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Welcome to Nursery!
July 2015
 
**WE FINISH NURSERY ON TUESDAY 21ST AT 3:30**

Dates for next week.
Sports day Tuesday 14th.
AM- gates open for parents at 10 am, sports to start at 10:15. Picnic at 11:30.
PM: picnic at 12, sports to start at 2:40 till 2.


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'

 

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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

Nursery information meeting notes

Notes relating to the meetings held on 23rd January.
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