This week we have carried on learning about 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. We have been drawing story maps to help us re-tell the story. We have been looking at the food from the story and we tasted the fruit. Then we said which fruit we liked the best then we put it on a chart to see which was the most popular fruit in Nursery. We have also been looking at patterns and making repeating patterns using coloured beads and shapes.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely break! This week we have started our new topic 'growing and planting'. We have started our topic by learning the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. We have also got real caterpillars in Nursery!! We are going to watch them grow and change! We have been learning the life cycle of a caterpillar. Outside we have been enjoying the sunshine and have been moving like different spring animals such as a bunny and a frog.
On Friday we celebrate Science day in school. We did some different experiments with Reception. It was so much fun!
This week we have had a special week in school and nursery. We have had a faith week, this year we all focused on Hinduism. We have learnt about the two main Hindu festivals; Holi and Divali. We enjoyed watching videos of people celebrating Holi, where they through coloured powered on each other. We drew pictures of ourselves them used coloured power on our pictures. We enjoyed learning about a Hindu temple and listened to some simple Hindu meditation music.
This week in Nursery we have had a really busy week! We celebrated the end of our Superhero topic with a Superhero Day on Wednesday. We all dressed up in superhero costumes and we completed a Superhero math's mission. We enjoyed sharing our costumes and talking about our super powers. Then we celebrated Sport's relief on Friday. We wore sports gear and we completed our mile challenge by doing laps of the playground!
This week in Nursery we have carried on with out 'Superhero' topic. We have been reading more superhero books. We have been making towers using the numicon in the maths area. We have also been practising holding a pencil correctly. Super Jack sent us a letter asking us to send some secret messages. We have really enjoyed writing secret messages to batman. We are looking forward to our Superhero Day next Wednesday.
What another lovely week in Nursery! Although it was cut slightly short due to the snow again! This week we have been reading the story 'Supertato' to carry on our Superhero topic. The story is all about vegetables in the supermarket. There is an evil pea in the story. We have been exploring peas in the investigation area and we have been counting them. When we count we have been remembering to touch each pea and move them into a line to make sure we count accurately. We have also been exploring frozen vegetables in blocks of ice in the water tray. We have been trying to 'save' the vegetables by finding ways to melt the ice.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the phonics open session. It was great to see you and I hope you found something useful!
This week we have been learning the story 'Super worm'. We have been learning the repeat refrains. 'Super worm is super long, super worm is super strong. Watch him wiggle, see him squirm. Hip hip hurray for Superworm.' We have been making worms in the dough area and using mathmatical language to describe them for example 'long' and 'short'.
This week we have started our new topic 'Superheroes'. We have been learning a story called 'Super Jack'. We have been learning actions to go along with the story. Then the real life Super Jack came to visit us! It was so exciting! We have been drawing story maps to help us re-tell the story.
Outside we have been completing a superhero obstacle course. We have been following instructions to complete it using positional language such as 'over' 'under' 'next to' and 'behind'.
There's been a crime!
This week in Nursery we walked in to find a crime scene! Somebody had broken our Baby Bear's chair! We shared our ideas and theories of what might have happened and who it might have been and the children decided it was Goldilocks!
Lots of the children then decided to make 'Baby Bear' a card to cheer him up. They drew some lovely pictures and wrote their names inside.
We've had lots of fun creating our own story maps this week. We retold the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' through pictures. We created our story maps on giant paper and walked through the story! All of the children managed to retell the story in the correct order!
The children have also been interested in ordering objects by size. We have been using mathematical language and comparing lots of different objects. We are looking forward to sharing our new traditional tale next wee; 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.
We've had another busy week in Nursery! The children really enjoyed using the 'Mighty Writer' mat to retell the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. They have also had fun acting out the story using puppets and masks!
This week we have also had a go at making our very own porridge, it was very exciting and tasted delicious! No wonder Goldilocks ate it all up!
Number three has been a big focus this week! We noticed that number three appears quite a lot in most traditional stories, such as; three Bears, three Goats and three Pigs! So we have been writing the number three, making the number three in different ways, counting three movements and finding the number three around Nursery!
This week we have welcomed some new children into Nursery. They have all done really well and have already started to make lots of new friends!
We have continued with our new topic by sharing traditional tales such as 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears', 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'Rapunzel'. The children have brought in lots of stories from home for us to read, acted out the story of Goldilocks in the role play and made some delicious porridge! We have also continued to tell the story of Goldilocks through 'Talk for Writing'.
This week we have been focusing on the number three. We have found three of lots of different objects, made three in different ways and represented three using marks, pictures and the digit '3'.
The children have also been experimenting with moving in different ways. They have jumped, ran, hopped, slithered and crawled!
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We have enjoyed hearing all about the wonderful things the children have been getting up to over the Christmas holidays and all of the amazing presents they have received! We listened carefully to each other during circle time and tried hard to use a range of tenses when sharing our experiences.
This week we have started our new topic; 'Once Upon a Time'. We have shared the story of 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears' and begun to retell the story through 'Talk for Writing'.
We have also started to represent numbers in different ways. The children completed tally charts and drew pictures to find out what different children had eaten for their breakfast.
We also visited some lovely children who will be starting with us next week. We are all looking forward to them joining us!
We've had such a fun week in Nursery! To celebrate the end of our topic and Christmas, we had a party! We danced, played games and ate party food but the best part of all was a visit from a very special person..... Santa Clause!
As well as a party, we created calendars and talked about what we would like for Christmas. We also continued to count forwards and backwards from 0-20 and 10-0 and to write our names! We are all definitely ready for the holidays now!
Have a wonderful Christmas break!
This week it was finally time to perform our Nativity! The children have been working so hard to learn their lines, stage directions and the tricky songs. They all did such an amazing job and we are extremely proud of you all. Everybody stood on the stage with confidence, spoke their lines clearly and joined in with all of the songs! Well done Nursery!
Although we have been very busy with our performance, we have still found time to build Santa a sleigh, write Christmas lists and create decorations! We have also started our new book which is called 'Dear Santa'.
We've had a very busy week in Nursery this week! We had a fantastic time at Postman Bear's party, it was a big success! We all brought our teddies from home and enjoyed party food, music, dancing and party games!
We have also been very busy practising our Nativity. We have been singing songs and learning our lines for a while now but this week we had a dress rehearsal, which was very exciting! We cannot wait to share it with you next week!
For the next part of our 'Celebrations' topic, we have started to learn about Christmas! We have shared the Christmas story and started to create decorations. We also spotted some presents in our maths area, so the children decided to weigh them using the scales, order them by size and talk about their different shapes. We resisted the urge to unwrap them as we know they will need to be sent to Santa!
Next week we will be sharing the story 'Dear Santa', writing Christmas cards and of course performing our Nativity!
We were all very excited this week in Nursery as we received a special letter from Postman Bear! In the letter, Bear asked us to plan and throw him a birthday party! Even our special teddies from home were invited! We quickly got to work thinking about all the things we would need for the party including party games, food, party hats and music. The children wrote all of their ideas down in a list and then made party hats, suggested songs they like, counted out cups and plates and thought of different party games. We are all set for the party next week!
As well as party planning, we have also been learning a little bit about the Queen and the special birthday she celebrated last year. None of the children knew who the Queen was when we first introduced a picture of her although we did have some very interesting guesses! The children enjoyed finding out how the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday. We talked about how it was different to how we might celebrate our birthdays and why being 90 was a 'special' birthday. Some of the children then went on to make the Queen a birthday card and posted it in our postbox.
We would like to say a big well done to Alfie and Bella who won the Pudsey Bear competition!
This week we have started to look at birthdays as part of our 'Celebrations' topic. We have shared experiences of our own birthdays and listened carefully to how other children have celebrated their special day. Children have enjoyed singing 'Happy Birthday' and we have had a go at learning the Westroyd birthday song too!
This week each child has been given a 'social target'. We have talked about what each target means and together we have thought of lots of ideas of how we can achieve them. Some children already have a tick on their target! The targets are displayed on the target boards under the interactive white board, come and have a look!
We have an exciting new role play area! The children have been working very hard with the adults in Nursery to create our new celebration photo booth in the outdoor classroom! We have had lots of fun dressing up and using the ipads to take pictures of each other! Take a look at our fabulous pictures!
On Friday everyone made a fantastic effort to dress up and raise lots of money for 'Children in Need'. We had fun in Nursery decorating biscuits and buns to sell at the cake sale which was a big success!
This week we have celebrated Bonfire Night. The children have enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and finding out why we set off fireworks and have bonfires on the 5th November. We have been very creative outside, using a variety of materials to create our very own firework pictures! We have squirted paint from bottles, flicked paint from brushes and fired it through special painting syringes! The results were amazing and very effective! The children also enjoyed building rockets using flat shapes, construction blocks and 3D shapes.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete and return their 'Family Talk Time' sheets. The children loved sharing them with each other and finding out how everybody celebrated Bonfire Night!
We are already excited about the next part of our topic as we will be learning all about birthday celebrations! The children have started to come up with lots of ideas and suggestions for what they would like to do and what they would like to find out. Friday was particularly exciting as we started to create our outside role play together... Find out what it is next week!
We will also be starting our new story 'Postman Bear'.
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fun-filled half term holiday. We have enjoyed hearing what the children have been getting up to last week.
As part of 'Black History Week', we have been finding out about Stevie Wonder. We have found out where he was born, where he lives and why he is famous. We have talked about what being blind means and watched videos of him preforming live. Children were inspired to create their own instruments and some children had a go at playing their instruments with their eyes closed. They decided that Stevie Wonder is 'amazing'!
As well as being busy dancing and creating music, children have enjoyed playing outside with our new water equipment. They have enjoyed collecting water from the water tank, filling buckets and experimenting with drainpipes and a variety of containers.
Next week a part of our new topic of 'Celebrations', we will be thinking about Bonfire Night and beginning our new book 'Postman Bear'.
Our topic of 'People Who Help Us' has come to an end this week and we have been sharing everything we have found out about different occupations and how different people help us. Children have also been taking on different roles in their play and pretending to be doctors, firefighters, police officers and builders. At the beginning of the topic the children wanted to find out what else police officers do other than 'catch robbers'.This week the children have told us that police officers 'help to keep us safe'. They have also explained how they arrest people who have done something wrong, take people to the police station and help people who are lost.
We have been listening to environmental sounds in phonics this week and talking about sounds we like and dislike. In maths we are beginning to explore Numicon and recognising plates 1-3. We have also been counting forwards and backwards!
Next half term we will be exploring 'celebrations' and thinking about birthdays, bonfire night and Christmas. We're already excited!
Have a fantastic half term break!
We've had another fun and busy week in Nursery! The children have been doing lots of mark-making, including writing their names and drawing pictures of themselves for our new display. We have been mark-making in special sand, chalking outside and painting.
We have also been learning about how stories are structured and we are beginning to understand that most stories have a beginning, a middle and an ending. Children have enjoyed ordering the story of 'Dear Zoo' and some children created books of their own! We have placed them in our reading area for the children to read and share.
Some children chose to retell the story of 'Dear Zoo' using the animal puppets. They then went on to create their own puppet shows and took it in turns to be the 'audience'.
We had lots of fun mark-making outside using chunky chalks!
As part of our topic, we have been learning about Firefighters and how they help us. Some children decided to dress up as Firefighters and create a fire engine outside! We have been very impressed by how much the children can now tell us about different occupations and not just who helps us but how they help us.
This week we have continued learning about people who help us. We have been finding out about different occupations such as; doctors, firefighters and police officers and the different ways in which they help us. The children have enjoyed acting out different professions using the small world figures in the role play area.
We have done lots of mark-making this week! The children have been busy drawing, painting and chalking outside and some have even had a go at writing their name!
All children have impressed us with their amazing counting skills this week. We have been singing lots of number songs and we counted 0-20 forwards and backwards!
In phonics we have been tuning in to the different sounds in and around the environment. Children also enjoyed sharing some sounds they hear at home. We had lots of interesting sounds from the kettle to frogs in the garden pond!
We are already excited about next week when we will be continuing to learn about people who help us as we have a couple of special visitors coming to see us! We have lots of questions prepared!
We've had a super busy week in Nursery! We have been enjoying our book 'Dear Zoo' and talking about how to handle books carefully, turn the pages correctly and talking about the beginning of the story. We have talked about what we can see on each page and discussed the animals. The children also went on to describe the animals and some children even managed to select the correct animal from hearing a description!
It was 'National Poetry Day' on Thursday and the children wanted to learn a poem about animals. We also added actions to the poem and we had lots of fun stomping, chomping and jumping outside!
This week we introduced new toys (our 2nd shelves) and learnt how to play with the, and how to tidy the, away. We are getting really good and remembering where things go, including hanging our coats and bags up!
Some children have shown an interest in numicon plates, so we have been playing lots of different games and teaching them the value of each plate and how to find this out.
Finally, the children who attended the 'welly walk' had lots of fun on Friday! We are looking forward to finding out more about people who help us in our community next week.
Weeks 1 -3
We’ve had a wonderful start to the new year meeting all of the children who have joined us in Nursery and welcomed back some familiar faces too! All of the children (and staff!) have settled well into our new room and the children have enjoyed exploring all of the areas in nursery. They have all come into Nursery with fantastic attitudes, happy faces and are excited to play and learn.
We have already started to talk about our new topic ‘People Who Help Us’ and the children have had lots of fun dressing up, telling us what they already know, finding out new information through sharing books and asking lots of questions!