In Nursery we are always finding ways to make our fingers strong. This helps us to be better writers. Jayvaughn and Ari are always enthusiastic about their writing and find activities in the classroom that help make their fingers strong.
Here are some photos of some of activities that we do in one day at Nursery to strengthen the muscles in our hands so we can hold a pencil properly. Here are some ideas you might like to try at home.
Squeeze and pinch balls of playdough.
Use dot markers on a white board.
Use cut straws to make a necklace.
Thread beads onto pipe cleaners.
Next half term: We will be looking at the animals of the land and sea. Book Week is the second week back, with World Book Day being celebrated on Friday 6th March.
Over the half term holiday, we would love if you could please collect any environmental texts, such as logos from cereal boxes, chocolate bars, catalogues, or that you see in the street that your child can ‘read’. We will be putting these up on display in the classroom to show what great readers we are!
On Wednesday afternoon, Nursery were lucky enough to have the firefighters from Dowgate fire station visit. They also bought their fire engine.
The firefighters told us how they help people. We learned that they don’t just put out fire but they might help people who have had an accident or might need a bit of help. We saw the uniform that they wear like their boots, special trousers, a jacket and helmet. All of these things protect them. We even got to try the helmet on!
We looked around the fire engine and saw that they have lots and lots of hoses! We tried to find all of the ladders that they have – some were easier than others. We heard the loud siren and thought about why the fire engine has a siren.
We also got to squirt the fire hose! We had to pull the handle back and then the water came out very fast and we could squirt it up high into the sky!
We had a great time and learned lots about how firefighters help us! More photos of us will be uploaded in the next few days.
Next week: In Phonics we will be learning the /o/ sound. In Maths we will be comparing two amounts such as more and less. We will also be reflecting on our learning from the last half term for Parents Evening. If you have any evidence to upload onto Evidence Me, please do – we love seeing the amazing learning happening at home.
This week we explored colours and how to make new colours. We used the primary colours – red, yellow and blue – and we mixed them to make a new colour! We found out that red and yellow made orange, red and blue made purple and yellow and blue made green.
We chose our favourite colours and said why we like it! What is your favourite colour?
Here is our display about colour mixing. You can see it in the Key Stage 2 Corridor.
Next Week: In Phonics we will be learning about ‘g’. On Wednesday we will have the firefighters visiting us (a separate email has been sent to parents). We will also be celebrating History Day on Thursday. Our theme is the History of Me and children can wear cultural dress of where their family is from. Please fill out the form below to let us know where your family comes from. If you have photos or artefacts of where your family is from, we would love to see them on Thursday – please give them to a member of Nursery staff, who will return them to you at the end of the day.
During our visit from Billy, Annabelle and Jimmy sat and listened carefully to all the information that he told us. The loved sitting in the taxi and could talk about some of the different things that they could see in the back of the taxi.
On Wednesday afternoon we had a visit from Billy who is a black cab driver. He told us all about his job. He helps people by driving them to places that they need to go. Billy told us that he likes being a taxi driver because he gets to go to different places and meet different people. He bought a map of London in to show us where he might have to drive. The map also helped him learn all the places in London – it took him a long time to learn them!
Billy also let us sit in his taxi. He told us all about what we could see such as the lights, a ramp for people who need to use it, seat belts to keep us safe and a special button to turn the lights on and off. We learnt an important tip that if the orange light at the front is on, it means the driver can take you because the taxi is empty but if it is off they already have someone in!
Constance and Xanthe were able to think about the weather and what kinds of clothing that we need to wear. In summer they know we need to wear clothes that keep us cool and protect us from the sun. They also know that in winter we need to wear clothes to keep us warm like coats, scarves and warm woolly hats.
This week we have been thinking about the weather and the changes we can see happening outside. We imagined that we were going on holiday to a place where it was summer and it was hot, as well as going somewhere where it was winter and cold. We packed our suitcases, making sure we had the right things for the weather!
What would you take on holiday if you were going somewhere warm? What about somewhere cold?
We also voted on which weather we like best! What is your favourite kind of weather?
Next week: In Phonics we will be learning the /d/ sound. We will begin to think about the People Who Help Us in and around our community. We will also have a visitor on Wednesday – a black cab driver who helps people by taking them to different places in London!
Well done to all of Nursery who have settled back into school brilliantly!
Nursery will be starting the half term by looking at the weathers and how it changes. Children will also be learning about Real Life Superheroes – People Who Help Us. To support this, our role play area has transformed into a Baby Hospital and a Shop. If you are a parent who has a job where you help other people and would like to visit Nursery to talk about what you do, please let Miss Bailey or Miss Godsell know – we would love for you to visit!
Later on this half term the fire fighters from Dowgate and their fire engine will be visiting Nursery. A letter will be emailed to parents soon.
Next week in Nursery: In Phonics we will be learning the sound /m/. In Maths we will be exploring 2D shapes, beginning to thing about how many sides and corners a shape might have.
It has been another busy week in Nursery. Not only have we been making and writing Christmas cards and decorating calendars for next year but we have also enjoyed Christmas Jumper Day, watching the Pantomime and also enjoyed our class party! We were surprised however that during our Party we found out that someone had snuck into our classroom! Luckily Mr Scott saw them and was able to describe them to us – he said he was a big man, with a red coat, and a red hat and black boots! We thought it must have been Santa – and we were right – he left snowy magical footprints and also he left some lovely presents for us!
Here are some photos of our busy week! Christmas Jumper Day
Our Class Party
A Visit from Santa
Over the Holidays
If you would like to continue learning over the holidays here are some ideas. Don’t forget if your child does something that ‘WOW’s you, please pop it on a wow sticker or put it on Evidence Me.
Practice name writing as often as possible! You can create name writing practice worksheets (if you have access to a printer) here. If you don’t have access to a printer, pencils, markers, crayons and paper do the same thing!
Read everything you can find! Shop names, bus numbers, street signs, books and more! You can have a look at our phonics page for ideas on how to support phonics and reading further at home.
Here are some Maths ideas that you might like to try as well. Counting to 10
This week Nursery’s role play area has been turned into a Christmas wonderland with the North Pole and Santa Workshop. Orla and Abigail have really enjoyed playing in the role play area, using their imagination to pretend to be elves building toys or tracking Santa around the world! They have even pretended to be Santa!
Children have received their song words for the nativity so please practice these at home with them.
Also as the weather is getting colder, children are wearing hats, gloves or mittens and scarves to school. Please ensure that these, along with the rest of their uniform, are named – otherwise we can’t tell who it belongs too! Thank you in advance.
Next week we will be learning: We will continue to practice our Nativity words up until the big performance on Wednesday morning. We look forward to seeing you all there!
This week we have started to think about Christmas. After listening to the Christmas story we spent time talking about what we know about the story and also who some of the people in the story are. Mila and Joseph thought very carefully about the characters in the Christmas story, remembering important people such as Mary, Joseph and the wise men.
We learned that the Christmas story takes place in Bethlehem. Throughout the week we worked alongside Reception to create a hall display board inspired by the carol ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’. We will post a picture of the display on Friday!
Next week: Our focus in phonics will be the letter ‘n’. In Maths we will be exploring how to weigh objects and using words such as ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’. We will also continue our learning about Christmas, focusing on learning our words for the Nativity performance on Wednesday 11th December.