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Welcome to the Nursery Class!

 

 

Welcome to Manor Park Nursery.

 

Hello and welcome to the class page. Mrs Dolby and Mrs Lockley are the Early Years Teachers. Miss Jones and Mrs Page are the teaching assistants. Mrs Bell is our care assistant.

 

We look forward to watching your child learn and grow throughout their time in nursery with fun activities and experiences that we have planned.

Spring Term 1 2022

Week commencing 17th January 2022
 
Traditional Tales: The Three Little Pigs
 

This week we have been reading the traditional tale of ‘The three little Pigs’. The children have excitedly joined in the repeated refrains of the story and have acted out and retold the story using puppets, props, and sequencing activities. In addition, the children have drawn the three little pigs' houses and have been very creative painting pig faces, using triangles and circles for the ears and snout and modelling pigs from play dough! We looked for shapes in our outdoor environment and the children were given the opportunity to come inside and draw round familiar shapes that they had recognised outside.

 

Week commencing 10th January 2022

Traditional Tales: Goldilocks and The Three Bears
 

This week the children have been looking at the traditional tale ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’. 

We have concentrated on further developing the children’s listening and attention skills by joining in with the repeated refrains and phrases within the story.  The children have listened to different versions of the story and are beginning to understand how stories are structured, describing the main characters, and setting. In addition, they have had the opportunity to act out the story with props in our role play and small world areas. In mathematics we have looked at sizing objects from ‘small’ ‘medium’ and ‘large’ and recognising numbers 1, 2 and 3. We have used different sized spoons using porridge oats to fill up the ‘small’ ‘medium’ and ‘large’ bowls. The children have used different collage materials to make bears and drawn pictures of The Three Bears house. 

Week commencing 3rd January 2022
 
The North Pole
This week we have been learning about the North Pole.
We have looked where the The North Pole is on our world map; Discussed what clothes we would wear in cold weather; In our small world area we have had an arctic theme with arctic animals which the children have thoroughly enjoyed; We have practiced our cutting skills and pencil control with cutting out and drawing snowflakes; investigated ice and what happens when ice begins to melt; To strengthen the children's fine motor skills we used wooden hammers and golf tees to recreate ice tapping; Looked at photographs of ice caves and drew our own interpretations with white and blue crayons

Autumn Term 2 2021

Week commencing 13th December 2021

 

Christingle

 

This week we made our own Christingle. We learnt that the orange symbolises the world, the red ribbon represents Gods love, the sweets show the gifts God gives us and the candle represents Jesus as the light of the world.
They have remembered so much about the nativity story and used this in their learning, talking about Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem on a donkey and of course baby Jesus in the stable. 

The children have also been looking into the ways we celebrate Christmas. By sharing gifts, hanging decorations, sharing special foods and singing songs. 

We wish you a Merry Christmas

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Week commencing 6th December 2021

 

‘Our very own Nativity’

 

The nursery children have enjoyed learning about the Nativity this week. In our performance they sang beautifully and shone like the stars they truly are. 

 

 

Week commencing 29th November 2021

 

Celebrating St Andrew's Day

 

The children have been learning about Scotland and celebrating St Andrew's Day on who is the patron saint of Scotland. We read a story called 'Katie in Scotland'. Katie goes on an adventure seeing the best spots in Scotland with Jack and Grandma with the help of Nessie The Loch Ness Monster! We have looked at the Scottish flag and noticed that it has four blue triangles. The children made miniature flags to go on our castle in our small world; Looked at the different patterns created on the various colours of tartan and designed their own tartan, drawing vertical and horizontal lines; tasted traditional shortbread and Scottish porridge and created their own interpretations of 'Nessie' using playdough

Week commencing 21st November
‘My Family’

 

This week we have been looking at 'My family'. The children have shared pictures of their family and discussed who is in their family picture. We have talked and shared books to show there are many different family units and each family is unique.  The children have drawn amazing pictures of the people in their family; manipulated playdough to make facial features; continued practising our cutting skills and used our fine motor skills to thread cotton reels and cubes.

Week commencing 15th November 

 

'One kind word' Anti-bullying week

 

This week the children have been learning all about friendship, having respect for other and what being a good friend means. They have displayed 'good friend' traits by looking after each other, taking part in friendship crafts; representing their friends in drawings; sharing activities both inside and outside where they showed good teamwork. On the 19th November we celebrated Children In Need by wearing something spotty.

Week commencing 8th November

 

Remembrance

 

This week the children have been learning about the meaning of wearing a poppy for Remembrance day. They have used potatoes to print red poppies; created their own poppy using play dough; used their fine motor skills to cut out and draw poppies; represented numbers 1-5 by counting out buttons and poppies and then having ago at writing the number. The children took part in the   2-minute silence on Thursday Remembrance Day.

Week beginning  1st November 2021

 

Diwali 

 

This week we have been celebrating the festival of Diwali. The Hindu festival of light. The children have created their own Rangoli patterns using coloured pasta and chickpeas. We have painted hands with mehndi patterns. Modelled and made their own Diya's using salt dough and painted them with bright colours and sequins. They have tasted traditional Hindu cuisine, and prepared Hindu ingredients in our Diwali home corner. The children enjoyed dancing to Diwali music and learning different movements

Autumn Term 1 2021

Week beginning  11/10/21

 

Pumpkins
 

This week we have been investigating pumpkins. We have used words to describe the pumpkin: Enormous; gigantic, round, circular, bumpy, stripy, huge, heavy, orange.  We then looked inside the pumpkins and scouped out the seeds using spoons and our hands. We learnt new vocabulary: slimy, slippery, stringy, to describe what it felt like when we put our hands inside the pumpkins. We have used our observational skills to draw different pumpkins; practised cutting skills and counted out autumn objects to the number.  

Week beginning  04.10.2021
 
Planting daffodils
 

This week we have been planting daffodil bulbs in the nursery garden. The children have learnt about the safety of using trowels, spades, and forks in the garden. We talked about what the bulbs needed to grow: Water, warmth, and sunlight. We planted some bulbs in pots so we can see the changes taking place indoors in the nursery. The children have been practising their cutting skills and made some amazing collages.

The children have had a go at making their own bread at home. This was their home learning after we made bread and tasted it in nursery.  I think we may have some contestants for 'The Great British Bake off' in the future.

Week beginning 27th September 
 
Harvest 
 

Continuing our previous learning of the season ‘Autumn’ the children have been very creative in painting hedgehog pictures with carrots; Apple printing; Conker rolling leaf paintings; manipulating playdough to make different pictures of Autumn. 

We have talked about the word ‘Harvest’ and the meaning of Harvest. The children have looked at and felt Wheat, Oats and Barley that have been gathered from a local farmer just before harvest. We used our observational skills to describe what we saw.  The children sat and observed Mrs Dolby making bread and helped with mixing all the ingredients together. We even tasted the delicious bread made. 

Nottinghamshire Fire Brigade. 

 

We were very lucky to receive a visit from Nottinghamshire Fire Brigade and got the chance to sit on the fire engine.

Week beginning 20th September

 

Autumn

 

This week we have been looking at the changing season from Summer to Autumn. The children have created lovely pictures with Autumn items of conkers, leaves, sticks, and beech tree shell casings. We investigated the Autumn items more closely at carpet time and used words to describe what the items felt like when we touched them: Prickly, spikey, velvety, hairy, hard, smooth, shiny. 

The children have had fun painting self-portraits. They have used their imagination to create their own faces with playdough, using different materials to add features to their faces. 

 

 

Weeks beginning 6th & 13th September

 

Exploring our environment. 

Summer term 2

Coral reefs

 

This week we have been looking at coral reefs. We have learnt there are 3 types of coral: branching coral, rice coral and smooth coral. We know that coral reefs are only found in shallow tropical seas. The biggest coral reef being the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the most colourful in Indonesia.

The children have used different colour felt tips to draw their coral reef. We have used broccoli and sponges to recreate a colourful coral reef outside. Made turtles as we have learnt that turtles eat the algae from the coral: used dried pasta shapes and glittering sequins in our coral reef playdough. In addition the children have had fun putting on scuba diving equipment and finding out what each piece of equipment is used for.

Ocean occupations

 

This week the children have been learning about different occupations associated with the Oceans. We have looked at: Marine Biologist, Lifeboat crew, Clean up Beach volunteer and scuba divers. The children have cut out and put together split pin divers. Learnt what equipment scuba divers need to swim in the ocean safely. We have watched lifeboat launches and talked about how they save lives at sea.  Read the book 'Clean up our Beach' and how important it is to keep our beaches clean of rubbish and plastic. 

Plastics and Recycling

 

The children have learnt about how we can look after our planet by recycling plastic, paper, cardboard, cans, and metal. We have seen where our nursery bins are emptied at the end of each day and where all the recycled cardboard from school goes. We have made our own planet earth from cardboard and paper; Made our own recycling posters and watched Sir David Attenborough speaking about how we can reduce plastic in our oceans.

Floating and sinking

Today we did a science experiment to see whether our sea animals would float or sink. We used 5 cups. One with water, one with water and salt, one with water and sugar, one with water and baking powder and the other with water and bicarbonate of soda. We placed an animal in each one to see what would happen. The children made their predication and used fantastic vocabulary to explain what they saw. All of the animals sunk to the bottom so we decided in the afternoon to try the experiment again using grapes to see if the results would be different. 

 

Ocean predators

 

This week the children have been learning about Great White Sharks and Killer Whales. We have read non-fiction books and found out some interesting facts...Did you know that a Great White Shark has 300 teeth! We have moulded clay to create our colourful sea creatures;  Using our cutting skills created sharks: Had fun recognising and rolling the number balls down the guttering into the water; The children have also been learning about shapes and drawing their ocean creatures.  

Under the sea’

 

The children have learnt facts about Octupuses, jellyfish and sea horses. They have done blow paintings to create some beautiful colourful jellyfish; manipulated playdough to create the arms and tentacles of octopus and jellyfish; described the texture of kinetic sand in the small world; weaved different materials to create the colours of the ocean; Drawn our under the sea animals and even had a go at writing the names of them. We have also learnt how to ‘sign’ the Ocean animals crab, dolphin, whale, star fish, and shark.

Oceans
 

Our new topic this half term is 'Oceans'. The children have looked on the globe and learnt there are five Oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic. We have painted different colours of blue on to foil to represent the different colours of the Oceans: Made Ocean animals out of play dough and decorated them with seashells; Discovered and named Ocean animals in our rock pools and in our small world; Drawn beautiful pictures of starfish and other Ocean wildlife. On Tuesday 8th June we took part in 'World Ocean day'. We read books on how we can clean up our beaches and keep the Oceans clean from plastic.

Summer Term 1

Calverton past and present 

 

The children have really taken an interest in the history of Calverton this week. They have learnt that Calverton was a mining village where coal was mined. We have looked at artefacts relating to mining; Had a go at observational drawings of miner's lamps using charcoal; recreated a miner's wheel using play dough and creative materials.

We have discussed and looked at pictures of what life was like in the past and compared it to life today. The children have washed clothes using wooden wash boards, soap and scrubbing brushes; pegged the washing out to dry; observed bread being made by Mrs Dolby and tasted the bread once cooked.  

Houses in cold countries

Continuing our topic this half term we have looked at houses in cold countries: Igloo, yurt and log cabin. We have discussed what each home is made of and where in the world we would find these homes. The children looked at the shapes of the houses learning new vocabulary; circular, dome, semi-circle, curve. Constructed Igloos using sugar cubes and marshmallows; used their imagination in the small world Arctic tuff spot with Arctic animals and Arctic people and explored sensory play with shaving foam and ice blocks.

 

Houses in hot countries
 

 

We have looked at houses and homes in hot countries across the world. Trulli houses (southern Italy); Bedouin tent (Desert); Rondavel houses (Africa).

The children have made Rondavel houses from painted paper cups adding straw for the roofs; constructed Rondavel houses using play dough and sticks; drawn Trulli houses using white chalks; assembled their Bedouin tents; tasted fruits that grow in hot countries and engaged in the small world with a setup of an African village.

Castles and Palaces

 

The children enjoyed learning about The Queen’s residences ‘Buckingham Palace’ and ‘Windsor Castle’. We learnt what life was like living in a castle many years ago; drew pictures of castles and Palaces; made our own jewelled crowns and played with our small world castle and knights.

Houses and Homes

 

We have looked at different types of homes and learnt new vocabulary; detached, semi-detached, terraced, flat cottage. The children have looked at shapes and patterns of houses and have enjoyed having a go at brick laying using real bricks and mixing sand and water for the cement; den making equipment creating their different homes out of the materials.  In our morning activity the children have drawn their own interpretation of a house they would like to live in; collaged houses using different materials; using their scissor skills cut out from magazines household items to furnish their home; Explored textures with brick rubbings using crayons. 

St George’s Day

We celebrated St George's day on Fridy 23rd April.  We learnt that St George was a brave Knight who fought a dragon. We looked at the St George flag and discussed the shapes that made up the flag. We proudly flew the flag alongside the Castle the children had made. The children made shields from red collage squares to represent St George's flag. In the afternoon we had traditional afternoon tea in the nursery garden with cucumber sandwiches, strawberries, and scones.

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

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