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  • This week in Nursery

    Hi Everyone!

    This week we have been very busy remembering to say please and thank you.  There have been a lot of children on the rainbow and even a few in the pot of gold!

    We’ve been doing lots of counting this week (and every week).  We have really gotten into the ‘swing’ of active maths and particularly enjoy doing the same amount of lion roars as our number of the week (2).  Children are very good at saying numbers to 10 and now we are  beginning to understand how to match the amount to the numeral.

    We’ve also been very busy sticking a variety of media.  Can you guess what we’ve made?  We discussed parts of our bodies, including what certain bones are called such as our spine, ribs and skull.  Singing Head, shoulders, knees and toes would be lots of fun to do at home.  Maybe you could change the lyrics to skull, ribs and spine?!

    We’ve had lots of adventures in the forest this week too; going on listening walks, opening up our ears to hear lots of different sounds and identifying them.  Children were very good at closing their eyes, listening for sounds like a knock on the door, toilets flushing, phones ringing, the hoover, etc.  Perhaps you could play a similar game at home and when you’re walking?

    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  see you soon!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman,  Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • Thank you, Mr Panda by Steve Antony

    Hello everyone,

    This week’s story is another fantastic addition to the series authored by Steve Antony.  A sense of gratitude can benefit children (and adults) in a variety of ways. It has important emotional health benefits. A person who is grateful tends to spend less time comparing themselves with others. It’s important to show appreciation when someone has helped you.  Saying thank you is a perfect way to express this.

    We practice and model this to the children every day; making a point of showing our appreciation of a kind or helpful act.  When discussing the importance of manners the adults again play scenarios and extenuate our pleasure  when the other adult says thank you.  It’s the perfect way to get into the rainbow on our star chart!

    Thank You, Mr. Panda

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    Listen to the story and take the chance to discuss how it makes you and your child feel when we say thank you to each other and when we don’t.  It’s a respectful thing to do and shows that you are not taken for granted and builds good relationships.

    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 Ogilvie-Jones, Mrs Mitzman,  Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

     

  • Well and truly settled

    Hello all,

    We can say that the children have settled really well into the routines of the nursery class this week. They have confidently come into the class and participated in the fiddly fingers within their animal groups.

    One of the activities the children have enjoyed outside has been potion making, we went on a hunt to collect  some treasures from the forest first, before adding them to the potion making.  It allowed us to discuss about the colours  and capacity.

                                                                                     

    We had a lovely treat when a beetle was brought into class                                                                                                                by one of the children for some of us to investigate, which                                                                                                                  led to some interesting questions., such as “Where did you                                                                                                                find that?”  “Does it have wings?”

             Tackling the obstacle course

    Cutting and sticking using a variety of media                                           

    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 Ogilvie-Jones, Mrs Mitzman,  Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

     

  • Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

    This week’s story is a fantastic one for remembering our manners and reminding us to say please and thank you.  It’s incredibly important to say please and thank you to people, it’s one of the ways we form good relationships.  In Nursery it is one of our main focuses.

    We practice this at every opportunity.  The adults model saying please and thank you as well as use it as a teaching focus, often the teachers play act and deliberately use words like “gimme, I want, No!” The children’s reaction is always the same – shock and horror that  grown ups are being “rude” to one another.  The children quickly correct us and can tell us that it isn’t kind to talk like that.  Of course, us adults quickly use please and thank you and children give us the big thumbs up! Phew!  We certainly don’t want to go in the sad cloud.

    Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

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    Listen to the story and take the chance to discuss how it makes you and your child feel when we say please and thank you to each other and when we don’t.  Manners maketh the man, woman, boy, and girl  and certainly makes life a lot more pleasant when we use them.

    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 Ogilvie-Jones, Mrs Mitzman,  Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

     

  • Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill

    Hello Everyone,
    Welcome to our first story of the year, Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill.  This is a great story about a little puppy who is going to school for the first time.  I wonder why we’re reading this story?!
    Spot Goes to School By Eric Hill
    Literacy and Communication and Language –  This story offers up a wealth of opportunities to promote those observation and language skills.  In class we talked about what Spot did at school and the similarities in our classroom.  The children were very pleased that they had the same games and toys as Spot  has at his school.  We also noticed that Spot was playing a running game and the inevitable happened, he fell down and hurt himself!  We decided as a class that running was not a good idea in the Nursery Garden.
    Maths –   There are lots of mathematical activities and language to explore in this story.  How many friends are in his class?  Is his classroom big or small?  Does he go to school all day or in the morning/afternoon?  What clues can you find to answer some of these questions?  We’ve learned some new number songs too (youtube  Dream English Let’s Count 1-10 and Zero, Zero Super Hero), perhaps you could sing them at home too?
    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 Ogilvie-Jones, Mrs Mitzman,  and Mrs Hill

  • This Week at Nursery

    Hi Everyone!

    Our first blog!  We have settled in very well and are busy learning all our new routines, our new classmates and exploring the toys and learning opportunities , inside and out.  Thank you to all the parents who sent us photos of their child’s favourite snuggly/toy.  They’ve been reassuring for them and a great talking point when making new friends.

    Routines are a big part of the day and it’s important for us to establish them.  They help us to know what to expect next This-week-in-Nursery.docx.pdf (47 downloads) for instance, which can be really comforting when everything is so new.  It’s important too to have them at home.  Imagine the chaos if you didn’t have a bedtime routine!  Imagine if we didn’t have routines in class, that really would be overwhelming for a child!!

    Please click on the link to see some photos of the variety of activities we’ve been busy doing this week: filling and emptying water (and splashing), finding minibeasts, scooping up ‘ice cream’ and using funky pegs to help  get us ready for writing.

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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, stay safe and  see you soon!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman,  and Mrs. Hill

  • These are a few of our favourite things…

    Hello Everyone,
    Our Last Blog! We want to say a huge thank you to one and all for your support and exceptionally kind words about our blogs.  It is invaluable to know that you have appreciated our blogs and found them so useful.  This week’s blog will incorporate our music into our Literacy.  We asked the children which stories were their favourites and it inspired a musical response.  There is no better song to sum up our experiences this year.  Please  click on the link to see which stories the lyrics reminded us of.
    Have a wonderful summer and new academic year!
    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

  • Our last week in Nursery

    Hi Everyone!

    The Nursery Team can’t quite believe it’s the last week of term. This week we have had lots of fun playing; from bug hunts up in the woods, to playing with our friends in class and even having a go on the fab slide (the grown-ups even had a go!).

    It’s been a lovely end to the Term. The children have put together their own Playlist of their favourite songs! Have a groove around your kitchen or ask the children what’s their favourite song.  The adults in class  love how much they love their music! We hope you like our lovely key-rings that we made – we had such fun doing them ourselves!

    To those children moving into Reception – you are going to have so much fun learning even more amazing skills than you already have – and to those remaining with us in Nursery – it’s going to be another fantastic year!

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    Take care, stay safe and make sure you do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning – it’s all around us!

    Have a wonderful summer,

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

  • What The Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

    Hello Everyone,
    This week’s story is What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson.  This is yet another great story by one of our favourite authors and has more fantastic rhyme in it.  It’s a story about a little creature who does good listening and saves the day by foiling the plans of some dastardly cattle rustlers!
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    Literacy and Communication and Language –  This story offers up a wealth of opportunities to promote those listening skills.  In class we played Chinese Whispers and started off with the sentence The caterpillars turned into butterflies.  By the end of our game the sentence had turned into I like smoothies!  Discuss with your child why it’s so important to hone those listening skills and follow directions.
    Maths –   We have been looking at our numbers and counting out the same amount, being sure to use our counting fingers this week too.  Being able to use 1:1 correspondence by counting out each individual item is essential in Maths.  Please make sure that your child counts one number for each object.  This is an extremely important skill that they will use in Reception so keep practicing!
    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!

    How close are we to the end of term?!  But the learning and the fun hasn’t stopped! This week we have been looking at ladybirds. For Literacy we have been reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson – and we had a go at Chinese Whispers in class with often quite amusing results! Have a go at home – its such fun! Outside we have been carrying on with our bug hunts and managed to find a few little ladybirds  – did you know a group of ladybirds is called – a loveliness of ladybirds! We even found some tiny frogs in the pond up in the woods -we have seen them go from tadpoles to frogs – how amazing!!

    We have been revising our numbers in Maths – can we make the shape of the number with our ‘magic fingers’ in the air and can we do 6 claps, 5 stops, 19 blinks – continuing carefully for each action?!

    We have had some busy creative bees at the Creation Station and seen some amazing pictures and creations. We’re sad to say only one more week in Nursery . . . .  we’re not sure where the time has gone.

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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, stay safe and  see you soon!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • Show Me the Honey by Dr. Seuss

    Hello everyone,
    This week’s story is by Dr Seuss, Show Me the Honey.  It is a fantastic and fun way to learn about bees and all the marvelous things they do for us.   Did you know that they ‘talk’ to each other?  Bees perform the ‘waggle dance’ to let each other know where they’ve found some tasty nectar!  It involves a lot of moving around and we’ve been practicing our own ‘waggle’ dancing in class to The Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky Korsakoff.
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    Literacy and Communication and Language – We can count on a Dr Seuss book for rhyme and this story is full of great rhyming words.   How many can you hear?  Can you think of a different rhyming words?   We also focused on a non-fiction book called Eva the Bee Keeper and learned about what a Bee Keeper does to keep their bees happy and healthy.  Can you find any bee facts?  In class we practiced being statues when a bee (or anything buzzy) comes too close to us.  It worked when an actual bee buzzed around our garden, it was amazing to see so many children standing completely still!
    Maths –   We have been looking at our numbers and counting out the same amount, being sure to use our counting fingers.  Children are very good at counting but can still count too fast even when using their counting fingers!  Please make sure that your child counts one number for each object there.  This is an extremely important skill that they will use in Reception so keep practicing!
    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!

    This week has been about bees and butterflies!!After lots of careful observation – our butterflies emerged out of their cocoons – over the space of 24 hours they all popped out when we weren’t looking! On Thursday afternoon we took them outside and let them out in the Nursery Garden  – as they emerged from their net they even landed on us!

    We have been learning about bees – about how they get nectar from flowers – and even how the bees tell each other where to go to find the best flowers! We did a waggle dance  (do ask at home for them to show you!) and we have listened to the Flight of the Bumblebees by Rimsky-Korsakov. On Friday Mrs Bence told us all about keeping bees in a hive and we even got  to taste honey!! It was yummy yummy in our tummies!!

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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, stay safe and  see you soon!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • Superworm by Julia Donaldson

    Hello everyone,
    Superworm is super strong, Superworm is super long!  This is yet another great story by Julia Donaldson.  It is a story about the adventures of a super kind and caring worm.   This book is a perfect opportunity to discuss what your child feels really confident or ‘super’ doing.  For instance,  in class children are super climbers or super name writers or super tidier uppers!  It’s a terrific story to highlight your child’s strengths.
    Superworm by Julia Donaldson
    During Literacy and Communication and Language  we have talked about friendships too and how to solve problems, comparing how the  Minibeasts hatched a plan to save their friend.   In the process, they all became super hero’s and super friends! How does your child solve problems?  Do they try to figure out what to do first or do they immediately ask an adult for help?  Perseverance and resilience are really important qualities to develop as this will support their  transition into school.  Trying to solve a difficulty independently first before seeking help gives children a sense of accomplishment even if they haven’t been able to figure out how to solve the problem by themselves.
    We are looking at measurement in Maths .  Could you make playdough worm and measure how long he is?  Perhaps you’ve got some marks on a door frame with your child’s height.  Compare how tall they were and how tall they are now.  Could you measure the amount using a ruler?  It’s a great opportunity to give them practical experiences and relate these to measuring.  When you next go to the supermarket, see if your child can help you weigh your fruit and vegetables.  It might take a little longer than usual but they will be engaged and this will support their developing skills for Reception.
    We made a wormery this week in class and went hunting for worms.  They came in all lengths and sizes from ginormous to teeny weeny.  A wormery is simple to make using things you have at home.  Give it a go, the trails they leave are fascinating to watch.

    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! We have been looking at worms this week. On Monday we made our womery – thank you for the worms! We have also been measuring worms, putting them in size order, studying them and even reading a fab story about Superworm by Julia Donaldson! We have also been making a giant spider!! (it will be rather large – but don’t worry it isn’t real!).

    On Wednesday we had Armed Forces Day and we learnt about why we say thank you to our Armed Forces and made some fab pictures. In the afternoon the children got to show some of our military parents our fabulous ant marching song in the playground!

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    On Thursday and Friday we had our sports day – what fun we all had – egg and spoon races; penalty shoot outs; obstacle courses and hurdles amongst other games! We all got a medal at our medal ceremony too! We all did so well at trying out new things and having a go.

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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, stay safe and  see you soon!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence

  • This week in nursery

    Hi Everyone!

    This week we have been learning about spiders!! We have read ‘The Very Busy Spider’ together and practised our actions for retelling the story together – what great memories we all have! At the creation station we have been very busy!! We have made spider webs out of glue and glitter and we have started to make spiders out of Paper Mache and we have been colouring in spiders along with writing our names on them and adding them to the spider web. Outside we have also been rescuing insects trapped in a giant spiders web! In math we have been looking at patterns – in animals, on insects and even our socks!

    In the sunshine and in the rain we have been catching and looking at insects – lots of slugs, snails, ants and wood lice ( or ‘slaters’ as Mrs Bain calls  a wood louse- do you call them something different?!).  The water wall and water tray has equally been as popular in the sunshine and in the rain. In the sandpit we have been digging and searching for letters hidden in the sand – we found letters we recognise from our names!

    We have been looking at, measuring and describing our caterpillars each day and compiling a diary together as a class. You can see them changing in the pictures – they are now starting to change into cocoons. We can’t wait to see what colour butterflies they are.

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    We have a bit of optional homework for you over the weekend – next week we are making a wormery in class. If you are busy digging outside and happen to find some worms – pop them in a container – (with air holes and a bit of soil!) and bring them in on Monday so that we can add them to our wormery  – how exciting!

    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  see you soon!
    Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence