Our theme this week was dinosaurs and it turns out we already have lots of dinosaur experts in the class. We have read non-fiction fact books and storybooks to learn more about particular dinosaurs. We have drawn, paint and modelled our favourites.
We have also continued our theme on ‘perseverance’ with Jigsaw Jennie. Being in nursery provides lots of opportunities to try something for the first time or to try to manage something by yourself. We always encourage the children to keep on trying and that practice makes perfect.
We have also started to learn a little bit about Chinese New Year in preparation for Saturday 25th January. This week we watched a story about the animals who had a race in order to become the zodiac animals for Chinese New Year. If your child missed this session at nursery or would like to watch it again, it is on Cbeebies:
Week Ending Friday 10th January 2020
Happy New Year everyone! We have had a lovely first week back at school after the Christmas break and have welcomed in our new January starter children for their visits.
We are very proud of our existing nursery children, who have been so welcoming to our new starters by making friends and showing them the different areas they can play in.
This week, in our Jigsaw session we have been celebrating people who keep trying even when something is difficult. Our nursery children have a great Growth Mindset and never give up when they find something tricky. We have talked about how sometimes we may come across things that are difficult and discussed how we could overcome them, working together and not giving up.
The Nursery children have been working hard to learn something new such as, putting on their own coat, pouring a drink, beginning to write their name or some letters of their name.
We were very lucky to also have Zara join this week to help us learn about Road safety. The children learnt how to safely cross a busy road and loved taking turns to role play being the vehicles, lolly pop person and pedestrians.
Week beginning 9th December
We have had a very exciting Christmassy week this week. We have enjoyed our Christmas party and were lucky enough to have Santa visit us! We had a lovely Christmas dinner on Thursday when we pulled crackers with our friends and sang Christmas songs and we have continued to make beautiful Christmas decorations.
We have been learning the story of the Christmas Nativity and read a story about the very first Christmas. Children then went on to role play this story with small figures and fancy dress. They also created their own nativity stable scene in the cut and stick area.
We have enjoyed learning lots of Christmas songs in our group times. Two of our favourites are ‘Christmas pudding’ and ‘When Santa got stuck up the chimney.’
Our Stay and Play sessions have been lovely this week when parents came into nursery to enjoy making Christmas crafts with their children. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing our nursery children working with their parents to create some beautiful crafts.
Week Beginning 2nd December 2019
This week we have begun our Christmas celebrations and preparations.
The children have helped to make decorations for the tree and the classroom. The children also made a big class advent calendar from glittery stockings to help us count down the days.
We have practiced our rhyming skills by playing ‘silly soup’ – the children had to choose two things to go into the soup that rhymed; for example a cat and a bat.
You can keep practicing rhyming skills by reading a story together that has rhyme in or you could try playing this game:
We have also continued our circle times with ‘Jigsaw Jennie.’ This week we talked about families and how our families are all different. The children told the group about their own families and drew pictures of them.
Week ending 29th November
This week, we found poor Daisy the cow stuck in some frozen mud outside! We talked about how we could rescue Daisy and the children came up with some great suggestions.
After hearing the story 'Stuck in the Mud' (Talk For Writing), we decided to let the other animals in nursery help pull Daisy out.
The children were all brilliant at joining in with the actions for each part of the story and remembered it very well. They then used a story map to retell the story by following the pictures.
Hopefully we can get Daisy out of the mud over the weekend!
We have also had another fun session with Jennie and Jerry this week in our Jigsaw time. We began with our calm time, when we use our musical chime to help us relax. We used some new breathing techniques and closed our eyes as we relaxed.
Jennie brought us the book 'Barry the fish with fingers' to read and then we talked about how some people are different, how it's good to be different and that’s what makes us all special.
This week we have celebrated World Nursery Rhyme Week.
Each day we have tried to learn a different nursery rhyme and have tried lots of activities related to each rhyme. For example, we made playdough spiders on Incy Wincy Spider Day, we learned the British Sign Language version of Baa Baa Black Sheep and we made boats and explored sinking and floating on Row Row Row Your Boat day.
This quote helps to explain why we place so much importance on nursery rhymes, not just in weeks like World Nursery Rhyme Week, but every single day in Early Years:
‘If children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8.’
Please continue to practice nursery rhymes at home with your children. Here is a link to some lovely CBeebies nursery rhymes:
Week ending 15th November
We started this week by doing some lovely poppy themed activities for Remembrance Day on Monday. The children in nursery watched an animation about a bunny in a field of poppies, which set the theme for the day. They then went on to talk about being kind to others, we made poppy biscuits and printing with apples to make the shape of a poppy.
The rest of this week has been Children in Need themed in preparation for the big day on Friday. We have used Pudsey stick puppets to retell the story of Pudsey’s Great Fundraiser, done spot printing with corks and even went on a Pudsey Bear hunt in the trees.
We have focussed on what makes people special and how everyone is different. After reading the book ‘Wonder’, the children were able to draw their own special qualities and talk about these in a group.
Nursery are very excited for the Children in Need bake sale on Friday and hope it raises a lot of money.
This week we have talked about Bonfire Night. The children could talk about the bonfire’s that they had been to and the fireworks that they had seen. We spoke about what they looked and sounded like. This helped us when we made firework paintings and we did a firework dance with sound effects!
We have also practiced our listening skills by playing games with musical instruments. The children got the chance to experiment with lots of instruments and then we challenged them to see if they could stop and start playing at the correct time. We also tried to play them quietly, loudly, quickly and slowly. By far, the most popular instrument was the trumpet!!
We have also put our pumpkins from last week to good use by picking out the seeds and planting them. Hopefully you might be able to plant them somewhere outside with your child at home to see if you get any pumpkins for next year!
Week ending 1st November
This week, our activities have been Halloween themed. We have enjoyed role- playing in the witch’s kitchen area, had lots of messy fun with pumpkins and made Halloween crafts like cotton wool ghosts and paper plate spider webs.
We have listened to Halloween themed stories ‘Splat the Cat’, ‘Spider Sandwiches’, ‘Spinderella’ and Funnybones’. Then we did activities linked to these like making our own Halloween sandwiches.
All of the children have been practising their gross motor and fine motor skills by doing dough disco, scissor skills and squiggles whilst you wiggle to the song ‘Monster Mash’.
This week we have looked at ‘Us, Our Families and Where We Live’. We started the week by singing songs about our body parts like ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’. We also drew around each other and named all the body parts we could see. We read books about families, especially ones that had babies and children in. We loved looking at photographs of each other as babies and talked about the differences between what we are like now and what we were like as babies.
We also talked about where we live, drawing our houses and who lives in them. We investigated our school grounds by using a map. We went on a spotters walk to see if we could tick off everything on our spotter’s sheet, like the big playground equipment and the bike sheds.
We had a special visitor on Tuesday and Wednesday. The storyteller, Adam Bushnell came to see us to tell us amazing stories. The children found him so funny and were brilliant at listening and joining in.
Week ending 11th October 2019
This week, we have been learning all about Autumn.
We have been on an autumn walk, found colourful leaves, conkers, pine cones and acorns. We have used our autumn treasures to make leaf hedgehogs and autumn crowns.
We have made delicious hedgehog bread and leaf biscuits and have even used clay to make our own little hedgehog friend.
Our favourite stories this week have been, ‘The Curious Little Hedgehog’, ‘The very Helpful Hedgehog’ and ‘Don’t Hog the Hedge’, along with some fun autumn songs.
On Friday, we had lots of fun in our new outdoor tepee and mud kitchen area. The children in nursery enjoyed role-playing in the kitchen, exploring the outdoor area and singing songs in the tepee.
This week we have welcomed lots of new friends into nursery. It has been so lovely to have you all in full time after meeting you at your visits in the last two weeks.
We have been very impressed with how quickly they have settled.
We have been playing lots of ‘getting to know you’ games, including singing lots of songs to learn each other’s’ names.
The children have also enjoyed drawing pictures of themselves and talking about their families.
The class guinea pigs have also been a firm favourite this week and have had lots of cuddles from everybody.
Week ending 13th September 2019
This week, the children have been superstars welcoming our new nursery children into the setting and have made lots of new friends.
We have had a pirate theme all week and have been on lots of fun pirate adventures. Children have been role playing, hunting for treasure, listening to stories, drawing characters, making pirate hats and singing lots of songs. One of our favourites was ‘Five Little Pirates’.
Five Little Pirates
To the tune of: Five Little Ducks
Five little pirates went out one day
Over the seas and far away.
The captain said. “Yo, ho, ho, ho!”
But only four little pirates came back home.
Four little pirates…
Three little pirates...
Two little pirates...
One little pirate...
Sad old captain went out one day
Over the seas and far away.
Sad old captain said, “Yo, Ho, HO!!!!!!!”
And five little pirates came right back home.