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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Please can we have any empty roller deodorant bottles and also newspaper. Thank you.
15/07/14 - Sports day and picnic - This is a family event so everyone is welcome. Please make sure you have received your email/letter.
22/07/14 - Last day of nursery
Next week we are taking part in a whole school art event and will need donations of fruit and vegetables. Please look out for a list. Many thanks
This week we have been carrying on our keeping healthy topic looking at exercise.
We have been practising our sports day events. Please make sure your child is appropriately dressed leggings/ trousers and shoes for running. The children are very excited and looking forward to taking part on Tuesday. Everyone is welcome. Please do not forget their picnic.
We are hoping to set up a new role play area. We are looking for resources for a hair dressers. For example empty shampoo bottles, hair brushes, clips, hair bands, rollers or anything else you think might add to the area. If you are having a clear out over the summer we are also looking for costume or children's jewellery too. Many thanks.
This week we have continued to learn about healthy eating and vegetables.
We have seen some very interesting vegetables this week. Thank you to everyone who brought something in to share.
We also have been busy chopping a selection of vegetables to go with our dips. Snack has been very popular!
We have been looking at a variety of artists who have painted pictures using vegetables and we have tried to recreate our own pictures.
This week has been very warm. Please can we remind everyone to make sure your child has a hat with them every day and that sun cream has been applied before they come to nursery. Many thanks.
This week we have had an opportunity to try out a variety of different sports. Tri golf, athletics and the Frisbee. All the children had a great time. A big thank to Mr Delaney who provided this for us.
The children have been so excited about their reception visits. They all had a great time and were keen to share their experiences with us when they returned to nursery.
Everyone had a fantastic time at art day. Thank you so much to everyone who came to help. We are not sure who had the most fun the adults or the children!
This week we have been looking at fruit and healthy eating. We have made fruit smooties and fruit kebabs. They were very yummy! We printed with apples and did observational pastel drawings of a variety of fruit. Thank you to the children who brought in fruit to share. We especially enjoyed the physalis.
This week our topic was trees
Creative Area: This week we have been recreating trees and making our leaf rubbings.
Exploration area: In the garden we have been leaf detectives and trying to find out which trees the leaf came from. We also created a 'art attack' tree using a variety of natural resources.
We have really enjoyed our new stage area (By the white board) Lots of musical and shows have been performed this week. We are sure we have some budding singers and actors among our children.
Numbers and letters area: This week the children have been sorting by different criteria and making 3D shape house for our toy animals.
The children really enjoyed making cakes for the Father's day celebration this week. It was absolutely fantastic to see so many Dads and thank you for all the lovely comments about the day.
This week we have been learning about flowers
Numbers and letters area: We have been sequencing the life cycle of flowers and talking about the different parts of a flower and what a flower needs to grow.
We have identifying numerals and matching quantity to the correct number.
Welcome back we hope everyone had a lovely break.
Over the next three weeks our topic is ‘Growing’
This week we have been learning about seeds and what they need to grow.
Exploration area: We were planting our beans and peas and learning what a bean needs to grow.
Numbers and letters area: We watched a power point 'What plant needs to grow' and then took part in a quiz. We showed really good learning as we got all the questions right!
During this week we used the telephones to call each other, we had to take messages and write them down. we were using 2D shapes to create pictures and playing lots of number games where we had to recognise numerals.
This week the children have been busy finishing off their surprise for their Daddy. They are very excited and looking forward to your visit.
Letter sounds Ww, Xx and Yy
Lots of smiley faces for our photo session on Monday. We are looking forward to seeing the results soon.
The children had a great time at the speed mark on Tuesday. We are sure we have some budding footballers in the making. In morning nursery Kieran and Lindsay had the top speed recorded and in the afternoon it was James and Grace L. So while done to all the children who took part.
The children had a fantastic time on Thursday when we went to visit the duck pond. It was quite a long way and the children did really well to walk there and back. While we were there we acted out the story of 'We're Going on a bear Hunt', played the ring game 'Isn't it funny how bears like honey?' and went to see the baby ducks. Thank you to all the adults who came along to support us.
Please can we ask the 'triangle' children to bring in 3D shapes from home these can be objects from around the home or any packaging from food etc. Also can we have your old newspaper, any small plastic plant pots. (Clean if possible) and any artificial flowers for our garden centre.Thank you.
This week's topic has been ponds and frogs and we have been involved in a variety of activities.
Creative area: This week blue group have been finishing our pond display by adding fishes and ducks. Yellow and red group have been making zigzag frogs and collage frogs.
Exploration area: We have revisited our mini beast log pile, recording all the mini beasts that we have found. We have really enjoyed this week in the garden as we have had lots of sunny days.
Letter sounds Vv and Tt
At long last our nursery gate has been replaced. The white board will be moved next week.
From Monday can lunch club parents please drop off and pick up from inside the old green gate. This is to stop people going on the school playground when the older children are using it. Thank you.
We have had another delivery of caterpillars. The children have been comparing them with the ones we already have. The first set are now in their cocoons and have been transferred to their new butterfly home. Please feel free to come and see them.
Following on from last week’s maths we have been busy making repeating patterns using a variety of objects and pictures. We were using white boards and grapheme cards to write letters and draw pictures that begun with our chosen letter.
Creative Area: Again we were looking at size by making dough worms of different lengths. We were creating mini beast pictures using finger paint. (Some will be on display in our maths area). Some children were very brave and played with our earth worms. (Spaghetti in brown paint). We made worm puppets using old socks. We put on a show using the theatre and some of us told a story using our worm as the main character of the story.
Exploration area: This week we have been on a worm hunt. We found the worms in all kind of places. We made a womery using soil, sand, and leaves. Do you know that worms really like banana skins?
Week beginning 28/04/14
Letter sounds Jj and Aa
The children were very excited at the beginning of the week when we had a special delivery of some caterpillars. We have been watching them all week and they have already doubled in size.
This week our topic has been Ladybirds. We have read some really good books… what the ladybird heard, the bad tempered ladybird and the lazy ladybird.
Numbers and letters area: This week we have we have been busy practising our number skills. We have been ordering, matching and counting ladybirds.
Creative Area: We made flying ladybirds, drew ladybirds using pastels and made a show using our mini beast finger puppets.
Exploration area: This week we were explorers in search for mini beasts in our garden. We found lots of different mini beasts hiding in a variety of places. We recorded our findings and then drew what we had found.
Letter sounds Ll and Ss
We would like to welcome our student teacher Miss Buckler to our nursery team. She will be with us until the end of term.
Our garden is in need of some love and attention. We are looking for some willing adults who can spare some time to tidy and cut back the plants and shrubs and make our garden look more welcoming to all. If you feel you can spare the time please come and see one of us. We would be really grateful for any help and support that you can offer.
Creative Area: We have been making painted butterflies and peg clip butterflies. On the sensory table we have been using play dough to create mini beasts.
Exploration area: So much has happened in our garden over the Easter break so we went on an investigation around the garden to find all the new life.
On Friday we were very lucky to have some Brazilian dancers come to visit the whole school and the nursery really enjoyed taking part in the workshop. Please come and see the photos on display.
Week beginning 31/03/14
Letter sounds FF (end of word) and F
This week we were looking at things that fly
Creative area: We used red, blue and yellow paint to make bubble prints. We talked about the colours and what happened when the colours mixed together.
Exploration area:We made spinning men, blew bubbles and played with balloons.
Letter sounds Bb and Hh
Thank you so much to all the Mothers who were able to join us this week for our Mother's day tea. we hope you enjoyed your visit, the children were so excited to see you!
Also to all the the 'triangle' parents who have been able to join us for the look and see sessions. we hope this gave you a little insight into your child's day.
There are two clip boards available for your comments both on the Mother's day tea and the look and see sessions. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas as we value feedback. Many thanks.
This week our topic has been on the water
Creative area:We were colour mixing this week with different shades of blue and white paint to create the back ground to our sea pictures. When they were dry we added different materials to create a sea collage. Yellow and red group took their pictures home and blue group's pictures are on display in the classroom. We also drew pictures of different kinds of boats.
Exploration area:Even with all the rain we have had this week we have managed to get out in the garden everyday. This week we have been learning about sinking and floating. We experimented with lots of different objects to find out which ones floated and which ones sunk. we are beginning to try and make predictions of what might happen.We had the guttering out again this week and used them to pour water down. We had to think of where to place the guttering in order for the water to pour from one to another and finish up in the bucket. Most of the time we succeeded although the bucket had to be refilled a few times! We also played sink the boat and a fishing game.
Circles - This week the children were talking about size. We looked at a power point about a fish who was measuring his friends. We then worked with our talking partner to sort big and small objects. To finish the activity we ordered three objects by size.
Circles - Were playing games and activities linked to this week's letter sound Bb and Hh. Each week the letter sounds are introduced on a Monday and the children can bring objects in on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Letter sounds CK (Word ending) and E
This week we continued our topic about trains
Creative area:In the creative area we were printing trains using 2D shapes and drawing trains with pastels. Some of which will be on display in the classroom.
Exploration area:This week we have practising our skills in balancing our body. We used our new balance beam, wobble boards and stilts. It was quite difficult but we all tried hard and soon our skills began to improve.
Triangles- had great fun playing the traffic light game. They had to stop and go when given different signals.
Triangles - have been developing their skills in calculation by adding two small groups of objects to find the total number.
Circles - were naming 2D shapes and trying to use language to describe the shape. We played guess the shape.
Letters and sounds:
Triangles - were looking at alliteration We played I spy using the children and also objects. We were trying to think of words that had the same initial sound as our name.
Circles - Were playing games and activities linked to this week's letter sound CK and E. Each week the letter sounds are introduced on a Monday and the children can bring objects in on Tuesday and Wednesday
Letter sounds Cc and Kk
Exploration area: We set up a role play train in the garden and the children made up their own stories about a train journey.
Maths time: Our focus this week has been positional language
Letters and sounds focus: Triangles - rhyme
Circles – games and activities linked to this week’s sounds Cc and Kk
Week beginning 24/02/14
Letter sounds Gg and Oo
Blue group bloggers are Olly and Austin
This half term our topic is transport. Each week we will be looking at a different form of transport.This week we did lots of activities with our feet
Creative area: We really enjoyed painting our feet and making prints. We talked about how the paint felt and what happened to the colours when two were mixed together. We also made Mr feet characters by drawing around our feet.
Exploration area: We had great fun marching in paint with our wellies and making footprints. We were looking at the shapes and colours we created. We also practiced lots of skills such as balancing and walking on stilts.
Maths time: Our focus this week has been 2D shapes.
Letters and sounds focus: Triangles - rhyme and circles - this weeks letter sounds.
Olly says..."I was playing with the football-you can boot the ball! I was kicking and throwing the ball."
Austin says..." I liked painting my feet. It felt slippy and cold - I made footprints on the paper."
Week beginning 03/02/14
Letter sounds Ii and Nn
Yellow group bloggers are Jacob and George T
Forest school meeting for January children - Friday 7th Feb 11.00am and 2.45pm
Please can blue group children bring in a toy with moving parts this week
As part of our language activity this week we will be talking about interesting facts about space. This could be a fact, a book or a photo. Thank you
Yellow Group had a very messy week in the creative area we made 3D flying saucers and designed our own aliens. (see photo) Some of them looked very strange and made us laugh. The children had an opportunity to talk about their models. We also played with space gloop (especially delivered by Q pootle 5 when he crash landed on earth.
George T says... "I liked playing with Barnaby. We were playing jumping numbers. we had to jump on different numbers. I liked making space ships. I put one alien on mine.
Jacob says... I liked making my alien, he had a little bottom. I used eyes, arms and legs. It was perfect. I liked playing outside. We were playing chase the robbers. I was playing it with Ellie and George H."
Blue Group were in the exploration area and were making space rockets with the crates and planks; Decorating their 3D clay aliens (see photo) and each child had an opportunity to talk about it with the rest of their group. We saw lots of fantastic space rockets made from a variety of construction bricks. They also were investigating the magnets and talking about their moving toy which they had brought from home.
Week beginning 27/01/14
Letter sounds - Tt and Pp
This week we have begun our topic on space.
Blue group have been in the creative area and have been designing their own aliens using paint and clay and making 3D rockets.
Red group bloggers are George H and Ellie
George says... "I really enjoyed playing outside this week. I also liked looking at the board (IWB) we watched space."
Ellie says..."I liked playing our letters and sounds game and I liked playing in the space area (role play)
Week beginning 20/01/14
This week we have been busy getting to know each other, learning nursery routines and exploring the different areas in the classroom. The children have taken part in Mrs Annison's music session, PE and assembly, all of which take part in the main school hall. Please look at the nursery time table on the window in the nursery garden and if you want to know what your child has been doing each day please look on the white board, by the back door.
Week beginning 13/01/14
Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th - New children only
Wednesday 15th - older children only. Parents are welcome to join us in a cup of coffee from 10.45
week beginning 06/01/14
Welcome back to nursery we hope you all had a lovely break.
Friday 10th - New children only.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new nursery staff. Mrs Sriram who is our new Early Years Practitioner who will be looking after red group; Mrs Prince who is our learning support assistant and will be working in the afternoon nursery session and Miss Dockerill who will be covering PPA time.
This week Mrs Miller, Mrs Littlefair and Mrs Sriram have been busy visiting all the new nursery children
Week beginning 09/12/13
letter sounds are - Vv and Xx
Bloggers are - Sammy and Zach
Please can we have a named carrier bag for each child. Thank you.
This week we have been very busy making our Christmas decorations
Bloggers are - Tobias and Ella
We are looking for a big box to use in our role play area. If you have one can you please let a member of staff know. Many thanks
We have sent home the children's clothes bags as we no longer need than at nursery.
The children have all been busy making their Christmas cards this week. If you haven't already please look at the lists on the white board to see what part your child is playing in the Nativity play.
Please can you look at your emails as there has been some changes to January dates.
Tobias says..." I liked playing with the toys. I played with Danny. We played with the dolls house. We played outside and we played running."
Ella says... " I liked playing in the house in the garden. We played with the tea set. I played with Margot. I liked drawing, I draw everyday. I made a Christmas tree today.
Week beginning 25/11/13
letter sounds are - Ss and Tt
Bloggers are - Sophie and Darci
Thank you for all the the objects and interesting facts that the children bought in this week. The children enjoyed telling us all about them and answering the other children's questions about them.
This week the children have had opportunities to make a Vincent van Goghs starry night picture, lanterns and Christmas trees
Sophie says... "I liked going outside I was sweeping leaves, there was so many. I liked PE we were pretending to be fairies and giants. I liked the starry night picture, we didn't use paintbrushes. We used knives, spoons and cotton buds. We made lanterns too."
We know the children have had a fantastic learning experience as we have had many discussions in nursery with the children. If you would like to comment on any aspects of Forest School please leave a comment on the clipboard in the nursery garden or speak to a member of staff.
Thank you for all the help we have received over the weeks.
Letter sounds are - Qq and Rr
Bloggers are - Sophie and Darci - transferred to next week
Thank you to everyone who responded to our name the fish request. We had lots of good ideas the most popular being Tiddler, Finn, splashy, bubbles, Nemo and Goldie.
The children were asked to make one vote for their favourite name to help us choose the three names needed.
The winning names are... Tiddler, Finn and bubbles.
This week's topic is Winnie the Witch
What a busy week we have had. In the creative area the children have been bubble and blow painting and playing with cloud dough.
In the numbers and letters area we have been sequencing by size, practicing our name writing and writing spells
Outside the children were witches and wizards making potions from a variety of ingredients
week beginning 11/11/13
Letter sounds are - Nn and Pp
Bloggers are - Freya and Sam
Just a reminder that next Monday is the last week of forest school. Please dress for the weather.
This week's topic has been Elmer and his colours. All the children enjoyed the variety of activities available this week.
It was lovely to see so many children showing their support for children in need by coming to school in their pyjamas and donating to such a worthwhile cause. Thank you so much.
I was learning numbers and letters. we counted Elmer's.
We had to choose three different things. I chose rings. We had to put them in the right order.
This week I went to lunch club. I like to talk to Lisa when I am at lunch club. I eat sausages, grapes, cheese and wraps."
Freya says... "I liked doing purple painting on squares. We are going to make a giant Elmer.
I liked the Elmer counting, I counted to ten.
Today we dressed in our pyjamas because it's a special day. We had to pay money to wear our pyjamas."
Bloggers are - Danny and Margot
We also went to forest school. Some children made a crown. I played with the gruffalo and we had to tell the story book.
Margot says... "At PE we were fireworks and we had to go zig zaggy, we danced to the music. I sat beside Louis in assembly - It was someone's birthday. I am taking Harry bear home today, he's going to sleep in my bed."
Monday 4th November
The weather has changed so we learnt about the animals that hibernate and build hibernating homes for our animal. Some of us collected autumn colour leaves to make a crown and we matched leafs. (Photos at bottom of page).
Monday 11th November
We will be reading the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and retelling the story using our own words.
Letter sounds are - Jj and Ll
Bloggers are - Rose and Florence
The children were busy cooking 90 cakes and 60 biscuits for our Grand parents. It was lovely to see so many of you. The children were so excited and have been talking about it all week.
In the class room we have busy learning about autumn, painting giant leaves and collecting autumn objects. If you are out and about in the half term holiday could you please collect some conkers for nursery we will be using them to sort by size and counting. Thank you.
Thursday and Friday were choosing days and the children were encouraged to access the room independently.
Don't forget next week is half term, so have a lovely time with your children and we will see you back on Monday 4th November.
A big request from us to you, please can you encourage your child to put on and take off their own socks, shoes and coat independently.
When we return after half term break we are going to encourage the children to be more independent in the morning and afternoon at the beginning of each session. Therefore can you please say goodbye to your child at the door. Thank you.
Florence says.. "We made cakes with flour, sugar, butter, apple and cinnamon for Grand parent's day. Granny and Granddad Ron and Daddy came. I played with them. We played games with them. We played what comes next."
Rose says ..."We went to the forest and the fairy just left us some fairy dust. I did follow it and I saw some eggs.
Grandma and Great Grandma and Great Granddad came to nursery and we played games and they had biscuits and tea."
We learnt how to keep ourselves safe and well on our first visit. Putting out our boundary sticks really help us remember.
30th September: We learnt about textures collecting some fascinating rough and smooth objects for sorting and investigating. (Photos at bottom of page).
We have been really lucky with the warm weather but we must remember that Autumn is well and truly here and the children will need to be dressed warmly.
Week beginning 14th October
Letter sounds are - Ii and Kk
Bloggers are - Martha and Chloe
This week yellow group have been busy learning about 2D shapes. We have been making tap a shape pictures and using 2D shapes to create pictures. We have also been using the space bar and arrow keys on the computer.
Martha says " I enjoyed playing outside, I liked playing with the buggies and my friends."
"We went to the mill and we made bread we took it to Nanny and Gramps house and we ate it there. It was really nice. We played with the grain at the mill, I put it into pots and pans."
Blue Group Have been in the creative area this week and have discovering what happens when the mix different coloured powder paints. We have also been playing with the "The little Red Hen" small world and the children have been retelling the story using the props. On the dough table we have been making prints using autumn objects brought in by the children.
Chloe says "I liked mixing paints, blue and red it made a brown and then I added yellow and it made orange. It felt squidgy. I drew a picture of Mumma, she was blue and purple. I like the little red hen song, I liked saying the words.
On Friday the children had an opportunity to make pizzas with Mrs coot
Week beginning 7th October
Letter sounds are - Gg and Hh
Bloggers are - Maggie and Eve
This week yellow group have been busy creating our invitations for Grandparents day and learning our colours and discovering what happens when we mix colours. This week Maggie has enjoyed creating her flower using two colours to make a third colour.
" I put red in the yellow, then I mixed it up. Then the paint started to go orange."
Blue group have been learning about 2D shapes this week. They have been matching socks (Patterns) and using the IWB to match and sort by type and pattern.
This week's blogger Eve says "I did number counting with the persons, one person , two person, three person. We have also had to find things in nursery that were circles, squares and rectangles."
Eve has really enjoyed the outside space this week and Mrs Miller gave Eve a challenge to learn to bounce a big ball and to catch it. It didn't take Eve long to learn the new skill. well done Eve.
Week beginning 30th Sept
Letter sounds are - Ee and Ff
Bloggers are - Joseph and Henry
Well done to all the children for completing the sponsored walk.
In nursery we have been looking at safety in the environment and forest schools. The children watched a CBeebies DVD 'Hoof and Safety'. We spoke about how to be a safety ranger. The children came up with lots of ideas of how to stay safe.
This week we have been looking at our sense of touch and the children have had lots of opportunities to use descriptive language to describe different objects and materials.
BLUE GROUP have been in the creative area for group time and Joseph has really enjoyed making a picture of himself and experimenting with the textured paint.
YELLOW GROUP have been in the numbers and letters area and Henry enjoyed playing find the number, playing the teddy bear game and working on the IWB sorting different objects.
Week beginning 23rd Sept
Letter sounds are - Cc and Dd
Bloggers are - Eddy and Lily
This week nursery have busy learning about autumn and playing number games
Lily - This week Lily really enjoyed...
"I liked making Mr Leaf, I called it Holly like my sister."
"I liked going to the hall for music I learnt a new song "The bear went over the mountain."
On Friday in assembly Lily was given a brilliant sticker for being such a good friend and being thoughtful to the other children.
Eddy - This week Eddy really enjoyed...
"When I first came to nursery I liked playing with the train and now I like playing in the garden with the pushchair and climbing on the climbing frame."
This week Eddy has been playing lots of number games. He was able to recreate a flower number line beginning at number 1 and finishing with number 10.
This half term our topic is “All about me”.
The children will have an opportunity to talk about and take part in a variety of activities where they can explore their senses, talk about themselves and their families. Don’t forget to look on the white board to see what we have been doing each day.
Each week some children will have an opportunity to have a learning leaf put on the learning tree. (Situated in the main school hall) On the leaf it says why the child has been chosen that week. (A copy of the leaf will be sent home with your child)
Every Monday the children are introduced to two new letter sounds. This week’s sounds are Aa and Bb. On Tuesday and Wednesday the children are invited to bring in objects that begin with this week’s sound e.g.. an apple for ‘a’ and a ball for ‘b’ Please look on the board to see what the sounds are each week.
Books bags are needed each Wednesday so the children can choose two new books to share with you at home.
Each week we will be choosing two bloggers for our nursery website. Hopefully they will be telling everyone what we have been up to in nursery that week.
This week's bloggers are: Catherine and Enayah
Catherine made a smelly flower using perfume to make her flower smell nice.
"I like playing on the bikes with Henry. I went on a 'smelly walk' I found some lavender. We went to the hall for music and we did some singing."
This week Catherine went on the learning tree for sharing her thoughts and ideas with us.
We went on a 'smelly walk'. We smelt lots of flowers and we walked around the garden and talked about things that were dangerous and not dangerous.
I also did some writing, it was a shopping list and I took it when I went shopping."
Enayah has been busy taking rubbings of different textures we found in the garden and making smelly flowers.
Wanted: Newspaper, Boxes of tissues (lots of colds this time of year) and Small empty water bottles. Thank you
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Notes relating to the meetings held on 23rd January.
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