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  • This week at nursery

    Hi Everyone!

    What a heat there has been this week but it hasn’t stopped us from having FUN. We have started our new topic all about mini-beasts by looking at butterflies this week – their life cycle, their symmetry etc.  On Friday we went up to the woods and on the big field hunted for bugs – we didn’t find any caterpillar eggs but we did find lots of other creatures. But guess what arrived on Friday in class?!?! some tiny caterpillars with their own food that we are going to watch grow and hope that they all turn into beautiful butterflies – we’ll keep you posted!

    In the heat we have had lots of fun with water outside – from pouring water into different containers, to using the water wall and we even had a few rain showers this week (courtesy of the water hose!). We did try to watch the video on line of the eclipse but there was  a lot of cloud.  We did see some images of the sun covered up by the moon!  Until the end of term we will be looking at classical music and this week as well as talking about an orchestra made up of lots of different instruments, we have listened to music such as  ‘Papillion’ by Schumann (see what we did there!). We moved our hands and even our bodies with the help of scarves for wings like butterflies!

    This-week-at-nursery-11.06.21.pdf (15 downloads)

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care, stay safe and have a lovely half term!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Hello everyone!

    This week we are reading an oldie but a goodie, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as a tribute to him.  This is a wonderful story about the life cycle of a Butterfly and a great way to introduce our topic of minibeasts.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Wikipedia

    There are so many different activities that you could do with this story it’s hard to narrow them down!  Firstly, this is a great story for sequencing, a very important Maths skill Discuss what happens first in the story, then, next, after that and finally.  Using this language specifically will really support their organisation skills, helping them to prepare what they need to get on with the next job at hand, whether that’s at home or at school.  Narrating what your child is doing is another opportunity to familiarise your child with the language, for instance, when getting dressed to go to school you could sequence the order that they’re getting dressed.  First you put on your socks, then your shirt, next your trousers or dress, after that you put on your cardigan and finally you put on your shoes!  Sequencing things to organise yourself is a great life skill!

    The-Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-by-Eric-Carle.pdf (2 downloads)

    There are a great many games you can play to support their Literacy skills too.  Sequencing properly helps them to understand the beginning, middle and end of stories too.  When it comes to writing, their names for instance, children will need to know which letter is first, which comes next, etc.  Skills are interlinked and not discreet.  Could your child make up a story using another animal?  Perhaps they can use the chicks that hatched in our classroom as inspiration!  One day there was an egg, then it hatched, next a chick came out of it, after that the chick started to eat lots of food and it grew, and grew, and grew until it was a chicken!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • This week at nursery

    Hi Everyone!

    We made it to half term! What a lovely week we have had. We have been making squishy clouds and rain drops during Fiddly Fingers and at the craft table and outside we had a go at making a model of a rain cloud. We put water in a jar and shaving foam on top then carefully using a pipette added some food colouring and watched the effect  – it was like a rain cloud!

    In Maths this week we have been matching number groups and we did so well! We counted if there were 5 objects on one side and 7 on another –  they were different amounts – and we tried to make them the same. Mrs Howe said we were doing such good thinking working it out!

    On Friday we read one of our FAVOURITE books ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and then we went on a REAL bear hunt in the woods and we found one!!! As it was the last day before half term and a lovely sunny day we also  went up into the big playground and had lots of fun! We rolled down hills (even the grown-ups had a go although there is no photographic evidence of this!) and we got to have a go on the playground equipment. There are lots of pictures as we thought you’d like to see how much fun we had!

    This-week-at-Nursery-28.05.21.pdf (23 downloads)

    Until we see you again, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care, stay safe and have a lovely half term!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

    Hello everyone!

    This week we are Going on a Bear Hunt!  I’m sure you know the story by Michael Rosen.  It’s a wonderful adventure, could you go on an adventure too?!  Will it be a bear hunt for your favourite teddy or maybe you’ll go on mini beast hunt?
    The weather is finally getting better and there’s no better opportunity to keep your child active and using story book language.  This will really support their Literacy skills when children move into Reception.  You could make up your own refrain like “We’re going on a minibeast hunt, we’re going to find some small ones, We’re not scared!”  You could change it to suit your adventures.  You could play this indoors too.
    Remember to stress the vocabulary of positional language and extend to include words and phrases like in between or next to.  While you’re on your adventures see what language you can use to describe your environment.  What shape are the trees, the leaves, the paths?  This is a great time to develop their observational and comparison skills.   If you can find a magnifying glass (maybe out of a Christmas cracker) bring it with you and encourage them to get down and explore.  Ask your child to explain any shapes they find asking them how many sides there are, are they straight sides or curved/rounded?  This will allow your child the chance to use their reasoning skills.
    Some other ideas…
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    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

     

     

  • This week at nursery

    Hi Everyone!

    What a changeable week it has been weather wise! From warm sunshine to gusty winds and heavy rain – we’ve had it all but it has not stopped us learning! We have been reading the book ‘The Train Ride’ listening to the story and having our own train journeys up in the woods at Mini Explorers.  In our wet weather suits we were outside on our trains, looking out the window and saw lots of things – real and imaginary!

    Mrs Shahzad came into class and outside we watched her paint Mrs Howe’s hand with Henna like she painted her own hands to celebrate Eid last week. We had a go at painting our own hands- what fun! In the art corner we have also made some animal hand prints and some beautiful blossom trees . We always have fun outside if its sunny or raining – the rain did our plants good, but we were surprised to see our sunflowers are not growing very well – or at all! But we’ll keep watching and hope they decide to grow!

    This-week-at-nursery-21.05.21.pdf (41 downloads)

    Until we see each next week, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care, stay safe and have a lovely weekend!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • Douglas’s Starry Adventure – Paul Rusack

    Hello everyone!

    This week we are reading Douglas’s Starry Adventure by Paul Rusack. This is a tale about a very curious little duck who has more of an adventure than he bargained for!
    Describe the setting.  Where does it take place?  Does your child think it’s in a warm or cold climate?  What time of year would it be?  What environment (habitat) do ducks and foxes live in?  What other animals would share their environment?  Is there a pond with ducks that you could visit to compare and contrast the book with?
    Douglas is fascinated by the many stars that he sees.  Talk to your child about the night sky and what they can see in it.   Maybe during half term there will be a night where the stars are visible without the cloud cover.  What do they notice?  What questions might they ask?  This is such a wonderfully open ended activity that the sky’s the limit (no pun intended) with the learning opportunities.  It’s a perfect time for you and your child to do some investigating.  You could make a list (modelling writing for a reason) with all the questions that they generate, then, go and find the answers to those questions.  They will feel empowered by taking the control of the direction of their own learning.
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    Activities you could do are cutting out stars and making them sparkle!  Perhaps you’d like to make some stars out of play dough or salt dough?

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • This week at nursery

    Hi Everyone!

    What a busy week it has been! Did you hear about our new ‘Vet Corner’? It has been a big hit with the children and lots of animals have been helped by some very efficient vets! We have also had fun with play dough cutting out animals or cupcakes – what great imaginations we have.  We have had lots of fun outside too with our pond and our potion making stations. Some very exciting adventures were being had by our insects and animals in our pond and some lovely cups of tea were made out of blossoms!

    On Mindful Monday we made mood water bottles as its Mental Health Awareness Week. We loved making these and are something we can make at home too. We used some empty bottles, warm water and some glitter glue. We shook them up and talked about how our emotions can be all mixed up sometimes but we can calmly watch the water settle with some deep breaths in the quiet corner if we need to calm down.

    On Wednesday we learnt all about Eid  and got to dress up in some lovely clothes. Then on Thursday we did some excellent smiling and were amazing at waiting while our pictures were taken – we can’t wait to see what we look like – can you?!

    This-week-at-nursery-14.05.21.pdf (39 downloads)

    Until we see each next week, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care, stay safe and have a lovely weekend!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

    Hello everyone!

    This week we are reading Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd. This is another great rhyming story with a bit of canine ‘attitude’! There’s a wealth of language development opportunities, rhyme being one.
    Describe each of the animals.  How else could Bottomly Spots, covered in spots be described? Could he dotty or speckled?  How would Muffin Mclay be described?   Scarface Claw could be described as nasty, scary, dangerous!  You could look at the illustrations and discuss where the story is set – a town, village, or a city perhaps?  You could create another ‘story map’ to show the adventures the dogs had.  Recreate the dogs using collage, talk about the textures and ‘plan’ your creation.  What will you need?  How will you do it?  Could you use fusilli pasta for Muffin McLay or use balloons to make Schnitzel von Krumm?
       

    How to Make a Dog Balloon AnimalThere are many mathematical opportunities too.  Look at the house numbers are they big or small?

    Use positional language such as Hairy Maclary goes through the gate and Hercules Morse jumps  over the chain.

     

    Here are some of our story maps we did in class retelling the story:

     

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • Dear Zoo by Rob Campbell

    Hello everyone,

    We’ve been reading one of our favourite books, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.  It’s a fantastic story that allows for so much role play, maths and language development.

    Dear Zoo

    To support their mathematical language development focus on the language related to size.  Were the animals gigantic or huge?  Perhaps they were tiny or miniscule?  Can  you find a variety of sized boxes and see what fits inside?  It’s a perfect rainy day activity.  Could your child build an enclosure for their animals out of duplo or blocks for their toys?  There’s a lot of mathematical language to describe size,  measurement, or when comparing things.  Have fun with it and make up your own words to describe size and let us know some of your favourites! Explore size and measurement, let your child use first hand experiences, the supermarket is invaluable for this, although it may take awhile to get round.  Don’t forget to include a tape measure if you’ve got one, or other tools like metre sticks so that they can measure.  Perhaps you’ve got some scales to see how heavy or light their toys are?

    You could create another ‘story map’.  Use the animals in the story or make up a Dear Zoo kind of story of their own maybe Dear Farm or Pet Shop?  There are many adjectives your child could use to describe the animals further.   Could they be enormous with wrinkly grey skin, or maybe they are as tall as the sky with swishing tails and extremely long necks?  Maybe the snake isn’t scary but frightening or terrifying?!

     

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    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • This week at nursery.

    Hi Everyone!

    What a week of changeable weather we have had. We have made the most of the sun when it shone and got up out into the woods. We found lots of beautiful Bluebells hiding in the woods, we know not to touch the wild flowers and leave them alone to let they grow. We had fun seeing how green the woods looked and enjoyed our snack of pears or apples outside too!

    In our art corner we have done some wonderful observational drawing looking at a pineapple and a watermelon and thinking about their colours and textures. We cut up the watermelon to look at its inside and discovered its seeds! Outside we have been planting seeds and talking about what a seed might need to grow, and have placed some pots in a dark cupboard, a sunny windowsill, some outside and one even had no soil just lots of water in with the seed – I wonder which ones might grow?! The children have been telling us all about the seeds they have planted at home – please send us pictures of any growing projects you’ve got at home – we would love to see them! While watering our seeds some children discovered that you can make water shoot out of a syringe very fast! What fun we had seeing how far we could make the water travel and how it was different if we pushed fast or more slowly.

    We have been practicing writing our names lots this week too – how amazing is our writing?!?! – the children are very proud when they show us they have written their name on a piece of work ( and it makes our life easier to make sure they can take their work home!)

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    Until we see each next week, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care, stay safe and have a lovely weekend!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • This week at Nursery

    Hi everyone!

    What a busy week we have had at nursery. This week – did you know we had some tadpoles outside – we used our eyes for good looking and some magnifying glasses to look at them swimming about. They move very fast and are really little. In maths we have been looking at measuring things – are they big, gigantic, teeny tiny, medium, small or minuscule?  We used our rulers to measure our height, our shoe length and anything we can find about the classroom, and put  three things in size order. In Child Initiated Learning  we had lots of fun building with blocks outside and making potions inside with playdough, cinnamon, and cheerios – what messy fun it was!

    In Literacy, we have read ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?’ and in our groups we have written story maps retelling the story and thinking of different things we have seen using some excellent describing words.

    Finally on Friday, in recognition of Captain Tom’s Birthday, we sat quietly on the carpet, not talking,  for 101 seconds!! How amazing was that – The children who are with us all day – did it twice!!

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    Until we see each other on Tuesday, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care,  stay safe and enjoy the long weekend!

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

     

  • This week at Nursery.

    Hi everyone!

    What a lovely week we have had back at Nursery.  We heard lots of stories about the fun activities you were up to over the Easter Holidays! This week – did you hear –  we have had eggs that hatched into chicks!! In the classroom we watched the eggs in their incubator and slowly, they hatched! The children loved watching them and waited very patiently for them to hatch. Once the chicks were big enough the children were able to hold them if they wanted and we were great at taking turns and waiting quietly so we didn’t scare them! We drew our own pictures of chicks and we used eggcellent (!) describing words to talk about them.  We have also been  re-reading Dear Zoo, talking and describing the different animals.

    In math this week we have been comparing sizes using our vocabulary; is it tiny, minuscule, giant, large or medium? We had a wander in the woods and found different sizes of sticks and stones and in our groups we put ourselves in order of tallest to shortest – can you do this at home with your family or your favourite teddies?

    For music, we have started listening to rock music (Journey ‘Don’t Stop Believing’/ Genesis ‘I cant walk’ / Van Halen ‘Jump’) – playing drums and rocking along has been great fun! – send in any requests that they love at home!

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    Until we see each other on Monday, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • This week at Nursery

    Hi everyone!

    Our last week has been filled with exciting things we’ve done.  We will definitely doing some of these wonderful activities when we all get back to school.  Can’t wait!

    Until we see each other on Monday, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

     

  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

    Hello everyone!

    This week’s story is We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by  Michael Rosen.  It’s a  story that’s a firm favourite with most children and adults alike.   There are so many wonderful ways of adapting this story.  There are so many opportunities for language development that the sky and our imaginations are the limit.

    To support their mathematical language development focusing on the positional language used is important.  A very easy way of giving your child an opportunity to use it is to go on your own Bear/Lion/Dinosaur Hunt. It’s an activity you can do on a rainy day too, just go for a ‘walk’ around the house.

    Using different words to describe different textures outside supports their creative development.  This in turn gives your child experiences they can draw on when it comes time to do more formal writing of stories.

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt Map & Binoculars (with FREE Printable) - Buggy  and Buddy                                                                                        25+ Activities, Crafts, and Printables for We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    You could create a ‘story map’ of your journeys.  There are a lot of tales to be told using a map.  You could also make a pair of binoculars out of kitchen/toilet role.  Could you take a clipboard or something else to record what you see on your journey?

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt Activities - WeHaveKids - Family

    Could you make a Bear Cave?  You could make a list of things you will need to take with you on your bear hunt or things you might need in your cave.

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    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe, 

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • Maths – Positional Language

    Hello Everyone,

    Positional language is all about the words we use.  Every day we give some positional language instruction, for instance, the car is in the garage, the cup is on the table.  Too often, rather than be specific, we say it’s ‘there’ or ‘over there’ and we point.   Our children do the same.  It’s important to be specific, precise in the language we use.  English is enough of a confusing language so we need to be accurate when we give positional language instructions!

    Bears on a Ladder - Prepositional Words to Expand Vocabulary - Days With Grey

    Go for a bear hunt. Use the words from the story to emphasise positional language words.  When you’re out on a walk get them to narrate what they’re doing …I’m on the tree stump, I crawled through the bushes, I’m getting into the bath…take turns and really emphasise those words.  Play a game with a teddy and give him instructions.  I use a spider and put him on my shoulder, over my head, next to my chair, etc.  Be sure though to always get your child to say the full sentence – over there does not count!  For instance- ‘Where’s the teddy?’ you ask.  Your child responds with “The teddy is under the sofa, behind the cushion”, etc.’  It’s really important to say the full sentence for their growning language skills to develop.

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence