Spring 2 Week 4
This week we have been learning about pet shops. We have been reading the story 'The great pet sale' and we have been role playing pet shops in the home corner. We have been counting 1 pence pieces to buy items. We have also been reading the story 'Where's Spot?' In the book mum looks in different places for Spot. We played a game with Spot the dog. We had to say to where he was using positional language such inside, next to and on top.
Spring 2 Week 3
This week we have been learning all about 'vets'. We have been learning what happens inside the vets. We have been watching video clips of vets in action looking after poorly animals like cats and dogs. We have also been reading the story 'Mog and the Vet'.
The children have enjoyed role playing vets in the outdoor role play area and in the home corner where we have added some props to support their play such as pet carriers, telephone, till and appointment cards. The children have loved playing in these areas.
On Wednesday a visitor came in to show us some real rabbits. It was an amazing experience for the children.
Spring 2 Week 2
This week we have enjoyed learning about different animals. We have made graph to show which animal is our favourite; dog was the most popular animal. We have been learning the story of 'Hairy Maclary'. We have been making story maps to help us re-tell the story as well as learning actions. We have also been playing a matching game; matching the adult animal to the baby animal. We have been talking about the different names for adult and baby animals such as 'cat' and 'kitten'.
We have enjoyed thinking about the different ways in which animals move and have been experimenting with how to move like different animals such as 'snake' and 'butterfly'.
Spring 2 Week 1
This week we have started our new topic 'Pets'. The children have been very excited to share their 'family talk time' sheets during group time, talking about what pets they have or what pets they would like.
On Wednesday Nursery had a big surprise. We got 2 new fish to join our existing fish 'Sharon'. We discussed how we will look after the new fish and we also shared all our ideas for naming the new fish.
We have been reading lots of fishy books like 'Hooray for fish' and 'The rainbow fish'.
We have been talking about what makes a good friend using the stories to help us.
We have also loved playing a fishing game and counting how many fish we have caught!
Spring 1 Week 6
What a busy week in Nursery! This week we have celebrated 'digit day'. We had a whole school maths day. The children dressed up in math inspired outfits and we took part in lots of different maths activities based on the book 'Aliens love underpants'. We did alien hunts, counting the aliens and matching the correct sized underpants to the right sized alien.
On Wednesday we celebrated 'Love day'. We got in the Valentines spirit and wore red or pink and we talked about who we love, who is special to us and why.
It has been a lovely half term with lots of amazing learning!
I'm looking forward to next half term when we learn all about pets!
Spring 1 Week 5
This week in Nursery we have been wrapping up all our learning on space! As next week is a shorter and busy week! So this week we have been learning about rockets! In the workshop the children have been making their own rocket. We have been using mathematical language to describe the shapes we are using to construct our rockets; such as round, long, short. We have also been using shapes in the maths area to make pictures.
Next week we have Maths Day on Tuesday - Dress up something maths related!
We also have our Love Day on Wednesday - Come in pink or red!
Spring 1 Week 4
This week the alien delivered a letter to the Nursery children. The children were all very excited and we all wrote letters back to the alien asking him lots of questions. The children were keen to know things like, what the alien was called and what he might eat. All the children did some great mark making!
On Wednesday we had a special visitor who did an interactive story session and learning with us about the story 'Whatever Next'. It was great fun!
Outside this week we have been making alien gloop! It was a great, messy activity to get the children talking about changes.
Parents - the alien gloop was a simple mixture of water and cornflour with some dye and glitter if you wanted to have a go!
Spring 1 Week 3
Another fun week of learning in nursery this week! We read a book called, 'How to catch a star' and thought about ways we could reach up high to the stars! We also thought about things we would wish on a star for and talked about what we were good at.
We had some great dough disco sessions strengthening our finger muscles and developing our fine motor control. We also learnt how to catch using a bean bag. Remember, eyes looking and hands cupped ready!
Wednesday was exciting as it saw the return of a spaceship! We drew some amazing pictures of who we thought might be inside and really used our imagination to describe a creature from out of space!
Spring 1 Week 2
An unidentified object landed in early years this week! A huge silver globe like structure found it's way into the playground, and on closer inspection we found slithers of a green slimy substance! The children were so enthusiastic and excitedly shared their thoughts about why it had landed and how it had got there.
'I think it is aliens, we should scare the aliens back to the sky!' said Max
'Don't go close to it, if you get in there, he will put you in a bubble' said Bella
'It has come from the moon!' said Freddie
We looked for clues and searched for any aliens that might be hiding! We were thrilled when the object returned later in the afternoon!
Later in the week children did some super drawings of what they had seen and used some super language to describe it. Mrs Edwards is still not convinced though.....
Next week we plan to learn more about space and will be reading our new space themed library books. Thank you for the imaginative reading photos that we can see on Tapestry. Please keep them coming!
Spring 1 Week 1
Welcome back everybody! We hope you had a truly magical Christmas and created lots of family memories. We are so pleased to see that the children have come in raring to go and with lots of enthusiasm! Not a tear in sight this week!
'I missed my friends in nursery, but I had a nice time at home!' said Daisy.
'I wanted to do painting outside!' said Nala.
The children have enjoyed sharing their holiday news in circle time activities and we were pleased to hear that santa came for all of the children. This week we have started our new topic 'space' and have been thinking about what we can see when we look into the night sky. You will have received our family talk learning to do at home and we thank you for the photos already on tapestry. This week we have been looking at the work of Vincent van Gogh and making our own starry night interpretations. We have also been making the planets and are creating a wonderful learning journey board.
In phonics we have been learning the game, ' I spy' and the children have been thinking of the starting sound in words. Try having a game at home, you may be surprised!
We are planning a 'wow' moment in nursery next week, but it is top secret so you will all have to wait and see!
The children in nursery did absolutely phenomenal in their Nativity! They were brimming with confidence, and we are so so proud of them! It is hard to believe that some children have only been with us for a few months. They looked amazing on the stage in their costumes and their singing was beautiful. This week the children have been talking about their own experiences of preparing for Christmas.....
''We eat lots of yummy food and have a big tree' ( Amelie)
'I get some presents, a dinosaur..' ( Matthew)
'Santa comes to see if you have been good' (Daisy)
The children have also been making cards and decorations and have been developing their fine motor skills using glue spreaders and scissors. Not long now until the man in red comes!
This week we have been busy little elves helping santa to wrap all the presents in the workshop. We have been focusing on the language of size and have been supported to use the language of comparison when looking at different sized parcels. We have also been busily preparing for a Christmas party where the children had to use their problem solving skills to work out which bear needed which cup, bowl, spoon and hat! This week we also made a spectacular Nativity scene with the children designing the costumes. Come and have a look at it in nursery. Ask your child what they remember about the Christmas Story! As always, photos of the children's learning are put on tapestry for you to view and comment on!
This week we brought our story 'Postman Bear' to life with a very special party in honour of the main character! We wrote cards, decorated buns, made jam sandwiches and even wrapped him some presents! Postman bear telephoned us to tell us what time he would arrive so we knew how long we would have to prepare.
The children gave him a very warm welcome and really enjoyed giving him all their cards and presents! The party ended with lots of movement to music with the nursery children showing some fantastic rhythm!
Next week we will begin to think about preparing for the celebration of christmas and all the things we must do. Ask your child, 'What do we do at Christmas time?'
Another fun week of learning in nursery! We have been working in small groups to develop our listening and attention and have been encouraged to use the photo cards to explain what makes a good listener. We have been sharing our wonderful celebrations homework in our groups and have been talking about what and how we celebrate at home. We have had some amazing contributions on tapestry and it has been great to develop home-school links.
We have also been planning a party for Postman Bear - watch this space!
Another fun week of learning in Nursery! This week we explored colour and pattern when talking about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We practised subitizing numbers to 5 when looking at a dice. We also used our careful counting fingers to count out food items for the bears picnic.
We had a surprise letter from our friend Postman Bear! This led us to write letters back to him, and even make our own post box. The children are really developing their listening and attention skills in small groups. Ask them, 'show me 5!' Can they tell you what this means?
Welcome back everybody! We hope you had a lovely half term. The children have really impressed us all with the way they have settled and are learning the rules and routines in nursery.
This week we started to read a new story; Postman Bear. We have been talking about the main character in the story and have been attempting to retell the story in our own words. We have started to think about all the different celebrations we have and what we celebrate at home. You will have now received the 'home learning' sheet which explains a few ways to help your child develop in Communication and Language for our new topic.
This week it is Black History Week. We are focusing on the story of 'Handa's Surprise'. Children have learnt about where Handa lived, the weather and what animals live in hot countries. We have added Masks to the reading area so that children can retell the story with their friends. Children have enjoyed tasting the fruit in the story especially the passion fruit! We have also been listening to lively African music and having a go at using instruments to create their own African music.
Our Rhyme of the week is 'Humpty Dumpty'. Every week our aim is to learn a new Nursery rhyme as it helps with children's speech and language development.
This week we have got the third shelf out in all areas as children were accessing these areas well and using the equipment successfully. The children have particulary enjoyed the third shelf in the water and maths areas. We have been sharing the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' and had a go at drawing some pictures to represent different elements of the story. Children enjoyed the repeating language in this story, for example 'I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!" and "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!"
This week we looked at the Reading and Paint area in more detail. We enjoyed learning about how to colour mix effectively using the three power paint colours. Children are becoming very independent selecting their own apron and ensuring they get their own water for their paint pot. It is amazing what colours we can make! We have had several circle time sessions in which children sit in a circle and when its their turn they talk about who is in their family. Children have really enjoyed this activity.
This week we have been learning about our bodies. Nursery children had a go at naming different body parts. We also played 'Simon Says' to see if children had remembered certain body parts for example, wrist and shoulder. The book of the week was 'The Hungry Caterpillar' and we used this to talk about healthy and unhealthy food. Children sorted the food into different hoops and talked particular items being unhealthy but children can still eat them in moderation.
Children have enjoyed finding out about our topic. They have started taking home treasure boxes and finding out about what everyone likes and dislikes. They had a great try at drawing their faces and thinking about how they can hold their pencil correctly with a pincer grip. While children were drawing they were looking at their faces in the mirror to ensure they used the correct colours for their hair, eyes and lips. The portraits are on display in the Nursery cloakroom.
This week the children have enjoyed doing their full sessions. They have all come in so beautifully and engaged in lots of different activities. We have been ensuring children know what they can they can do in our areas of provision and how they can get the best out of the resources on offer. Children have also enjoyed playing in our new cafe outside. We have been continuing to take part in circle time activities to build childrens confidence when speaking in a small group.
The children have been enjoying little visits this week. They have all settled in very well and all managed to stay a session on their own. They have been exploring all the areas in the classroom and outside. We celebrated 'Dot day' on Friday in which children talked about what they 'can do' and what they 'can't do..yet!'. Children loved singing the song and copying the actions. We will be focusing on particular areas next week to ensure children know how to use the equipment to its full potential.
The adults in Nursery have been busy doing home visits this week and have really enjoyed getting to meet everybody.