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Nursery

Welcome to the Nursery Class!

 

Welcome to Nursery!

Hello and welcome to the Nursery class page. Mrs Dolby teaches the Nursery children with Mrs Jones, Mrs Page and Mrs Bell. 

We are really excited for this year as we have lots of fun things planned! 

 

Spring term 2 2021

Easter

 This week we have talked to the children about the meaning of Easter and the celebration of 'new life'. We have had Easter themed activities which the children have thoroughly enjoyed and engaged in throughout the week. We had our Easter egg hunt in the nursery garden where the children found all 54 eggs that had been hidden! They had a super time. We have tasted hot cross buns and learnt to sign hot cross buns! We finished off the week with the nursery parade of the Easter bonnets. All of which were amazing! The children looked fantastic.

The Colour Monster

One day the Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused.His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once!

To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour. In nursery the children have discussed the feelings and emotions of the colour monster and related these feelings through their own experiences, art work and other activities.

St Patricks Day

We celebrated St Patrick's Day on Wednesday 17th March. The children engaged in learning about the history of St Patrick's day with Mrs Page; They watched children in Ireland prepare and celebrate St Patrick's day; Tasted traditional Irish food of soda and potato bread and painted shamrock using shaving foam

 

The Gingerbread Man

To end our theme on traditional tales the children have engaged in one of our favourite stories ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Activities included; Rolling out ginger scented playdough adding raisins and buttons to create their own gingerbread man; Designed their own gingerbread person using different collage materials; Acted out the story using the small world resources and our story telling wooden spoons; Counted pom poms to match the number on the gingerbread men; Mixed ingredients to make gingerbread men; Iced and decorated their very own gingerbread man…and taken it home before it ran away!

St David’s Day

1st March 2021

We have learnt that St David is the Patron Saint of Wales.  To celebrate St David’s Day we made daffodils, which is the national flower of Wales; Tasted some delicious welsh cakes; Prepared leeks in the home corner; Listened and watched children preparing and celebrating St David’s Day

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Continuing our Traditional Tales, the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading and listening to the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. The teaching staff acted out the story much to the amusement and delight of the children. They then had the opportunity to act out the story themselves. The children have made their own scene of the three Billy goats gruff trip trapping over the bridge to be challenged by the troll waiting on the other side! They have enjoyed exploring different colours in their creation of a ‘Troll’ blott painting resulting in amazing art work!

Spring Term 1 2021

 

Jack and The Beanstalk

 

The children have embraced the activities with our traditional tale of Jack and The Beanstalk. Look at what the children have been doing at home and at nursery.

Traditional Tales: The Three Little Pigs

 

Continuing our theme of Traditional tales this week we have been reading the story of The Three Little Pigs. Some of the activities included: Cutting out shapes to create their own little pig. Made houses out of straw, sticks and bricks using different collage materials. Explored the textures of straw and sticks to see if they can build houses in our small world area as well as outside. Our tricky challenge involved making a house out of marshmallows and straws. Acting out the story using the repeated refrains from the story. 

Garden Birds

 

As part of the RSPB big Garden Birdwatch which takes place on 29th to 31st January the children have been given a bird spotting chart. They were asked to identify birds that they have seen throughout the week in their garden, when they visited the park and on walks. Here are some of the other activities we have done this week in relation to Garden Birds: Made environmentally friendly bird feeders. Some of which are now hanging in the nursery garden. Designed, painted, and used collage materials for our paper plate birds and bird houses. Practised our fine motor skills using pegs to pick up our imitation worms to feed 'the birds'. Drawn and labelled the parts of the bird. What wonderful work the children have done.

The Elves and The Shoemaker
Another exciting week looking at the traditional tale of The Elves and The Shoemaker. We have designed shoes, measured feet, paired different shoes and even counted how many pairs of shoes it would take to fill a Dinosaur footprint! The children have enjoyed practising their cutting skills in making split pin elves in addition to using different materials to make new clothes for the elves. 

Traditional Tales: Goldilocks and The Three Bear

 

This week the children have enjoyed the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears and have done some lovely activities associated with the story. Sizing objects from small, medium large. Sorting objects in to 'hard' and 'soft'. Re-telling the story in their own words, using props they have found in the home. Filling different size containers with porridge oats. Getting creative with painted paper plate bears and delicious bear toast!

The children have been learning all about 'The North Pole'. They have looked and discussed animals that live in the Arctic and what clothing you would need to wear to keep warm.  They have explored and investigated ice using different materials and methods to see the effects of ice melting. They have made some amazing Arctic animals and drawings, as well as practising their cutting skills to make snowflakes.

Pumpkins! 

In October, the children looked and investigated pumpkins. We looked inside and described what it felt like. We scooped the seeds out and let them dry out indoors in the nursery. In December, the children each potted a pumpkin seed and took it home over the Christmas period. They had to ensure that it had sunlight, warmth, and water.  

Take a look at our success.

Merry Christmas everyone 

We wish you a Merry Christmas !

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Christingle

In Nursery we have been learning about the story of ‘Christmas’. They have investigated our curiosity cube which contains the Nativity scene. Drawn their own Nativity pictures and have dressed and acted out their own Nativity with the songs we have learnt for ‘Our Very Own Nativity’.

Songs from “Our Very Own Nativity”

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“ Hello baby Jesus”

“Knock, knock”

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Celebrating St Andrews Day

Anti-bullying week

We have taken time to talk about and discuss what a good friend means. We have introduced new vocabulary: Kind, caring, gentle, truthful, honest, interested, thoughtful, understanding to describe ‘ a good friend’.

Diwali’ 

We have been celebrating ‘Diwali’. The Hindu festival of light. The children have decorated Rangoli patterns using coloured rice. Modelled and painted clay to make their own Divas. We looked at and painted Mehndi patterns on our hands. They have tasted traditional Indian cuisine and have prepared their own recipes using traditional Hindu ingredients in our role play kitchen. 

Remembrance Day 

 

The children have been learning about ‘Remembrance Day’ which is also called ‘Poppy Day’. We use Poppy Day to remember the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have died. The children have painted poppies onto stones which we displayed outside, created poppies from play dough and painted their own poppies. On Wednesday we also took part in the 2 minute silence. 

Welcome back to nursery Autumn term 2

Our new additions to the outdoor area

Autumn 2020
 

Following our Autumn theme, we have looked at and investigated pumpkins and squashes this week. The children have used their observational skills to draw and paint pumpkins and different squash. We have been really impressed with their art work. We have used descriptive words ‘bumpy, smooth, circular, round to describe what we see. Slimy, gooey, wet, slippery, stringy to describe what we felt when we placed our hands inside the pumpkin.   We are drying out the oval seeds found inside the pumpkin and plan to plant them next term as part of our science investigation to see what happens!

Exploring pumpkins

Celebrating the Harvest Festival

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Celebrating the Harvest Festival

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Autumn term 1 - Exploring our environment

Autumn activities

Take a look at our nursery environment...

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