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Week Commencing 27/06/2022

 

This week we have been continuing our under the sea theme. The children have been making jellyfish using plant pots, paint and ribbon.

 

At home - Did you know some jellyfish can be over 6ft long! Can you find out a fact about another sea creature? You could use books or the internet to help you.

On Thursday we went to the school field to practice running on the track. The children talked about why exercise is important and discussed the changes they observed after their run, such as feeling hot, looking red and their hearts beating faster.

 

At home – Have a go at moving your body in another way. You could try skipping, hopping, swimming, playing football, riding a bike or even dancing! Anything that moves your body and makes your heart beat faster. Can you tell your grown up how you feel after you exercise?

We have been having the best time exploring our amazing new tepee! The children have been using it to support their imaginative play as well as using it as a shady spot to read, or talk to their friends.

 

At home - We are very thankful to Mr Inskip for building our Tepee. Can you think about the last time you said thank you? Tell your grown up some things that you might thank others for.

Week commencing 20/06/2022

 

This week we have been reading the story “Tiddler”. Tiddler is a little fish who goes on a very big adventure and meets lots of different sea creatures along the way.  The children have been using  tissue paper to make brightly coloured fish pictures.

 

At home - Tiddler made up lots of marvellous stories about his adventures on the way to school.  Can you make up your own story about Tiddler on his way to school? Who might he meet? What might happen to him? Tell your story to your grown up. You could paint, collage or draw a lovely picture of your story and ask a grown up to write it down for you.

We have been learning about lots of creatures that live underwater. The children have been painting their own interpretations of different sea animals.  

 

At home - Tell an adult about your favourite sea creature. Can you draw a picture of your favourite sea creature? What colours would you need to use?

The children have been making some large pieces of collaborative art for our new underwater display. The children have been working on taking turns, sharing resources to work together and make their pictures.  

 

At home – Can you play a turn taking or sharing game with your family or friends? Perhaps you could try playing a board game or working together to build a tower using building blocks.

Week commencing 13/06/22

 

In our story Maui uses a magic hook to pull the islands of Hawaii up from the bottom of the ocean. The children have been making their own magic hooks. They used pens to draw patterns to decorate their hooks then wrapped them with string to make the handle.

 

At home –  Can you talk you your grown up about what you might choose to pull from the ocean if you had a magic hook?

The children are very excited to have some very special visitors in the quad. We have been going in small groups to observe the mummy duck and her ducklings who have made the school their home. The children have been asking lots of questions, making predictions and can't wait to see how the ducklings may change as they grow.

 

At home – We learnt that a baby duck is called a duckling. Can you tell your grown up what any other baby animals are called?

This week in Forest School we went on a colour hunt. The children explored the outdoor area looking at all the wonderful colours in the copse now that the plants have started flowering.

 

At home –  Perhaps you could go on a colour hunt around your home or garden. Can you find something red, blue, yellow, orange and green? What other colours can you find?

Week commencing 06/06/22

It has been lovely to welcome the children back to Nursery this week and to hear about all the adventures they have enjoyed over the holidays.

Our new story is called “Maui Hooks the Islands”. This book tells the story of how young Maui helped create the islands of Hawaii using his magic hook. The children discussed what an island is and discovered that we all live on an island too.  In the sandpit some of the children made Maui’s island and used water to make the ocean all around it.

 

At home – Can you tell your grown up the answer to this question “What does an island have all the way around it?”

In forest school we have been exploring how we can make different sounds with natural objects. We compared the sounds different objects made, and explored how we could change the sound eg. tapping fast, slow, hard or softly.

 

At home – Have a go at making your own musical instrument with objects you can find around your home. For example you could use an empty bottle and some rice to make a shaker or a drum from an empty box. Once you’ve made your instrument see how you can play it in different ways to make different sounds.

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We have been talking about the marvellous men in our families and working on some very important cards. The children have been talking about daddies, uncles, brothers, granddads and cousins that are special to them and all the things they love about them the most.

 

At home – Can you draw a picture of your family? Can you talk about everyone in your picture, what makes them important to you?

Week commencing 23/05/22

We have been learning all about the queen and talking about all the different ways people may celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

 

We have been busy decorating to to celebrate the jubilee. The children wove red, white and blue ribbons through the fence using their fine motor skills to decorate our outdoor area

We worked together to make some bunting to decorate our classroom. The children tried very hard to colour in the lines and then used their super cutting skills to cut out their flags.

 

At home – As you are out and about or as you watch or take part in Jubilee celebrations, why not have a scavenger hunt and see if you can spot...

Something red                   Something blue                                 Something white

Bunting                                Flags

The children have been busy making crowns using a variety of media and materials.

 

At home –  Have a go at drawing your own crown. Remember to go “down, up, down, up” to make the zigzag at the top of your crown, just like when we write "w"

The children have answering the question “What do you know about the queen?”.  We had some wonderful answers!

 

At home –  Can you find out some other facts about The Queen? You could ask grownups to help you to find information using books, newspapers or the Internet.

The children coloured individual pages and put them together to make a giant celebratory mural. Isn't it amazing? 

FOWSA Dare to be different day – We loved seeing all the different ways the children chose to be individual. They all looked amazing!

Have a wonderful half term and we’ll see you when we return on Tuesday 7th June.

Week commencing - 16/05/22

 

Our story this week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have been using their fine motor skills to glue pompoms to lolly sticks to make their own very hungry caterpillars.

 

At home – The Very Hungry Caterpillar loves to eat lots of different foods. You could try some of the fruits mentioned in the story. Which one is your favourite? You could try apples, pears, strawberries, oranges, plums or watermelon. You could also try some other fruits that you haven't tried before – what other fruit might The Very Hungry Caterpillar like to try?

The children have been taking turns counting spots on ladybirds and matching them to the correct numeral. The children have been practicing subitising, where they are able to look at a group of objects and realise how many there are without counting.


At home – The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats 2 pears and 3 plums. How many pieces if fruit does that make all together? You could use your fingers or draw a picture to help you.

 

This week in Forest Schools we explored what sounds we could make using natural objects we found in the copse. The children used sticks as drumsticks, tapped objects together and rustled the leaves on the trees to make some lovely music in nature.

 

At home – What objects can you find around your home or garden that make a sound?

 A couple of reminders - 

 

As the weather (hopefully!) continues to improve, please ensure your child has a named sun hat and sun cream so they can continue to safely enjoy the outdoor learning environment.

 

FOWSA's Dare to be Different day -  On Thursday the 26th May FOWSA are asking you to celebrate you, and all that makes you unique. Children should wear school uniform unless they are swapping their t-shirt for their own. You can choose one thing for 50p or a list of things up to the cost of £2 to make you unique.

Week Commencing 09/05/22

 

We read the story of Matisse outside in the copse. The children then collected different natural materials from the outdoor environment and used them to make their own pictures of Matisse the snail. The children thought about all the different parts of Matisse i.e. shell, body, head and carefully selected different materials to use to in their natural artworks.

 

At home –  You could collect leaves, twigs, stones etc in your garden or any other outdoor space and use them to make a picture of a different mini beast.

Some of the sunflower seeds we planted have grown big enough to be re-potted. The children very gently and carefully helped to move the seedings to their new homes. The children especially enjoyed looking at the roots of the plants. We are very excited to see how tall our sunflowers grow.

 

At home – Some of our sunflowers are bigger than others. Can you find 5 objects at home (e.g. toy cars) and order them according to size? Can you find whish is the smallest and which is the biggest?

The N1 children have been using water and chalk to practice writing the sounds we have been learning in phonics, on the wall outside. We have been learning special handwriting phrases which go with each sound to help us remember how to form each letter.

 

At home – If your child is due to start Reception in September see if they can remember any of the handwriting phrases for the sounds m, a or s. (m-Maisie, mountain, mountain. a-round the apple, down the leaf. s-slither down the snake )

The children have so much fun in our weekly Pilates sessions. We are always so proud of how well they join in, listen and follow instructions.

 

At home - This term our Pilates has been based around Spiderman! See if your child can show you any of their Pilates moves at home.

Week commencing 02/05/22

 

This week we have started our new book, “Matisse’s magical trail” about a very artistic snail.

 

 

The children have been exploring their 9own artistic sides, working together to make a large piece of colourful, collaborative art.

 

At home – Use your creative skills to try making a minibeast model! You could use playdough or empty cardboard boxes and bits and bobs from the recycling. Maybe you could make a butterfly, a worm, a ladybird or a snail like Matisse.

This week in Forest school we collected materials from around the copse and used them to make a home for some minibeasts. The children are excited to see which kind of mini beasts might choose to live in our bug house.

 

At home – Think of some of the different types of minibeasts that might like to live in our bug house. See if you can make the movements of the minibeasts you think about. Perhaps you could wiggle like a worm, flap your arms like a butterfly fluttering its wings, do some giant leaps like a cricket or crawl on the ground then curl up into a ball like a snail.

 

We used collage materials to decorate some snail pictures. The children used their fine motor skills to follow the spiral of the snails shell.

 

At home – Practice drawing spiral shapes. You could draw them on paper, outside with chalk or water or even in the sand at the beach. Can you draw spirals in lots of different sizes? Which is the biggest and smallest?

The children love to be outside in all weathers. Please make sure your child has wellies and waterproofs in school so that they can continue to enjoy the outdoor area on wet days.  

Week commencing 25/04/22

 

In Forrest School the children went on a minibeast hunt. We talked about the kind of places minibeasts might like to live. The children carefully looked around the outdoor environment and used magnifying glasses to take a closer look at the creatures they found.

At home – Have a look in your garden or at the park for places that you think minibeasts might live.

The children have been using their super snipping skills to make some buzzy bees. They used scissors to cut out their bee body and then cut strips from yellow paper before gluing them together.  Some of the children found using scissors a bit tricky at first but we were so proud of the way they kept on trying.

At home – have a go at using scissors safely to cut out shapes to build your own minibeast e.g. circles for a caterpillar. Try cutting out other minibeast patterns e.g. spots, spirals, wiggly lines or stripes.

 

 

Week commencing - 18/04/22

 

It has been wonderful to have the children back in Nursery this week. We’ve really enjoyed hearing about all the lovely things you have all been up to over the Easter holidays. We have been especially proud of the new children who have joined Nursery this term, they've settled amazingly and have been exploring all the different areas and activities on offer. 

 

Our theme this term is -

 

Our first book is “Twist and Hop Minibeast Bop”. It’s a lovely story with lots of fabulous rhyming words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At home –  Can you think of words that rhyme with ‘bug’ ‘dog’ and ‘mat’? Do you have any rhyming stories at home you could read together?

The children have been using their fine motor skills to draw anticlockwise circles in the sand to look like snail shells.

At home –  Can you draw a picture of a snail’s swirly shell?

We watched a short video all about spiders. The children learnt that spiders have 8 legs. We made our own spiders using handprints and with chalk outside.

At home –  Can you practise singing the rhyme, ‘Incy Wincy Spider’. Can you make up some actions to go with the words?

We have noticed lots of minibeasts in our Nursery garden. The children have enjoyed observing them carefully, before letting them go. We used magnifying glasses to make the mini beasts look bigger.

At home –  Take a walk around a garden, park or outside area. What minibeasts can you find? Try looking under plant pots or stones, looking on leaves or bushes or around some plants and flowers. In Nursery we found lots of beetles and ladybirds, can you find any different minibeasts?

                                                               

The children have all been working so hard this term! We hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and can't wait to hear all about what you have been up to when we return to Nursery. 

 

In our story Baby Goes to Market, baby has five bananas but eats one. How many does baby have left? The children used bananas to work out one less.

 

At home – Have a look in your fridge or fruit bowl at home. What different types of fruit can you find? Is there more of one fruit than another?

 

Our sunflower seeds have sprouted into seedlings. We have been repotting them ready to bring them home.

 

At home  - How can you take care of your sunflower? What do you think it will look like when it has grown? Can you paint or draw a sunflower?

 

We have been making the most of the lovely weather (while it lasted!) by spending lots of outside. The children were very excited to find some ladybirds in our garden and enjoyed watching them.

 

At home  - Can you draw or paint a ladybird? What colours will you need? How many spots will your ladybird have?

We went on a walk to the copse to look for signs of spring. The children spotted lots of buds and flowers starting to bloom.

 

At home  - Go for a walk with a grown-up and look for signs of spring. Talk about what you can see. Can you spot any flowers growing? What is the weather like? Did you see any animals? You could take a photo or draw a picture of what you see on your spring walk.

 

We planted some sunflower seeds in bags and hung them in the window. We talked about all the things plants need to grow, like water and sunlight. The children have been watching their seeds very carefully waiting for them to grow.

 

At home –  'Sunflower' is a very long word, for a very tall flower! What other words can you think of that start with 'S'?

 

 

The children have been playing in our garden center role play area.  The used their excellent writing skills to write the prices in chalk on the wall and took turns to serve each other at the till.

At home – can you practice writing the numbers 1-5? What different media can you use to write your numbers? Try writing them with chalk or with a paintbrush and water on a wall or path.

Week commencing 28/02/22

 

 

Nursery have been joining in with "Eat Them To Defeat Them". Holly and Chrissy from the kitchen made the children some carrot juice. We were very impressed at how many of the children were willing to try something new. 

 

At home - the Eat Them To Defeat them website (https://eatthemtodefeatthem.com/en) has lots of activities, games and recipes that you could try at home  

 

The children have been busy learning about different fruit and vegetables. We used collage materials to make some of our favourites to display in our kitchen. 

 

At home - we used lots of colours to make our pictures. Can you think of a fruit or vegetable for every colour of the rainbow? e.g. Red = peppers, Orange = carrots etc

The children drew story maps for The Enormous Turnip. The children talked about the characters in the story and about what happened at the beginning middle and end of the story and then drew pictures of different parts of the story. 

 

At home - At the end of the story, the man shares the turnip with his friends. Can you share something with a friend? You could make some cakes to share or you could share some of your favourite toys with someone in your family.