We have morning and afternoon Nursery sessions at The Grove; The teacher is Mrs Read with four Early Years Practitioners Mrs Littlefair, Miss Wilding, Mrs Tomic 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.
In maths this week we were looking at size. We ordered dinosaurs by size and were encouraged to use words to describe the size, such as tallest, taller, smallest, shorter, shortest, middle sized, medium. We also measured each other and ordered ourselves from the tallest to the shortest.
In child initiated learning times the children had the opportunity to use tape measures, rulers and one metre rulers to measure things inside and out.
Measuring how far the car has travelled down the ramp. measuring the leaves. 'we need two rulers to measure the snake' Ella
In our topic activity this week we looked at skeletons. We felt the bones in our bodies and spoke about why we have bones. We then looked at the skeletons of dinosaurs and used pasta to create our own dinosaur skeleton.
In our literacy we found frozen dinosaur eggs! We discussed how we could get the dinosaurs out of the eggs. Some children said ‘we can melt the ice somewhere hot’ ‘we can put it in the microwave, it’s hot’. ‘We can throw it and smash it’. The children were then given the opportunity to explore different ways of melting, cracking the ice to get the dinosaurs out.
Sophia and her friend chose to drop their egg until the dinosaurs came out.
In phonics this week we listened to the sounds e, u, r.
We looked at what each grapheme looks like, then looked through a story book and zapped each grapheme when we spotted it in the book. Our other activity was also to help us recognise the graphemes; we looked at pictures on the PowerPoint and held up the grapheme card to match the initial sound of the picture.
Phonics activities in Child initiated learning time.
using graphemes to make up words.
In literacy this week we created our own dinosaur stories. Before we started we thought about what characters might be in our story, what might happen to our characters and how our story would end. We then drew the illustrations and told our story to one of the adults who wrote our story down.
In phonics this week we looked at the sounds g, o, c, k (ck). We played a vanishing letters game. The grownups wrote some letter on the playground with chalk/ on a piece of paper. When the grown up shouted out a letter sound or a word and we had to find the grapheme and make the letter vanish by colouring over the grapheme with a big brush or a pen. We also played a cvc word game where we had to sound out and blend the word together to read the word before the picture popped up!
The children also have to opportunity to match cvc words to pictures during CIL times.
In maths this week we looked at shapes again. We named the shapes and spoke about the properties of the shapes, using words such as corners, sides, curved, straight. The children had the opportunity to explore a variety of shape games in their child initiated learning times.
Feeding the shape monsters the right shapes.
Continuing the shape pattern.
In our topic activity this week looked at fossils. We then made salt dough and made our own dinosaur fossils using our small dinosaur skeletons.
mixing the flour, salt and water together.
pressing in the dinosaur skeleton
In our child initiated learning time, the children were able to paint their own dinosaur. We took a picture of their scary dinosaur face and added it to their paintings and wrote our dinosaur names.
In Literacy this week the children shared their knowledge of dinosaurs with us. We then looked non fiction books and on the internet to find out new facts about dinosaurs.
In Phonics this week we looked at the sounds m and d. We played ‘pick a picture’- looked at the graphemes in the cvc words, then blended the letters together to hear the words.
Some children had a go at writing cvc words
The Dinosaurs left us some shape eggs. We played a game and matched our shape eggs to the shape on the cards.
In child initiated learning the children explored shapes by creating pictures and drawings with shapes.
looking after our dinosaur shape eggs
'it's a girl with a dress on and red shoes'
'it's a flower'
Topic- we looked at pictures of dinosaur swamps talking about how we thought it would smell, how it would feel and what dinosaurs might live there. We then made our own swamp using cornflour.
The 30 hours children did big dinosaur painting outside (before we got rained on!)
We found dinosaur footprints in the classroom and in the courtyard!
looking for dinosaurs in the sky
Dinosaur eggs! watch out for Dinosaur footprints
drawing some leaves for the herbivores.
Topic- The Gruffalo
In Literacy this week we acted out the story of the Gruffalo. We thought about how each character would stand and move and how they would speak.
In Phonics this week we looked at the sounds p, i, n. we played i-spy and jump on the sound- where the children jump when they see the weeks sounds on the flash card game.
In Maths this week we practised our one to one counting. We matched counting objects to the number patterns on dice.
Topic- we designed and built a safe place for the mouse from the Gruffalo to live. We spoke about what the mouse might find I the woods to build his house from- such as sticks, leaves and stones. We used some natural materials and construction toys.
Welcome back! It has been lovely to see everyone come back so happy. We have had a busy week getting used to new rooms and learning some new rules.
In literacy this week we read the story of the Gruffalo and listened carefully to hear the rhyming words. We then thought of or made up words that rhyme with our names.
In phonics this week we listened to the sounds ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’. We played ‘clap, clap turn around, I’ll show you a picture you tell me the sound’.
In maths this week we were recording how many counting objects we had. The children were shown how to count each object and make a mark/ or picture on their board to represent each object.
In our topic activity this week we recapped the Gruffalo story and spoke about what noises we might hear in the Gruffalo’s woods. The children then used parts of their body or objects to make the noises. Such as, stamping their feel for the Gruffalo walking, clapping hands for a woodpecker in the tree.
This week we have been learning about how to keep healthy. We made healthy pizzas using wholemeal pitta bread, tomatoes, peppers, sweetcorn and cheese. We practised the skill of sprinkling.
We also used information books to find out more about how to be healthy. When we were outside we set ourselves different fitness challenges, from running around the track to completing a circuit in the quickest time.
We had great fun at forest school. We made a healthy smoothie for the animals and creatures in the woods. We used sticks to mix leaves and flowers and catkins!
We have had a great time with the story 'Supertato'. If you haven't read it before hopefully your child can tell you about it. We had to solve a mystery as the Peas had taken 'Supertato'. We had to follow the clues and find him. Luckily we found him and saved the day. We used real fruit and vegetable to make story characters by adding eyes and capes.
On Thursday we really enjoyed looking at each others favourite books. We found our favourite page and some of us had a go at drawing parts from it.
Next week we are learning about being healthy. On Friday the children can come to Nursery in Sportswear as we will have a 'Kidzfit' workshop and also be joining in with the sports relief initiative 'anything - a thon'. the children will choose what sport they want to do for as long as possible. It might be running, hopping? More details will be written on the board nearer the time.
Welcome back, we hope you all enjoyed half term despite the stormy weather! We finished off our paw patrol topic this week focussing on Marshall the fire pup. We thoroughly enjoyed pretending to get in our fire engine, getting through an obstacle course to the fire and putting it out! The children took it very seriously as you can see by these photos.
We used straws, lolly sticks and matchsticks to make Marshall a ladder for his fire engine. We made up our own stories with Marshall as the character.
We experimented with flour and water, pretending to make our own pancakes. It was messy but fun!
Next week is 'Book Week'. We will be looking at the book 'Supertato' as it seems to be a favourite. Throughout the week we will be doing lots of storytelling and we will invite the children to bring in a favourite book on Thursday. (We will put a reminder on the whiteboard nearer the time.) On Friday the children can come in their pj's and dressing gown.
We had a quick snowy trip to forest school too this week!
Ms Archer has found a lovely site online, please see the link below. It has some lovely ideas on it with appropriate and educational apps for children.
This week we have been talking about recycling. Thank you for all of your donations. Rocky from Paw Patrol has helped us learn about recycling. We have used the materials to make new things. We have also had a go at sorting the materials into paper, plastic and metal.
We went outside and looked after our environment by picking up the litter. We met the junior caretaker on our journey and he showed us what litter he had found!
The 'All dayers' made a healthy snack of pasta with vegetables and tomato sauce!
In the first week back after half term we will look at Marshall the fire dog. Please remember consultations are on the Monday and Wednesday of the first week back.. When you arrive you can look through your children's learning journal.
Have a lovely half term break.
We have been busy building this week! We built houses using crates, blocks and planks. We also looked at different ways of joining paper. We tried treasury tags, blue tack, masking tape and stapling.
In P.E we moved equipment safely and remembered to bend our legs.
Next week we will be talking about Rocky and recycling. The children are welcome to bring in some recycling materials. We have read the story 'Micheal Recycle' to help us learn about recycling.
This week we have really enjoyed learning about birds and looking out for them We went on a bird watch and saw lots! Even Red Kites and sparrows.
We talked about Skye this week and things that fly. We made kites and luckily it was quite windy so we flew them outside.
Next week we will be learning about Rubble and doing lots of building!
Thank you for signing up for your consultation slots. We look forward to seeing you.
We have loved joining in with Chinese New Year Celebrations! We tasted noodles, prawn crackers and rice. We were very surprised with how much the children tried!
We loved watching the lion dance. We also watched a ribbon dance performance. All children had a go at lion dancing.
In Nursery we performed our own lion dance using a box for the head and some material.
Next week we return to our paw patrol topic. We will be talking about Skye and things that fly. (This links in with it being Bird Watching week)
Next week we will be putting out the boards with consultation times on. Please make sure you are signing on the right board for your child. (Check the key workers name) If you have any problem making these times please come and let us know.
We've really enjoyed our Paw Patrol activities this week. We started the week off with a big investigation! Someone had taken the hamster, so, we had to be like Chase and look for clues and save the day. Luckily we found him! We've made police badges and walkie talkies. We looked at our fingerprints too.
This is P.C Martha!
We have started going to the hall on Tuesday for music. Mrs Barker played her violin this week.
Next week we will be celebrating Chinese New Year. Tasting some food and we have visitors coming in to show us a lion dance! We have had a look already to see what it might look like to prepare the children for the show.
Welcome back and a Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely break.
This week we have spent time talking with the children about their break and listening to each others news. We drew people we saw and built places we went.
In Maths we have been looking at shapes, we went on a shape hunt and found loads in our garden. We have encouraged the children to keep looking out for them when they are out and about.
We launched our 'Paw Patrol' topic by finding out what they already know about the characters, their jobs and how they help us.
Next week we will be looking at Chase and talking about how police help us. If you have any paw patrol magazines that you have finished with, please may we have them. Many Thanks!
What a fun week we've had. In Nursery this week we have practised wrapping presents, talks about what we'd like for Christmas. Run laps around the field. We finished the week with our Christmas party. We played pass the parcel, made a sandwich, had some party treats, played musical chairs and had a special visit from Santa!
Thank you so much for your kind gifts, you were extremely generous. We are very excited about shopping with our gift cards. The children have been a pleasure this term and we are excited about next term. We wish you all a Merry Christmas!!
We look forward to the new year. Our topic next term is 'Paw Patrol'. We have noticed it's a favourite. If you are, or you know a police officer, firefighter or builder that would be happy to come in and talk to the children about their job that would be great! Please let us know.
Thank you so much for coming to our singing show this week. Also a big thank you for dressing them up for their part, I thought they looked amazing.
This week we have been using the crates and planks to make a good sleigh for Santa. We made sure the presents couldn't fall off.
We also iced biscuits, decorated them and munched them!
Next week we have our Christmas party on Friday, the children are welcome to wear party wear. We will have a few games, dancing and a few treat to eat.
Thursday is our last day next week.
Wow! it's December already, we are certainly already in the festive spirit. The children have been busy with their Christmas crafts. They have enjoyed decorating the tree in the role play area. They also had a go at using natural materials to create a tree.
We had a go at a bit of street art, we had to think about which brush would be best to use, for example, the small ones for the face and the large ones to paint the body.
We have been practising our songs to perform to you on Tuesday. Squirrels went to forest school and left some treat behind for the birds to find.
This week we have been looking at shapes in Maths and ordering the numberblocks.
We had a go at weaving too, we weaved large material through crates and numicon. We have started making our calendars using pictures of Elmer the patchwork elephant.
This week we have started practising the songs and stories that we are going to share with you soon! Your child will come home with a slip of paper saying what they are. They will need to bring in clothes on the date stated on the slip. Please let us know if you are unable to get the right clothes, I'm sure we can help.
We have also listened to 'The Christmas Story'.
This week we have been exploring colours. We read lots of Elmer stories and recreated him outside using crates and materials.
We made up our own stories about Elmer and told the rest of the class about his new adventures.
We continued looking at rhyme in phonics.
We have started learning some of our Christmas Songs for our show.
We have decided on our topic for next term....PAW PATROL!!! We plan to spend a week on each character. Please let us know if you are or you know a police officer, firefighter etc.
A fun week in Nursery! We experimented with mixing colours in lots of different ways
We talked again about Diwali and Mrs Sriram brought in one of her Sari's.
We acted out the story of Rama and Sita using puppets and masks, We were impressed with how much the children remembered about the story.
In Maths this week we looked at Numicon shapes.
Squirrels started forest school, we talked about all the forest school rules that keep us safe. We read Owl Babies and played hide and seek.
Next week we will look at the story of the patchwork elephant Elmer.
Welcome back! We hope you had a great half term. The children have come back happy and settled. This week we have been talking about fireworks. We have used scarves and moved like fireworks, we have used lots of different painting techniques to recreate fireworks. We talked about what to use as a painting tool, thick brush, thin brush, sticks, sponges. We will be reading the story of Rama and Sita on Friday and talking about the celebration of Diwali. Next week we will follow this up with some drama!
We look forward to seeing you at consultations tonight and tomorrow. Please take the children's learning journals home and look through it with them and share with family. These will need to be returned on Monday 11th November.
Next week we will be joining in with 'Children in Need' on Friday. The children can come in active clothing as we'll be joining in with Joe Wicks online workout!
Finally, here we are blasting baddies in superhero training.
We are coming to the end of our first half term! The children have come a long way in a short time, settling well, making new friends and enjoying new experiences.
This week we enjoyed an Autumn walk, collecting natural objects along the way.
We also talked about our skeletons and looked at some x-rays.
Hedgehogs went on a colour hunt at forest school, looking for Autumn colours.
We hope you enjoy a lovely half term break. We look forward to seeing you all at the parent/teacher consultations after half term.
After half term we will be looking at colour and light, linked in with fireworks and celebrations. We will be looking at Diwali, if any families celebrate Diwali and would like to come and talk to us about these celebrations, then you are more than welcome.
Lastly, it will be 'Squirrels' turn for forest school starting on the 14th November, the sign up sheet is out if you fancy coming along.
This week we have explored Autumn and used lots of autumn objects to make pictures.
We also looked at our names again, counting the letters and seeing who had the most/same or least amount.
In forest school this week the hedgehogs made leaf characters by adding googly eyes to interesting leaf shapes.
A parent had some left over samples of laminates, the children loved using them to make patterns, shapes and talking about colour. Thank you very much.
Next week we will put out a clipboard with the consulation time available. Pease sign up and make sure you are signing up for the right group/key worker. Come and let us know if these times are tricky for you.
Thank you to all the parents that attended our Curriculum Evening on Monday night. It was lovely to see so many of you there! If you would like a copy of the slides shown, we have a paper copy at Nursery or alternatively you can download the slides here. (See above)
This week we have been exploring in the construction area. Looking at linking blocks and how to build towers, bridges etc. We talked about our bodies and what they can do. Outside we drew around our bodies and used stones and sticks to put on the eyes, nose and other features.
Hedgehogs went to forest school, we read the story 'Owl Babies'. Some children built a nest using leaves and twigs.
In our groups this week we practiced putting on our coats. We also learnt our song that helps us hold our pens and pencils correctly. Here are the words, they are sung to the tune of 'I'm a Little Teapot'.
I’m a writing pencil hold me well, show me your thumb and your pointer as well. When it comes to writing pinch me tight and flip me round so your’e ready to write. Bring Toby tall under so I can rest and tuck the others up in bed.
We also learnt a rhyme about holding scissors and had a go at snipping different things.It goes like this:
Two fingers on the bottom and the thumb on top. Open the mouth and go chop, chop, chop.
In our Superhero Training we put on our capes and our zoom boots and zoomed around the running track trying to take off!
Hedgehogs really enjoyed their first trip to forest school. We had some nice warm milk, read a story about a squirrel and played hide and seek.
Next week we have our curriculum evening on Monday. It is in the Nursery 6.30 - 7.30. If you cannot make it then feel free to ask for a copy of the slides shown.
We started the week off having fun in the rain! We decided to go out and collect as much rain as we could, then we added different colours to see what would happen.
In our groups this week we looked at different ways to make marks on paper. We had a go at drawing our faces for the display in the hall. We also practised riding our bikes and scooters.
We started our phonic sessions this week. Phonics at this stage consists of lots of listening games, distinguishing between different sounds.
Hedgehogs start forest school next week. They had a go at getting ready this week and we explored the woods in the Reception playground. Squirrels were busy making playdough.
We've enjoyed getting to know each other this week. We have got into our colour groups and explored the areas in the Nursery. The children have helped us make up some rules for getting things out and putting things away. The school have 'Golden Rules' that are shared in all classes. We have looked through these. For your information, our golden rules are:
We are gentle
We are kind and helpful
We are honest
We work hard
We look after property
Thank you for attending our 'Information Meeting'. If you were unable to come, please read through the notes emailed to you and come and ask about anything you are unsure about.
Now many of the children have settled, please try to say goodbye to your child at the door. If you feel your child is not ready for this, come and let us know.
Here's a few pictures from this weeks play:
Building a helicopter Making mud soup Building a farm
Have a lovely weekend!
We had a lovely week meeting your children. They settled really well. We are looking forward to meeting the final group to start on Monday.
Settling in and feeling safe in their new environment is so very important. We are ensuring that at this point they come in, have fun and make new friends. Please come and talk to us if your child has any worries.
Here are a few pictures of the fun we had in Nursery this week:
Have a great Weekend.
Remember next week we have 'Information Meeting' on Thursday.
We have enjoyed visiting some of our new Nursery children at home this week. You have been very welcoming. Next week we will continue with these visits up until Wednesday when we welcome our first group of children. Please come in with your child on their first day, find their pegs and settle them to an activity. If you think your child may be upset as you leave, we can support you with this separation. We are looking forward to getting to know your children. Please remember, communication is the key! So if you or your child have any worries, please let us know.
Have a lovely weekend!
This week we were learing about looking after our environment. We read a story about a superhero called Micheal Recycle. We cleared up litter around our school and sorted lots of rubbish into paper, metal and plastic. We looked at how the use of plastic is having an affect on our environment.
We LOVED our Art Day! We got covered in paint and had an absolute blast!
We cannot believe next week is our last week!
Wow time is flying fast! The children have all visited their new Reception class this week and all seem super excited about it. We are very proud of them and feel they are all ready for their next adventure.
This week we have been talking about looking after ourselves. We looked at some food and sorted them into ones we can eat a lot of and ones we can only eat a little of.
We took time to look in our journals, it reminded us of how busy we have been in Nursery and how much we have learnt about.
This week we practised our races. We will be showing you our egg and spoon race, flat race, scooter race and obstacle race on the 15th July. Let's hope we have good weather.
Next week we will have our Art Morning/Afternoon. We have put up a list for some resources: Cooked pasta - this is not going to be eaten, it's for the children to handle. Cornflour - When mixed with water it's great to play with. Ice Blocks with objects in - You can use a butter tub, add some water and objects, can be stones or flowers. The ice can be coloured too, we will see what happens to the colours as they melt. Look out for photos next week! If you have any spare wall paper rolls for us to paint on then that would be great too.
We were enjoying our topic of superheroes this week. We made wrist bands with buttons for our special powers and we made shields out of paper plates too. We enjoyed zooming about using these and acting as superheroes.
Each group also made their own book on how to stay healthy like a superhero. We talked about healthy food to eat, healthy drinks, exercise, keeping clean and getting sleep.
This week the children have started to practise for sports day.
Remember visits to Reception are next week.
We started off our week with our Tea Party. We were delighted to see so many people come along. The children loved sharing their time in Nursery with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to come along.
This week we were looking at the story 'Superworm'. We went hunting for Superworm and made a wormy for him to live in. We had a go at retelling the story using lots of different props and used clay to roll out our own worms.
Thank you for those parents that attended our 'New to Reception' evening on Tuesday again we were pleased to see so many of you there. Transition will start soon for the children now hey know there classes for next year. The Reception teachers will visit us and we will visit them.
Have a lovely weekend! We may see some of you camping on the field on Saturday!
A lovely rainy week! The children have enjoyed using large construction to make shelter from the rain. They have worked together in teams.
We have also been busy preparing some special cards and yummy treats for our visitors. We look forward to seeing our visitors on Monday.
Alfie brought in a scavenger hunt game this week, we all joined in with the search.
'New to Reception' meeting is on Tuesday evening next week 7 - 8. Please enter the main entrance of the school.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half-term break. We cannot believe that this is the final half term. To finish our topic of dinosaurs we had a fabulous day out at Dino-land and farm park. We were so lucky with the weather and extremely grateful to the lovely parents that came along. The children had a great time, they loved seeing the dinosaurs, enjoyed a boat ride, dug for fossils and stones and saw some animals. We were really proud of them.
This half term our topic is Superheroes! We have started the topic off by looking at the book 'Supertato' . We used vegetables and turned them into superheroes by adding eyes, smiles and a cape. We also had to go on a superhero mission to save Bounce the hamster who had been captured by some baddies! We saved the day!!
Next week Squirrels will have their last forest school session.
A lovely sunny week at Nursery! We have been experimenting in Nursery this week, we added Mentos to Coke to watch it erupt like a volcano! We then experimented by mixing other things together. We added oil to water and then dropped some coloured water on top. We added water to skittles to watch a rainbow appear. Finally we put shaving foam on water, it floated, then we added some colour drops and after a while they dropped through the foam and into the water like raindrops falling from a cloud.
We also made our own fossils using clay.
We were so excited to see the butterflies hatch from their cocoons this week! We added some sugary water for them to drink. We waited for their wings to dry and released them in the garden.
Have a lovely half term. First day back is Forest School for Hedgehogs. Also don't forget the school trip is on Thursday. Arrive at school for 8.55. We can't wait.
We have been learning more about dinosaurs this week. We talked about how they moved and then took part in our very own dinosaur Olympics! We stomped, balanced around a volcano and tried to fly. In the creative area we used materials to make our own dinosaur model.
We enjoyed watching 'Hoop Guy' perform. He was on Britain's Got Talent, he reminded us never to give up!
Our caterpillars have cocooned! We have moved them to the butterfly house now! Some children collected some branches and leaves to put in.
Squirrels will have forest school next week.
We have been looking closely at our caterpillars, they have been changing everyday. They look ready to build their cocoons. We can't wait to see them turn into butterflies.
We've been reading 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. It helped us learn the days of the week. We counted out the right amount of food for each day. We enjoyed using lots of resources to make colourful butterflies too. We went on a bug hunt to see if any hungry caterpillars have been eating the leaves in our garden. We found lots of other bugs.
Next week squirrels will have forest school on Monday.
Have a fabulous weekend.
We have been learning more about dinosaurs! We've looked in information books and looked closely at their skeletons.
We made large scale dinosaurs using lots of different materials.
Exciting news!! Our dinosaur egg has hatched. We went on an adventure to look for them and found a note from the Mummy, she was pleased that we looked after her egg so well. We hope to see them when we visit Dinoland!
In P.E we had a go at maypole dancing. It was really good fun.
Have a great bank holiday weekend.
Welcome back! We have enjoyed listening to all of your Easter holiday events! This week we have had some strange things going on in Nursery. We found large footprints and after some exploring we discovered massive eggs! One in the Nursery garden and one in the Reception woods. We have brought them in the Nursery and they already have little cracks in them. What will hatch? It's a big mystery and we are excited about it!
Next week Squirrels will have forest school on Monday.
We have really enjoyed talking about Spring this week. We have all been on a Spring walk and have used clipboards to draw what we haven seen. We took some lovely photos too. In the Creative area we were using all different types of materials to make flower pictures.
The children have kept a close eye on our growing projects. The beans are growing well and the carnations are changing colour in the different coloured water.
We are looking forward to our Mothers Day Tea on Monday!
We have now learnt all about penguins and have decided that it is time to send our penguin back home. We have enjoyed his stay and he has enjoyed his visit. We have found out where his home is and have now popped him back in his box and put on the correct delivery label.
We had great fun on Thursday with Carl. He ran a 'Kidzfit' workshop. We did lots of exercise, it was great fun! We learnt a lot about keeping healthy too!
Next week we are going to be enjoying Spring and learning about how our environment is changing.
The children that went to forest school collected some lovely natural objects this week. We froze them in some ice and it looked really good. The children experimented with the ice, putting them in different places to see where they would melt the quickest. The weather was not great so the ice outside took quite a while to melt!
This week we used our imagination to make up our own penguin adventures. We used materials and objects to make the setting. The children had great ideas.
In the creative area the children made bird feeders using seed and lard. We hung these around the nursery garden hoping to invite the birds in over the spring time. We hope the wind doesn't blow them away!
Next week we are going to be talking about keeping fit and healthy. We have a 'Kidzfit' workshop. We use this company most years and look forward to a fun filled action packed workshop!
Have a good weekend!
We had a mysterious delivery this week! A penguin arrived in a box!! The delivery address was ripped off so we need to work out where it has come from and how to get it home. We are using information books and the computer to find out about penguins so we can care for it.
In P.E we moved like penguins, sliding on the floor and waddling around the blocks of ice,
We have also used clay to make penguins, pinching the beak.
Have a great weekend.
We have had a fun week! We began the week with our Chinese New Year Dance which was postponed due to the snowy day. It was great fun. We danced with fans and had a go under the lion costume!
As it is book week, we have been looking at Jack and the Beanstalk. We read the story and had a go at cutting out spirals to put together to create a really high beanstalk. We have also planted a bean hoping it will grow as high as the one in the story.
This week we also popped into other classes in the school to listen to lots of different stories read by different teachers.
On Friday we all dressed up as a book character.
We were very excited to discover a frog hiding in the Nursery garden. We talked about where he might leave and what he might need.
Next week Hedgehogs have forest school on Monday.
This week we've been having fun with the story 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We have all made some vegetable soup just like Red Riding Hood did for her Granny. We chopped and peeled the vegetables. Most of us thought it was delicious!
We had fun looking at the programmable toys and working out how they move.
Next week we will look at the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'.
The Chinese New Year Dancers have been rescheduled to the Monday after half term.
We have really enjoyed finding out about Chinese New Year! In our focus time we have been tasting Chinese food, making up dragon dances and re-enacting the story using animal masks. Tomorrow we look forward to watching the real performance in the hall.
This week we have also been making the most of the sprinkling of snow. We have been leaving out pots of water adding sequins and seeing if they freeze overnight.
Next week we will have a session on programmable toys. Please can your child bring in a toy that has buttons and levers etc.
We have enjoyed listening to the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' this week. The children have made their own oat play dough by mixing flour, oats and water. We also used the porridge oats to make some yummy flapjacks. We gobbled them up at snack time, they were delicious.
In Maths we have used the Goldilocks story to help us order things by size.
Outside the children decided to block the door to the bears cottage so Goldilocks couldn't come in.
As part of our Physical Development we took part in 'Super-hero training'. We are working hard on our arm muscles to help us become good writers. This week Mrs Read brought her car to the Nursery. We pretended it was the 'Bat Mobil' and used our arm strength to make it shine.
Thank you for coming to the 'Information Meeting'. You will receive the notes soon by email.
Happy new Year to you all! We hope you had a lovely Christmas break. We are so pleased with how quickly the children have settled back into Nursery.
We have heard all about their Christmas break and have enjoyed listening to them telling us what they got for Christmas.
This week we began our new topic of Traditional Tales. We looked at some of the children's favourite books.
On Friday we discovered a bit of a commotion in Nursery.......we found three different sized chairs, one was broken. We found three bowls of porridge, one was empty! There were lots of funny footprints too. Together we tried to solve the mystery and worked out who we think did this. Goldilocks!!!
Over the break our caretaker fitted our water wall on the side of our Nursery building. The children have loved exploring with the water.
Remember next week we have our information meeting on Thursday!
Mrs Tomik started with us this week. She is working with Red group (pm). Mrs Sriram is now working mornings only.
We have had great fun this week. We enjoyed our party, we danced, played games and had a special visit from Santa. We loved decorating our biscuits too.
This week Nursery have used the running track around the field and some of us even managed three laps!! Superstars!!
We would like to thank one of our Grandparents for making our 'Music Wall' frame. We have tied on saucepans and other things that will make great sounds.
Thank you all for supporting us in our first term at Nursery. We hope you all have a magical Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!
Term starts back for the children on Tuesday 8th January.
Another fun week for us in Nursery! We all took part in some Elf Training! We practised throwing presents into Santa's sleigh! We wrapped presents too.
This week we made our Christmas Cards and had a go at writing our names on the inside.
We loved performing our Christmas songs to you. Thank you so much for coming and for providing the children with fabulous outfits.
Squirrels had their last Forest School session and made bird feeders for the birds.
Next week we look forward to our party on Monday. No need to bring anything, the children just need to turn up in their party wear. Tuesday is family evening, come along and have a look around the Nursery and the school at all the things the children have been making over Christmas.
We have continued with our Christmas festivities this week. The children have been using props to act out the Nativity. We have made tree decorations which I am sure you will love to put on your trees at home.
The children have been going to the hall to practise their singing which we will perform to you next week. (Thursday) I apologise if there was any confusion with the bringing in of outfits. Just to clarify, morning children can come to Nursery in their outfits, afternoon children can bring their outfits with them on the day in a bag.
We had great fun outside this week (despite the rain) we made a sleigh for Santa. The children thought carefully about how it was constructed as we didn't want any presents to fall out the sleigh! Some children were busy transforming the hobby horses into reindeers to pull the sleigh along!
This week you have been emailed a questionnaire regarding the Nursery settling in period. Please fill these in by Friday 14th December. Please ask a member of staff if you would like a paper copy.
It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas!! We have started our Christmas activities this week. We have listened to 'The Christmas Story'. The children are learning our songs well and are preparing to perform them to you! (13th December) You will hopefully have received a slip of paper this week which tells you what your child needs to wear. We hope that you don't need to buy anything, please let us know if you are having trouble finding the right colour top etc.
If your child attends Nursery all day, you can choose which performance to come to, morning or afternoon.
Nursery Diary Dates:
Monday 29th – Friday 2nd Half Term holiday
Monday 12th Nursery Parent Teacher Consultations (more information to follow)
Wednesday 14th Nursery Parent Teacher Consultations (more information to follow)
Friday 16th Children In Need Fundraising Day (more information to follow)
Thursday 13th Nursery Christmas Show (more information to follow)
Friday 14th Christmas Jumper Day
Monday 17th nursery Christmas party
Tuesday 18th Family Evening18:15 - 19:30 (more information to follow)
Thursday 20th Nursery Last Day of Term
Tuesday 8th First 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: senses –hearing
Exploration area: we spoke about what our senses are and what we can use them for. We then went on a senses walk around the school, stopping to listen, look, feel and smell the things around us.
Numbers and letters area: we learnt a new song to help us hold our pens. We practised by drawing pictures and writing our names.
Creative area: we played ‘guess the sounds’ using pots of different objects, such as rocks, rice etc., talking about similar sounds and whether they like them or not.
topic- healthy eating
This week we had two healthy workshops. Our first was 'I know why it's yum, Mum!' where we learnt all about fruit and vegetables and why they are good to eat! Our second workshop was ‘kids fit’ we did 45 minutes of different exercise it was lots of fun!!
Throughout the nursery we have had a variety of healthy eating activities for the children to choose from, for example-sorting healthy and unhealthy foods, observational drawings of fruit and fruit and veg in our sensory trays.
Topic – Farm
Creative area: the children made farm animals our of paper plates. The children were show pictures to help them and were encouraged to work independently.
Numbers and letters area: We read the story of ‘The Three Billy Goat Gruff’. The goats wrote us a letter asking us to help them find a way of getting yummy grass to eat without having to cross the bridge. The children were encouraged to use their problem solving skills to help the goats.
Exploration area: we spoke about what makes us healthy, and then we played a game of ‘tails’. Some children had ribbons to be the sheep and some were the sheep dogs who had a catch the sheep. We then observed the effects of running around on our body.
Exploration area- the children used the large construction and den building kit to help Rubble build houses and shops.
Numbers and letters area- the children looked at signs in our environment. They looked at shop and restaurant logos and drew their own shops and buildings to create a town.
Creative area- the children looked at famous land marks and buildings. We spoke about what they were made of, how big or small they were and what we thought they were made of. They then used small construction to build them.
Topic- water safety
Exploration area- the children were introduced to floating and sinking. They had the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and where encouraged to use words such as floating, sinking, floats and sunk to describe what was happening.
Numbers and letters area- the children worked on their pencil skills by making a wave picture. The children drew along zig zag, wavy and bumpy lines. They also worked on their name writing.
Creative area- we used different materials to make a boat for Zuma. The children were encouraged to talk about what they had chosen and why. Did it make a good boat? Why/why not?
Topic- doctors and nurses
Exploration area- we looked at a few x-rays of human bones. We spoke about what x-rays are for and what the doctors would need to do if we broke a bone.
Numbers and letters area- we spoke about what we would go to the doctors for and if we had ever been to the doctors. The children used Role-play dressing up and doctors kits to help make their friends feel better.
Creative area- we spoke about germs and the different ways we can make our hands clean. The children had the opportunity to use different soaps to clean their hands. They also made paint germs and added eyes.
23.4.18 Topic – firefighters
Exploration area- we were firefighters this week. We spoke about how they have to work as a team and help each other. We then completed an obstacle course helping our friends if they needed help along the way. When we got to the end we used the water squirters to put out the ‘fire’ and the hose to put out the ‘fire cups’.
Numbers and letters area- we wrote thank you cards/ letters to the police officer and the firefighters who came for our visits.
Creative area- we used junk modelling to make fire engines. The children used different techniques to join all their pieces together.
In the morning nursery we were very lucky to have a visit from Williams’s dad who is a firefighter. He brought in some of his equipment and uniform to show us.
In the afternoon nursery we had a visit from the fire engine and fire fighters. They showed us some of the equipment and different parts of the fire engine.
next weeks topic is doctors and nurses.
topic- I can
This week the children have been showing us what they can do.
Creative area- this week the children have been showing us their cutting skills. We have been reminding them how to hold their scissors when cutting and how to hold them safely when walking with them.
In the exploration area this week the children have been practicing how to put their coats on by themselves. They have also been showing us their fine motor skills.
In the numbers and letters area we have been learning how to hold our pencil. We sang a song to help us then had a go at a fine motor picture. We also used star stickers to add the right number of stars to number rockets.
Please could all yellow group children bring in a pint sized milk bottle for next week (w/b 6.11.17) thank you.
This week we have been learning about the festival of Diwali. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita, and acted out the story together.
In the creative area we made Diva lamps using paper plates. We coloured them in and added decorations.
In the numbers and letters area we looked at Rangoli patterns. We used different shapes to create our own Rangoli patterns.
In the exploration area we were exploring with colours and how they can be changed. The children went on a colour walk, then used powder paints to colour mix.
Mrs Sriram’s daughter came in and performed a traditional dance.
Things you need to know.
Next week we will be putting out sign-up sheets for you to choose a slot for consultations which are after half term.
LAST YEAR 2016 - 2017
Last entries from last year - a taste of the blog
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!!!