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.
Autumn Term 1 2021
Week beginning 11/10/21
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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’.
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’.
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.
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.
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!