We're going on a Lion Hunt
Our book focus in Spring 2 was 'We're going on a lion hunt' by David Axtell. The children in the story go on a lion hunt through swamps, lakes and grass. We have enjoyed acting out the story, creating our own lions and finding lions in our classroom!
The seasons are changing!
We have been talking about the seasons and noticing the changes outside. We have had some very blustery days in which we have made kites and explored the best place to fly them. We have also noticed our flowers have started to grow. We have talked about how to look after them.
Our book focus for Spring 1 has been 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. We have really enjoyed learning about he different characters and exploring how the characters were feeling throughout the book. We created our own pictures of our favourite character.
We enjoyed exploring in the snow. We made snow castles and snowmen. We talked about how the snow felt and why it melts.
We read the book Mr Wolf's pancakes and enjoyed making our pancakes at Nursery today. We talked about the recipe and the ingredients that we needed. We then used this learning in our play where we pretended to make lots of delicious pancakes for our friends!
We have been getting ready for Christmas! Some of us had the opportunity to visit the local church to listen to the story of the Nativity. We invited our parents in to the classroom to make decorations with us.
Polar Bear Polar Bear, What do you hear?
Our book this term was Polar Bear Polar Bear, What do you hear? We have talked about the different characters in the story and made up own own characters to go into our Nursery book.
We have used lots of new equipment in Nursery this term. We have had a focus on balancing and developing our core muscles!
World Nursery Rhyme Week
We celebrated World Nursery Rhyme week, as part of our learning we learnt new versions of familiar songs.
Our reading bus!
We have enjoyed this term visiting our reading bus and sharing books with our teachers and friends.
In Maths this term we have learnt....
Lots of different words to describe how tall/long/short something is. We explored different lengths and compared sizes with our friends.
Played with lots of different shapes, built different models and named the different shapes we were using in our play.
Matched numbers to quantities
Children in Need!
We had a very special visit from Pudsey Bear. We talked about how we can help others and how we can be kind to our friends in Nursery. We made spotty hats, played odd an odd sock game and played with lots of circles.
We used a range of medias to create our own bonfire pictures and models.
We have enjoyed using pumpkins in our play this term. We have weighed, explored what they look like inside, counted the seeds and used hammers to put pegs into them.
We read the story pumpkin soup and have talked about the different characters and how they were feeling during the story.
We have been noticing the changes outside and exploring them as part of our learning. We brought in Autumn treasures from home and made autumn collages.
We have read "Leaf Man" and "It's not a stick" as part of our Forest School Learning.
"It's a magic wand"
"It's a banana"
We have been enjoying learning different rhymes and singing them in Nursery!
Our first few weeks in Nursery!
Welcome to Nursery!
What a busy few weeks we have had settling into Nursery. A warm welcome to all of our new children and families, we look forward to getting to know you and working with you all.
We are enjoying new learning experiences in our Nursery class and have been exploring all the toys and resources we can play and learn with.
We have been reading traditional tales as part of our story time and have been talking about the characters.
Celebration of our learning!
We invited families and friends to come and join us to share our learning this term.
The Rainbow Fish
This term we have learnt about the story of the Rainbow Fish. We have experimented mixing colours to create our own under the sea scenes.
We have also been on treasure hunts to find Pirate Pete's Gold! We had to use our numbers and knowledge of positional and directional language to solve the clues!
And we have been learning lots of new information about the creatures that live under the sea.
Summer term Forest School
In Forest School this term we have been collecting sticks and ordering them in size order.
We have also looked at and talked about the textures of bark and created our own bark rubbing pictures.
We released our butterflies and ladybirds!
Last term we learnt about the life cycle of a ladybird and butterfly. Over the holidays are cocoons and larva metamorphosed into butterflies and ladybirds.
Our library bus!
We invited our parents to come and join us on the bus. We enjoyed reading stories together!
Developing our gross motor movements
We have been challenging ourselves outdoors in using new equipment. We did find it a bit tricky at first but we kept trying and helped each other and are now really good at using the ladder and the steppers!
Each week a groups of children get to participate in cooking activities. This term we have had a focus on healthy eating. We made fruit kebabs, salad and pasta.
Changes in our garden
We have been observing the changes in our outdoor environment. We noticed that blossom had formed on the trees and we have painted our own pictures.
We have been learning about ladybirds this term. We received ladybird eggs and have watched them change into larva, pupa and then hatch into little ladybirds.
We have been reading the story What the ladybird heard and have thought of different words to describe her. We worked together to complete the jigsaw and talked about the different parts of a ladybird.
Creating Easter Baskets
As part of our Easter learning we have been exploring the texture of clay and have carefully creating our own Easter baskets. We manipulated the clay by pinching, twisting, rolling and moulding. We are going to paint them and take them home at the end of term,
This term our novel study has been The Gruffalo. We have been on a Gruffalo hunt into our woodland area and have enjoyed talking about the different characters and describing what they look like. We have also acted out the story using puppets and story spoons.
We have enjoyed looking for shapes around us and have started to create our own shapes using natural objects.
Planting and watching things grow and change!
This term we have been busy planting and watching our seeds grow. We have planted potatoes in sacks and we are adding my soil and watering them. We have been observing beans grow in cotton wool and talking about the changes we see. We have drawn and painted flowers and during one of our forest school sessions we also planted salad seeds for us to take home over the Easter Holidays.
Developing our outdoor classroom
During the Spring Term we have been developing our outdoor area. We have created a new mud kitchen and sand pit. We planned out and measured together what we wanted and our hard working Caretaker Mr Egan has helped us in making our creations possible.
We have been enjoying being out and about in our woodland area. We have been busy counting different leaves and sticks, we have noticed the changes of colours around us. As part of our Forest School Fortnight we got to make models with clay and also relax and focus our minds with Yoga.
Our Library bus!
We were very excited to see our library bus arrive. We all got to go on the bus to read stories and pretend to be the driver. We took our experiences back into the classroom and made our own bus and painted our own pictures of what the bus looked like.
This term we learnt about the story Owl Babies. We came back to Nursery after the weekend and nest had appeared with an egg. We talked about who could have left the egg, a bird, crocodile, dinosaur... We then discovered it was an owls nest and they left us the book Owl Babies to read. We enjoyed talking about the characters and made lots of models and pictures of different birds.
Exploring Snow and Ice
What a wonderful term we have had with the weather. We have been very lucky to explore the snow, building snow people and talking about what it feels, looks and sounds like.
We have enjoyed painting with ice and seeing what happens when the ice melts and mixes together!
Mystery Visitors in Nursery!
We have been investigating some very strange things in Nursery this week! A Door magically appeared in our curiosity cube. The next day white footprints appeared all over the classroom - we thought maybe a snowman was loose in our classroom. The next day a tiny bell appeared and soon after in disappeared! On Thursday a letter arrived from Basil our Kindness Elf asking us to help him find his bell. We drew pictures and talked to our grown ups to see if they had seen it. On Friday we found it and to say thank you Basil gave us a new book!
Special Delivery from Spot the Dog!
We came to Nursery on Monday and were surprised by a special parcel. We talked about who could have sent it to us. We carefully opened the package and found items to do with celebrating birthdays. The next day we received a book from Spot the Dog, it was about his birthday and he wanted help from us inviting his friends to his party. We wrote lists of people he could invite, made decorations for the party and baked cakes!
We have enjoyed learning about the festival of Diwali. We have created our own diva lamps and enjoyed making our own firework pictures using different medias.
We have been enjoying noticing and talking about the the changes we can see happening outside. We went on a Autumn hunt with our families and brought in lots of Autumnal objects which we then used our magnifying glasses and senses of touch and smell to look at, and create Autumn pictures. We have read stories and sang new songs about harvest and the changes in the leaves. We brought in food items from home to make into parcels for our elderly neighbours sharing these with the rest of the school in a special Harvest assembly.
Welcome to Nursery!
What a busy few weeks we have had settling into Nursery. A huge welcome to all of our new children and families, we look forward to getting to know you and working with you all. We have been getting to know our new friends and teachers in Nursery.
We are enjoying new learning experiences in our Nursery class and have been exploring all the toys and resources we can play with.
Our 2017 Ofsted inspection commented - that we still provide good quality education & a stimulating & caring environment. Individual needs are well met & children quickly grow in confidence. There is a positive culture for safeguarding & pupils said that they feel happy & settled in school.
"I am amazing. Together we are magnificent!"