This week the story we have been reading is Daniel and the Hungry Lions. We have been reading this story in the lead up to our church visit. On our visit to the church the children were told the story again and there were a few activities related to the story. The children made a lion mask and acted out the story with many being a lion. The children were read another story called The Men who liked to say No and they participated in more activities, making a fire and then building a statue from large boxes and knocking it down. The children behaved fantastically well while in the church. We were also very proud of how well the children walked to the church.
In our role play area we have large wooden blocks, foam bricks, boxes and design sheets. The teachers explained to the children how they could draw and design something to build. The children drew their designs and then built what they had drawn. The children have built many different things like a car, space ship, bus and a volcano.
Please continue to bring in the children’s WOW leaves it’s lovely to read them out to all the children during large group time. The children have been doing some amazing things.
Please could we ask that ALL children’s clothing, hats, coats, bags and water bottles be clearly named. Thank you.
This week we have been reading the story, All Change. The story talks about different vehicles we can travel in. This has led to discussions about going on holiday and what vehicles we travel in to get to our destination. The children talked about going on a plane, a train, a car, a bike, a boat and a horse. The children have enjoyed playing in the plane we have made from large cardboard boxes. The children have made a passport so they can fly in the plane. They have drawn a self- portrait and wrote their name and age in their passport. We have flown to America, Cyprus, Ibiza, Chessington, Legoland, and Zoomania. The children have participated in an activity where we had an empty case and we asked the children what they would pack in their case to go on holiday. The children named the items they wanted to pack and then drew them in the case. The children wanted to pack in their case; toys, clothes, sun hat, flip flops, sun glasses, pyjamas, ice cream, milk, swimming costumes and Mrs Hawkins!!! We have had some shells and some buckets and spades in the sand that the children have had a great time making sandcastles and knocking them down. The children have enjoyed looking at our larger shells on the display table and holding them up to their ear to hear the sea.
We have still been going outside this week in the rainy weather. The children have put their wetsuits and wellie boots on and have had fun getting very wet and muddy in the garden.
We have introduced some letter sounds to the children. We have been supporting the children to find the letters in their name and sounding them out. This will help the children that will be moving up to Reception in September.
We have been busy making special ties for Father’s Day. The children have designed some fantastic ties and have said they are going to give their Daddies and Grandads big cuddles on Father’s Day. Hope everyone has a lovely Father’s Day.
This week we have been practicing our races for our sports day on Friday. The children have been working very hard and cheering their team mates on. We have tried to remind the children that we are all winners and it’s fun to be taking part with all our friends. We hope you will enjoy watching on Friday and seeing all the children’s hard work and cheering them all on. As we have been practicing our races we have been reading the story, The Hare and the Tortoise. This has led to activities involving racing. On the carpet area we used masking tape to make a race track, the children picked a toy and then threw the dice, counted the dots, and then moved their toy the number of dots on the dice. The children took turns to throw the dice and move their toy to the finishing line. In the creative area the children have used a pen to follow a path between 2 pictures. The children had to carefully draw a line between the 2 pictures, staying in the middle of the path.
The children enjoyed playing in the soil looking for the insects with the magnifying glasses and ticking them off their bug hut sheet. The children used giant tweezers to pick each insect up.
We discussed with the children about eating healthy food. The activity was “I should eat a little of, I should eat these sometimes and I should eat a lot of these” the children were shown different foods from fruit and veg to cake and chocolate and asked which was healthy and which was not healthy.
Can we remind ALL parents not to allow their children to use their scooters on the school grounds, this includes the path leading down to Nursery. We have had a few incidents involving children knocking children over coming down the slope too fast and not being able to stop. Scooters are not allowed to be used on school grounds and also the trim trail is NOT to be used before or after school. Thank you. Could we please ask AGAIN that children have spare clothes in their bags. We are doing more water play outside and sometimes this leads to getting a little wet and the children need changing and we are running out of spare clothes. Thank you.
This week we have been reading the story Titch. The story looks at different sizes and growing plants from seeds. A few weeks ago the children planted some sunflower seeds and have been looking after them by watering them. This week we have talked more about the growing cycle of a seed and what plants need to survive. We have watched the sunflowers grow and as they have got too big for the pot we have replanted them in the flower bed. As we have been looking at how a seed grows, the children have been doing the life cycle puzzles of trees, ducks, frogs and butterflies.
The children have enjoyed being outside in the lovely weather. The children have enjoyed the water wall and water painting, using paint brushes and rollers to paint on the ground. The children have been on a bug hut. First we did a bug hut in the classroom with the plastic animals to see if the children could find the correct animal and then tick it off their bug hut sheet. We went outside with our bug hut sheets to see if we could find any real insects, turning over stepping stones and looking in our bug hotel.
We have been on the field practicing our races for our sports day. The children have listened well and have been cheering their team mates on. Could we please remind parents to pack their child’s sunhat everyday now the weather is getting nice and to put sun cream on before their session. Also could we please ask again that your child has spare clothes, socks, pants and shoes in their bag as we will be going outside more and there will be water play and muddy play, even though we provide aprons and wetsuits sometimes the children can still get wet and we are running out of spare clothes. Thank you.
Our role play area is a vets. The children have been looking after the animals and putting bandages on, we have modelled answering the phone and making appointments for the sick animals and using a pen to write down their appointment. We have asked the children the question “when I grow up I want to be…………….! The children have told us they want to be a teacher, a zoo keeper, an artist, a vet, a chef, a farmer, a fireman, fly helicopters to rescue people, a ballerina and a superhero.
Have a lovely half term.
This week we have been reading the story The Shark in the Dark. The children have enjoyed playing in the tuff tray with water, sea creatures and gems. We have talked about the sea and what creatures live in there. The children have played the fishing game talking about the colour fish they need to catch to match their rod. On the carpet we have had the physical activity out of the stepping stones for the children to balance on and making sure they don’t fall in the sea!! The sea theme has continued to our creative area and the children have been colouring in pictures of sea animals.
As the weather has been so nice outside most of the children have been out to enjoy the sunshine. They have been busy taking care of all the plants they have planted and have been excited to watch their growth.
Can you please ensure that your child comes into school each day with spare clothes in their bag. This should include: socks or tights, pants, trousers, t-shirt and plimsols. Thank you.
This week we have been reading the story The Bear Who Wouldn’t Share. We have talked about being kind and sharing with our friends. The teachers have modelled sharing and turn taking so the children can copy. We have played games like pop up pirate and the squirrel game to encourage turn taking. A few children have been very kind and received kindness certificates that have been displayed in the classroom on our kindness board and a copy is sent home for the children to proudly show their parents.
The children have enjoyed playing in the new play house that was kindly donated by Mrs Hawkins. The children have enjoyed the rain as well jumping in puddles with their wellies and wetsuits on.
We have had the puppet theatre out on the carpet area. The teachers modelled how to use the puppets and put on a show. The children took turns to put on a show, using the puppets to tell a story. The stories the children told were based around rescuing each other, helping each other and being friends. We gave the children a few large boxes and we made a large puppet theatre with the children’s help; we used scissors to cut the box and tape to stick it together and then the children helped to paint it. The children asked if they could make some puppets to use in the puppet theatre. The puppet theatre looks amazing.
The children have had great fun playing in the gloop and getting very messy. This led to discussions about the texture of the gloop. The children used the words runny, sticky, gluey, soft, warm, milkshake, and slimey.
We are still collecting bottle lids and milk bottle lids for a future activity we are planning to do with the children.
Also could we remind parents to name ALL the children’s items that are brought into Nursey; e.g. water bottles, jumpers, bags, coats, shoes and wellies. Thank you.
We hope everyone has had a lovely Easter and enjoyed the lovely weather that we had. We would like to welcome you all back and we would also like to welcome some new children which have joined us. The older children have been very helpful in showing the new children the routine of the setting and playing with them. We have been very proud of their behaviour and kindness they have shown towards the new starters.
We are reading the story Supertato and the children have enjoyed telling the teachers what special powers they would have if they were a super hero. The children would like to be able to fly, be very strong, be invisible, walk through walls, have a force field, be batman and shoot webs from their hands. The children have enjoyed dressing up in the super hero outfits and making super hero masks to wear.
We will continue to focus on activities from Supertato next week.
This week we have been talking about Easter and how we celebrate this day. We have made Easter cards for the family with paint, sponges, felt tip pens, glue and wood shavings. The children have also enjoyed making Easter cakes. The children have mixed the melted chocolate and cereal together then carefully put this mixture into the cake cases. They finished their Easter cakes off with a baby chick on the top. In the creative area the children have been decorating Easter egg templates using pens, crayons, pencils and collage.
We have kept the hairdressers in the role play area as it has been so popular. We asked the children what they would like to have in this area and said they wanted to keep the hairdressers. The children have continued to create some amazing hairstyles for the teachers!!!
We are continuing to focus on mathematics by encouraging the children to count various objects around the setting. We are modelling careful one to one counting and showing the children how to point and touch each object as they count. We have also been looking at different shapes around the setting. When you are out and about or walking to Nursery you could ask the children what shapes they can see or find.
Last week we took the children in the mud kitchen to plant some sunflowers and a mixture of wild flowers. The children put their wet suits and wellies on and enjoyed digging in the soil and planting the seeds. After discussing what a flower needs to grow the children enjoyed filling their watering cans and watering the seeds. This week the children have noticed that the flowers have grown and have been watering them and looking after them. The children have enjoyed digging in the soil and we have found many worms that the children have liked looking at.
After Easter we will have a few new children starting Nursery which we have been talking to the children about and look forward to them arriving. Have a lovely Easter break!!!
Our focus story for the first week of the summer term will be, Supertato.
Our Nursery Rhymes will be:
One Potato, Two Potato
We will be focusing on mathematics over the next few weeks. We will be taking the children out and working with them 1:1. We will focus on:
Please see the websites below for ideas to support your child with Maths at home.
Mary had a little lamb