This week the children have enjoyed the shop in the role play area. The children have been talking to each other about all the lovely food they have brought. The children have taken turns to be the customer and the cashier talking about how much the items cost and using number recognition to price up the items. Our shop is selling fruit and vegetables and cakes. This has led to us talking about healthy foods and not so healthy foods and discussing the importance of eating healthy.
We have made an autumn display in the classroom, using items we have found round the school. We have talked about autumn and what happens during this lovely season; the leaves falling, clocks changing and nights getting darker. If the children would like to bring in anything they have found while out and about to put on our display we can then show them in large group and talk about them.
The autumn theme continues through the Nursery which has led to different things being made. We have made leaf wreaths, leaf printing, hand printed acorns and hand printed hedgehogs.
We would like to continue with the autumn theme next week and would like to make some autumn sensory jars. The jars will be filled with a variety of items such as; leaves, conkers, pine cones, sticks and glitter. If possible, could send your child in with a clean jar next week? They can then make their own autumn sensory jar. Thank you.
On our carpet area we have had out different sized hoops and animals in different colours. The children have been thinking of a variety of different ways that they could sort these objects. This has led to discussions on the sizes of the hoops using the language small, bigger, big, medium, middle, tiny, enormous, huge. We have also counted the animals making sure we touched each one as we counted (1:1 counting).
The children are still bringing in their WOW leaves, its lovely to share these moments in large group and to praise the children for all the fantastic things they have achieved. Please keep them coming in.
On Friday last week we had Grandparents Day, where the children’s grandparents joined us in Nursery. The grandparents came in to read to the children and join in with our play. The children enjoyed showing their grandparents around their classroom and then they sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to them. So a big Thank You to the grandparents for joining us.
This week we have read the story, Owl Babies which the children have listened really well to. They can now finish off the sentences and retell the story themselves using the puppets we have made. This then led on to making owl baby paintings using sponge stampers. If your child has made one, their picture is now displayed on the window at nursery. Please take a look.
We have spent time talking to the children about the seasons and what happens to the environment at this time of the year. We have begun making Autumn trees using cotton buds bunched together for the colourful leaves which look very effective. This activity has extended further discussions about colours, naming other seasons and talking about what key events happen.
In our investigation area we have been searching for minibeasts using magnifying glasses prompting lots of conversation and fun by then going outside and looking for these using our minibeast hunt tick sheet.
This week we have started making Christmas cards as a fundraiser for the PTA, further details will follow in due course.
After reading the story Monkey Puzzle the children were inspired to create a collage of one of the characters. They decided to make a parrot using a range of colourful materials which led to lots of discussion on textures and colour.
The new kitchen has continued to be a popular area. The children have learned the importance of using an oven glove when getting food out of the oven and using the utensils safely. This play then led to the children to the playdough where they made cakes to bake.
The children have been exploring how to make different colours by mixing two together at the painting easel. It is great to see their delight when they have made a new colour. We then encourage the children to tell us how they have made their new colour which develops their speaking skills.
The windy weather has been a great talking point this week and has led us to making kites. We have explored different materials and found the most suitable one to make our own kites. What fun we had flying them!
Welcome to all of our Nursery children old and new. We are extremely pleased at how well all the children have settled into school and are learning their new routines. The children have learned the snack routine and how to self-register in the mornings.
The children have enjoyed the story, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse this week. They have used a variety of different implements to paint the different animals in the story. They have also used puppets to help retell the story. Through the story they have learned many new facts about animals.
The children have identified and named different shaped playdough cutters. We have incorporated mathematical language based on size such as, big and small when the children were participating in this activity. The marble run has been a big hit with all the children and they have been able to discuss the effects of the different heights of the run they have made.
Parents as readers in school (PARIS)
Every Friday at the start of the session parents are welcome to come into Nursery to read with your child. Books will be set out for you to share.
We have had another busy week at Nursery. The children are so familiar with the story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt that they have been reading it to their friends. It is lovely to see them sitting on the teacher’s chair reading to a group of attentive peers on the carpet. They have been busy making masks to accompany the story and have retold it as they played with the different textures in the builder’s tray.
The school in the role play area has been a bit hit. We have seen fantastic phonics lessons being taught which I am sure would be graded outstanding by Ofsted! The children are wearing the “big school” uniforms and practicing their writing in exercise books. They are certainly ready to move up and continue their learning.
It has been another hot week. The children have been busy watering the plants and exploring what happens when they put water down the different areas of the water wall. We have harvested our potatoes and have managed to grow a few this year. They have been washed and are now ready to eat. The children have also been busy washing our toys which they have done with gusto.
We explored the Forest School area today. We were very excited to sit in the new base camp that Jay put in for the school last week. We saw where the fire pit where we will be able to make a camp fire one day and the new hut to store our tools. The children are so confident navigating through the wooded paths.
I’m sure you have heard the news that the dinosaur has hatched. Some of the children believe it looks like an ‘allosaurus’, so the children made a home for him at the bottom of the garden; thinking about the fact that he would need shelter, food and water. They fed the T-Rex post box with maths equipment, rolling the dice and finding the matching numicon and numeral. We dug for bones in the sand tray, comparing the length of them. The story had some really great language to support their maths knowledge and the children thoroughly enjoyed joining in with actions for Dinosaur Roar.
The hot weather has bought about some fantastic socialising, as the children sat paddling their toes in the shallow water of the tuff spot. We sat singing songs and sharing our experiences of holidays with trips to the beach and the seaside. Water play featured heavily again, this time they were enjoying transporting the water down the guttering to a large bucket and then when it was full, they refilled the tray. It is so interesting to watch their fascinations as they play.
We have had duplo and small wooden construction outside too, which meant that the children have created constructions that follow their play. For example one child found a bean, drew a long beanstalk with chalk on the ground and then constructed a castle at the top of her beanstalk with the wooden blocks.
There has been lots of ‘teacher play’ again this week. It is so nice to see the children replicating their phonics teaching as it shows they are retaining the information that they are given but also, and more importantly, that they enjoy it!
I must say a farewell to you all this week, as I have finished my Teacher Training and I am preparing to start my role as a Newly Qualified Teacher at my new school. I was so fortunate that St Mary's have supported me through this year and I feel that I owe them a great deal for the amazing start to my career as a teacher. Getting to know your wonderful children has been an amazing privilege. I have promised to keep in touch, so I look forward to hearing how all of the children are progressing, especially as they move into Reception. Good luck to you all, I will miss you very much from Mrs Howell.
We have got wet and wild in Nursery this week. So sorry about all the extra washing you’ve had, but it has been fun. The children have been tipping, pouring, washing, squirting, sploshing and splashing everywhere. Guttering and water is always a hit. We have had a great amount of sharing with the bubble wands and the ‘watery paint sprayers’. They have had water with the tea set, which meant that we were served tea and coffee very frequently! The children quickly learned that they were over filling the cups and managed the rate at which they poured.
The children have written messages in a bottle and designed treasure maps, which has led into them constructing a pirate ship role play scenario. The most common comment that was used whilst bubble painting was ‘wow!’
The overriding feature of the week has been the discovery of a dinosaur egg in our garden. We had to contact the Natural History Museum in order to find out how to care for it. The children helped to think of some questions that they would like to ask, then wrote postcards with their questions to the museum. They cannot wait for the dinosaur to hatch.
We have provided snipping activities, to develop their fine motor skills, such as snipping the grass. Whilst reading the story this week we have cut out the bath and all of the characters, sticking them on to a picture as they present in the story. This has enabled the children to tell the story themselves and some have used their phonics to label them.
The children were using the microphones to sing songs from Frozen and The Greatest Showman, so we constructed a stage and props to enhance this interest. We thoroughly enjoyed being entertained with comedians, singers and dancers. The children made tickets to sell and posters to advertise their show. We had such a great time, taking turns and applauding our friends; our very own St Mary's got talent!
Our story for next week is The Gingerbread Man and our Nursery Rhymes are:
Our story for next week is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
Our Nursery rhymes are:
In our final week of the year we will read the story, Starting School by Janet and Alan Alberg. This is a lovely story which is based what happens when you start school in a Reception Class. We will take the children who are moving up into Reception into their new classes throughout the week so that they can see how the register is done. We will also walk over to the Hall to meet the dinner ladies and learn about how lunch time works.
Our rhymes for the week will be:
We will be talking about different 2D shapes and participating in a range of activities such as, shape hunts and collage activities. Please feel free to share any shape activities you do at home with us on Tapestry.
On Friday 20th July we will be holding our Graduation Ceremony. The younger children will be collected earlier to allow this to be held. If you have any questions please speak to a member of the Nursery Team.
Next week our focus story is The Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. Our nursery rhymes are:
If you have not done so already can you please ensure that all of your child's belongings are labelled. Thank you.