Vincent Van Gogh –called ‘Camille and the Sunflowers’ by Laurence Anholt. Then we looked at a vase of real sunflowers that were generously given to the class to paint by our local Waitrose store. We discussed looking and painting what you really see and not what you imagine and that we call this Still-Life Painting. We looked at Vincent’s famous painting of sunflowers, the shapes and the colours and the way he applied the paint. Then the children started to look and paint the vase of beautiful sunflowers, carefully applying the paint and working with focus and concentration to good effect to produce a gallery of beautiful sunflower paintings for our autumnal display. Each child has produced a unique image, and in their own style, which is very impressive.