We have been busy building, using solid shapes to make arrangements and models. Lots of imagination and problem solving, sharing and negotiating and of course great involvement and concentration.
What Super Builders!
We watched Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins and then used all of the construction blocks in nursery to build our own models.
We have recycled lots of boxes, packets and tubes to make some more fantastic models.
Enjoy the holiday with your children. They have been really keen to make models, maybe you can look in your recycling boxes and make some more at home. Bring them in to show us or take a photo.
This term we have been learning the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We used a story map and actions to tell the story.
We painted parts of the story and talked about the characters.
Then we tried to 'write' our own stories.
We went on a number hunt to find giant numbers and painted them when we got back.
We have made towers to measure the giant and have built castles for the giant.
We have listened to lots of stories about giants, perhaps you could borrow some from the library to share at home.
The books we have shared are: Jim and the Beanstalk, The Giant of Jum, The Smartest Giant In Town, Jasper's Beanstalk, Wibbley Pig's Garden.
There are lots more.
If you find any that your child really enjoys please let us know.
This is just a snap shot of the work we have been doing, please come in to have a look at your child's work.
Welcome back to Nursery
We have had a busy half term. Almost all of our children are now settled in to nursery and have been learning to play with new friends.
Here is just a snapshot of what we have been doing.
Don't forget to get out and about during the holiday to find lots of Autumn leaves, twigs and conkers.
One more week before the summer holiday and some of our children are getting very excited about going to 'big school'. Most of them have enjoyed a taster of what their new reception will be like and have taken the change in their stride.
We have continued to be busy in nursery with a pirate theme this week. Pirate Pete was shipwrecked and needed a new ship.
The children have made eye patches and hats and have drawn treasure maps to help Pirate Pete find the treasure. Who knows what will happen this week!
Nursery staff would like to thank all of our parents for allowing us to teach their wonderful children and for the support throughout the year.
We hope your children will settle happily into reception or come back to us in September with a big smile.
Have a lovely summer holiday.
Have you seen our lovely writing?
We used a text map to tell the story of The 3 Little Pigs and we tried to remember what the big bad wolf said.
There was lots of 'huffing and puffing!'
You are welcome to look at our display to see our great attempts at writing.
Our children love to listen to stories and show great interest in the pictures.
Many of them can retell familiar stories using lots of phrases they have heard. Please take time to share books at home with your children and make use of the library and remember you can always stay for a few minutes at nursery to share a book.
Caterpillars and worms
We have been watching some caterpillars growing bigger and bigger and now they have spun themselves into cocoons. We hope they will change into butterflies very soon.
We made a wormery to find out what worms do under the ground. We put layers of soil and sand into a jar and put the worms on the top, within minutes they had wriggled to the bottom of the jar!
We are going to see what they do next.
What do you think will happen?
Another busy term!
We have done lots of work about jungle animals based around the books 'Animal Boogie' and 'Elmer'.
We painted the animals we thought might live in a jungle and then 'A Tiger Came To Tea'!
We drew the animal that we would like to come to tea.
Your children are beginning to make recognisable representations of things of interest and some of them are beginning to write letter like shapes for their name.
During the Easter holiday you can do some counting and number recognition with your child using the number pack we sent home at the last Stay and Play.
Some parents have said how much their children like to do 'homework' so we will send some new ideas for using your buttons.
Have a lovely holiday and don't forget to get out and about in the fresh air.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Eric our helpful elf is visiting and giving us lots of challenges to do in order to get ready for Christmas.
Our first job was to decorate the Christmas tree.
You can never have too much tinsel.
Our next challenge was to design a new suit for Santa as his old one was full of holes. Some children thought he might like a different colour or pink boots for a change.
Then we invited our mummies, daddies and grandmas in to help us make decorations.
Today we have built a new sleigh for Santa to make sure he can deliver the presents on time. There were lots of different designs but we all agreed that they would need a sprinkle of fairy dust to make them fly.
As you can see we are having lots of fun in our learning. Next week we are all singing and dancing in the Christmas performance with reception. We hope you come and see us.
Brown Bear's Birthday
Brown Bear heard about Rashda's birthday party and decided he would like one too. He sent us a letter to ask us to organise a party for him.
We wrote lists of things we might need. We made birthday cards and wrapped presents. We wrote invitations and made a birthday cake.
We had a great time at the party and we have used a Talk for Writing text map and actions to recall the celebration.
Please talk to your child about our celebrations and those you share at home and come in to look at our lovely writing on display in nursery.
After a sudden rain shower the children in nursery decided to put on waterproofs and wellies to explore the puddles. We added washing up liquid and used brushes to develop strong muscles to make lots of bubbles.
We scrubbed the Numicon tiles that have been outside counting the holes in each one to check which number we were cleaning.
Hubert found the small 3 tile and the big 3 tile and decided they were the same. He counted them to check. Lily combined some Numicon tiles and found the total by counting all of the holes.
We had lots of fun while learning Maths skills.
This term we are thinking about lots of different celebrations. We talked about things we celebrate with our families.
We made clay divas and rangoli patterns to celebrate Diwali. Diwali is a Hindu festival of light.
We watched some fireworks and used different materials to make our own. We thought about the different sounds that the fireworks made.
We held glow sticks and made large movements in the dark and took special photos to make it look like fireworks in the night sky.
We have helped Rashda to celebrate her birthday this week too. We are using Talk For Writing text map to recount what we did. Ask your child to tell you about Rashda's birthday.
It will help your child's learning if you talk about things you celebrate at home and special times you share as a family.
This week we have been developing out physical skills.
We went to the 'trim trail' to balance and climb using lots of big muscles to support our body weight.
For some children it was their first opportunity to play on climbing apparatus and needed support and encouragement but they soon developed confidence to 'have another go'. Please take your child to the park during the half term holiday so that they can show you their skills and let us know how you get on.
You might also like to reinforce your child's learning about shapes. Please help them to look for shapes while you are out and about and make a shape picture to bring in to show us after the holiday.
Little Red Hen
We learned the story of the Little Red Hen using a story map. We painted the characters as we retold the story.
I hope your children were able to remember it at home.
We helped to make some bread.
We used strong hands to knead the dough and baked it in the oven.
We tasted lots of different kinds of bread. We tried chapattis, naan bread, bagels, pitta bread and Irish soda bread. Jack thought it was "delicious."
We also had toast for snack.
We looked at a slice of bread. It was soft and bendy and quite pale. We put it in the toaster and looked at the differences. It was hot and stiff and it was brown. When we spread butter on it the knife made a 'scratchy' sound and the butter melted. We ate the toast with honey, jam and marmalade to see which we liked best.