We have morning and afternoon Nursery sessions at The Grove; The teacher is Mrs Miller with three Early Years Practitioners Mrs Littlefair, Miss Wilding and Mrs Sriram.
Welcome to the Nursery blog. We will update our page weekly to share with you some of our learning and experiences that happen throughout our week and remind you of upcoming events.
Nursery Diary Dates:
Tuesday 11th July - Reception September cohort - Meet the teacher Group A14:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 12th July Reception - September cohort - Meet the teacher Group B14:00 - 15:00
Monday 17th July - Nursery Sports Morning and Afternoon with Picnic lunch (more information to follow)
Thursday 20th July - Nursery last day of term.
If you have booked a holiday in term time and have let the office know, please let the nursery staff know as well so we are fully informed. Thank you.
As we are a healthy food school we will no longer be giving out sweets for birthdays. If your child would still like to bring something to celebrate their birthday with their friends, we are suggesting a small cake or biscuit that the children can have at snack time after they have eaten their piece of fruit or vegetable.
We also ask that if you wish to bring a snack for your child at the end of the school day that it is not sweets but a healthy snack!
Topic: rainbow fish
In the creative area this week each group created an underwater scene. We used lots of different media to create our pictures, for example, paint, tissue paper, coloured sand, sequins and coloured paper.
In the exploration area this week we explored water and ice. We had coloured water in the water tray and water ways. We had a race to see who could melt their block of ice first. It was lots of fun but very cold!
In the numbers and letters area this week we were adding scales to rainbow fish. The children had to recognise the numeral on the fish and add the right number on scales. We also added one more scale to the fish. The children were then asked to count all the scales on the fish and have a go at writing the numeral next to the fish.
In the Exploration area this week we went on an animal hunt. We were given clues as to where the animals were hidden; the children were then given a challenge to complete before we collected the animal. The children then told us what they knew about the animals we had found.
In the numbers and letters area this week we drew pictures of our favourite wild animal and had to add a background that would camouflage the animal. The children were asked to think of something they would like to find out about the animal they had drawn. We then used the internet to find out the answer.
In the creative area this week we created camouflage pictures. The children had the opportunity to create their picture using collage materials, with paint or pencils. The children then added their animal to the picture to see if it was camouflaged.
We had lots of fun on our art day, we especially enjoyed getting really messy!!!
Topic- Father’s Day
This week we have been getting ready for our Father’s Day celebration.
The children have made biscuits and cakes in the creative area. Made cards in the exploration area and wrote the inside of their cards in the numbers and letters area.
The children really enjoyed our Father’s Day celebration, thank you to all the Daddy’s, Grandad’s and Uncle’s that came to celebrate with us. We hope you all had a lovely time!
Topic: I can
This week the children have been showing us what they can do. In the numbers and letters area they have been counting and writing. In the creative area the children have been exploring textures and describing what they can feel. In the exploration area the children have been showing us their physical skills, talking about their bodies, using construction and small world.
DON’T FORGET FATHER’S DAY FRIDAY 16TH JUNE!
Our topic this week was: Growing- ourselves
In the creative area we drew self-portraits using pastels. Looking carefully in a mirror to make sure they chose the correct colours for their facial features.
In the exploration area the children showed us what they can do with their bodies. We did jumping, running, hopping, skipping, and using different bikes and lots of other activities.
In the numbers and letters area we looked at the children’s baby pictures. We tried to guess who the baby was. The children then drew a picture and said what they could do as a baby and what they can do now they are older.
We hope you have a lovely half term holiday.
Our topic this week was: Growing
In the creative area we made observational drawings of fruit and vegetables. The children were encouraged to look carefully at the colours and shapes. We also did fruit and veg printing with paint.
In the exploration area created a cress potato head. The children decorated their potato head with button, pipe cleaners and pens.
In the numbers and letters area we did a floral dance. We placed lots of flowers with numerals on around the carpet. The children danced around to the music, when the music stopped they picked two flowers. They then had to put the right amount of cubes on their flower to match the numeral. They then combined both flowers to find the total number of cubes.
Our topic this week was: Sunflowers
In the creative area we looked at Van Gogh’s Sunflower painting. We used spoons and forks to create the flower shapes.
In the exploration area we planted sunflower seed and spoke about what a flower needs to grow.
In the numbers and letters area we measured sunflowers using unifix cubes. Counted one to one and spoke about the tallest and shortest.
Our topic this week was: frogs
In the creative area we made 3D frogs using paper plates, paper cups and card. The children folded strips paper to create the legs on the frog. They then used different joining materials to attach all the pieces to the plate/cup/card.
In the exploration area we were practising our jumping skills. We jumped around the garden with our feet together, pretending to be frogs. We also practised jumping off of an object safely, bending our knees as we jump and land.
In the numbers and letters area we were counting frogs into the pond matching the quantity to the numeral. We worked on 1 more and 1 less than a given number. We also sequenced the lifecycle of a frog, trying hard to work independently.
Our topic this week was: Caterpillars and butterflies.
In the creative area we made 3D butterflies using pegs. The children looked at the symmetrical patterns on butterflies then created their own using felt pens and paint.
In the exploration area we looked at the life cycle of a caterpillar and spoke about what happens and what changes at each stage.
In the numbers and letters area we read the story of the very hungry caterpillar. We counted how many pieces of fruit eat ate and the days of the week. The children then sequenced by number or stage of the caterpillar.
Our topic this week was: Eggs
In the creative area we made split pin eggs. The children practised their cutting skills by cutting around the egg, then along the zigzag line to create the two pieces of the egg. They then chose and coloured an animal or creature that comes from an egg to add to their. The children put all the pieces together using a split pin.
In the exploration area we went on a spring walk. The children had a checklist of the signs of spring to lookout for on their walk. The children then told us what they knew about spring.
In the numbers and letters area we spoke about the different animals and creatures that ley eggs. The children then sorted animals/ creatures into two columns- comes from an egg or does not come from an egg. The children also had the opportunity to sort size eggs, find the matching pattern egg and match quantity to numeral using foam eggs.
This week’s topic- trains
In the creative area we created trains using junk and printing with shape blocks and paint.
In the numbers and letters area we ordered numbered trains, made our names using letter trains and were beginning to counting beyond
In the exploration area We used the planks and covered them in different materials. The children used trains and cars to experiment with which material was the best for the cars/trains to go down and which did not work as well. They were then encouraged to say why they thought the materials worked or did not work.
This week’s topic- up in the air.
In the creative area we were exploring colours. We colour mixed to create our hot air balloons and backgrounds. We also had bubble painting, pipette painting on the easel and colour mixing on the tables.
In the numbers and letters area we read the story up up and away. The children then had to think of where they would go in their hot air balloon and what they would see on the way. The children their pictures to make their own books.
In the exploration area we made paper helicopters. We went to the top of the pirate ship to fly our helicopters. The children were asked to explain what happened when they flew it. We also had bubbles in the water tray, feathers, balloons paper airplanes and ping pong balls with straws to experiment with things that can float or fly.
This half term our topic is Transport.
This week’s topic- on the road.
In the creative area we made junk model vehicles. We used different tools and techniques to join our pieces together.
In the numbers and letters area we did a traffic survey. We walked down to the bottom gate and using the tally system marked down how many cars, Lorries, buses, bikes, motorbikes and vans we saw. When we came back into the nursery the children were asked to match the correct number of cars to a numeral.
In the exploration area this experimented with balloon cars. We attached the balloon to the cars and had a race. The children were then asked to explain what they had seen/ found out.
Topic- The Three Little Pigs
To start this week we read the original three little pigs story in topic time. On Thursday we read an alternative three little pigs story in literacy.
The children were sent a letter from Mrs Penny Pig who asked us to paint pictures of her three pigs. The children had to mix their own pink paint and were encouraged to describe what was happening to their paint as they mixed e.g. it’s getting lighter/ darker. The children then painted their pigs either independent painting or using a template. We also made the three pigs houses using collage materials.
Numbers and letters area.
This week we sequenced the story using pictures. Once the children had ordered their pictures they were asked to re-tell the story. The children also had the opportunity to sequence the story using the interactive white board.
The children used various construction to build houses for the three pigs. Once the children had finished building their houses they were asked who they had built their house for and to describe their house.
Topic: Chinese New Year
We started our topic by reading the story of the Chinese animal race.
In the creative area we made blossom trees using the bottom of a plastic bottle and paint. We practised our cutting skills by making lanterns and spiral dragons. We also drew the animals of the Chinese zodiac.
On the sensory table this week we have had noodles with chopsticks, plates and bowls.
In the numbers and letters area we made paper chain dragons, the children chose two colours and made a repeating pattern for the dragons’ body. We also sorted animals by the number of legs they have- no legs, two legs and four legs. The children also had the opportunity to do a colour by numbers dragon.
In the exploration area we looked at Chinese numbers. The children had the opportunity to write the Chinese numerals in coloured rice, with pens, gold paint on red paper and on the floor with big brushes in water. The children also had the opportunity to explore Chinese items Mrs Miller brought back from her trips to China.
This week we have been getting to know our new friends. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we went into our groups for focus times.
We started phonics this week looking at the sounds s, a, t. we listened to the sound songs and learnt the actions that go with each sound. The Circles (January children) were listening to environmental sounds. We went on a listening walk around the school, played sound bingo and matched pictures to sounds on the IWB.
The triangles (September children) were also looking at s, a, t. they played sound I spy, what’s the missing sound and matched pictures to the letter sound.
On Friday we had our first music session all together. We are learning how to play the instruments loudly and quietly.
We also had our first P.E session in the garden. The circles are learning how to move in a variety of ways, avoiding obstacles. The triangles are working on their ball skills; they were throwing and catching with a friend.
This week we started our Christmas topic!
The children helped decorate our Christmas tree and set up our elves workshop.
In the numbers and letters area the children made size Christmas trees. The first had to find the longest, middles sized and shortest pieces. They then stuck them onto their trees in the right order.
In the creative area the children drew and painted characters from the Christmas story to create our nativity scene.
In the exploration area the children have been experimenting with ice. We had three trays of ice, in one we added salt, in the second we added sugar and the third we added pepper. The children were encouraged to say what they thought would happen to the ice. We then went back to look at the ice at the end of our focus time. We also had ice with magnets in and magnetic toys.
This week our topic has been Dragons. We started the week by reading George and the Princess.
In the numbers and letters area the children used small world characters and story backgrounds to create their own stories, again being encouraged to use story language.
In the creative area the children made dragons using a variety of creative materials. Some children made their dragons using paper plates. They had to colour each part of the dragon then attach them to the body. Others made theirs using a toilet roll tube and tissue paper. We also made paper chain dragons and string dragons where the children were encouraged to make a two colour pattern.
In the exploration area the children made dragon kites. They first had to cut out their diamond shape and then draw the dragons face. The children then used tape and a stapler to attach the string and ribbons.
This week our topic was Witches. To start the week we read room on the broom.
In the numbers and letters area we sequenced the story using pictures. The children then retold the story and were encouraged to use story language.
In the creative area we decorated withes hats and made edible witches hats using ice cream cones, fairy cakes and icing.
In the exploration area we made witches potions. We used food colouring, bicarbonate soda, vinegar and hot and cold water. We had to say the magic word abracadabra to make the potion work!
Luella was our nursery winner for the autumn art competition. Well done Luella!
This week we started our Firework topic.
In the exploration area we used sparklers. We spoke about what we need to do to keep ourselves safe.
We also made exploding rockets using lemonade and sweets. We added red and blue to the lemonade and watched as it changed colour. The children told us what they thought was going to happen before we put the colours and sweets into the lemonade.
In the creative area this week we created firework pictures.
Am blue group made their firework picture using paint and forks. The children used the forks to make firework shapes.
Pm blue group made their pictures using cupcake cases. They had to use scissors to snip around the outside of the case. They then added glitter.
Yellow group made their firework pictures using toilet roll tubes that were cut into different shapes. The children then added glitter.
In the numbers and letters area this week we used colour magic on the interactive whiteboard to create a firework picture. They children were encouraged to use the different icons/ tools to make their pictures. The children then told us about their own experience with fireworks- did they like them, not like them, what colours they saw and how they made them feel.
This half term our P.E focus is dance. This week we continued our body dance. The children warmed up to the skeleton song, moving all the parts of their bodies. We moved onto our head, shoulders, knees and toes dance. The children had to think of different movements we could do for each part of our body.
In maths this week we looked at 2D shapes. The children had to show one of the four 2D shapes when it was called out.
Welcome back after the half-term break. We hope you all had a lovely restful time and are ready to start the new half-term.
This week we started our Diwali topic. The children had lots of opportunities to learn about this festival. On Tuesday the children took part in a traditional Indian dance workshop. We learnt some moves and performed with the Reception classes a routine to the rest of the school.
Mrs. Sriram came in traditional dress and showed the children how a Siri is worn by dressing Mrs Littlefair.
We made some traditional sweets called coconut burfi, they were delicious!
We heard the story of Rama and Sita and made Diva
The children made Clay hands and recreated mehendi patterns on hands.