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Nursery Christmas Sing A Long!

Date: 19th Dec 2019 @ 9:01am

This week we invited our grown ups and families in to Nursery to join in with our Christmas Sing A Long! We have been practising our songs in Nursery throughout December and it has been part of our BLT for the past couple of weeks to share these songs with our grown ups at home. It was a cold afternoon but we all wrapped up warm and gathered underneath the tree in our Nursery garden. We had been decorating lanterns to carry whilst we were singing and we all carried them with a LED tea light in to guide us back to Nursery when it got a little bit dark! We were really lucky to have lots of our grown ups and siblings come to join in our Sing A Long, thank you all for coming on the day and for helping us all to learn the words beforehand!

Forest School

Date: 6th Dec 2019 @ 8:09pm

Nursery enjoyed our first Forest School session this week! We had very different weather for our morning and afternoon sessions, however the sessions were enjoyed equally by all children! Firstly we got ready into our waterproofs, talking about what we thought might be in store for us! We were very excited to leave the Nursery environment and venture into the Forest School area. We started off the session by exploring the environment, ensuring we all followed the rules to keep each other safe! We then searched around the area to find items of interest to start the outdoor Christmas Tree. Being especially careful, we were then taught how to use the hammer and nails, and we all took turns to hammer the items we had found onto the wooden branches. Some of our children were especially interested in a 'well' in the ground, which they decided housed 'poisonous worms!' We are all looking forward to our next Forest School session!

Buddy the Christmas Elf!

Date: 5th Dec 2019 @ 4:46pm

Buddy the elf arrived in Nursery this week! We could hear his bells jingling on Monday in our special Nursery box, and when we sang our ‘Whats in the box?’ song, Buddy appeared! He has been leaving us notes and letters, and sometimes challenges to do! He has also been getting up to some mischievous things! We started the week writing Christmas lists and letters to Father Christmas, as well as building our gross motor skills in our Christmas themed ‘Funky Fingers’ area! On Wednesday Buddy asked us to make ‘Santa Searchers’ in our creative area, and we also built him a sleigh in the construction area. We have been matching numeral to quantity by adding decorations onto numbered Christmas trees, and exploring patterns using different Christmas objects. Later on in the week our home corner was transformed into an elf wrapping station, where we wrapped presents, wrote tags, and put them in Santas sack ready to be delivered!

Exploring Shape, Space & Measure!

Date: 27th Nov 2019 @ 8:24pm

We started off the week by exploring the question, 'how big is my foot?' We drew around each child's foot and then used cubes to measure each one. We looked at how we could find out who had the biggest foot, and counted the cubes to find out! We have also investigated capacity this week. We used lots of different containers off all shapes and sizes with different amounts of objects in, talking about when they were full, nearly full, half full or empty! During WNRW last week we explored weight, weighing different bags of items and talking about which were heavier or lighter. We have continued to use weighing scales in different areas within Nursery this week, exploring what heavy and light feel like by using a selection of objects. By the end of the week we moved onto exploring shape. We made shape monsters using 2D shapes, and also created a shape obstacle course outside, travelling across and underneath objects to see if we could find a particular named shape at the end.

World Nursery Rhyme Week

Date: 22nd Nov 2019 @ 4:11pm

Nursery rhymes play an important part in early childhood development and education, as well as being fun they help children develop social, physical and emotional skills. We have particularly concentrated on 5 nursery rhymes this week, focussing on one song each day. We started the week with 'Baa Baa Black Sheep,' where we looked at weighing different bags of objects, talking about which were heavier and lighter. We then moved on to 'Down in the Jungle,' where children looked at ordering animals by size. On Wednesday we sang 'Row, Row, Row your boat,' and made bottle cap sailing boats, talking about how we could get them to go faster! On Thursday we were lucky enough to have some of our adults join us to celebrate World Nursery Rhyme week, and we showed them everything we have been learning, including our rhyme of the day 'Incy Windy Spider.' Today we have looked at 'Two Little Dicky Birds,' making our own birds in the craft area, and using seeds and lard to make bird feeders to hang on the trees outside! We have put them in the fridge to set over the weekend, and will be hanging them out next week and keeping an eye to see it we can spot any birds eating them! Children have been practising these songs as part of their BLT for the past couple of weeks and it has really shown in their work in Nursery, we have had a jam packed, fun filled week!

Odd Socks Day!

Date: 14th Nov 2019 @ 6:26pm

As part of Anti-Bullying week, we took part in Odd Socks Day along with the rest of the school. We started the day reading a story called 'It's Okay to be Different,' which was all about individualities and acceptance. 'It's okay to be missing a tooth, it's okay to be small, it's okay to say no to bad things, it's okay to come from a different place and it's okay to talk about feelings! It would be boring if we were all the same! We then designed our own odd socks, talking about the differences between them and how we knew they weren't a pair!

Children In Need

Date: 17th Nov 2019 @ 6:23pm

We started the day by taking part in the 'Big Morning Move.' We took part in the workout to help support 'Children in Need' and as part of our daily exercise! We then talked about why we were wearing spotty items of clothing, and how we were raising money to help make a difference to children who need support. Pudsey Bear played a big role in lots of our activities for the day, we used different materials to collage Pudsey, made bears in the Play Dough area, and even built a house for Pudsey Bear in the construction area! Alongside the rest of the school we also learnt the dance for the 'Comic Relief Danceathon,' which we all really enjoyed!

Remembrance Day

Date: 11th Nov 2019 @ 8:32pm

Today the Nursery children joined the whole school for a special Remembrance service. During the week we have been learning about why we wear poppies, and what they symbolise. As well as taking part in the whole school art activity of attaching our poppy art to the silhouette of a soldier, we have painted poppies and created poppies in our Play Dough area. During the Remembrance service we planted poppies together in the school garden, to remember the fallen soldiers.

Stick Man's Journey

Date: 13th Nov 2019 @ 8:15pm

Our story for the week has been the 'Stick Man.' We read the story together and learnt all about the 'Stick Mans' journey to return to his home. We went for a walk around the school gardens to search for the perfect sticks to make our own 'Stickmen.' We found lots of different natural materials in the garden, including lots of different sizes of sticks! We took them back into Nursery, where we looked sorted them into length order, talking about the longest and shortest sticks. We have made 'Stick Men' at our Play Dough table, using the different tools and resources available to create individual features on our men. At our Maths table we have been practising creating squares, triangles, and rectangles using sticks, and in our water tray we have been looking at floating and sinking! We also created our very own 'Stick Man' sun catchers, have a look at them next time you come into Nursery! Hopefully the sun will be shining through them!

Stay & Play

Date: 8th Nov 2019 @ 4:41pm

This week our grown ups came into Nursery for our 'Stay & Play!' We took them all around Nursery, showing them the work we have been doing and telling them all about our daily routines. Together with our grown ups, we then played phonics bingo! We each had a board with lots of different pictures on, and we had to listen very carefully until we heard one of the sounds on our board. We used a counter to cover up each sound we heard. The person with all the sounds covered up on their board first was the winner!

Firework Fun!

Date: 6th Nov 2019 @ 7:38pm

This week we have also taken part in Bonfire night activities! Lots of the children in Nursery were very excited about seeing fireworks flying through the night sky and seeing the creative patterns as they explode into the sky with the stars. Some of our children also talked about their own experiences of Bonfire nights and fireworks. We then explored painting and collaging techniques to create firework pictures and the patterns they create when they explode. We have also been practising numbers 1-5. We counted the number of fireworks first and then matched the correct number of fireworks to the numeral. It's been another busy week!

Poppy Art!

Date: 6th Nov 2019 @ 7:16pm

This week in Nursery we have been learning about Remembrance Day and taking part in lots of Poppy themed activities! We created some particularly special Poppy art ready for our Remembrance Day ceremony next week. We use different techniques to create our painting. First we used our fingerprints and red paint for the Poppy leaves. We then had to add the black spot to the middle of our flower, being very careful not to smudge the flowers leaves! Finally we used a paint brush to add the flowers stem and the grass at the bottom of the Poppy field.

Trick or Treat!

Date: 30th Oct 2019 @ 7:15pm

Welcome back everyone! We have enjoyed hearing about all the exciting things you have done during half term. We have had a spectacularly spooky first week back! We arrived into Nursery to find our home corner had been taken over by a witch, who had turned it into a 'Witches Kitchen.' She has been making potions and leaving us secret messages on ghost paper! We had to use special torches to read the message she had left us! We have also been decorating pumpkins, witches and monsters. We have used different shapes for the different body parts on our 'shape monsters,' looking at the properties and how to recognise the shapes we used. 'Whats in the Witches Kitchen', 'Room on the Broom' and 'Five Little Monsters,' have been our stories this week and we have been looking at rhyming Halloween songs and rhymes. Try singing some of these songs together at home! Happy Halloween! 

Autumn 2 BLT 2019/20

Date: 28th Oct 2019 @ 1:50pm

Awesome Autumn!

Date: 17th Oct 2019 @ 9:19am

Autumn is in the air! We have had a very busy last week of term at Nursery, exploring how things change in Autumn and why. Our BLT for the week was to go for an Autumn walk and collect Autumn treasures in a paper bag for us to explore in Nursery. Lots of us found leaves of all different colours, some of us found sticks and conkers, and some of us even found pinecones, acorns and 'helicopter leaves!' We have used the leaves for craft activities, we have counted and rolled the conkers and acorns, and we have been mark making with sticks! We all enjoyed exploring our Autumn treasures! We have also created Autumn transient art pictures, made button trees and created leaf characters! This week we have also been looking at recognising the letters in our name, and some of us have been practising hard to write our names! Keep practising over half term everybody! 

The Owl Experience!

Date: 11th Oct 2019 @ 7:07pm

This week we had a very exciting visit from Midge the owl! We all listened carefully to the lady who looks after Midge.  She told us lots of exciting facts about owls! Some of us were lucky enough to hold Midge. We had to wear a special glove and be very brave and gentle with the owls. When we got back to Nursery we used the facts we had learnt and pictures of us and the owls to make information books. We have also taken part in lost of activities relating to owls this week. We have built nests for owls, made patterns with owl feathers, and we even made salt dough owls!

Visit to the Book Bus!

Date: 1st Oct 2019 @ 4:51pm

This week Nursery enjoyed a visit to the book bus! We all had a look at the different books available. Some of us were lucky enough to buy a book! We gave our money to pay for the book ourselves, and counted out the coins in our change. We are looking forward to reading our new stories!

The Tiger Who Came to Nursery!

Date: 3rd Oct 2019 @ 3:51pm

This week we had a visit from a tiger! We read the story 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea,' talking about all the different foods he eats, and if they are healthy or unhealthy. Later on in the week we came in to Nursery one morning to find all the food had disappeared! But...the tiger had left some pretty obvious clues! We found four big tiger prints on the carpet in Nursery, alongside an empty milk, an eaten banana, and a empty Jaffa Cake box! We became super detectives, investigating around Nursery to see if anything else had been disturbed! We've also spent time this week writing invitations to invite people to tea and making tea for tea parties. We have also made tigers using different materials in Nursery, focussing on the tigers stripes and looking at the patterns they show!

Our Special People

Date: 26th Sep 2019 @ 4:18pm

This week we have been learning more about our families and where we live. We have talked about who lives in our house, and made a family tree, using a different leaf for each persons name. We have made shape houses, and talked about how many family members we in each house. We have also thought about people who are special to us, including our friends! 

This week we have also decorated cookies for MacMillan Coffee morning. We made the icing using icing sugar and water, mixing it together until it formed the paste. We then spread it over the biscuits, before adding sprinkles onto the top!

Witches, wizards and a whole lot of magic!

Date: 19th Sep 2019 @ 7:32pm

This week we have read the story 'Room on the Broom.' We talked about the different characters that are in the story and the order that they get onto the witches broomstick. We have made wands and broomsticks out of different materials, using sticks and comparing the sizes. We created magic potions and witches bubbling brew, blowing bubbles and exploring what was inside. We even painted with spaghetti broom sticks! The witch has also been very forgetful this week. She wrote us a letter to tell us that she had lost some of her items around Nursery! So we went on a scavenger hunt to find her hat, bow and broomstick! We found everything for her so she could get back on her broom and fly away. 


Dinosaurs Attack!

Date: 12th Sep 2019 @ 4:20pm

We have had a very busy week in Nursery! We have been baking, building, and we have even made some super slippery dinosaur slime! We have also been investigating our dinosaur small world, and we have read the story 'Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs.' We have used different techniques to create dinosaur pictures, including printing, collaging and painting. We even washed the dinosaurs that had been stomping in the slippery slime!

We have also been painting self portraits. First we looked in the mirror and talked to our friends and teachers about what we could see, what colour are our eyes? What shape is our head? What colour is our hair? Some of us then chose to paint other members of our family! 


One In A Million

Date: 6th Sep 2019 @ 2:39pm

Welcome back everyone after the Summer break! It has been lovely to hear all about your Summer trips and activities, and to meet our new children! This week we have been learning all about ourselves and how we are similar and different. We have made ourselves using collage and looking at our hair and eye colour. We have explored all the areas of Nursery and spent some time in the outside area creating and taking part in an obstacle course. We have started to talk about our families and who we live with, including our pets! We will be looking at this more next week.