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Welcome to Nursery!


 
 
W/b 4.7.16
This week we have been doing lots of practice for our sports day.
In circle time we spoke about our visits to reception.

Times for sports day:
Am: 10:15 start. We will be doing skills in the garden first, and then going onto the field to do our races. When we have finished our races we will come back into nursery to sing to our guests. We aim to be finished by 11:25 so you can start your picnic.
Pm 12:00 for your picnic. We aim to start our skills in the garden at 12:45. We will then go onto the field to do our races. We will come back to nursery to sing to our guests and aim to be finished by 2pm.


This week is the last week the children we be bring books home to share with you. Please have a look at home for any books with a grove shared reading sticker, we will be collecting all books in next week. Thank you


W/b 27.06.16
Topic- being healthy- healthy eating.
 
This week we have been talking about what food and drink is healthy and which food is not so healthy-but ok to have as a treat.

In the creative area this week red group made fruit a smoothie; yellow group made fruit kebabs and blue group made dips.

In the exploration area we all tried four sandwich fillings- marmite, strawberry jam, lemon curd and honey.  The children had to decide which their favourite was and we then made our own sandwich. We then made a bar chart to show which sandwich filling was the most popular.

In the numbers and letters area we discussed healthy food and made a healthy lunchbox. We had to choose five healthy foods and one treat.  
 

  
 

 
Come and read for the ALL is Friday 11am and 3pm

 TOPIC- Wild Animal

 
We started our wild animal’s topic by visiting paradise Wildlife Park. We had a great day and saw lots of different animals.  

In the creative area this week we made animal masks. Each group made a different animal mask using paper plates. We made tigers, zebras, lions, crocodiles and monkeys.

In the exploration area we matched animal footprints to the animals. We had to find the animals that were hiding around the garden.  

In the numbers and letters area we looked at the pictures of the animals we saw on our trip. We then drew a picture of our favourite animal.
In circle time we spoke about the trip and told our friends what our favourite animal and other things we enjoyed about the trip.
 



 
w/b 9.5.16


Come and read for the circles is Friday 11am and 3pm


 TOPIC- Woodland animals-birds


In the creative area this week we made birds. We were learning new techniques- making fans for the wings by folding paper, weaving paper to make the body of a bird and curling paper to make the tail feathers.

In the exploration area we used went on a bird hunt. We started by looking at the bird pictures and the school building and naming the birds. We then went onto the field to count how many birds we could see.

In the numbers and letters area we looked at different sized birds eggs. We then used unifix cubes to measure and find the biggest/tallest, medium sized and the smallest/shortest. The children also ordered pictures of eggs by size.    
 
On Thursday we enjoyed celebrating the Queens 90th birthday. We wore our party clothes, crowns and had a tea party in the garden.


Come and read for the circles is Friday 11am and 3pm
 TOPIC- Woodland animals


In the creative area we made woodland landscapes. The children used patterned boards and paint rollers to create the sky and the grass. They were then able to use various materials to add trees, flowers and other parts of the woods. The children also painted an animal to go onto their big picture.

In the exploration area we used the natural art attack to create a woodland picture. We also looked and non-fiction books about woodland animals.

In the numbers and letters area we looked at a animal families PowerPoint. We found out how many babies some of the animals have, we then completes a counting and numbers representation activity.   
 
In circle time this week we have been looking at logos, signs and print in the environment.

25/04/16

 
Dates for May
On Thursday 12th may we will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. We will be having a tea party in the nursery garden. Children can come to nursery in their party clothes and wear their crowns they have made with you at home.
 Monday 16th may nursery trip to paradise wildlife park.
Monday 23rd Visit by photographer to take class photographs and individual photographs of 1/16 Nursery intake.
Monday
Monday 30th School closed - Half term holiday
- Friday (June) 3rd
Nursery Father’s day celebrations will be on Friday 17th June- times to follow.

 TOPIC- Woodland animals
This week we have been learning about nocturnal animals. 

In the creative area we made nocturnal animals using clay. We made hedgehogs, snails and foxes, by pulling, pinching, rolling and squeezing the clay.  

In the exploration area we made homes for nocturnal animals. The children had to find a safe place for their animal and used sticks, grass, leaves and other natural materials to make their homes. We then spoke about why the animals need to be hidden and why their homes need to keep them safe.

In the numbers and letters area we looked at a PowerPoint that gave us lots of facts about nocturnal animals. We sorted animals into daytime and night time animals and we also looked at non-fiction books.
 
In circle time we looked at our learning journals and found a piece of learning we were proud of.
 


Week beginning 14.03.16 

Nursery Father’s day  celebrations will be on Friday 17th June- times to follow.

 
Next week 21.03.16 we will be looking at how things work. We will be using moving toys- remote control, battery operated, lift and flap toys.
Please could the triangle children bring their toy in on Monday 21.03.16 and circles on Wednesday 23.03.16

 
This week we continued our space topic.

In the creative area this week we made moon buggies. The children used different techniques to join all the pieces together- we used glue, tape and the stapler.

In the exploration area this week we have been using tools. We used the micano and screw and fix toys to build the cars and trucks.

In the numbers and letters area this week we have been practicing writing our names, counting and sorting and also using the mouse to complete a computer programme.
 
In circle time we spoke about what we have found out about space and what we would like to find out next.




 
Week beginning 07.03.16 


Triangle parents- come and see sessions start are on Tuesday and Thursday, lists of times are on the window.


Next week we will be using junk modelling- if you have any small boxes, bottle lids or any other ‘junk’ we could use please bring it in.
 
The week beginning 21.03.16 we will be looking at how things work. We will be using moving toys- remote control, battery operated, lift and flap toys.
Please could the triangle children bring their toy in on Monday 21.03.16 and circles on Wednesday 23.03.16

This week we started our space topic.

In the creative area this week we made space ships. The children used different techniques to join the paper plates together and attach the yogurt pot to the plate. The children drew their own aliens to go in their ships and gave them a rhyming name.

In the exploration area this week we have been exploring light and dark. We had torches in the dark den and sorted picture of things that give us light and things that do not.

In the numbers and letters area this week we made shape rockets, ordered number rockets and used the computers to complete a shape rocket.
 
In circle time we spoke about what we did for our Mummy’s on Mother’s day and what we did when they came to nursery on Friday.  


 
Week beginning 29.02.16 

 

This week we have been getting ready for Mother’s day.

In the creative area this week we made cards for our Mummy or special person. We used the bottom of bottles to print flowers on to our blossom tree outline.
We also did our best colouring to make a book mark.
On Wednesday all the children helped to cook yummy treats for our Mother’s day celebration.

In the exploration area this week we have had the mummy and baby animals in the sand, the tea set, and the dolls in the water to wash and talk about how we look after them.

In the numbers and letters area this week we wrote the inside of our cards. The children tried their best to either copy the writing or over-write, then they wrote their names.
 
In circle time we talked about why we love our Mummy/ special person, and have written what the children said in their cards.
 
Week beginning 22.02.16 


This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year.
On Wednesday Lucas’ Mum came in to talk to us about Chinese New Year. She brought lots of decorations, clothes and artefacts to show us.

In the creative area this week we have been making Chinese lanterns, drawing the animals from the race, making monkeys with our hands and Chinese New Year cards.

In the exploration area this week we have been looking at lots of Chinese artefacts Mrs Miller got from her trip to China. We have been looking at maps of the world and the globe to find China and lots of other countries we have been to. We also painted Chinese numbers.

In the numbers and letters area this week we have been sorting the Chinese race animals into animals into no legs, two legs and four legs. Colour dragon by numbers and we made a pattern paper chain dragon, using two or three colours.  

Week beginning 08.02.16 

smileyWe hope you all have a lovely half term and look forward to hearing all about it!!smiley
Reminders; forest school starts for the circle children the first Monday back after half term- 22.02.16.
Also for circles- the first parent teacher consultations are on Tuesday 23.02.16


This week we have been looking at the Little Red Riding Hood story, we have been reading different versions of the story.

In the creative area this week we made story settings. Each group chose a different setting and worked together to create it. We used lots of different materials to create all the props we would need to tell a story.

In the exploration area this week we went into receptions woods. We had to find all the story characters that were hiding in the woods. The children then had to describe the character they found. The children also used positional language to explain where they had found the characters.

In the numbers and letters area this week we made wanted posters. The children were able to choose which character they wanted to make their poster for. As we have been reading different versions of the traditional tales, there were lots of characters to choose from. Some children made their poster for the big bad wolf, some for the big bad pig and others for goldilocks.


Week beginning 01.02.16
FOR TRIANGLE PARENTS- a signup sheet will be going out this week (week beginning 08.02.2016) for you to choose a come and see session after half term.


This week we have been looking at Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, we have been reading different versions of the story.

In the creative area this week we made flapjack. We discussed where we would have to put the butter to melt it and what we thought it would look like after.  We then each had a go at mixing the oats, honey and raisins together and putting the mixture onto the tray. Once the flapjack was cooked we ate it as part of our snack. It was very yummy!  
The children also had the opportunity to do observational drawings of different bears using pictures.

In the exploration area this week we went on a story hunt. We had to walk around the garden and find pictures or toys characters from traditional tails. They children then retold or made up their own story to go with those characters.

In the numbers and letters area this week we have been creating our own stories using character props. As a group the children chose the story setting and the characters. The children took it in terns to tell part of the story. The children then drew a character and described them.  Some were nice, some were big and bad, some lived in the wood and others lived in castles.

Week beginning 25.01.16


This week we have been looking at The Three Billy Goats Gruff story, we have been reading lots of different versions of the story.

In the creative area we used toilet roll tubes to create the three billy goats and the troll. The children had the choice of glue or tape to attach the ears, eyes, horns, arms, legs and face. We have also used junk modelling to create bridges. The children were encouraged to explore the different ways in which they could attach all there pieces together.The children also had the opportunity to look at Monet’s -Bridge over a pond of water lilies and create their own interpretation using oil pastels. 
 


In the exploration area we used construction to build bridges for the billy goats to cross. We had to make sure there was a place under the bridge for the troll to hide. The children then re-told the story using toys goats a troll and their bridge.

In the numbers and letters area this week we have been ordering pictures and objects by size. We have also used pattern cards and unifix cubes to create and copy patterns.
In literacy this week we used musical instruments to create the sound of the troll and the goats as Mrs Miller read the story.



Week beginning 18.01.16

This week we have been looking at The Three Little Pigs story, we have been reading lots of different versions of the story.in literacy we read the story of the three little wolves and the big bad pig.

In the creative area we received a letter from Mrs Penny Pig- the three pigs’ mother. She asked us to send her some art work. We began looking at colour mixing to make pink to paint the pigs and brown for the big bad wolf! The children also painted the three pigs houses, we painted with sticks to create the stick house, wooden bricks to create the brick house and yellow paint and brushed to create the straw house. In the sensory tray this week we had sawdust. The children really enjoyed exploring a new texture.  
 
In the exploration area we used construction to build housed for our toy pigs. The children tried to build a house that kept their pig safe from the big bad wolf. The children then retold parts of the story as they were explaining to us how their house kept their pigs safe.

In the numbers and letters area this week we have been sequencing and retelling the story of the three little pigs. The children had pictures of different parts of the story which they then had to put in the correct order. Some children even made up an alternate ending to the story.
 
Dates for 2016

February
Friday 12th last day, finish for half term

Monday 15th- Friday 19th half term

Monday 22nd first day of term
Forest schools starts for circle children.

Tuesday 23rd Parent teacher consultations for circle parents (January intake) 4-5:30pm

Monday 29th Parent teacher consultations for circle parents (January intake) 4-5:30pm


March
Friday 4th Mother’s day celebrations 9-10:15am and 2-3:15pm

Come and see sessions for triangle parents (September intake) a sign-up sheet will be available for you to select a day nearer the time.  
Tuesday 8th 8:40-9:50 am and 12:40-1:50pm
Thursday 10th 8:40-9:50 am and 12:40-1:50pm
Tuesday 15th 8:40-9:50 am and 12:40-1:50pm
Thursday 17th 8:40-9:50 am and 12:40-1:50pm


Wednesday 9th curriculum evening 7-8:30 pm

Friday 25th nursery closed- Good Friday

Monday 28th nursery closed- Easter Monday

Thursday 31st last day of term for nursery- two week holiday


April
Monday 18th April first day of term  

 
Forest school dates(for circle children)
February
Monday 22nd
Monday 29th
March
Monday 7th   
Monday 14th
Monday 21st  
April  
Monday18th   
Monday 25th   
May
Monday 9th   

 









 
This week we started our Christmas topic.

In the exploration area we have been working on our gross motor skills, using bikes, the balance beams and stilts.

In the creative area we made our Christmas cards, using lots of different collage materials. We have also enjoyed using tools with clay on our sensory table and using the small world characters with the natural objects.  

In the numbers and letters area this week we practised our pencil control skills when writing the inside of our Christmas cards. The children have also enjoyed using our new smart board to play ICT games.
In music we have begun to learn the song we will be singing in our nativity in December!



This week our topic has been fireworks.
In the exploration area we experimented with pop rockets! We added food colouring to a bottle of lemonade then added Mentos mint sweets to the bottle and watched it ‘explode’!

In the creative area we have made firework pictures using paint and glitter, once the paint had dried we practiced our cutting skills and cut out houses out of black paper to add to our night time fireworks picture. We also made firework rockets out of toilet rolls and lots of different creative materials.

In the numbers and letters area this week we created firework pictures using colour magic on the computers. We also ordered number rockets from 1-5 or 1-10.


2.11.15
This week our topic has been Diwali.

We had lots of fun leaning new dances in our Diwali dance workshop.

In the exploration area we used chalk to make Rangoli patterns on the playground.  

In the creative area we made clay hand tiles. The children had a circle of clay and pushed their hands down into it. Once the clay dried we use two colours of pearl paint to decorate our hand.

In the numbers and letters area this week we used the interactive white board to create Mehndi patterns.




12.10.15
This week we have been using our sense of smell.

In the creative area we made smelly and spicy flowers. To make our smelly flowers the children chose their favourite perfume, spayed a little onto a cotton wool pad and stuck it onto a flower they decorated using different patterns. To make our spicy flowers the children chose five different spices, for example curry powder, cinnamon and pepper.

In the numbers and letters area this week we were using our sense of smell to try and identify different smells in smelly pots. The children then had to try and match two smelly pots that had the same smell.

In the exploration area this week we went on a big nose walk. We used our sense of smell to find different natural smells in our garden. We smelt flowers and leaves, the children then matched smelly pots using the smells from 


July 2015
 
Week beginning 6.07.15
This week we have been practising for our sports day. We have been using the race track to do our running, bike, obstacle and egg and spoon races. In the garden we have been practising balancing bean bags on our heads going around cones, bowling, walking on the stilts, throwing a bean bag into a target and kicking a ball into the goal.
On Wednesday we had a visit from Mrs Littlefair’s son Oliver and his friend Ellie. They work in an opticians and brought in some glasses and charts for us to look at.



Week beginning 15.06.15.
Our topic this term is People Who Help Us.
This week we had our father’s day celebrations. On Monday and Tuesday in the creative area we apple rock cakes and chocolate chip biscuits for our Dads.

In the exploration area we have been practicing being safe using the toys and bikes.

In the numbers and letters area this week we made Father’s day cards for our Dads. We all wrote our name and some of us had a go at copy writing. We coloured in the words on the front and stuck on some puzzle pieces.


Thank you to all the Dads who came to nursery, the children had a lovely time, we hope you did too!


Dates for next week.

Week beginning 08.06.15.
Our topic this term is People Who Help Us.
This week we have been looking at Firefighters.

We had a visit for the Max’s Daddy who is a firefighter. We got to look at all the equipment they need, we had a ride in the fire engine, tried on some helmets.


In the creative area we have made fire engines out of junk modelling. Some children made an engine using an egg box and some children made a group one using a large box. We have also been doing observational drawings of fire engines with pens, pencils and chalks.

In the exploration area we have been talking about how we keep safe at home and at nursery. We looked at books and sorted pictures to find out what things are safe and not safe for us to touch or eat.

In the numbers and letters area this week we have been using numbers for a purpose. We spoke about what we use 999 for and when we would need to phone them. We have also been looking at our addresses.



Week beginning 01.06.15
Our topic this term is People Who Help Us.
This week we have been looking at growing.

In the creative area we have been making flowers. We have made 2d and 3d flowers using lots of materials and junk modelling. We have also been doing observational drawings of flowers with pens, pencils and chalks.

In the exploration area we made smelly flowers using perfume. The children chose their favourite perfume to spray onto a cotton wool pad. They then stuck that onto card and drew the petals. We have also been on a mini-beast hunt and have been getting the garden ready to plant our new flowers.

 
In the numbers and letters area this week we have had lots of different activities to consolidate our learning of shapes, measuring and counting.



Week beginning 18.05.15

This week our topic has been focused on honey bees.  

In the creative area we made our own bees using clay. We had to roll and pinch the clay to make the body. We then used pipe cleaners to make the wings and legs. We used beads for eyes and coloured matchsticks for the antenna.
 
In the exploration area we made sandwiches for ourselves and a friend. Firstly we had a taste of the different fillings we could use. We had a choice of marmite, lemon curd, honey and cheese spread. After making our sandwiches we had them for our snack. We then made a graph to show which filling was the most and least popular.  

In the numbers and letters area this week we were looking at 2d shapes. We used the 2d shapes to make different insects. The children were able to use the IPad to take a picture of their insect.


Week beginning 11.05.15


This week our topic has been focused on spiders.
We read the story of the very busy spider. This week the children have enjoyed sharing the information they have found out at home about insects. If you have not yet brought in a fact, please could you help your child find a fact for next week, thank you.


In the creative area we made spiders webs using wool and paper bowls. We wound the wool around the bowl and had to catch it in the small snips around the edge. We then painted spiders and attached them to the web.  

In the exploration area we made spiders with movable legs. The children had 5 different joining materials to use; pipe cleaners, rubber bands, paper clips, treasury tags and split pins. For the last three legs they were able to choose which of the five things they wanted to use again. They then added eyes and a mouth to their spider.

In the numbers and letters area this week we have been working on taking turns and using our counting skills and shape knowledge, to play the incy wincy spider game.

Week beginning 04.05.15

This week our topic has been focused on ladybirds.
We read the story of the bad tempered ladybird, in circle time we spoke about and drew a picture of things that make us feel cross and things that make us happy.

In the creative area we made our own ladybirds. We had to attach the antenna using tape, we added eyes, and to make the wings we painted our hands with red paint, and then added black circles for the spots. We used our cutting skills to make a ladybird hat. We had to cut out the head and stick it onto the band. We then added the features.

In the exploration area we have been exploring the garden for insects. We found lots of different insects and used a camera to take a picture.
We have also been practising riding the bikes, walking using the stilts and ball skills.

In the numbers and letters area this week we have been working on adding one more or two more to a given number. We counted the spots on one side of a ladybird, said what one more was then added that amount of spots to the other side of the ladybird.

Week beginning 27.04.15

Dates to remember for May:
Monday 4th School closed - May Day Bank Holiday
Monday 18th Walk to School week commences and visit by photographer to take class photographs and individual photographs of 1/15 Nursery intake
Wednesday 20th Nursery visit to Butterfly World, St Albans- letter to follow.
Monday 25th School closed - Half term holiday - Friday 29th
Dates to remember for June:
Wednesday 17th Nursery Father’s Day celebration & Thursday 18th 8.40 - 9.40 am; 2.15 - 3.15 pm. More information to come.

This week our topic has been focused on butterflies.  

In the creative area we have been making two and three colour pattern caterpillars. We practiced our cutting skills by cutting out the body parts of a butterfly and sticking them back together on paper. The children also had the opportunity to independently sequence the very hungry caterpillar story.
In the exploration area we have been looking at the life cycle of a butterfly. We looked closely at the different stages and had a go at drawing the life cycle ourselves.
In the numbers and letters area
the children have had the opportunity to consolidate their learning. We have been counting, ordering numbers and matching quantity to the numeral.


Week beginning 20.4.15

This week we have been looking at The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


In the creative area we made symmetrical butterflies using shapes in paint and by sticking on different shapes. On Wednesday we painted all the fruit and food the very hungry caterpillar eats to make our display. We used our fingers and little corks to make patterns like Eric Carle had in his books. We have also made very hungry caterpillar hats using our cutting skills to cut around the caterpillars head and gluing it onto a band.

In the exploration area we made caterpillars using tights and soil. We had to put the soil into the tights and use elastic bands to make the parts of the body. We then cut small holes in them and sprinkled cress and mustard seeds on top. We also planted coriander seeds into big pots.

In the numbers and letters area made The Very Hungry Caterpillar zigzag books. We had to sequence the story and put the right food on the days of the week. We also used our fine motor skills to cut out leaves, use the hole punch to make the holes in the leaf and threaded wool though the holes by using a plastic needle.

Week beginning 23.03.15

This week we have been looking at the three little pigs.

In the creative area the children have collaged the three little pigs and their houses and the big bad wolf. We used lolly pop sticks to make stick house, straw to make the straw house and we printed paint with wooden bricks to make the brick house. The children also made puppets by colouring in a character from the story and attaching it to a lolly stick.

In the exploration area the children had the opportunity to build the three pigs houses. We have had the tools and work benches in the play house for the children to use their imaginations to mend and build their own houses. We have also had the push, pull and twist toys out, looking at and talking about how they work.

In the numbers and letters area the children used pictures to sequence the three little pig’s story and create their own alternative ending. The children enjoyed playing three little pigs bingo and taking turns with a friend.

Week beginning 16.03.15



This week we have been looking at materials and changes.


In the creative area the children were experimenting with colour mixing. We had a variety of colour mixing activities including, powder paint and paste, mixing colours with our fingers and using paper plates with paint and cling film to mix the paint.

In the exploration area this week we have been focusing on floating and sinking. We had a range of objects available and the children had to guess whether their objects would float or sink before putting it into the water.

In the numbers and letters area we have been looking closely at materials. We had lots of objects made from different materials; the children described their objects and had a good go at telling us what it was made of. We then sorted the objects into trays, one for wood, one for plastic and one for metal.

In P.E this week both circles and triangles have been using the parachute to play team games.

Week beginning 23.2.15
Information for September triangle parents. Next week sign up sheets for come and see will be available. Come and see gives you the opportunity to come into nursery and see what your children do their sessions.


This week we have be celebrating Chinese new year and have had lots of fun Chinese activities.  

In the exploration area the children used various collage materials to create a dragons head. As it is the year of the sheep we also made cotton wool sheep and used pegs for their legs, to make them stand up. The children also used ribbons and musical instruments to create their own dances.  

In the creative area this week the children have made Chinese fans using red paper and lolly sticks. We also mad Chinese drums using paper plates, string and beads. The children also painted the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The children have enjoyed playing with wet and dry noodles and using chops sticks to pick them up.

In the numbers and letters area we read the story of the great Chinese animal race. Using the painting of the 12 animals we put them in order using 1st, 2nd,3rd… We have been making Chinese lanterns, using colour by number dragons, where each number was given a colour and the children had to match the colours to make their dragon. We looked at the Chinese numbers and letters and using whiteboards and pens the children had a go at copying them. The children made Chinese new year cards for their friends and family.



Week beginning 9.2.15

The week after half term our topic is Chinese New Year. If you have anything relating to our topic and feel it would be useful, please bring it in, e.g. Chinese clothes, hats.

Please could we have dry noodles and yogurt pots.

Forest school starts the first Monday back after half term for the afternoon circles. Please come to nursery dress appropriately ready to go up to the woods.

Exploration area: This week the children have been building castles and enclosures using crates, planks, large bricks and Duplo.

Creative area: This week the children have been making castles. They used shoe boxes and added towers and turrets using toilet rolls. They then decorated their castles and added a flag.  

Numbers and letters area:  The children then used the castles dragons and knights and princesses to create their own story. They used very good story language and were very imaginative!


In maths we have been working on number recognition, counting and matching quantities to numerals. 
This week was music week, we were very lucky to have lots of visitors who came in to show us their musical instruments. We had a visit from an orchestra from sir john laws; Oliver’s granddad came and played the cornet. We also watched receptions dress rehearsal for the sharing assembly.It was great! We were even able to join in with their singing as they sang a dragon came to visit you, which we have been learning.



Week beginning 2/2/15
Monday 9th February - Curriculum meeting 7.00-8.30pm(for new parents. Parents of September children who were unable to attend the last meeting are welcome to come along.) 
On Friday 13th Feb the children can come to nursery dressed as knights, princesses, queens, kings or dragons, to mark to end of our topic.

Exploration area: This week the children have been building castles using small and large construction. They then used the IPad to take a photo of their castle.

Creative area: In this area we have been making dragons to go with our knights and princesses we made last week. We used different techniques to make our dragons; some children made them out of paper chains, some used a toilet roll and covered it in green paper, adding the detail. Other children used a plastic cup with the bottom cut out, to make a fire breathing dragon!

Numbers and letters area: this week we have been exploring 2D shapes, starting to look at their properties.
In maths the circles made shape pizzas using triangles, squares, rectangles and circles.
The triangles were matching quantity to the numeral. They had knights with numbers on and had to give them the right amount of counting objects.

Week beginning 26/1/15 –
Exploration area: This week we have been working on our gross motor skills. We used the reception play equipment to practice balancing and jumping of safely. The children also practiced walking up stairs using alternate feet, walking down stairs two feet to each step and catching a large ball.

Creative area: In this area we made characters out of toilet rolls as a starting point. The children used various materials to create their princesses, knights, kings and queens.  

Numbers and letters area: this week we have been practicing our fine motor/pencil control skills.
The triangles have been practicing writing their names using their name cards. We then focused on one letter and practiced forming correctly, using anti-clockwise movements.
The circles also practiced using anti-clockwise movements to mark make on big paper.


Week beginning 19/1/15 – bird watch.
Exploration area: This week the children made bird feeders. We practiced our threading skills using cheerio’s and blueberries. The children also rolled a pinecone in lard and covered with bird seed. They then chose a spot in the garden to hang them.                                                       
Creative area: In this area we made birds using paper plates. The children decorated them using feathers, coloured pens and patterned squares. To make the wings we had a good go at making a fan out of paper, we attached them by making a slit in the paper. We then added eyes and a beak.                                                                                
Numbers and letters area: this week we have been practicing our counting skills. The triangles have been counting groups of birds and using tally lines to show how many birds they had.                                                                                                The circles have been practicing counting groups of birds using one to one correspondence.


Future Events

Friday 23rd January - meeting the new parents at 11.00am and 2.45pm
Monday 9th February - Curriculum meeting 7.00-8.30pm
Thursday 26th February - Consultations 4-6pm
Tuesday 3rd March - Consultations 4-6pm


We would like to take this opportunity in welcoming all the new children and their families to the Grove nursery. Also
Miss Wilding has joined us as an Early Years Practitioner and Mrs Rees as a Learning Support assistant.

week beginning 05/01/15 - The nursery staff will be busy this week visiting all the new children.
12/01/15 - New children only
13/01/15 - New children only
14/01/15 - Older children only
15th and 16th - all children to attend nursery

Week beginning 15/12/15
This week we have been busy helping Santa in our Christmas role play area. Finishing off our beautiful Christmas decorations and making Christmas biscuits.

On Tuesday we performed our Christmas Nativity play to the rest of the school followed by our nursery party. We had a special visit from Santa and we were all able to tell him what we were hoping for for Christmas.

On Wednesday we did our play for all our families. We did really well! Thank you to everyone who came to see us. After the show we went to see' Magic Martin'. He was fantastic. Some us were chosen to be his helpers.

On Thursday we finished off our Christmas biscuits by icing them by using decorative icing.

We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


November 2014
Week beginning 10/11/14 - Light and Colour.
Exploration area:
This week the children have enjoyed bringing in and sharing their torches. We have set up the dark den in our role play area and the children have been experimenting with lots of different objects which light up or glow in the dark. We went on a rainbow treasure trail looking for rainbows in our garden. We had to listen to the clue and then and guess where we would find it. With each rainbow there was a challenge that we had to complete. We were using positional language to describe where we found each rainbow.

Creative area: In this area we have been colour mixing. We began with a chosen colour and then added white to see what happened to our dark colour. Each time we added the white paint we painted another petal of our flower. When our flower was finished we talked about what changes we saw. We also made glow in the dark necklaces for our dark den.


Numbers and letters area: While we worked in this area this week we had lots of opportunities to play colour and shape games. We were also matching numbers to quantity and trying to make five on our apple trees.

WANTED: Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.

Week beginning 03/11/14 -Diwali
This week has been Diwali week for Nursery. We had an Indian dance workshop so the children have had an opportunity to experience Bollywood dancing. The children had a great time learning the new dance moves such as the sultan, the crab and many more.

We have been creating lots of beautiful pieces of art this week. We recreated mehndi hand patterns and Rangoli patterns using coloured rice and lentils. We also made lanterns.
We used masks and puppets to retell the story of Rama and Sita.

Friday we had our Diwali party. Mrs Sriram dressed in a traditional Indian costume. We made Diwali cards and played claves and danced to Banghra Indian music. We shared Indian food and ate the coconut sweets that we had made earlier this week, they were yummy!


WANTED: Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.


October 2014
Week beginning 20/10/14 - Art week - Mondrian
This week we have been busy recreating works of art by Mondrain Composition Red, Yellow and Blue; The Red Tree; the Gray Tree and Broadway Boogie Woogie. Please come and see the finished results which are on display in the classroom. Thank you to everyone who came along to the schools art gallery it was lovely to see so many of you.

WANTED:Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.

Week beginning 13/10/14 - Little Red Hen
We began our week with a fantastic visit to Mill Green museum. Thank you to the adults who came and helped us. It is very much appreciated.
The children really enjoyed the morning and the next day told us all about their visit while looking at the photos which had been taken of the day. While we were there the children visited the mill, made some bread, listened to the little red hen story, made badges, and played with grain.


Exploration area: This week we have had the big books and story masks from the little red hen available for us to explore. We also made salt dough and then created how diwali diva lamps so that they are ready for our Diwali topic after half term.

Creative area: In the this area we practised our cutting skills by making character masks from the little red hen story. We also had the opportunity to make little puppets.

Numbers and letters area: While the children worked in this area we used the IWB to act out the story of the little red hen, using masks to become the characters. Some of us were able to use our actors voices to sound like the different animals. We also made little red hen story books. We tried to sequence the story pictures in the correct order and then retold the story.

WANTED: Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.


Week beginning 06/10/14 - My family

 
Exploration area: This week we have been looking at the different ways that we can move toys; pushing, pulling, battery operated and pressing buttons. We also used a screw driver to build the vehicle construction.

Creative area: We all created a family album. We used pastels to draw each member of our family. These are on display in our room.

Numbers and letters area: This week we have been sorting a variety of objects using different criteria.

WANTED: Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.



September 2014
Week beginning 29/09/14 - My body
Exploration area:
We have been exploring the garden this week, looking at our fish, sensory area and we have been using lots of different balancing equipment.

Creative area: This week we have been using our hands and fingers to paint. We tried to use descriptive language to describe how the paint felt.

Numbers and letters area: This week we played lots of games where we had to take turns and follow instructions. The children were also introduced to their name cards and we were practising writing our names and using large movements to create patterns using the big marker pens.

WANTED: Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.

Week beginning 22/09/14 - Myself
Every Friday we have have whole class maths time. This is adult lead and the children have an opportunity to work independently by themselves or with their learning/talking partner.
'Friendly Friday' The children are encouraged to choose a new friend to play with for a short period of time. Choosing time is extended on this day so the the children can visit new activities or get a chance to consolidate previous learning.

Exploration area: outside we have practising our balancing skills using balance beams, stilts and balance boards.

Creative area: This week we have had the opportunity to experience dough, corn flour, seeds and pulses at the sensory table. We also made a collage of ourselves using a variety of different materials.

Numbers and letters area: This week we have been learning to recognise numbers and counting 1:1 using numbers 1-5. We also helped Tom (puppet) to count the washing on Mrs Mopple's washing line and ordering numbered T-shirts on the IWB (Interactive white board)

WANTED:
Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.
 

Welcome to all our new children and families.
We have been very busy in our first two weeks. The children have done really well with coming into the nursery at the beginning of the session each day. They have enjoyed exploring the environment both inside and outside the nursery.

Exploration area: Each day the children have had a variety of resources to play with. We have been practising our gross motor skills and we have been over to reception class to use their play trail.

Creative area: We have been looking at the variety of resources available within this area and learning how to access them independently. This week we all drew a self portrait and hopefully they will all be on display by next week. Please feel free to come into the nursery and have a look.

Numbers and letters area: This area has lots of different resources. all our maths and literacy resources are accessed here, along with our desk top computers and interactive white board. The children have an opportunity to choose from a variety of small world toys and the reading area.

Thank you to everyone who brought in a baby photo. It was good fun trying to guess which picture belongs to which child. These will be on display, maybe your child would like to share these with you.

WANTED
Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.

 
Next week we will be starting our topic 'Ourselves'

 

Gallery - please click to view

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We retold the story of the Little Red Hen.

We retold the story of the Little Red Hen. (197KB)

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What can see and hear?

What can see and hear? (276KB)

Snack time.

Snack time. (284KB)

Look at me swinging.

Look at me swinging. (285KB)

Documents - please click to open

pdf.gif: Nursery information meeting notes - Jan 2016 notes (5)

Nursery information meeting notes - Jan 2016 notes (5)

Notes relating to the Information meetings held on Wednesday 27th January 2016
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