As the famous song goes..."It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."
Here at Woodlands Nursery we have been finishing off our last week of Goldilocks and the Three Bears learning this week while beginning to set up for a fabulous few weeks of Christmas type activities. You might find there aren't as many photographs on the website for a few weeks as we will be like busy little elves getting ready for Christmas.
We hope you enjoyed receiving our own painted bears and the amazing stick puppets we made in the workshop. We are getting better at remembering to wipe the glue on the side of the tub so we don't get sticky glue dribbles everywhere!
We have been learning about size and using lots of different size language throughout this story. Mr Anderson took everyone to the copse to hunt for big, middle sized and small sticks for our forest school session. Try to encourage children to use alternative words for size too, such as gigantic, humungous, tiny in order to further their mathematical language development.
We have talked a little about advent and how there are lots of ways of counting down to Christmas. We will be continuing to learn about the ways that families get ready for Christmas, and how some ways are the same and others are different to our own.
Take care everyone and enjoy the build up to this very special time of year.
Another wonderful week! The children are getting to know each other much better now and are getting along really well. Lots of the girls and boys are able to put their coats on and take them off by themselves which is super for being able to get busy outside quickly when Mr Anderson is ready for them. Thank you so much for helping the children to become independent in this way.
The children are getting to be experts at snack time too. They understand how important it is to go to the toilet and wash their hands thoroughly before helping themselves to fruit and a snack to keep themselves safe from germs. Did you know the children are also washing up their bowls by themselves too? They are doing an amazing job!
We are getting absolutely brilliant at making circles using the anticlockwise movement. We had another this go this week, using paintbrushes and water outside and also drawing our favourite character from our focus story. Some of the children chose to draw one of the bears and others chose Goldilocks. These pictures are jazzing up our Nursery walls. Practise makes perfect!
Why not have a go at home? Gloop is always a good idea for some sensory play. Tip some cornflour to a shallow tray, e.g. a tea tray and add a drop water and food colouring if you wish to. Use your finger to make the anticlockwise circles on the tray! The gloop might feel funny on your fingers at first but its good fun!
We invited the children to make a picture of a character from the story or something else entirely if they wished to using the shapes. Being able to talk about shapes is a really important part of learning about shape and space so we asked the children why they picked the shapes they chose. There were some really good thoughts behind their choices. Some children are beginning to name the common shapes too which is great.
Hello there everyone! We have had a wonderful start to the week with the introduction of our new focused classic book Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The week started with a big wow! as some of us wore our odd socks to Nursery on Monday to recognise that each of us are unique individuals. It is anti-bullying week this week and we have been focusing on being good friends with kind hands, feet and words in Nursery.
We added some enhancements to the puzzle area to reflect our new book. Matching pairs anyone?
The children and I talked about the fact that we felt a bit sorry for Goldilocks as she didnt seem to have her own bed to sleep in. The construction area gave us lots of opportunities to make new beds for all the characters. We talked about how they had to be not too big, not too small, but just the right size. Maybe you could use your construction toys at home to build something? Could you make a new chair for baby bear as his has broken? We would love to see a photo!
Hello everyone! We have two special days planned this week. We will be remembering and saying thank you to the fallen ones on the 11th and taking part in Children in Need fund raising and activities on Friday 13th.
Check back later to see some photographs of how we got on!
We have been practising our cutting skills this week in the workshop and have been trying hard to cut strips of brightly coloured red, orange, yellow and brown paper for our bonfire display. It would be great if you could have a go at cutting at home too. Remember to keep your thumb at the top!
The Little Red Hen story has proved very popular and we have been learning how to use the pictures to tell the story ourselves. Ask your children if they can tell you the story in their own words. I wonder how much they can remember?
We have been using some videos made by Tesco to learn about the changes that take place to an ear of corn in order for it to eventually turn into a yummy loaf of bread. I wonder if the children can remember? To jog their memories I have set them a challenge this week, but they will need your help please! I asked them to ask their grown ups if they would help them make a little bread roll at home or even a loaf of bread if you are feeling confident! Here is a simple recipe below if you want to give it a try. We can't wait to see your results.
Please help us to support Children in Need on Friday by coming to school suitably dressed for our theme "Under the sea" (or on, near by, close to... :)) for a donation of £1. We shall be taking part in some related activities too.
Thank you for your on going support.
We do hope you all had a wonderful break with lots of sleep over half term and are ready for more fun at Nursery this Autumn.
Our next focus book is "The Little Red Hen" but we will also be finding out more about the Autumn season and the special days it brings. Thank you so much to Emilia's mom who bought in some squashes and pumpkins and a variety of orange coloured fruits for us to explore in our tuff spot. The children loved looking, touching and describing what they could see and feel. We added golf tees and mallets to support our physical development too. Have a look below at what we got up to.
Well where did that half term go? We cannot believe how the time has flown. Please remember we have an INSET day on Friday 23rd October so your children will not be attending Nursery.
This week we have continued focusing on our book "On a Magical Do-Nothing Day". We have been using lots of descriptive language to talk about the different settings in the story, such as the woodlands and the cabin. We have had a go at building our own cabins too. Take a look below.
As it is getting colder now and the children are putting their coats on to go in the Nursery garden (and taking them off afterwards!) we would like to ask you to help support the children's independence by encouraging them to have a go themselves in the holidays. Thank you!
Phew! We have been so busy! I think it is time for a rest. Have a wonderful half term break everyone. See you soon!
Welcome back to Nursery everyone! We have missed you all so much. We are certainly happy to be out and about once more now our self isolation at home time has finished. Thank you so much to those who have emailed with messages and photographs showing us how brilliantly you have been completing the home learning activities. We are so glad you found the ideas useful to keep our little people busy and continue their learning at home. We will print out the photographs and comments and add them to the Learning Journey books.
This week has seen the whole school begin a two week focus on a story called "On a Magical Do-Nothing Day" by Beatrice Alemagna. It is quite a thought provoking book in various ways for different age groups and there are lots of things to discuss and activities to try centred around it.
We have been getting extremely active this week by going for our first run on the whole school running track. We certainly needed this on Tuesday morning to blow away all those cobwebs! The new book inspired us to have a go at balancing and stepping on stepping stones just like the ones in the story. Maybe you could try some balancing at home? Try safely walking along the edge of a kerb or along a skipping rope laid along the floor. Keep those arms out to help you stay upright!
We are using autumn inspired natural objects to make art in our transient art area. This is where we don't use glue to make a picture. We place the items where we want them to be and then we take a photograph of it. The children have been telling us all about their pictures and we have been touch counting too, e.g. finding out how many pine cones we have on our picture. Maybe you could have a go at some more counting? Make sure you touch each object as you say the number.
Our weekly rhyme is "Five little ducks went swimming one day". We have been encouraging the children to use their fingers to show us how many ducks are in the pond.
During our phonics sessions we have been focusing on listening and identifying sounds we can hear. Maybe you could go on a listening walk. What sounds can you hear when you are walking to and from Nursery?
Welcome everyone to the home learning for Nursery. We have looked carefully at the activities that we already had planned for the end of last week and this current week and tried to adapt them so that the children can continue their learning as best as possible in the current circumstances. In addition we have added some extra ideas to keep everybody busy if they are needed.
If you would like to send us any photographs of the children having a go at their activities they will be happily received. They will be printed and added to the Learning Journals once we are all back. Also, if there are any questions, queries or messages please use the early years email below to make contact and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.
Take care of yourselves and each other. We can’t wait to be back together again!
Mrs Jones, Mrs Simpson, Mr Anderson, Miss Roberts and Mrs Barnes
Being in Nursery is all about learning while having fun. These activities will help your child to develop skills and knowledge in various areas of the Early Years Curriculum. We are still using the Hairy Maclary story as our focus along with some of the other Hairy Maclary books. We hope you enjoy the activities.
Reading Activity (Literacy)
If you haven’t got a copy of the story at home don’t worry. The BookTrust website has a couple of versions including one with signing and an interactive read along version too. You can also try muting the voice of man while he is reading and encourage your child to “read” the story to you.
Storytelling Activity (Literacy)
If you have a printer available you can print this sheet and make your own finger puppet characters. Encourage your child to retell the story they are familiar with or even make up a new story of their own! If you don’t have a printer maybe you could get crafty together and draw pictures of the dogs instead.
Pencil Control Activity (Physical - Fine motor Control)
Can you help Hairy Maclary, Slinky Malinky and Scarface Claw find their way home? If you are able to print out the sheet then you could choose a different colour for each of the characters. If you are unable to print then you could bring this up on your tablet if you have one available and draw over the top.
Jigsaw Activity (Mathematics - Shape and Space , Exploring Media and Materials)
We love a good jigsaw puzzle in Nursery. This is even more special as you get to make it yourself! Colour in the picture carefully and ask a grown up to cut along the grey lines for you (or have a go yourself). You can then put the picture back together again, making sure to look carefully at each piece. If you don’t have printer maybe you could have a go at a jigsaw puzzle in your home together?
Touch Counting Activity (Mathematics)
At the end of last week we were supposed to be using some of our little coloured plastic dogs to teach the children how to count small amounts of objects accurately. During a previous activity we had sorted the dogs into all the different colours and named the colours we knew.
This time we were going to work in a team to choose a colour of dog each and see how many each of us had. When we teach accurate touch counting of a group of objects we always encourage the children to put the objects in a line. This helps us to be accurate with our counting, as it is easier to make sure each one is counted correctly. We teach the children to say the number in order every time one of the objects is touched. This helps to prevent the children from counting too fast and losing the accuracy.
You can use anything at all in your house or garden to teach this very important skill. There are plenty of every day opportunities for children to practise in order to increase their accuracy.
Some examples are below but we are sure you can think of many more:
Here is our trusty assistant Lyndon (Mrs Jones’ big boy) with an excellent demonstration. Thank you Lyndon.
Counting and Recognising Numbers Song (Mathematics)
We love counting in Nursery and we count every day, for example to see how many children are attending each session, when we line up to go outside. Here is a fun counting pets song for you to enjoy together from cbeebies.
Describing Activity (Communication and Language)
We have been using pictures of Hairy Maclary and his friends to develop our descriptive language skills. Here is a picture of Bitzer Malony for you to describe to your grown up as he is the one we didn't get around to doing last week. Think about what Bitzer Malony looks like, e.g. colour, size etc. You can also use other storybooks to describe your favourite characters, or photographs of the people you love. Maybe they might like to write down what words you think of and use.
Feelings Activity (Personal, Social and Emotional)
We know the Hairy Maclary story so well now as we have been reading it for nearly two weeks. Circle time this week would have been to think about and talk about the feelings of the different characters in the story at different times. Here are some ideas to talk about.
How did each of the dogs feel as the other dogs walked past their house?
How did they feel as they walked into town?
How did they feel when they first saw Scarface Claw?
How did Scarface Claw feel when he saw Hairy Maclary and his friends?
How did they feel when Scarface Claw hissed at them?
How did they feel when they finally got home to bed?
If you would like to you can talk about the similar feelings your child might experience in different situations. E.g. when they are happy to see their friends, excited to be going out somewhere, frightened by something etc.
Rhyming Activities (Literacy)
Here are a couple of the other Hairy Maclary stories to enjoy called “Scattercat” and “Slinky Malinky”. The Hairy Maclary stories are brilliant for young children as they involve a lot of rhyming words. Children need to be able to hear and identify rhyme as an initial part of their phonic awareness which will then develop into reading and writing skills. Enjoy exploring the rhyming words together through these and many of the other Hairy Maclary stories on You Tube.
Obstacle Course (Physical - Gross Motor)
Being outside in the fresh air is vitally important for both our physical and mental health. If you are lucky enough to have a garden you could play racing and chasing games like the dogs and cats in the stories. Could you pretend to be Slinky Malinky from the story in your garden or home? Can you jump, balance and crawl like a cat in the night?
Party Time! (Exploring Media and Materials). Having fun learning in many ways!
At the end of a long week of home schooling why not treat yourself to a Hairy Maclary themed party at home! There are some great ideas in this event kit for you to try out. Why not draw a picture of your favourite character from the story? I think I might bake the dog biscuits at home for the Jones family to enjoy. We would love to see your dog biscuits and how you choose to decorate them! Send us a photo please!
Dogs, dogs and more dogs!
The Hairy Maclary story has been a huge hit with the boys and girls in Nursery. We have been getting to know the story really well and looking at the characters closely, using lots of vocabulary to describe them.
We have been getting very creative too. See the photographs of our lovely collages below.
Now the weather is getting colder we are having to get really good at putting on our coats to go outside to the Nursery garden. We shall keep trying until we can do it by ourselves.
Our Nursery rhyme this week is Hickory Dickory Dock. Can you sing it together at home?
We have started our first whole class focus book this week. It is "Hairy MacLary from Donaldson's Dairy". So far the children have really enjoyed listening to the story and using descriptive language to describe all the different types of dogs.
We are continuing to get to know each other and trying hard to learn each others names while getting busy and through circle games. Maybe you could talk to your child about who they have been playing with?
We have been busy making Twinkle star pictures as our focus rhyme last week was ...can you guess?
This week it is Humpty Dumpty. We have sung it fast and slow, loud and quiet and in deep and high voices, playing with different voice sounds. Could you ask your child to show you?
The children are continuing to settle in well and are learning the routines brilliantly. Well done everyone!
Here are some photographs to have a little look at.
We are so proud of how amazingly well the Nursery children have settled. They have been fantastic. We have been learning lots of new things already. We have been learning how to share all the great toys with one another, sit quietly and listen to a story, line up sensibly ready to go outside into the garden and of course how to wash our hands!
Here are a few photographs of us getting busy!
We are so excited to be meeting our new Nursery children this week and saying a huge welcome back to those we haven't seen since March.
Here we all are ready to say hello to you all and have a super time in Nursery!
From L to R: Mrs Simpson, Mrs Jones, Mr Anderson and Miss Roberts
Nursery have been busy planting potatoes in the nursery garden. We are going to water them regularly and watch them grow!
We have been exploring in the puddles. We have been splashing and stamping and watching how they change before and after the rainy times.
Our focus book has been Little Red Riding Hood
We have been drawing paths through the woods to get to Grandma's house. This has helped us with continuing to learn how to hold our pens with an efficient grip.
We hope everybody had a wonderfully festive time over the Christmas period. Thank you very much for your kind and generous gifts, we really appreciated them.
We are currently welcoming our new starters to Nursery and helping them to settle in. The big boys and girls are being very kind and showing them how to play in all the different areas.
In Nursery we helped the children to recognise that today was a very special day.
We watched the "Poppies" video on cbeebies and discussed how the rabbit might have felt when the darkness came and afterwards when it was over. We took part in the two minute silence at 11 am and watched the news. We talked in simple terms with the children about the importance of remembering and saying thank you to those people who have helped keep our country safe in the past, and still do now. The children printed poppy pictures and understand that the poppy is a symbol of saying thank you.
Our focus book has been Hairy Maclary for the last couple of weeks. Here we are learning how to jump from the hill and land on both feet like Scarface Claw.
Lots of children have been exploring the transient art area. This is where we get creative making pictures by placing objects on paper, but we don't use any glue so we can have a go again and again!
Our new children have settled beautifully into Nursery. They are busy exploring and enjoying making new friends.