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  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

    Hello everyone,

    This week’s story is a Julia Donaldson classic, The Snail and  the Whale.  This is the tale of an adventurous snail who sets out to sea with an accommodating whale.  It’s a great rhyming story with so many opportunities to find a few rhyming words.

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    The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. Children’s read-aloud story with illustrations. – YouTube

    Literacy:

    What stories could you innovate?  Where would you go on an adventure?   You could make a map and illustrate the places.  Use as many adjectives/describing words that you can.  If there is an island in your child’s story, describe the trees, are they gargantuan, as tall as giants, swishing in the wind?  Draw a story map of your child’s tall tale and then it’s your child’s turn to have a go at ‘drawing/writing’ a story. What kind of fantastical animals might there be?  The grander and more extravagant the better! Asking your child to go into depth when using their imagination is a great chance to extend their language and their creative thinking.  It will help them when it comes time to write their own stories as they progress in their school careers.

    Maths:

    Maps are a fantastic way to help your child’s mathematical reasoning skills and spatial awareness.  Use positional language to describe your island’s physical features.  Is the town next to, over, behind, under, across the sea, mountain, hills?  Describe the sizes of the features of your child’s story.  If it’s a treasure map your child is making, how many steps do you need to take?   How many mountains could your child draw?   Count different features on your map or the steps to where X marks the spot.  What kind of food would you find on your island?  You could cut some fruit in half or quarters and talk about how you would share the pieces.

    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,

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

  • This week in nursery…

    Hello Everyone!

    We have made a wonderful discovery this week, Nursery are supreme snail finders!   No stone, tree, bush or leaf was left unsearched in the the woods and garden.  Children noticed  that they were able to find considerably more snails in the morning than in the afternoon.  When asked why this could be, children thought that in the morning the woods were damp and a bit wet.  By the afternoon the skies had become a bit sunnier and the snails were a bit trickier to find.

    As children were so keen on learning about snails we read The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson.  Children were really good at remembering some of her other titles, naming the Gruffalo and The Smartest Giant in Town.  Facts we learned about snails were there are lots of different kinds (43,000 a BIG number), the spirals on their shells are called whorls, woodlands are a great habitat for snails, and some snails eat those pesky aphids that hurt our plants and leave our plants mostly alone.  We also had a go at drawing our own spirals.

    Our caterpillars have now all turned into cocoons! We’re waiting very patiently for them to emerge. Last week we also had a very special visitor who brought us in some fantastic fossils that we could touch and look at. One of them was a real dinosaur bone!! How cool! We also had an ammonite, a brittle star and a crinoid.

    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, have a lovely weekend!

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

     

  • This Week at Nursery . . .

    Hello Everyone!

    We have been busy this week like the very busy spider in our story! We have made spiders webs – everywhere! We even made some with glitter and glue and chalk outside.  It got us thinking about straight lines, shapes and patterns. With all the rain – we have been finding lots of snails! It’s such fun to try and find them.  We have been observing our caterpillars – and they have now all turned into cocoons – how very exciting! We’ll keep you posted on when they emerge.

    In Art we have been looking at pictures by Degas and have been creating our very own Degas style pictures. We used pastels and our fingers to create a lovely smudgy effect.  We have listened to some classical music that the ballerinas might have danced to in the Degas paintings. We have played with the domino blocks and have been learning how to match the number patterns and colours.

    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, have a lovely weekend!

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

  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

    Hello everyone,

    This week we are reading The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle as we are.  The spider in the story is too busy making his web when lots of farm-yard animals ask him to come and play and he simply cannot spare the time for fun and games!  Please find attached some fun and games you might like to try at home.

    Literacy  – Retell the story several times.  Use your voice to imitate the sounds of the different animals.  Can your child retell the story using different voices too?   Read a non-fiction book, visit the library or use the internet to find out more about spiders.  They are greatly feared and many people have a spider phobia. Children’s fears often stem from watching an adults reactions.   Learning more about them helps us to understand their importance in our world and how we can look after them.  They are an amazing creature and without them our ecosystem probably would crumble pretty quickly! They may not be the prettiest of minibeasts but they are our friends and far more frightened of us than we are of them – after all we are giants in their world.   So remember, if you see one – Keep Calm and Carry On!

    Fear of spiders? 8 reasons to like them more | Friends of the Earth

    The Very Busy Spider 🕷️Animated (Read Aloud Books for Children) | Eric Carle Storytime *Miss Jill - YouTube

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    Maths –  Focus on the web that the spider is making.  You can sequence the different stages by looking at the amount of silky threads the spider has made.  How many lines are there in the ‘frame’ of her web? The patterns are amazing in a spider’s web.  Which one has this spider made?  Use mathematical language to describe the process – the spider weaves across, down, over, under, around, diagonally, etc.  We have been exploring symmetry – look at the lines of symmetry.  Can your child find any?  Go on a spider web hunt (especially good for early risers with the dew on webs making them easier to find).  What do you notice?  Can you save one using a card (please don’t hurt the spider though).  See if you can determine the type of web and what kind of spider made it.

    Spider webs: not just for Halloween | Natural History Museum (nhm.ac.uk)

    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 Greenpeace

    Hello everyone,

    World Earth Day was last week,  and here is a story on that subject –  Dear Greenpeace by Simon James.  This is a delightful story about a a little girl who is convinced that there is a whale in her pond and writes to Greenpeace to ask how to look after it.  Of course, Greenpeace think she’s telling a tall tale until…The empathy and care shown by the characters in the story is one for all of us to remember to give to our world, and ourselves.

    Dear Greenpeace Simon James | Hewson Books

    Literacy  – Talk 4 Writing actions can always be used!  This story is fantastic to develop their conversational skills – it’s important that your child can express their likes, dislikes and opinions regarding a story.   Whilst one book might be a classic and firm favourite of yours doesn’t meant that everyone in your household will enjoy it as much!  Get those discussions going with open – ended questions –  What does your child think about Greenpeace’s letters back to the little girl?  What is your child’s favourite bit or least favourite?  What would they do if they found a whale in their pond or maybe a lion in their garden?!  Imitate the story and make up your own adventure with Greenpeace. Don’t accept simple answers when asking your child to elaborate and extend their answers – ‘cuz I like it’ is not a reason!  I like it because it made me laugh…etc. Being specific when answering a question will really support them on their learning journey.

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    Maths –  There are all sorts of different maths skills to be practiced using this book relating to size.  Take a measuring tape/metre stick/ruler to measure everything around you and make ‘pens/cages/enclosures’, use scales/weights, use jugs/containers for capacity, .  Does your child’s toy  ‘fit’ into things.  How much water will fill a jug, how heavy is your toy?  What words can you think of to describe size?  Big, large, etc are great but can you extend that vocabulary to include words like huge, gigantic, enormous?  See if your child will use those descriptions independently, and if you’re modelling that language it will soon be part and parcel of their daily vocabulary.

    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 . . . .

    Hello Everyone!

    Oooh we have some very exciting news this week. Have you heard? We have had chicken eggs in our classroom in a special incubating box so that we could see them.  Some of the eggs have now hatched! We have counted nine lovely baby chicks. Not only do we have nine baby chicks we have nine not so baby caterpillars who have been eating their food and getting bigger. We have had lots of fun creating all things caterpillar – cocoon – butterfly and baby chicks related!! What fun. We can’t wait to see how big the chicks and caterpillars grow over the weekend.

    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, have a lovely weekend!

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

  • This Week in Nursery . . .

     

    Hello Everyone!

    How lovely is it to be back at school with the sun shinning?! We have started  our new topic – Mini Beasts!! This week we have been reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Not only does this story tell us about the life cycle of a butterfly, we are also practicing our days of the week.  In maths we have been looking at symmetry – in butterflies, in leaves and lots of other things we find in nature.   We have made caterpillars with egg cartons and printed symmetrical butterflies. New for this term we now have a Play-dough Station – were we can mix up play-dough ourselves and get creative. It is so much fun.

    On Friday we are expecting a very special delivery –  some little caterpillars and we have set up a special area where we can watch and observe them. We cannot wait to see them grow and will keep you updated!

    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, have a lovely weekend!

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

  • Understanding pronouns: ‘they’ and ‘their’.

    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 3.

  • April, Month of the Military Child

    April is the Month of the Military Child and each year we love taking the time to celebrate our military children here at Merry Hill. Service children can face challenges with parents in the armed forces. Yet these children are also an amazing asset to families, schools and the local community. The Month of the Military Child helps us remember this and helps us celebrate their achievements.

     

    Did you know the official flower of the military child is the dandelion because its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind but it will always plant roots and blossom wherever it lands?

     

    This year we will be celebrating ‘Purple Up Day’ on Tuesday 26th April; purple is a colour used to represent all military services and shows unity with each other. This day is to celebrate the wonderful contributions our military children make to our community, bringing experiences from around the world. We celebrate our military children and thank them for their service.

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr Seuss

    Hello everyone,

    This week we are reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr Seuss, a classic children’s author.  Dr Seuss excelled at making silly, fun rhymes which ignite children’s interest in rhyme.  The illustrations are also very amusing and capture a child’s attention.

    Literacy  – Read the story if you have a copy (libraries usually do).  Read the different poems in different voices.  Can your child repeat some of the rhymes with you?  As always, listen out for the rhyming words and see if you can think of a different rhyming word that would fit.  Could you make up your own rhymes?  Innovating is a key part of Talk for Writing and will really help them.  Discuss the different poems, which is their favourite and why?  Of course, ask them which one wasn’t their favourite, and don’t forget to ask them to be specific about what they didn’t like.  Expressing your likes and dislikes articulately is a very important skill, and important to give a child many opportunities.

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    Maths –  It’s in the title! Count, count, count!  Can you think of any other counting rhymes?  Could you make up your own?  Below is a link to some songs we sing regularly.  It helps them not only to count in order but to practice skills such as counting backwards (the precursor to subtracting) but perhaps you could extend their counting skills by singing songs such as The Ants Go Marching Two by Two (we will be learning this song for our Purple Up Day celebrating Military Families around the world).  You can reenact the songs as they all have actions you can repeat.

    10 Classic Nursery Rhymes and Songs to Count With Kids (rainydaymum.co.uk)

    The Ants Go Marching | Kids Songs | Super Simple Songs – YouTube

    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. . . . .

    Hello Everyone!

    What a change in the weather this week! Did you see the snow outside today?!?! We have had a busy week in Nursery.  We got to have a go at the lovely Easter Egg trail organised by the Friends of Merry Hill.  We continued with our flower bed and planted out some lovely flowers. In Maths we have been talking about time again and did actions for a minute – jumping, clapping, stomping – it was such noisy fun! We then used the timers to time how long it took to toast our Hot Cross Buns – they took two minutes to toast! We then spread the margarine on by ourselves and ate them. Only a few children didn’t like them but they gave them a try! Our  beans are still growing – the bean with water, soil and sunshine is enormous.

    After the holidays we are moving on to a new topic Mini Beasts!!! We can not wait! If you go out exploring over the holidays see what insects you might find- take a picture or draw them and then bring them in to show us!

    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, have a lovely holiday and Happy Easter to those who will be celebrating!

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

  • This week in Nursery . . .

    Hello Everyone!

    We hope you all enjoyed the lovely long weekend in the sunshine!

    We have carried on with our class bean experiment this week  and taken pictures of our beans – some of the beans have grown a lot this week! The tallest bean was 20 cm!  We have also been experimenting with cress and whether pots inside or outside would grow first – the children who thought the inside pots would grow quicker were correct!

    We were inspired by the Mother’s Day pots and have begun tidying up the flower bed outside Nursery – watch out for what we do with it! We have also been looking at patterns in Maths. We have found patterns  on our socks, on the teachers’ scarves, all around the classroom and even outside in the playground.  We’ve even noticed that we can make patterns when we dance too! They  really are all around us!  If you’re going for a walk this weekend – see what patterns you can spot or have a go at making some with stones, twigs, duplo, pencils whatever you can find!

    This week we have talked about being physically healthy and why is this important for us. We did some exercises then felt our hearts beating faster! Exercising helps us in lots of ways to help us run faster; it makes us feel happy and it helps us to keep our bodies healthy. We talked about ways we may be active at home – running with our family in the garden or at the local play park; going on bike rides; jumping on a trampoline and even taking the dog for a walk. Did you know that Joe Wicks (A.K.A the Body Coach) has teamed up with  ‘Hey Duggie’ to share some short exercise videos you can try at home too! Do have a look if you’re wanting to find different ways to stay active at home.  You can also incorporate an active maths session into your day: Decide what action you are doing (star jumps, frog hops or ballerina spins, etc) roll a dice and then do that many of the actions and repeat, repeat, repeat!

     

     

    Finally if you’re looking at some fun songs  about  patterns and exercising try this one out! We’ve enjoyed it in class.

     

    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 weekend!

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