Welcome to Nursery!
Summer Term 2021
We have been busy planting beans and sunflower seeds this week at Nursery. Here are some home learning ideas linked to plants and growing for you to try...
We were very excited to visit the nature area and explore the pond more closely. We collected samples of the water and vegetation, then looked to see what we could find living in there. We were extremely good at keeping ourselves safe around the pond. Look at what we found...
IEYC Topic - The World Around Us
We started the term with a weeks mini topic on Dinosaurs as we have lots of Dinosaur fans in Nursery this year :)
The children enjoyed using our new water pump as part of our small world Dinosaur world- pressing the button to turn it on and off. We learnt lots of new vocabulary such as 'herbivore' for vegetation eaters, 'carnivore' for meat eaters and 'omnivore' for those who eat both.
We are now looking more closely at our environment, with our entry point for the topic being an exploration of our natural environment looking for changes due to the changing seasons. We collected lots of blossom, leaves and small flowers and looked closely at others growing around the school grounds.
For the next few weeks we are learning about mini-beasts and pond life. We have caterpillars to observe as they grow and change and will be learning about the life cycle of caterpillars and frogs.
Spring Term 2021
Spring term has been a strange one in Nursery, with our daily Zoom meetings and learning from home. We have been wowed by the photos of your home learning and loved sharing your thoughts and ideas over Zoom. A huge "Thank you" to all the parents / carers who have been juggling this alongside working and family life!
As you know our topic has been, 'Animal rescuers' and since returning to Nursery, the children have really enjoyed our Animal Rescue Centre role play, taking care of a variety of animals as Vets and Nurses. There has been lots of discussion about the animals we know - where they live, what they like to eat, and how they move.
Last week our focus was the story of 'Handa's surprise' and the animals that appear in the story. We met some new animals as the story is set in Kenya, on the continent of Africa. We have made a fabulous wall display by painting the animals and Handa. We also used some of the fruits from the story to make smoothies. Most of us liked the taste! We have made animal masks from mixed media and even used the I-pads to make drawings of animals. As we were learning about Africa, we listened to some African music and even had a turn to play a Djembe drum. We have been very busy!
This week we have been finding out which animals live in or visit our Wildlife area at school by placing a tunnel with food inside and some special ink to capture their tracks. It has been very exciting and we have really thought carefully about the animals that might have been in and left their tracks, using an identifying sheet to help us. We looked closely at similarities and differences of the tracks on the sheet, then at the prints our own fingers made in the ink. We have been very interested in the pond in our Wildlife area and took a closer look in groups to see what creatures we could see there. We will revisit after Easter to see any changes that have taken place.
We have been very busy in Nursery over the Autumn term.
Our topic was "This is me" and we learnt about who is in our family, how our body works and used a variety of natural resources to make representations of our faces.
We have also learnt about Remembrance day, Bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas. Throughout these we have learnt about the cultural backgrounds of each celebration through music, art and stories.