Welcome to Nursery!
IEYC Topic - The Brilliant Bug Ball
As part of our Brilliant Bug Ball topic we have been learning about worms, ladybirds, caterpillars, butterflies and bees.
We had a delivery of 5 tiny caterpillars that we nurtured and observed throughout their lifecycle, finally releasing them as butterflies several weeks later.
We are also learning how bees help us by making honey and by pollinating the plants and the flowers as they collect their nectar. We followed this by making honey sandwiches ready to eat at our minibeast party.
On Friday we all dressed up as minibeasts to have Brilliant Bug Ball. We had lots of fun dancing and eating our honey sandwiches.
Our minibeast hunt in the nursery garden.
IEYC topic - Dinosaur detectives
Nursery and Reception classes had a fabulous day out for their end of topic exit point. We visited Paradise park to see the dinosaurs and then visit the animals. The children were excited after learning lots of information about dinosaurs over the past few weeks. There were lots of questions asked and discussions had about what they could see and the children were able to recall lots of their prior learning from the topic.
Dinosaur learning Spring term 2
We have a new topic - 'dinosaur detectives', and the children have been busy going on a dinosaur hunt and exploring our jungle role play. They found footprints and eggs belonging to dinosaurs and have been trying to work out which dinosaur might have left them.
In PE we have been making shapes with our bodies and practising using these shapes whilst using apparatus. The children have been highly engaged and persevered to make the shapes.
World Book Day - dressing up and sharing our favourite books.
Chinese New Year celebrations
As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations the children have looked at where China is on a globe compared to the UK. They have heard about Chinese New Year celebrations from one of their classmates and watched video clips of lion dancing and other preparations. We then made our own mixed media Tiger masks for the year of the Tiger and a large Dragon to dance with in PE. The children took turns to use the Dragon as well as play instruments, and wave streamers to music. For snack the children tasted noodles and prawn crackers. The children have also enjoyed playing in our Chinese restaurant role play area, making food for each other and trying to use chopsticks. We have practiced Chinese writing of special words and numerals in our Child Initiated Learning (CIL) and explored amounts with lucky red envelopes containing counters.
Once Upon a Time - IEYC topic
We have been enjoying some traditional tales as part of our IEYC topic, 'Once upon a time'.
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
The Gingerbread Man
Whilst learning about the story of the Hare and the Tortoise, we used the internet to find out how to care for a real tortoise and how they hibernate in Winter. We also had our own races to be fast like the Hare, and made obstacle courses to be slow and steady like the Tortoise.
The Hare and the Tortoise.
We used puppets, masks and figures to retell stories, recalling key events and repeated refrains with our friends. We also used construction resources to build bridges for the goats and the troll in the 3 Billy Goats Gruff story, and explored a range of vegetables after hearing The enormous Turnip.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff
The Enormous Turnip
Spring Term 2022
Happy New Year
We hope you had a lovely Christmas break.
We will be starting PE this week on a Wednesday. We will be learning and practising lots of physical skills and also developing our independence skills - taking off and putting on our shoes and socks.
This half term our new IEYC topic is Once upon a time. We had our entry point on Monday when we met a storyteller and made our own stories in groups. We are making them into a book with lots of illustrations to share in our class.
Autumn Term 2021 - Armstrong Class
Welcome to the start of a new school year. Our Nursery class has a new name - Armstrong class, after the astronaut Neil Armstrong. We will be learning about him later this term.
On this page you will see some photos and stories of things the children have been learning. We hope you like them.
Remembrance day - drawing poppies to help us remember the soldiers
This week we learnt about Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Light
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely half term break. We have enjoyed seeing your photos on Tapestry.
This week we have been learning about Neil Armstrong - the man our class is named after. We found information about Neil Armstrong and some other famous Astronauts, Uri Gagarin and Tim Peake. We made rockets from flat shapes and also from boxes, thinking carefully about the properties of the objects we were using. We read the story of whatever next and acted it out using props in our playing and learning time. Below are some photos of the learning we have done.
Who is Neil Armstrong and what did he do?
Our first half term has flown by!
We have been busy exploring lots of natural objects, using magnifying glasses and our senses of sight and touch.
We have enjoyed playing with pumpkins, weighing, comparing sizes and cutting them open to explore what is inside. We found lots of seeds and were able to notice small groups of 1,2 and 3 using our subitising skills.
We also used lots of natural objects to make faces. We explored the objects, thinking about their properties then chose things to represent different facial features. We looked for objects which had similarities such as curved objects for our eyes, and long or short objects for our hair. We have made a display in Nursery and have some photos here to show you how busy we have been.
Lunch club has arrived! Our first day of lunch club was a great success :)
September - we have been settling into our new routine and making new friends :)
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.