Nursery: Blog items

Supertato To The Rescue!

Date: 16th Mar 2020 @ 3:23pm

Meet Supertato! This week in Nursery we have read the story ‘Supertato,’ and learnt about the caped potato superhero fighting to save the world from the arch villain – the Evil Pea!  We have been practising our Supertato story telling skills with our Superhero story basket, with added special characters made by Mrs Welch! We have also been creating our own evil peas, and exploring our Funky Fingers area using trays of peas and mashers, evil pea threading and potatoes, sticks and capes! We have been mark making with carrots, printing with celery and broccoli and even taking part in a Superhero obstacle course!

One Sunny Afternoon!

Date: 13th Mar 2020 @ 5:12pm

Today, we made the most of the nice weather and explored the playground and play equipment with our afternoon Nursery children. We started off by playing different circle games, practising rolling the ball and following instructions to play each game. We then started to move around the area, walking, jumping, skipping, running and even hopping! After we had warmed up we each had a turn on the equipment. We all had to wait patiently, as balancing on the beams was quite tricky, so a lot of us needed help from our teachers! We all travelled up and across the ramp, across the chains, and back down the ramp before having a well deserved rest at the end! We all enjoyed exploring the equipment and didn't want to come back in to Nursery for home time!

Sport Relief

Date: 13th Mar 2020 @ 4:55pm

This morning our Nursery children joined with Reception to take part in some Sport Relief activities! Lots of children had come prepared in their sportswear, and we were all excited to join in! We each joined a different group in the hall and moved around each activity, until we had all had a go on each one! We took part in basketball, hockey and even balloon tennis! We took turns with the Reception children, and they all helped to show us what to do if we weren't sure! When we got back to Nursery we talked about the effect the exercise we had been doing had had on our body. We noticed we were hot, our hearts were beating fast and our cheeks were red! 

Superheroes Unite!

Date: 13th Mar 2020 @ 4:39pm

Welcome to our 'Superhero Headquarters!' Nursery has been transformed into superhero world this week! Our writing area has become a top secret den, where we could leave secret messages with our spy writing pens! We could keep these secret from our enemies as only Nursery children have the tools to be able to read the top secret messages! Our home corner turned into an enemies lair, with laser beams across the walls, hiding the precious treasure, 'The Boundary Diamond.' We had a top secret mission to rescue the diamond by manoeuvring between the lasers, being very very careful not to touch them and set off the alarm! We have also been exploring materials this week, by investigating which material would make the best cape for our superhero, and then using this knowledge to design and make our own cape and cuffs! We put each material through a test to see which was strong enough to be fit for a superhero! In our Maths are we have explored Numicon city, using different pieces to match tower outlines, and exploring the matching superhero numbers! Some of us have even been matching numeral to quantity using our superhero character numbers, and our special treasure gems!

Teepee Tales!

Date: 6th Mar 2020 @ 9:10am

Today we joined Reception for Mrs. G Teepee Tales. We firstly looked at the front cover of the book, discussing what we thought the book might be about. We figured out it was about a dinosaur, but not just any dinosaur, a dinosaur that had lost his roar! We all listened very carefully to the story, some of us were even chosen to become characters from the story, and we all joined in with our favourite part, 'ROAAAAAAR.' Some of our children were then lucky enough to be able to buy a book to take home with them. 

World Book Day!

Date: 5th Mar 2020 @ 4:35pm

Today it is World Book Day, and we have had a very exciting day! We started the day by coming in Nursery, but not in our school uniform! We were all dressed as characters from our favourite story. We had characters from 'Peter Rabbit,' 'Funny Bones' and even 'Harry Potter!' During carpet time we all talked about who we were, and why we liked the story our character was from. We then took part in different World Book Day activities, including making a bookmark to keep our place in our favourite story! We finished off each Nursery session with a story before home time. Everyone in Nursery made a fantastic effort for the day, thank you for your support!

Journey & Transport

Date: 6th Mar 2020 @ 4:22pm

This week in Nursery we have been exploring different types of transport. We have read and discussed lots of different vehicle books, talking about where we might travel using each type of transport. In our construction area we have made roads using bricks, play dough tools and construction site vehicles. We have also made a track for large vehicles made with planks, that we have explored using the bus and trains we have made using large cardboard boxes. We have investigated the marks different vehicles make using shaving foam, paint and vehicles, as well as setting up our own car wash to wash the dirty vehicles in afterwards! In our Funky Fingers area we have been using nuts and bolts, and putting stickers onto the different types of wheels! We have even explored remote control vehicles, looking at how to turn them on and how we can move them without using our hands!

The Adventures of the Naughty Bus

Date: 28th Feb 2020 @ 4:22pm

This week our story has been ‘The Naughty Bus.’ We started the week by reading and discussing the story, talking about our own experiences of where some of us have been on a bus journey! We have been building towns and roads in our construction area, making stop signs at the writing table, and adding a certain number of people onto the bus in our maths area. We have also painted a big box that we have turned into a bus for our role-play area. We all had a great time, taking it in turns to be different parts of the bus, setting up a bus stop, and handing our tickets to the driver when the bus arrived! Firstly, we painted the bus red, found circle shapes for wheels and cut out some rectangular shapes for windows. We’ve been on lots of bus journeys to different places, giving our bus ticket to the driver and him taking us where we wanted to go!

Perfect Pancakes!

Date: 28th Feb 2020 @ 4:09pm

This week we celebrated Pancake Day! We read the story ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes,’ and talked about what we thought we might need to make our own pancakes. In our special box we then found the ingredients we needed to make pancakes, including some instructions for us to follow from Mr Wolf! We looked at the numbers to help us follow the instructions, starting at number 1, following the words and pictures all the way to number 6, which was eating the pancakes! Yum! We worked in small groups to weigh and sieve the flour, pour in the milk and egg and whisk the mixture together. We all had a turn at each stage until we had made a batter; our teachers then took this into the kitchen to cook in the frying pan. We all tried the pancakes before home time; some of us even tried lemon and sugar as a topping! We also made pancakes in our Play Dough area, which we put into small frying pans to try and flip and take part in Pancake races! In our Maths area we also used dice and different pancake toppings to create a pancake. We rolled the dice and added the correct number of toppings onto each pancake. We had toppings of strawberries, blueberries, orange and even chocolate!

Valentines Day

Date: 17th Feb 2020 @ 7:29pm

Alongside our learning about recycling this week, we have also been taking parts in Valentines Day activities. We have been exploring shape and symmetry by making symmetrical hearts using paper and paint, practising our counting by making love bugs, and explored mark making with shaving foam and flowers. We have also made and completed maths puzzles, matching halves of hearts with numbers on one side and dots on the other. We have continued to explore ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ using our story telling basket and table, and lots of our children in Nursery have enjoyed ordering and retelling the story. We have been making Valentines cards and messages at our writing tables, and we have even created love potions! We hope you all have a lovely half term break and stay safe.

Fit 2 Go!

Date: 13th Feb 2020 @ 1:00pm

The adults from Fit 2 Go have visited us in Nursery for the past few weeks. This week we talked about the importance of having a balanced and healthy diet, and what can happen if we don't. We firstly had to 'brush our teeth,' using a laminated set of teeth and a whiteboard pen, we had to draw the plaque onto our teeth, before cleaning it all off again! We had to make sure we went in between each tooth so that they were clean, shiny and bright! We then had two pictures of two very different teeth. One was a happy tooth, and we had to make sure we fed it healthy foods to keep it happy and healthy. The other picture was an unhappy tooth, who showed us what our teeth may be like if we choose to eat lots of sugary foods and don't clean our teeth enough!  We then took part in some active exercise to finish off the session, working on our teamwork and balance skills!

Eco Warriors - Nursery Children helping to save our future planet!

Date: 13th Feb 2020 @ 12:37pm

This week we have taken part in lots of recycling activities. Firstly, we talked about how to look after our planet and the importance of recycling. This linked to our previous knowledge of Eco Bricks, as we have been building them as part of a whole school project for the last few months. As part of our BLT for last week we were asked to either start to make our own Eco Bricks or bring some plastic bits and pieces into Nursery. Lots of children brought in bits to help us on our school project of making Eco Bricks. Our teachers in Nursery then cut up the big bits of plastic into smaller bits so we could use a long stick to push the bits of plastic into the bottles. We have also made pictures and models from recycled bits, along with cleaning out our water tray after someone had put a lot of plastic in there! We all enjoyed learning about how and what we can recycle, and how we can look after the planet for our future. 

We've got to go through it!

Date: 7th Feb 2020 @ 7:32pm

This week we have read and enjoyed the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’ We started off the week by exploring instruments to represent the sounds in the story, ‘swish, splash, squelch, and stumble trip!’ We have been retelling the story using our instruments and our sensory story tray, exploring trays of mud, water, sticks and snow! We have continued to focus on our counting, number recognition and matching numeral to quantity by finding the missing bears and putting them back in the correct cave! We have also had our own ‘bear cave’ in Nursery, which has been our special mark making space for the week, with bear hunt story telling paper and pencils. We have even made binoculars in our creative area to take on our own bear hunt! We followed the clues that had been left for us to find the bear in his deep dark cave!

Chinese New Year

Date: 30th Jan 2020 @ 12:59pm

This week we have celebrated Chinese New Year! We have read the story 'The Dancing Dragon' and talked about how people prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year. We learnt they clean the whole house, bake cakes, sing songs and hang up paper lanterns before all the friends and family join together for the New Years parade. In Nursery we have been painting lanterns hanging from the ceiling, we have been mark making with paint brushes and glitter, and we have even been painting boxes to make a big dragon! A lot of Nursery children have been very interested in our 'Funky Fingers' area this week, where we have been threading beads onto string to make patterns for the dragons body and making red and yellow paper chains to decorate Nursery. We have also looked at measuring noodles with cubes in our maths area, using language to compare the sizes of each string, such as short, medium, long. We have also been listening to music, using drums and learning the 'dragon dance.' 

Wonderful Winter

Date: 20th Jan 2020 @ 6:33pm

We have continued to explore Winter this week in Nursery. We have enjoyed the story 'A Little Bit of Winter,' where we learnt about how Hedgehog hibernates during Winter, but asks Rabbit to save him a bit of Winter so that when he wakes up he can see what it is like. Could Rabbit keep his promise? We talked about what Winter feels like and investigated the difference between warm and cold objects. We then started using lots of different materials to make a den for Hedgehog to hibernate in. We found some materials worked better than others as they could keep Hedgehog warm and dry during the cold months. We also had some special scratch paper and pens to write messages to Rabbit and played 'Snowflake Swat' in our outside area, finding numbers and using swatters to identify them!

The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Date: 24th Jan 2020 @ 6:25pm

This week we have enjoyed the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ We firstly read and discussed the story, talking about the characters and where the story is set, before getting busy with lots of activities! We have retold the story in our role play area, using different sized spoons, bowls and chairs, whilst also making chairs and beds for different sized bears in our construction area! As usual we have spent lots of time in our outdoors area, finding hidden bears and taking part in a police role-play to investigate Goldilocks! We have investigated with porridge oats, scales and containers to explore capacity and weight, and been exploring shape in the environment! See what shapes you can see whilst you are out and about over the weekend!

Welcome back Nursery!

Date: 12th Jan 2020 @ 6:50pm

Welcome back to Nursery everyone! We have enjoyed hearing all about how you spent your Christmas and the exciting things you all got up to. This week we have started to explore Winter and the seasonal changes that take place. We have spent time exploring the world around us and introducing our new starters into the Nursery environment! We have explored our investigation station using our senses, discovering crushed ice, glitter and snow, talking about animals who live in the artic regions. Our home corner has been transformed into a winter cafe, serving hot drinks and snacks to keep visitors warm! We have focussed on number in maths, counting objects accurately and recognising numbers. We will also be continuing to improve our pencil grip, pencil control and mark making skills! 

Spring 1 BLT 2019/2020

Date: 9th Jan 2020 @ 9:40am

The Wonderful Outdoors!

Date: 20th Dec 2019 @ 2:28pm

We took part in our second Forest School session this week, and it was possibly even more enjoyable than our first! Although this time it wasn't raining, the ground was still wet and muddy with the previous days rain! We joined with Reception in the woodland area for both our morning and afternoon sessions. This week we started the session by using 'Fire Steels' to try and make 'sparkles!' This took great deal of motor skill development and perseverance! We each had a turn to try and make 'sparkles,' some of us independently, some of us with a little help! Our Forest School teacher then showed us how to use the tools we had to make sparks to set some cotton wool on fire. We talked about how we need to keep safe around fire. Once the fire was lit in the fire pit, we then each had a turn at cooking a marshmallow! Again, with help from the adults, each of us had the opportunity to poke a marshmallow onto a wooden stick, then move over to the fire to toast it! We then blew on the marshmallow 10 times, to ensure it was cool enough to eat, before we enjoyed them! We then read a story together, about different animals bottoms! Exploring the woodland area, we then matched poems and pictures to the different animals they could belong to. We all enjoyed another successful Forest School session! 

Stay & Play

Date: 12th Dec 2019 @ 10:25am

Today our grown ups joined us in Nursery for our Christmas Stay & Play. Buddy the elf had left us lots of activities to do with our families! Buddy asked us to make Reindeer food, melted snowmen biscuits and Rudolf decorations! To make the reindeer food we mixed oats and special glitter into a tiny bag with a special message inside! We had to be very careful to use a small scoop so we didn't spill any of the food! After our snack we then made our biscuits. First we made some white icing, which we spread onto our biscuit. We then added a marshmallow for our snowman's head, and used icing pens to create its features. We made our Rudolf decorations at our creative table, we used circles of card, small branches we collected, and red pom poms! Our grown up also played with us in the Play Dough, sand and writing areas. We all had a great time and enjoyed our grown ups joining us in Nursery!

Christmas Disco Party!

Date: 12th Dec 2019 @ 11:59am

We enjoyed our Christmas Disco this week! We came into Nursery with our party clothes packed into bags, we were very excited! We spent the afternoon in Nursery doing lots of Christmas activities before it was time to get changed into our party clothes! We walked through school and into the hall where our Disco had started! Lights were flashing and music was playing! We had lots of room to eat, dance and play! We enjoyed hotdogs for our tea, played pass the parcel, and had a good old dance! 

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