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  • Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland

    Hello everyone,

    Our story of the week is Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland.  It’s a rhyming story about a variety of different dinosaurs and their idiosyncrasies.  In class we have been describing what the dinosaurs looked like using full sentences.  Our sentences have ranged from ‘He is big’ to ‘It has a frill around its neck.’; pretty impressive for 3 and 4 year olds!

    Literacy  – Listen to the story and think of alternative words to describe the dinosaurs.  A fierce dinosaur could be scary, mean, frightening, vicious, etc.  The meek dinosaur could be shy, timid, quiet, patient, gentle, etc.  It’s a perfect opportunity to extend their language.  Can they use the words in different situations?  Could they describe their pet cat as meek or, hopefully not too, fierce?  Don’t forget to look for those rhyming words too!

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    Maths – We have been revisiting numbers 1-10.  It’s amazing how quickly children can forget things if they’re not using their skills continuously.  This week we’ve focussed on number 6.   We are focussing on how the number is written.  The children are learning a rhyme to help them when writing the number – down we go and make a loop, number 6 make a hoop.  Write it in the air, on your foot, on the carpet, in flour/mud/shaving foam. Count the dinosaurs in the story how many are there, how many legs/wings/feet do they have? Discuss the size of the different animals in the story, are they all the same?  Use a variety of different words such as tiny, miniscule, huge, gigantic, etc to build up their mathematical vocabulary.   What size enclosures would you need to fit the dinosaurs?

    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 in Nursery…Digging a little deeper

    Hello Everyone

    This week in Nursery we have been learning about dinosaurs. We have been enjoying the story Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland.  We extended the describing words in the book with our own describing words. The children thought of words such as “scary” , “kind” and “colourful”.

    We have explored the different marks that the dinosaurs make in the play dough, some of the children enjoyed enveloping and hiding them inside the dough. We went on a dinosaur egg hunt in the forest, making sure we looked up , down and all around. Some of the children found stones that looked like mini dinosaur eggs. We explored different textures in the tough tray outside and built some dinosaur habitats. It is a topic that all of the children are loving to explore.

                 

     

                 

    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 Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

     

  • This Week in Nursery…

    Hello Everyone,

    Happy New Year!  It’s the beginning of a new year and a new topic in Nursery, and we’ve started off with a real bang.  The children will be learning about dinosaurs and we’ve already made a list of what we want to learn.  Questions the children devised and would like answers to ranged from where did dinosaurs live to how many teeth they had.

    Here’s a selection of activities children have busied themselves doing…

    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 Mitzman, Mrs Jones, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence
  • This Week in Nursery

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…….

    Hello Everyone,

    What a magical week we have had!

    We have been using our hot chocolate breath in yoga and perfecting our ‘christmas’ tree pose.  Hot chocolate breathing is a deep breathing exercise which is good for calming an anxious child, it also helps them to use their imaginations, an important part of their development and creativity!

    Wednesday was a very exciting day, Father Christmas landed his sleigh in our beautiful yurt bringing with him a present for each of us and we also got to make some reindeer food.  We had great fun and even got to have a bit of a boogie with him (he is quite a good dancer you know)!  Our lunchtime children also had a very yummy Christmas dinner in a very festive dining hall.

     

    We have been writing letters to Santa in our writing area and decorating our tree decorations at the creation station.

    The children have been doing amazing learning this term and have worked really hard, we are very proud of them and all that they have achieved so far.  I think we all agree that they truly deserve a wonderful, restful Christmas break!

    Until next year, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
    Wishing all of our wonderful children and their families a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

    Mrs Howe, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Jones, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

     

     

     

  • Something for the holidays…

    Hi everyone!

    As it’s our last post of the year, we thought some games and activities for the holidays would be appreciated to help reinforce all the good learning that the children have done this past term.  These are simple games that you can use in a variety of situations and contexts, whether you’re out and about walking through fields or with family and friends (fingers crossed!).  Also, the links for stories are accessible anytime so feel free to use them as a little ‘break’ for a cup of tea or five minutes peace!

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    These games can be adapted to use with either a Literacy or Maths focus.

    Chinese Whispers – Say a simple sentence and pass it around.  Rhyming sentences are great such as The cat is fat but any sentence will do.  Adapting it for maths is easy too.  You could give them  a fact about a number, such as 5 is one more than 4 or 5 is one less than 6.  You could use shapes too, which has been our focus this week, and say a square has 4 sides or all the sides of a square are the same.  How much do they remember?

    What’s in the bag… – Find a bag (any will do as long as it’s not see through) and put some objects in there, again any will do.  We have a little tune to go with this game which your child will hopefully remember! The lyrics are simple. What’s in the bag, what’s in the bag, let’s see, let’s see, what’s in the bag?!  Describe whatever it is you’ve got in the bag – one of their toys,  an object around the house (try describing a spoon or fork leaving it’s use to last), a book, anything at all will work.  See if your child can guess what it is.  Give them the opportunity to have a go with the bag too and describe the objects to you.

    Whose/What’s under the blanket…- Same game just a different way of doing the above but only under a blanket.  In class we play this as a group and one child goes under the blanket.  The trick is to look around and observe who’s no longer in the circle.  It can be surprisingly tricky!

    Another way of playing this game is by using some objects (again any random objects). Start with three objects, hide one.  Which object is missing? Build up the amounts of objects.  We got to six different things and the children recognised which object was missing every time!

    You could of course extend the game we’ve been playing recently One of these things… choose some objects which have a similar theme such as rhyming objects or objects of all one size/amount/use, etc.  Which one doesn’t belong?  Remember to get your child to explain why they know that that’s the object which doesn’t belong.  Their answers can be really surprising and it offers up an interesting insight on how their thought processes work.

    Simon Says…always a favourite and always fun!  When ‘Simon’ says to do something you do it but if you don’t hear the words Simon says – don’t do it!  This can work with tidying up too.  Simon says pick up 5 blocks, Simon says take a bath/read a story with mummy or daddy.  Use it to your advantage!

    I went to the zoo/shop/woods and saw/bought…– this is another great game that’s great to play on any journey.  Make a list and each person adds to it, but you need to remember all the items on the list from the top (does anyone remember The Generation Game?).  If you need to take your child to the supermarket get them to tell you about the shapes of the boxes/objects they see, can they describe what’s in the basket, for instance a juicy, oval pear, a round, crunchy apple?

    We hope these ideas are useful, they will certainly help to focus and concentrate your child’s attention and extend their language.  Turning anything into a game makes it more fun to learn.

    Until next year, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.  Have a wonderful festive season and fingers crossed for snow!

    Take care and stay safe,

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

  • Early Years Nativity




    This years Nativity has been written using the Talk for Writing approach used at Merry Hill.  Nursery make a starring role in Twinkle Twinkle.

    Thank you to our wonderful team…..

    • Our creative Mrs Summers for writing the Nativity;
    • Mrs Nicoll, Miss Will, Mrs Barnes, Mrs Oldfield and our wonderful Nursery team for all their hard work and of course our super children;
    • and special thanks to Mrs Taylor who taught Little Donkey to Reception using Makaton.
  • Christmas – non-fiction

    Hello everyone!
    We have been learning about our last festival of light – Christmas.  This is a special time in the Christian faith and there’ll be lots of goodies and toys!  Christmas songs fill the air and it’s the season of goodwill and happiness for many.
    Literacy:  Listen to the story of Christmas, there are many to choose from on YouTube, the children are familiar with the one above.  Discuss the story with your child, what happened?  Sequence the events.  What happened first, next, after that and finally.  Discuss why this is such an important festival in the Christian calendar.  Undoubtedly there will be a lot of discussion about Santa.  When sequencing the events, you could mention that the ‘reason’ Santa brings us presents is to remind us that the Shepherds and Wise Men brought gifts to baby Jesus.
    Maths:  Our number of the week is 5 again. We will be revisiting numbers frequently.  Ask your child to show you 5 fingers.  We use a chant – high 5 (hand up in the air), low 5 (hand down by your side), over on the side 5 (stretch your arm out to one side), and all the way around 5 (shake your hand and go from one side of your body all the way to the other side of your body).  How many different ways can you make 5 using your fingers – all the fingers on one hand, two fingers on one side, 3 on the other, etc?  This will help your child understand that there are different ways of showing the same amount and support their early addition skills.  Don’t forget to remind them to count those fingers to make sure they’ve got the right amount.
    A favourite Christmas tradition is to make Christmas gingerbread star cookies.  We have been using 5 pointed star cookie cutters for an obvious reason, enjoy!
    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

  • This week in Nursery…

    Hello everyone!

    Christmas is in full swing in our Nursery.  We’ve been making more decorations and getting ready for the holiday by printing our own wrapping paper, making salt-dough decorations (keep an eye out for a wrapped gift for parents under the tree) and tags to put on our gifts.  On top of that, we have transformed ourselves into Twinkling Little Stars.

    Take a look at our photos and think about the skills the children are using – rolling, squeezing, putting pressure on cookie cutters, threading amongst just a few.  All these skills need developing to support their writing ability.  Their muscles are strengthened and their confidence grows, giving them the ability to tackle a new skill.  Even putting on their coats by themselves really helps those muscles build up.

     

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

  • Using Question words

    This year as a school we are working on supporting pupils ability to communicate effectively with one another. One of the ways in which we are addressing this is through the use of the Wellcomm® Screening Tool. This tool provides us with useful teaching strategies and tips for scaffolding pupil talk, language use and comprehension. Here we have the next of our talking tips for you to use with your child. “Step Up” refers to how you can extend this skill and “Step down” suggests ways to simplify the skill if your child is not quite there yet.

    Here is teaching tip 2.

  • This week in Nursery…

    Hello everyone!

    This week in Nursery we have embraced the chilly weather and used it as an opportunity to practice our independence and organisation skills. The children are becoming very good at the sequence of using the toilet, taking off their shoes, putting on their coats, gloves, hats, mud suits and lastly their wellies. A lot to remember and an activity in itself. We use our five fingers to say our chant loo, shoes, coat, suit, boots. Once up in the forest the children enjoyed looking for foliage to make an Advent wreath. During fiddly fingers the children made candles to add to the wreath, rolling and sticking the card and stuffing tissue paper inside for the flame.

                 

    For Maths we have been learning about the number 10 and the children have really impressed us with selecting 10 items from a box, showing us 10 fingers and have also been learning to write number 10 on their bodies. During phonics we have been playing cross the river, the children have loved finding the matching  object with the same rhyming sound. They are all very keen to have a turn and have been waiting very patiently for their turn.

    The children have been busy making decorations for the Nursery classroom. We have made candy canes to hang on our seasons tree and paper chains. We enjoyed visiting the hall and hanging our decorations on the Christmas tree which sparked lots of excitement and conversations about Christmas time with our families.

                 

           

    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

  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

    Hi everyone!

    During our phonic sessions we have been focussing on rhyme these last few weeks  and children are becoming more confident.  One of my favourite stories is Hairy Maclary.  It’s an absolute cracker of a rhyming story and another opportunity for you to practice rhyme.  Understanding, hearing and generating rhyme is a really important skill to have which will support their ability to write words independently.  There’s always a pattern with rhyme so listen carefully.

    Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy (Hairy Maclary and Friends) : Dodd, Lynley, Tennant, David: Amazon.co.uk: Books

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    Literacy:  Find the rhyming words!  Could they offer a different word which also rhymes?  They don’t have to be real words, it’s the rhyming ability that counts.  There are so many different characters which could each have their own accent when you read aloud.  Children really enjoy when adults do ‘silly’ things.  Using a different voice for the characters will engage your child and they can join in the refrains.  How much of the rhymes can they remember?   You could make up your own rhymes such as Muffin MacLay like a bundle of hay had a great day.  The most important thing is to have fun with it.

    Maths:  Count the rhyming words!  Discuss the journey using a variety of positional language.  Can your children find the words in the story that describe the journey of the dogs?  Over, under, through, around, next to, behind are all words you could use.  Go for a walk and describe your journey using positional language.  Draw a map of your journey and use positional language to describe it.

    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

  • Understanding and using prepositions

    This year as a school we are working on supporting pupils ability to communicate effectively with one another. One of the ways in which we are addressing this is through the use of the Wellcomm® Screening Tool. This tool provides us with useful teaching strategies and tips for scaffolding pupil talk, language use and comprehension. Here we will share talking tips with you to use with your child. “Step Up” refers to how you can extend this skill and “Step down” suggests ways to simplify the skill if your child is not quite there yet.

    Here is teaching tip 1.