Spring 2, Week 5!

Creating Repeating Patterns!

This week in Nursery, we have been learning about repeating patterns – thinking about what they are and creating our own!

We had magnetic shapes and teddy bear counters at our Maths table this week, and used them independently to create our own patterns…

We designed our own Easter Eggs using paint pens! We selected two or three colours, and thought carefully about the order to print them in to create a repeating pattern!

Stars of the Week!
Nika and Ryan

Well done to Nika and Ryan who have enjoyed using both the Maths provision independently this week, and creating repeating pattern Easter Eggs. Great work!

Spring 2, Week 4!

This week we have being reviewing what we have learnt in Nursery so far.

Take a look at our fantastic corridor display, full of the art work and writing that we did during Book Week!

Stars of the Week!
Sadie and Leo

Miss Bailey has been so impressed with the progress that Sadie and Leo have made in Phonics this term! They are both now hearing the initial and final sounds in words, and are able to match the sound to the correct letter.
Keep up the great work, Sadie and Leo!

Spring 2, Week 3!

Spring has definitely sprung in Nursery this week!
We have been thinking about the changes in season, as we move from winter to spring!
The children looked outside to spot signs of spring. We talked about the leaves beginning to grow back on the trees, blossom and spring flowers beginning to grow, and the slightly warmer weather!
We also talked about baby animals such as chicks and lambs being born at this time of year.

We planted some daffodil bulbs in our outside area, and we know how to look after them so that they grow –

“We planted daffodils. They need water and soil to grow!” – Harry
“We need some water and sun and soil then the flower will grow!” – Arabella
“They need water to grow big!” – Elishua

Stars of the Week!

Timothy and Harry

Timothy and Harry showed great enthusiasm when planting the bulbs this week. They were able to recognise some of the changes in the seasons, and understood what the bulbs need to grow.
Well done you two!

Spring 2, Week 2!

A brilliant Book Week!

We have had an extremely exciting Book Week in Nursery!

Our class book was ‘Zog’, by Julia Donaldson, and we enjoyed taking part in lots of different dragon themed activities!

After reading the story, we talked about what Zog looked like. We then designed our own dragons, thinking of what their names would be, their size, and even what their super power would be! We used our phonic knowledge to write down our ideas…

We then painted and collaged our dragons, which will be used on our corridor display board (a picture of this is to follow next week!)

We had lots of dragon themed provision this week. To exercise our fine motor skills, we made plastercine dragons – rolling and twisting the plastercine to make the head and body, and adding googly eyes, matchsticks for spikes, pipe cleaners for wings and shapes for the tail!

We also made dragon puppets in our workshop, and acted out the story of Zog in our small world area…

We also found some mysterious creatures growing in a tank in our classroom… we have been thinking about what they could be and have come up with ideas including butterflies, dinosaurs, fish and even dragons! We used torches and magnifying glasses to look closely at them. We are hoping the tiny eggs will hatch next week…

This week we also learnt about Shrove Tuesday. We learnt that it is the day before Ash Wednesday, which is when Lent begins. Lent is when Christians begin to prepare for Easter. Ingredients such as flour, eggs and butter would be used up before Lent begun, and these ingredients were often used to make pancakes.
We all worked together to mix flour, eggs and milk together to make a batter. Sara and Miss Bailey then cooked the pancakes, and we all got to choose sugar and/or lemon for our topping. The most exciting part was tasting the pancakes! We all thought they were delicious!

Stars of the Week!
Arabella and Nika!

Well done to Arabella and Nika who created some very imaginative writing when designing their own dragons! They both also worked hard in the workshop, following instructions to make a dragon puppet. Well done both of you!

Spring 2, Week 1!

Nursery have settled back into school beautifully this week! Sara and Miss Bailey have been very pleased with all of the children’s listening and independence this week.

Our topic for this half term is ‘Amazing Animals!’, and we started the week by writing a class list of lots of animals that we already know. We talked about whether they live on the land or in the sea!

Our role play area this half term is a jungle, and the children have enjoyed being explorers on a jungle safari!

Each half term our book corner links to our topic. We looked through a range of books to help us find out where different animals live!

“Lions live in the jungle!” – Harry
“A pig lives on the farm.” – Diya
“Turtles live in the ocean!” – Timothy

We also enjoyed sorting animals into land and sea animals.
“Sea animals love swimming! Land animals like the grass!” – Lottie

Stars of the Week:
Marley and Ryan!

Well done to Marley and Ryan who have settled back into school brilliantly. They are following the routines of the day, listening on the carpet, and playing alongside their friends nicely. Great job, you two!

Spring 2, Week 6!

Well done to all of Nursery for completing another busy half term!

This term we have worked hard in learning our letter sounds and writing, as well as maths work.

We had an exciting visit from the Police as part of our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic, as well as exploring freezing and melting in science, and exploring a range of media and materials in our Art work!

We have made a class ‘People Who Help Us’ book, which will be displayed in our book corner. Parents can look at our special book on Parent Evening!

Stars of the Week:
All of Nursery!

Sara and Miss Bailey are incredibly proud of all the children, and the progress they have made in their independence, their learning, and their social skills over this half term. You should all be very proud of yourselves!

Spring 1, Week 4!

A very special visit!

As part of our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic this half term, we were very lucky to have a special visit from the British Transport Police this week!

They came to our classroom and talked to us about the important jobs they do everyday to keep our community safe.

We all sat in their van and watch the blue siren flashing. It was VERY loud!

The police officers explained that they wear a special uniform, and we all got to try on their jackets and hats!

Stars of the Week!

Lottie and Elishua

Well done to Lottie and Elishua who did brilliant listening during our police visit on Monday, and were able to follow instructions and ask the police officers sensible questions. Well done you two!

Spring 2, Week 3!

This week we have been reviewing the Phonics sounds and Maths skills that we have learnt in Nursery so far.

We also read ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ by Giles Andrea, and used our phonic knowledge to write the sounds that we could hear to label pictures of different animals.

Stars of the Week:
Leo and Sadie

Well done to Sadie and Leo who really impressed Miss Bailey with their writing this week. Both children could hear the initial sounds for all the animals we were labelling, and could find the correct corresponding letter on the letter mat. They demonstrated great pencil control, and tried really hard to write the letters using the correct formation.
Well done you two!

Spring 2, Week 2!

The Nursery children had a great first full week back! We enjoyed settling back in with our friends, and reminding ourselves of the daily routines.

Our new topic for this half term is ‘People Who Help Us’. This week we thought of all the different people who help us, including doctors and nurses, police officers and fire fighters. Our role play area has been set up as a Doctor’s Surgery, and our book corner is full of books about people who help us!

Take a look at some pictures of us settling back in this week…

Stars of the Week!
Tinbite and Joyce

Miss Bailey and Sara are so impressed with how well Tinbite and Joyce have come back to school. They are both following the routines of the day well, and responding to instructions and questions! Well done to both of you!