Celebration of Work

13/05/2022

Our story over the past two weeks has been, ‘The Wrong Kind of Knight’ by Julia Donaldson. In Phonics, we have been singing the nursery rhymes; Five Little Ducks, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Hickory Dickory, Humpty Dumpty, If You’re Happy and You Know It, I’m a Little Teapot, Incey, Wincey Spider, Little Bo Peep, Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet, One, Two Buckle my Shoe and One, Two, Three, Four, Five. We are hoping to learn all of these songs by the end of term. We have also read the stories of Dear Zoo and Owl Babies to develop children’s love of reading. We have spoken about each story to help with extending vocabulary.

In Maths, we have learnt to be able to make groups of objects of the same quantity. We have used a range of resources to support making groups of the same number such as counting bears, Numicon, pom pom balls, counters, dot cards, paper clips and small world people. We have enjoyed making our own crowns using card and other art and craft resources. On the messy table, we have also decorated paper shields. Practising our fine motor skills, we have carefully decorated the queen’s crown with pom pom balls and buttons.

29/04/2022

Our story this week is, ‘The Queen’s Knickers’, by Nicholas Allan. We have spoken about who the Queen is and what her role is. We have spoken about the importance of keeping our private parts private. Using different resources, we have decorated paper knickers. In Phonics, we have sung the Nursery rhymes; Five Little Ducks, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Hickory Dickory, Humpty Dumpty, If you’re Happy and You Know It and I’m a Little Teapot. In Maths, we looked at repeating patterns in various forms. We used body movements such as jump, clap, jump, clap, jump, clap. We have used coloured bears and blocks, 2D shapes and objects in the environment. For example, pencil, rubber, pencil, rubber, pencil, rubber.

01/04/2022

Our story has been, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We used story maps to help us remember the order of the story and retell it. We have also listened to and joined in with singing, ‘When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears’. In Maths, we have looked at and talked about the characteristics of the 2D shapes; circle, triangle, square and rectangle (sides, edges, straight or curved). This week we have combined two groups together to find the total amount. We have enjoyed making Easter baskets, Easter nests, painted and designed our own Easter eggs and had an Easter Egg hunt! We hope you all have a wonderful half term break.

18/03/2022

Our story this week has been Jack and the Beanstalk.

We have worked really hard with remembering the key events and characters from the story.

We have used scissors to carefully cut out character stick puppets and role played with them. We have practised name writing in sand and glitter. In Mathematics we have looked at two groups and said which group has more, less or the same amount. We have used fruit, cuddly toys, cubes and counting bears.

This week we have looked at the shapes circle, triangle, square and rectangle.

04/03/2022

Our story for the last two weeks has been a book called “Journey” by Aaron Becker. The story has led us to draw our “magic red doors” and start conversations about where we would go and how would we get there. We have enjoyed using playdough and other resources to make objects from the story such as the boat and castle.

We have listened to and followed instructions on how to draw a boat and a hot air balloon.

In Maths, we have learnt which number will be next in the context of one more or one less when singing Nursery rhymes.                                   

The Big Question: What is a healthy life? We have talked about exercise and the effect it has on our heart. We have also named our body parts.

 

11/02/2022

Our story this week is, ‘Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car’, written by John Burningham. We are learning to remember what happens at the beginning, middle and end of a story. Using role play masks and stick puppets, we are learning to retell the story. We have created our own cars using different resources. For children’s mental health week we have listened to and participated in breathing exercises, yoga, dancing and talked about a positive thought of the day. We have enjoyed learning new ways to help with our emotions of when we are feeling sad, angry or nervous. Have a lovely half term break Nursery!

28/01/2022

The story of the week has been, ‘The Great Race’ by Emily Hiles. We have talked about different ideas of how to cross the river. We have researched Chinese New Year, why is it celebrated and how.

In Phonics, we are developing our understanding of rhyming words and hearing the initial sound in words. In Mathematics, we are using vocabulary of full, empty, more, less and the same to describe and compare capacities. We are also using vocabulary to describe and compare time (lunchtime, teatime, now, later, later than or earlier than).

We have worked on being more independent with putting on our own coats, zipping them up and putting on shoes. Please encourage your child to be independent with putting on their coats and zipping.

14/01/2022

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful half term. Welcome to our new starters. They have settled well into the Nursery routine. Our topic this term is transport and we have talked about our experiences with transport. Our story this week is, ‘Room on the Broom’. We are learning to retell the story using masks and stick puppets. In Phonics we have looked at rhyming words and the initial sound in words. In Mathematics we have been changing amounts (numbers) by adding and taking away using cups of tea, ordering food at a restaurant and putting children/ animals on a broom. Our big question this term is “How can I change the world?” We will be talking about what we can do to make the world a better place for us to grow. We’ve been discussing our goals and dreams and we’ll work hard to achieve them.

22/10/2021

Nursery children have shown amazing courage and attitude towards either starting new or returning to Nursery. I am very proud with how confidently they have settled into their new routine. They have explored new environments, if new to Nursery, or have shown other new children our learning environments. We have been kind and respectful of others and our learning resources. We have worked really hard to follow the rainbow rules and achieve our dojo target! We have focused on the stories of ‘Our Class is a Family’, ‘From Head to Toe’ and ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We have had many discussions about these stories and our life experiences such as who is in our family, what do we celebrate and how are we the same or different. For Black History Month we have learned about Martin Luther King, his dream and the importance of his speech. We have discussed our dreams and made our very own “Dream Jars”. Nursery children have been fantastic at practising counting to 10, counting out a number of objects, naming 2D shapes, finding objects which are the same or different, and matching the same objects. Well done Nursery for a successful Term 1!

 

08/10/2021

Our story this week is From Head To Toe, by Eric Carle. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xxyZSdYEmM
 
"Can you wave your arms like a monkey, clap your hands like a seal or stomp like an elephant? Yes, you can! Are you ready? Here we go! Move yourself From Head to Toe."  
This lovely book has encouraged Nursery class children to practise different movements, as well as learning a variety of animal names. 
 
'From Head To Toe' has helped children understand and answer questions and give them the confidence to participate in an activity and to achieve particular skills. What does an elephant do? It stomps its foot. Can you? Nursery children have really enjoyed learning about gross motor movement and learning new physical skills and applying these skills both to their indoor and outdoor learning. Throughout this interactive book, the animals of 'From Head to Toe' invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. Have a go at home with your child/ren!
 
In Mathematics we have been counting aloud to 10 and giving out a number of objects such as 4 bananas, 3 pencils, 5 tissues. When we count we make sure we count one at a time, starting with number 1.
  

 

24/09/2021

We have read the story of, 'Our Class is a Family' written by Shannon Olsen. It is a story about how, “Family isn’t always your relatives. It’s the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” We have talked about who is in our family, if we have any pets and any events or experiences we could remember. New Nursery children have explored inside the classroom and outdoors. Older children in Nursery have helped other children settle into our routine by playing together and showing children what to do such as when it is tidy up time, home time and how to wash hands. 

 
 

We have listened to and talked about environmental and instrumental sounds. We have looked at the sizes of big, medium and small using objects from inside and outside the classroom and also using the interactive whiteboard.