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Week starting 22.5.2017

 

This is the last week of term and we have lots of fun activities planned. We took part in a Forest School collage activity where the children had to try and make a symmetrical butterfly. They did a great job and all worked together really well.

 

We have loved looking after our grassheads and watching them grow. We cant believe how big and bushy their hair has got! The grassheads are all going to their new homes this week and I'm sure you will all be told how to take care of them to make sure they carry on growing.

 

 

Thanks for another fantastic term. Have a great holiday and I will see you all soon. If you do anything interesting over the break please feel free to send something in for show and tell.

 

Miss Dance

Week starting 15.5.17

 

This week we wanted to start our transitioning period with the preschool aged boys and girls - ensuring that they are ready to start Reception in September. We had a Talk Time circle were we discussed what makes a good friend and what makes a bad friend, and together we made our Green Choice/Red Choices display board. The children discussed and handpicked each of the pictures that are on the chart. Everyone is excited to make green choices in their play and learning.

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Week starting 8.5.17

 

This week the children went outside and took part in a big bug hunt all over the school. They found everything from tiny ants to big bumble bees. The children were very excited to find some extremely rare and exotic minibeatsts as well as native bugs. They were special minibeasts that had been carefully collected by scientists and then put into blocks of plastic for people to study. Everyone loved exploring these tropical bugs with magnifying glasses and trying to describe the interesting features, colours and patterns.

 

There was a real buzz around our finger painting caterpillar activity too - this was a clever blend of art, exploring the world and numeracy, as the children had to count their fingerprints.

 

In our PE sessions the children had to complete obstacle courses whilst moving like a specific minibeast: "fly like a butterfly"... "crawl like a worm"... "hop like a frog" etc. Everyone had lots of fun exploring their bodies and they practiced some very trick physical skills.

Week starting 1.5.17

 

This week was another very busy week here in Nursery. We continued with our big art projects and introduced different fabrics into the junk art corner. When asked what they would like to make with the different fabrics the children had lots of fabulous ideas: dens, trees, butterflies and flowers. We took a vote and decided to make a giant butterfly that now has pride of place over The Creation Station.  The butterfly is beautiful and the children worked very hard - so be sure to have a look next time you drop your child into class.

 

We also started to make our very own Grassheads. The children carefully placed grass seeds and soil into tights, tied a knot and then created a face. The faces were made with elastic bands for the nose and ears, paint for the mouth, stick on eyes and piper cleaner accessories. Each grass head is completely unique and some have the most hilarious expressions.

 

There were lots of other activities happening around the room: Child initiated art, phonics play and ipad letter tracing apps to name but a few. The children really enjoyed our funky fingers activities this week: placing and counting Cheerios onto upright spaghetti.

Week Starting 24.4.17

 

Welcome back! I hope that you had a fabulous holiday and that you are ready for fun and learning?

 

This week we started out big art project - we are once again transforming the role play and reading area with giant cardboard construction and junk modelling. This term we are learning about minibeasts and the children have decided that they would like a forest hut where they can keep an eye out for creepy crawlies. We started by painting large boxes green and then stuck a hay fence around our construction. We then made Funky Fingers flowers using craft and tissue paper and attached these to the structure. 

 

Our main display board carries on with the minibeast theme and we have created ladybirds, bumble bees and butterflies to stick up. In order to challenge the older children, they had to make their butterflies symmetrical. This was a really tricky challenge but they all did amazingly. Well done everyone!

Week starting 3.4.17

 

This week we made Easter hats for the Easter Bonnet Parade around school. One the last day of term we took part in the Easter Party and egg hunt.

Week starting 27.3.2017

 

This week we are back on the Dinosaur Trail after Science Week and Shakespeare Week. The children were so excited to discover a stinky dinosaur swamp right in the middle of our classroom. They enjoyed splashing in it and dinosaur role play with masks and plastic dinosaurs. Later in the week, the children noticed some laminated dinosaurs with numbers on their tummies floating in the swamp. The laminated dinosaurs had paperclips attached to them and the children could use magnetic fishing rods to catch the dinosaurs, clean them off and work together as a team to figure out which number they had caught. Some of the older children were so excited by this activity that they then wanted to put the numbers in the right order - how clever!

 

Easter is fast approaching, and we decided to do an Easter Funky Fingers Challenge in the nursery. The children have to sew in and out of tiny wholes around their dinosaur eggs. The children have all really concentrated on this activity and have made some beautiful Easter eggs. Funky Fingers are simple and fun activities that engage children and promote fine motor skills - which are essential for pen grip and scissor grip etc. 

Week starting 20.3.2017 - Shakespeare Week

 

This week has been super busy in the Preschool and Nursery as we have been learning all about Shakespeare. We now know that Shakespeare was a man who lived a very long time ago and he liked to write stories. We talked about some of his stories and decided that we wanted to learn more about the witches in Macbeth.

 

This week all of the children went to Witches School, where they learnt how to cast spells, turn people into frogs and perform magic tricks. We made a phonics "Silly Soup" potion and before the children could add an item into the magic phonics potion they had to correctly identify the initial sound of the chosen object. The magic Silly Soup was then frozen overnight and the boys and girls had lots of fun trying to get the objects out of the ice.

To consolidate this learning we then went on a Witches Hunt - where we looked around the school for scary ingredients for our witches potion sheets. We found really cool ingredients and with a touch of imagination they become super spooky: snakes, snails, bat wings, frogs legs etc.

 

The children were invited into the PE hall for a Shakespeare fancy dress party, and we even got to watch some of the teachers get buckets of slime over their heads for charity - it was really funny. The children who attended the party all looked fabulous in their costumes!


We also made Mothers Day cards this week. The children wrote their own names on the inside of the card and we talked about why it is so important to thank our mummy or who ever looks after us at home.

 

Week starting 13.3.2017 - SCIENCE WEEK.

 

We had a week full of science experiments this week.

 

1.We hung up a bedsheet outside to see how it changes during the week.

2. We learnt how substances can change from solid into liquid by adding water to dried mud to make mud paint (for our dinosaur footprints).

3. We learnt how colours can change by putting different coloured paint into zip lock bags and mixing them together.

4. We added mints to diet coke and created a lava explosion from our volcano.

 

Some of the children went to their first ever assembly this week and presented their science experiments to the rest of the school. They sat so well and spoke beautifully when it was their turn. WELL DONE BOYS AND GIRLS!

 

What a busy week it is been.

 

 

Week starting 3.3.2017

 

This week we started to build a giant volcano out of cardboard, paper, glue and paint. We have spent all week learning about the different habitats that dinosaurs lived in and what they used to eat. Most of the children now know what the difference is between a carnivore and herbivore. The children were very excited to find out that next week we are doing lots of science experiments and one of them is to make lava come out of the volcano.

 

There were lots of other activities going on this week: dinosaur pen grip activities, dinosaur phonics Ispy and putting the finishing touches to our dinosaur jungle role play area. 

Week starting 27.2.2017

 

This week we were busy making lots of dinosaur crafts.

We loved making our bubble dinosaurs. We blew paint bubbles and then pressed them onto paper plates to make some really cool scales for the dinosaurs body.  We then painted our dinosaur legs, tails, heads and spikes. The boys and girls thought the bubble art was incredibly funny. They made lots of scientific observations and predictions during the activity.

 

We also talked about dinosaurs and why they are not alive anymore. The children now know that they lived a very long time ago and that people now learn about them through their bones. We decided to do our own dinosaur dig out on the fields, and then created dinosaur bone art using cotton buds.

Week starting 20.2.2017

 

Our first week back was exciting because we got to find out what everybody did over the half term holiday. We had lots of show and tells during talk times this week - well done to everyone who take part!

 

The children were extremely excited to find that our pirate role play area had been taken down and that a jungle was now set up. We had lots of discussions about what might live in the jungle. Some of the suggestions were lions, bears, monsters, dinosaurs, monkeys and snakes. As the week went on we found lots of clues around the classroom: giant footprints, claw marks, a sharp tooth and strange scales. The children put all of the clues together and realised that we are learning about dinosaurs. 

 

We asked the children what cardboard creation they wanted in the role play area this term and they said that they wanted a dinosaur jeep. So this week we painted lots of boxes white and black to make the jeep.

 

We also made dinosaur footprints out of shaving foam. The children are all so excited to be learning about dinosaurs this term. Rawrrrrr! 

6.2.2017

This week the children were busy making tea stained treasure maps and going on treasure hunts all around the school. We found lots of golden coin in the forest area and reception play area - some of the gold coins had numbers on them ad the children were all keen to learn the numbers and to try to put them in order.

 

This week was also puppet theatre week. We used the pirate paper bag puppets and the stage that we had made earlier in the term and we performed our very own plays to our friends and to the Mummies and Daddies who came into the Nursery for Topic Celebration.

 

This has been a very busy term with lots of outdoor learning, massive arts and crafts projects and a focus on phonics. YARRRRR! ME HEARTIES!

Week starting 30.1.2017

 

This week the children were so excited to learn that we were making pirate puppets and a puppet theatre. We looked at lots of pictures of pirate puppets and the children chose all of their own resources/mixed their own paint. This is a very important step as it shows a level of independence and creativity.

 

The children loved PE this week: climbing, jumping, rolling, sliding and balancing. Throughout the week we also held various pirate yoga sessions to help their physical and emotional development.

 

Clues are still being found all around the class and the outside area - this week we found lots of shells and sparkly jewels.

 

 

 

 

Week starting 23.1.17

This week we put the finishing touches to our pirate ship role play area: we finished painting the cardboard boxes, made beautiful mosaic waves and started to stick it all together.  The children love dressing up, walking the plank and looking out for treasure islands. The classroom has been completely transformed and its providing plenty of new and exciting learning experiences.

 

There were lots of other activities going on this week: pirate phonics I spy (feely bags), tracing around pirate treasure, pirate obstacle courses in PE, as well as, learning our new pirate songs and dances.

 

The children are now being introduced to Jolly Phonics - please feel free to google or youtube it as there are lots of instructional videos online.

Week starting 16.1.2017

This week we found more clues and tasks from those pesky pirates: there were more boxes to be painted brown and some instructions about how to mosaic. As the week went on and we followed the instructions from the pirates we realised that we were building a huge pirate ship for our reading corner.

 

This week we also finished off our pirate masks and name tags.

 

We have learnt lots of new pirate songs/dances, taken part in a pirate themed yoga class and have even had a go at making our very own giant treasure maps (outside with chalk). Phew, what a busy week for my little shipmates.

 

Week starting 9.1.2017

This week the children found a giant treasure map on the floor of the 2 year old and 3 year old classroom. As the week went on we found lots of other clues around our classrooms and outdoor play areas...who could be leaving all of these clues? Well, the boys and girls think its pirates.

 

The pirates have left us lots of jobs to do, but the most mysterious of all is that they want us to paint lots of cardboard boxes brown. I wonder what they want us to make for them?

We have also been making masks - masks of the pesky pirates that keep leaving us clues. During this activity we have been encouraged to mix our own paints, cut our own shapes and use our own glue sticks. As an extension exercise we made up pirate names and the children were asked to trace around these.

 

Week starting 4.1.17

 

Welcome back and I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Years!

 

This week is a short one, with only 3 school days. I have organised a couple of activities but we really wanted to focus on getting the children settled back in with lots of playing, arts and crafts, free flow and outside time etc..

 

This week Santa was a very hot topic and the children attempted to write about their two favourite things about Christmas. The worksheets are amazing: filled with bright and beautiful drawings and lots of focus tracing/writing. Well done boys and girls.

 

 

 

Week starting 12.12.16.

 

It was our nativity this week and we couldn't of had more fun! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came and supported us. Thank you for all of the wonderful costumes that you made/supplied and for helping us to learn the songs/dances at home... we couldn't of done it without you parents/guardians!

 

We really hope you enjoyed the show!

Week starting 5.12.16

 

The nativity has been our main focus this week. We have been working very closely with the reception children and have been joining in with all full cast rehearsals in the main hall. All of the Nursery children have loved getting to know the reception class this week, and it has been really lovely to see them make new friendships. I have been extremely proud of all of the FS1 boys and girls as they have all joined in, been responsible for their own props and have enjoyed their moment of fame up on the main stage.

 

As well as the nativity their has been lots of other learning happening this week. The boys and girls have been trying to finish off all of their Christmas related crafts so that they can give them out to mummies, daddies, nannies, granddads, guardians etc next week.

 

Our adult focus activities this week have been extremely varied: Christmas cutting/scissor grip, gingerbread counting and number recognition games, size ordering stick men, name writing and  retting the story of Stick Man with puppets.

 

 

 

Week starting 28.11.2016 

 

This week the nursery has been transformed into a Christmas workshop. The children have been taking part in so many different christmas crafts: Christmas cards, funky fingers christmas tree (with a focus on symmetry for the 3 year olds) and ice play in the investigation area. 

 

The children are all still busy learning and perfecting the songs for the FS nativity - and we cannot wait to perform them for you soon! 

 

The children are still enjoying the variety of number/ colour/ shape recognition activities, as well as the phase 1 phonics carpet sessions. This week we loved making our phonics "silly soup" with a focus on the sound "s". 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT- 

if you have not signed up for the nativity yet please do so this week! 

 

Week starting 21.11.2016

 

 ​This week was a short one due to a school closure on Thursday and Friday.

Before the closure we tried Christmas related yoga, which the children all loved. We also made a counting snow man, where the children had to count the number of  buttons that they stuck to his tummy and match it to the correct numeral (in his hat).  We are trying lots of tricky counting in nursery at the minute and the children are really enjoying the challenge!

We have been continuing to learn our songs for the FS Nativity too - all of the children are so excited about their upcoming performance.

 

Week starting 14.11.2016

 
 

 

 ​This week we began phase 2 of our box modelling project - the children started to build and decorate their "Christmas ice cave" book corner! Wow - it is starting to look so cool! The children are all very proud of their hard work and already have some fantastic ideas about what they want to build next.                                                                                                                       

All of the children enjoyed going on a stick hunt this week - we compared the length of sticks and tried to think about inventive ways to measure them. Once the sticks had dried we made a Stick Man or Stick Lady - some of them are very creative! We also had lots of other Stick Man counting activities, where the children had to count the red dots on the leafs and then match it to the correct numeral. Wow - the girls are boys are trying really tricky number activities now!

 

 

 

 

 

Week starting 7.11.2016

​This week the children were introduced to our new story: Stick Man. We discussed all of the PSE themes in the story - love, loyalty, friendship, family, the meaning of Christmas and helping others etc. Stick Man visited the nursery throughout the week and left the boys and girls lots of tricky challenges to try, including: pen grip activities to help us to form circles and letters that have curls or flicks.

 

There was lots of excitement this week about our box modelling project too! Last week the children said that they wanted out reading corner to be transformed into a "Christmas ice cave"...so this week we have started to open up lots of cardboard boxes and paint them white.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A very special day was celebrated in Nursery this week, as the children all paid their respected and remembered the soldiers (past and present) who have kept us safe. We focused our circle time sessions around the CBeebies video "Poppies" - and used this to explore the very difficult themes that the video eludes to. We also had a real life soldier come in and he showed us what he carries in his kit bag - we got to play with real binoculars, a compass, old maps, and we even got to try on his helmets and ceremonial sword.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ....Wow - what a busy week it has been!

 

 

 

 

 

 

​Week starting 31.10.2016
 ​This week we have been thinking about different celebrations, festivals and events from all around the world. We thought again about Halloween and learnt a spooky new Halloween action song. But there was so much more happening this week than just Halloween: we learnt all about Diwali and Guy Fawkes. The children all had the opportunity to make a beautiful Rangoli pattern and a firework picture. The Rangoli pictures were fantastic for fine motor skills - as the children were delicately lifting and placing coloured rice and pumpkin seeds onto their patterned plated.
During our Circle Time we explored Diwali and used a special powerpoint presentation that only showed us a small circle of each picture: the children had to work together in their talking partners to discuss what they thought the picture was of. There was lots of great ideas and the children really loved learning about different cultures.
 
This week in PE we were throwing, catching and balancing.
 

 

Week starting 17.10.2016
The focus this week was on science and exploring new materials. Numerous pumpkins  were available for the children to study, play with, empty and decorate. The children loved using the magnifying glasses to closely look at the seeds, and this lead to a focused circle time about how seeds grow.
The children asked if they could make something with the seeds, so we made bracelets, pumpkin pictures and saved some of the seeds to be used after half term for the Diwali art.
 
We also lots of number recognition, counting and number formation. We even tried to do our very first counting worksheet.
 
Wow! What a busy few days we have had!
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Week starting 10.10.2016

This week the children have been exploring the Three Little Pigs in more depth: we have been discussing the PSE themes of friendship, family, being kind to others and sharing. We have looked at these topics during circle time and through dramatic role play. The children have been busy making pig masks and they were encouraged to act out the story and discuss the feelings of each character. The mask making exercise had lots of other learning opportunities: shape recognition and colour mixing to name but a few.
 
We also went out for a Welly Wednesday activity: Three Little Pigs Colour Hunt. Where the children were asked to go outside into the field and find natural objects that were yellow (house of straw), brown (house of sticks) and red (house of bricks). This was a fabulous learning opportunity for the children as we explored the changing of the seasons and discussed how the leafs were changing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week starting 3.10.2016

 

This week has been a super messy one in the FS1 class as we have been continuing to learn about and explore the story of The Three Little Pigs. All of the children have had a great time learning how to mix the colours brown and orange. The paint mixing activities have been sensory, fun and educational: decorating a house of a piggie, and the class favourite, Muddy Pigs. 

 

Muddy Pigs is a simple but fun way for children to gain communication and language confidence, discuss PSED topics, talk about their senses, explore colours/colour mixing and experiencing different textures through play (shaving foam and paint).

 

Around the class have been lots of other learning opportunities: letter and number formation with chalk, Three Little Pigs building site, funky fingers activities, cutting and sticking, TheThree Little Pigs masks for role playing and exploring the ipads.

 

The children are all excitied to see what learning our play will bring next week.

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Week starting 26.9.2016

 

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf are in town, and they have left lots of tricky activities for the FS1 boys and girls to try.

 

This week we have been learning The Three Little Pigs interactive story and actions - which can be found on http://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5080-the-three-little-pigs-story-powerpoint . We hope that by the end of this theme all children will be able to join in with the words and/or actions.

 

We facilitated lots of different adult focus activities throughout the week, including: arts and crafts, den building, stick hunts, phonics, music making, size ordering and story sequencing.

 

The children particularly loved the size ordering activity and the stick/straw hunts for our mini den building tray. During these simple activities we have seen lots of child initiated learning: some children have been interested in finding different ways to measure their dens/houses, while others have loved using the puppets to act out the story of the Three Little Pigs.

 

All children have participated in various PSE talk times and have discussed the story of The Three Little Pigs, its characters, and why its important to always be kind and gentle.

 

 

 

In class we are learning lots of songs about colours, numbers, letters and shapes. Please follow the links below if you would like to practise these at home with your child... I can guarantee that you will be singing them all day in work too!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLxWIHRD4E

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EWNNpHYcss

 

 

 

 

The first few weeks of term have been extremely busy and fun filled in the FS1 classroom.

 

The focus has been on getting to know the children and settling them in to their new environment. It is so lovely to see each child slowly growing in confidence and becoming more independent in their play and learning. All children are now getting to grips with the routines of the classroom: circle times, talk times, phonics circles etc and are eager to join in.

 

The adult focused activities have been based on the interests of the children, these are then adapted into creative learning opportunities and challenges: colour hunts, nature crayon rubbings, den building, phonics (listening walks) etc. Whilst the rich and diverse continuous provision planning has been able to deepen their learning through play even further, both indoors and outdoors.

 

I have also been carrying out baseline assessments, which cover all areas of the EYFS and The Characteristics of Effective Learning. These fun and interactive activities help to paint a full picture of each individual child, as well as, highlighting their next steps.

 

Now that the children are beginning to settle into the nursery I am going to introduce the first learning theme: The Three Little Pigs which I am sure the children will love.

 

 

As we start our Three Little Pigs learning adventure, can I please ask that all parents now bring in a change of clothes AND waterproofs (including welly boots). This is important as we will be doing lots of outdoor and explorative learning. 

 

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