Autumn Walk

The children had a great time on the Autumn walk and found lots of different shapes and coloured leaves. We filled up bags ready to do some creative work back in class.

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Rex’s Baptism

Rex Rabbit joined our Nursery this week and he will be visiting the children in their homes in the coming weeks. He also became a member of God’s family: he wore white, we said our Nursery prayer, lit a candle and poured water on his head. It was a beautiful celebration. 

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A Hundred and One Things To Do With a Pumpkin

Who knew pumpkins were so versatile?

They are a great resource in the Nursery to improve fine motor skills; from using hammers and knives, drawing circles and lines, practicing pincer grips – using tweezers. They didn’t go to waste either. Vegetable soup was made and devoured. This kept the children curious and engaged. 

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Reading Core Books

We have been reading lots of core books in the Nursery. These are books specifically for Nursery children that contain lots of repetitive language and repeated refrains. The children learn these books by heart and then ‘read’ them on their own, aloud to others or pretend to be the teacher. They have also been retelling the stories and acting them out.

It is a great way to get children into books and reading. I have managed to capture a few photos of them reading and ‘going on a bear hunt!’

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Nursery Start

What a fabulous start to Nursery!

All the children have now arrived and settled in very well. The children have had tremendous fun exploring the setting and getting to know each other. They have been very busy. 

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EYFS Sports Activity Morning

Nursery and Reception children joined together on Wednesday morning for fun-filled activities in the main school playground.  The children had a chance to try out some new sports activities together and to develop their skills.  It was a wonderful morning.  Year 5 joined the children and supported them around the activity trail.  They did an excellent job.  Thank you Year 5 and thank you to the many parents who came to enjoy this special event.

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Chicks

How cute are these chicks? The Nursery were lucky enough to have a visit from these little babies. They watched them eat, drink, walk and sleep – in their food! They were very funny. All the children got to hold

or stroke them. They had to be very gentle as they were so tiny. ‘They’re so fluffy!’ A few of them tried to fly away but they noticed their wings were still too small to fly.

After the visit, the children got to look at the photos and do some mark making.

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Shiver Me Timbers!

Shiver Me Timbers! Nursery were

under attack this week from Pirates. The children made maps and drew crosses EVERYWHERE for the Pirates to dig. The treasure was found and worn. They loved using their imagination playing with the small world. The children read lots of books and sang some ‘Sea Shanties.’ The children made their own eye patches and hats: they had to draw the shape, cut it out, use a hole-punch to make the holes and then thread the string through. (We helped to tie them!) They also made boats to sail across the Seven Seas, using sticks, felt and plasticine. They had great fun around this topic and I have a feeling we might be seeing Pirates again soon in the Nursery!

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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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