Below are some activities you can do at home with your grown ups this week.
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Our weekly updates will help you to chat with your child about their activities in Nursery. If you follow up any of these activities at home, please do let us know! Remember, you can always upload your own photographs to Tapestry.
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Mrs Jameson - Nursery Class Teacher
Mrs Smith - Nursery Class Teaching Assistant
Mrs Hart - Lunchtime Supervisor
This week, the favourite author we chose was Julia Donaldson. Do you have any Julia Donaldson books you could read together at home? The Gruffalo is one of our favourites!
This half-term, we are enjoying stories by some of our favourite authors. We started with Oliver Jeffers and this week we have been reading "How to Catch a Star." The children have had lots of ideas of ways in which they would catch a star: space rockets, ladders, bouncy castles and even hitching a ride on a reindeer!
We had a wonderful day talking about our favourite characters and sharing some of their stories.
The highlight of our week was a visit from Mr Charles Brown and His Majesty, the King of Mangrovia! The children (and staff!) enjoyed every minute of this incredible drama workshop, during which our Nursery children taught the King the story of Little Red Riding Hood so that he could teach the children of Mangrovia to stay on the paths when they walk in the woods. Many thanks to our talented friends from Alive and Kicking!
This week we had a special visitor in Nursery. Leslye, from All Saints' Church, brought us a wonderful book of Bible Stories. The children were very excited and enjoyed showing Leslye our Reflection Area. ("That's where God is!")
Storytelling week - The Ugly Duckling
This story has helped us to talk about making sure no-one feels left out at Nursery.
Here are some of the animals we have encountered reading stories set in cold and snowy places. How many of the animals can you name?
The children are still really enjoying the story of Lost and Found and we have created a story table for small world play inspired by the story. Alongside this, we have begun to think about other animals that live in cold and snowy places - and finding out where those places are! We have set up an explorers' den in the classroom, where children are able to look at the globe and atlases. In the outdoor area, some of the children built a boat to sail to the South Pole. They even added extra-special shark 'smashing' and catching equipment!
Our focus story this week has been Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. Pop into the classroom to see our display and read the children's retelling of the story.
We have added one more to lots of different groups of four - objects, people and the marks we make in the outdoor area. We discovered that adding one more to four always makes a group of five.
In our daily Phonics sessions, we worked on instrument sounds. The children are very good at discriminating between the sounds made by drums, bells, castanets, maracas, the glockenspiel and the cabasa. At the end of the week, we practised playing the instruments together as a band.
Welcome back to Nursery! It has been lovely to see everyone after the holidays.
It’s been a very festive week in Nursery. We don’t want to show off our seasonal arts and crafts just yet, but we have been working very hard to get them all ready in time for Christmas. We also had a wonderful morning watching some of the children in big school practising their Nativity play. The Nursery children even had a turn at standing on the stage to see how it would feel.
We are learning the story of the Nativity and thinking about preparing ourselves for Christmas. Since reading, "It's a no money day" the week of Martinstag, we have been very keen to be the kind people who help when others are in need. We are putting food into a box every day in Advent, to donate to a food bank.
On Friday, the children celebrated St Nicholas' Day and found a special surprise in their newly cleaned shoes when they came back from playing out in their wellies.
This week, we have been reading stories that helped us to learn how animals are preparing for winter. Many of the children have been talking about squirrels hiding their nuts, bears and hedgehogs going to sleep and geese flying away "on holiday".
As part of our work on the number three, we have been hunting for triangles in the outdoor area, with some children taking on the teacher's role and helping their peers find the shapes.
We celebrated National Nursery Rhyme Week by learning a new traditional rhyme each day. Can you guess from the photographs which rhymes we learned?
During Anti-Bullying Week, the focus in Nursery was all on being kind. We learned about St Martin, who was a good, kind man, and we made our own lanterns to celebrate Martinstag with a traditional parade. See the links below if you are still struggling to follow the song! It is a very catchy tune!
We would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Smith's brother who sent a fabulous book and some very fancy lanterns all the way from Germany.
At the end of the week, we talked about some of the ways Pudsey Bear helps to raise money for families who are struggling. Our children had some lovely ideas for helping others.
It has been lovely to see all our children back in Nursery after the half-term break. Everyone quickly settled back into familiar routines and enjoyed catching up with friends and favourite activities. We haven't let the weather dampen our spirits!
Now that all the amazing artwork has been on display, we can share a few photos of Nursery children working hard to complete their masterpieces. We hope everyone enjoyed viewing the pictures on Wednesday evening. If anyone missed the show and would like to see their child's work, please let Mrs Jameson know.
Supertato stories are always super-popular at Nursery! This week we have squished the evil peas who invaded Nursery and retold the Supertato story through pictures. The children really enjoyed 'reading' their versions of the story when we displayed them in the carpet room.
In amongst all this super-excitement, we still found plenty of time for creative play, role-play, singing and digit hunts in the indoor and outdoor areas. What a busy week!
Following on from discussions about being 'super-helpful' at Nursery and at home, this week we thought about all the people who help us. We read stories about characters with different professions and the children voted for the story they wanted to hear (by placing a counter or pebble). We also made cards for some of the people who help us every day in Nursery.
This week, we have moved on to learning all about the number two. And with all the rain we have been having, it seemed a very good week to focus on the story featured on our reflection table this half-term! Our activities including performing a body percussion rainstorm, finding two of all the animals in our small world basket and retelling the story indoors and out. Our children were very good at hopping like rabbits, slithering like snakes and snapping like crocodiles. By the end of the week, we had an ark in the outdoor area, which featured ramps, toys ("We need something for the animals to play with!"), a table, a door mat and a swimming pool!
After sharing these stories, the children could all talk about the vegetables they can eat to help them stay super-healthy.
At Nursery we are super-kind to each other. We have kind hands and friendly faces!
Congratulations to all our new starters, who have had the most amazing week in Nursery!
We have a lovely week meeting lots of new Nursery children and enjoying some 'Stay and Play' sessions to support transitions. Mrs Jameson and Mrs Smith are very excited thinking of all the fun we will have together this term.