Planting

The Nursery children have been busy planting seeds this week. We will watch them grow into little seedlings and then plant them in our garden. In the coming weeks we will be planting more flowers, herbs and vegetables. We will watch them grow and measure them using different methods. 

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Matching Pairs

We found a basket full of socks that were in a complete muddle. The children helped to sort them into pairs. They did a great job – they can all help you at home. They really got the hang of using the pegs. 

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Spring Water Fun

Now the nice weather has arrived we have been able to have lots of water-based activities outside.

The children have loved exploring the coloured water and watching what happens when two colours are mixed together. They added fruit teabags to the water and watched as it turned red. They have poured, stirred, mixed, squeezed and pinched. They have used lots of one handed tools and had to be very careful when moving full teapots and goblets of water. They have had to share and wait their turn. They have pretended that the water is something else: potions, tea, soup, medicine. Lots of language is being used and most importantly they have had lots of fun!

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We found a snail!

This week the Nursery children found a snail. They decided to make a home for it so they cut some leaves and grass using scissors, and put in some old apple cores. Mrs Power found a book about a snail called ‘The Snail Trail’ by Ruth Brown. It is about the journey of a snail. The children watched the snail they had found very closely and used lots of prepositional language to describe the journey. The snail kept escaping from it’s home and even made its way onto the side of a drum! At the end of the session the children put the snail very carefully back into its habitat.

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Making Play Dough

The Nursery children made their own play dough. They had to mix flour, salt and water together. They had to make sure they didn’t use too much water. The children used pipettes and turkey basters to suck up the water. It was tricky but they persevered.  It did get a bit messy but they had great fun! 

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Spring Flowers

We have seen some signs of Spring in the Nursery garden. The daffodils are growing!

The children looked very carefully at the stem and petals and painted them.

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World Book Day 2018

Where did the Nursery children go today? They were replaced by lots of book characters!

We had: Spider-Man, Batman, Captain America, a pirate, Room on the Broom, Wally, Minnie Mouse and a Princess.

They all had fun playing in the snow on another snowy day.

 

 

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Snowy Fun

The Nursery children loved playing in the snow. They loved the sound it makes when you walk on it.

“It goes crunch!”

We made a snowman – although it was very tricky as the snow was so soft and fluffy!  The children reminded us what we needed.

“We need a carrot!”

“We need a hat!”

“We need gloves!”

We had so much fun!

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Construction

In the Nursery the children love to build. They use blocks and recycling to build things inside and outside. They are starting to build horizontally as well as vertically to create amazing constructions.

We have some architects in our midst!

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Traditional Tales

The Nursery children have enjoyed reading traditional tales this term. They listened to different versions of the stories and were able to retell the stories using finger puppets and props. The children have made bridges for the Billy Goats Gruff, dens for the troll, fed the bears their porridge, made boats for the Gingerbread Man (to cross the river without being eaten by the fox) and built houses for the Three Little Pigs. They also drew roads and maps for Little Red Riding Hood to follow so that the Big Bad Wolf does not find her. The children are looking forward to reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’

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Christmas fun

The Nursery have been busy preparing for Christmas. They made Christmas cards, presents for their mums and dads, wrapped them and wrote labels for them. They did observational paintings of holly with berries.  They practiced preparing for their Nursery Nativity and learned all the words and actions. They performed it to their parents who loved it and were so proud of them! Here are some photos of them being busy.

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Dinosaurs in Ice

The dinosaurs got left out on Monday night in water and when we came to Nursery on Tuesday they had frozen. We needed to free them! The children worked together to come up with a plan. The used spoons and spatulas to crack the ice.

The children spent the rest of the morning playing with the ice and finding it in lots of different places. We found one piece of ice with a leaf inside it, it looked really interesting. The children got some hammers from inside and enjoyed smashing it into tiny pieces. They also made different marks in the ice. What a very busy and frosty morning!

 

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Sally Bear’s Baptism

The Nursery were invited to join Sally on her special Baptism day. Sally wore white clothing and she was given her name. We lit the candle and said a prayer. Water was poured over Sally’s head and she was welcomed into God’s family.

The children then looked at their own Baptism photos and we could see lots of similarities. 

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Fred Bear’s Birthday

In the Nursery the children have been busy preparing for, and celebrating Fred Bear’s Birthday. We read lots of books about birthdays and decided that we would like to have a party  for Fred. The children decided we needed to make cards and give him presents. So they got busy making and writing cards. We then went on the search for some presents he would like; cars and dinosaurs are his favourite. The children wrapped them very carefully, making sure they had enough paper to cover it and using sellotape to secure them. The children came up with the idea that Fred would need to know who the presents were from, so we found some sticky labels and they got busy writing their names. The children also wanted to make cakes to eat at his party and hats to wear. We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, danced and played games. What a great birthday it was!

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Preparing for Fred Bear’s Birthday

The Nursery have been preparing for Fred Bear’s birthday. They have made cards; drawing pictures and writing a message inside. They have wrapped presents; making sure they had enough paper to cover the present and sellotaping the paper so that the present didn’t fall out. They remembered to write their names on sticky labels so that Fred knows who the present is from. They also made hats to wear at his party.

They are looking forward to decorating the cakes and celebrating on Friday!

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Autumn’s Here

We have been watching things change around us. The weather has been getting colder, the leaves have been falling from the trees and there are lots of pumpkins in the shops. We read ‘Pumpkin Soup’ and decided to make some pumpkin soup ourselves. It was delicious! We discovered there were lots of seeds inside and we had to get them all out. They were very slippery. The children also drew the pumpkins, making lines and circles, with charcoal. They did a fabulous job.

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Autumn Walk

It was a beautiful autumnal day!  The children came well prepared. We collected lots of different coloured leaves. Have a look at the pictures we took.

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Visits to the big school

As part of the children’s transition into Reception class, we have been making regular visits to the main school.

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The children had the opportunity to meet the cook and kitchen staff and try out collecting their knives and forks, and balancing their trays.  They took their ‘pretend’ lunches to the special lunchtime tables and chairs. They can’t wait to try the dinners!

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The children have also made visits to the Reception classroom where they have met their new teacher and had the opportunity to try out some new activities. Once a week, the children join in with morning playtime in the main school playground and some of them enjoy playing with their older siblings.  On Wednesday, the children took part in the Hands Liturgy.  They sat well throughout the Liturgy and happily joined in with the songs.

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They are looking forward to joining the big school.

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Teddy Bears Picnic

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If you went down to Beckenham Place Park last Friday 7th July, you were in for a big surprise.  The Nursery children, their parents and lots of teddies had come together for a special picnic to celebrate the end of the school year.  It was a very hot morning and the children were delighted to cool off in the water fountains at the park.  They also played on the swings, climbing frames and roundabouts.  It was great fun for everybody and we all cooled off with an ice lolly.  Thank you parents, grandparents and carers for coming along to join us.

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Number Hunt

Nursery went on a Number Hunt around the school.  We went to the big playground, visited the  office, Year 5, Year 2 and went upstairs to Mrs Jarvis office.  We found lots of numbers everywhere!  Then we matched up the small Numicon with the giant Numicon.  What a busy morning.

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