Week commencing Monday 11th November 2019
Friendship week - Children in Need
In nursery, we have created a ‘good friend list’ of all the qualities that we look for in a good friend. To help us understand these qualities, we read ‘Have you Filled Your Bucket Today?’ by Carol McCloud. This book helped teach the children about kindness, caring and sharing. We made our own bucket and displayed it in our classroom.
When the children are seen displaying positive behaviour in class, they are given a ticket to put into the bucket. Each Friday, we celebrate good friends.
We have also thought about how each one of us is unique and different and why that makes us special. If we were all the same, do you not think the world would be dull and boring? The children have loved exploring the story, Elmer. We have created a display for our windows.
Elmer was the perfect story to fit in with Friendship Day, we each came into school wearing odd socks. This helped to support awareness of anti-bullying.
Throughout the week, we continued our friendship theme. We played a game where every child got a coloured cube and had to find other children who had the same colour cube. They then linked arms and stayed together until all groups were complete. This was a fun way to get different kids together and to reinforce the idea that different people can have things in common.
And finally, on 15.11.19 Children In Need! We went Pudsey crazy! Thank you to everybody who put in a small donation.
Have you Filled Your Bucket Today?
Friendship Games and Odd Sock Day
Children in Need
Week commencing Monday 4th November 2019
Autumn, Bonfire and Remembrance
Week commencing Monday 28th October 2019
Take a look at some of our spooktacualr activities from this week!
The Witch's Potion
Week commencing Monday 14th October 2019
There's a pea on the loose, have you seen him in our classroom?
This week we have worked flat out to solve all the terrible crimes Evil Pea has committed. We started out by going on a vegetable rescue mission, as they had been trapped around our classroom. Once we had found them, we sorted them into groups and then counted them to check we had found them all.
We have created our own craft army of potatoes and peas to display in our classroom. We have also used the vegetables as a tool to print paint with.
The children were particularly found of mashing the frozen peas, and talking about what they could see, feel and smell. We found that when the peas are out the freezer, they melt because it isn't cold anymore.
Supertato Super Week!
Week commencing Monday 7th October 2019
Stay and Play event
Reading launch for reading challenge in nursery. Book performance by the children to show reading as fun and exciting: can be done in a variety of ways such as audio/ video, book trailers. Sharing with parent/carers story sacks and puppets for enjoyment. Craft activities around the story.
Week commencing Monday 30th September 2019
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
This week there were some mysterious objects left in our classroom. The children became detectives and had to investigate who had left the clues. We used all our senses to think about how we could describe these clues, to help us understand where these objects came from. Can you guess who had been? Long wavy grass. A deep cold river. Thick oozy mud. A big dark forest. A swirling, whirling snowstorm. A narrow, gloomy cave...
It's a BEAR
Week commencing Monday 23rd September 2019
This week we have started to embed our nursery routine with the children. Each morning we have a special circle time where we think about the weather, days of the week, numbers and name recognition. These skills will enable your child to look more closely at the world, whilst also enhancing their confidence and vocabulary.
We also have our new story shelf and ‘Reading Friends' in the classroom. On display are various characters from Fairy Tales. Children can use the small figures in their play and recreate scenes from the story or use their imagination to create new story lines.
Week commencing Monday 16th September 2019
We Are Nursery!
This has been our first full week in Nursery where all the children have stayed for the full session. With transition over, we can honestly say how proud we are of how well the children have welcomed new friends into our classroom. We also hope you enjoyed your surprise of your child's first week in Nursery photographs.
We have had a busy week, learning all about our classroom areas, routines and rules. We’ve met the class fairy (who lives behind a tiny door) and Ted the class bear.
The children have also been super busy drawing their self-portrait. We used mirrors and pictures to look at our face in detail and then we began to think about shapes on our face. This work is displayed on our ‘We Are Nursery’ board in the classroom. Over the year, the children will continue to draw their self-portrait. We hope that overtime, we will see growth in the children’s work.
One child per week will be chosen to take our Nursery Class Bear home. The bear will be sent home on a Friday and will return to school Monday. During his stay with you, we hope your child will help to look after the bear, as well as having lots of fun. Please see the letter below for more information about Ted.
Ted Bear letter
Week commencing Monday 9th September 2019
We hope you had a lovely Summer, and would like to welcome you to Nursery and the Autumn Term. Over the term, we have many exciting learning opportunities for both you and your child. You will be invited to regular Stay and Play sessions – where you will engage and learn in the classroom, whilst having fun! We believe it is
important to keep you involved and up-to-date with your child’s education.
Meet The Team!
A very warm welcome to our new Early Years Practitioner – Mrs Herriman.
Class Teacher – Miss Fuller.
EYFS Leader - Mr Elliott.
We would also like to welcome our new parents/families that have joined Nursery this term. We love to learn in a variety of ways…Nursery is truly a great place to be!
Parents and carers are welcomed into the classroom both when you drop your child off and when you pick them up. Usually, there will be a starter activity for you to do with your child – this will include identifying their name, and placing it in a basket.
Should you ever feel the need to speak to a member of staff, please come and see us straight away.
This term, our project is: Why Do You Love Me So Much?
This is an imaginative learning project. The children will consider: What is special about me? How do we show that we care? We will explore these questions and more in this project about love, families, friends and how people are the same and different.
Coming up this term
02.10.19 – Photo Day
02.10.19 – Parent Evening
07.10.19 – School Nurse in school
08.10.19 Stay and Play: Reading Challenge Launch
WELCOME TO OUR CLASS PAGE 2019 - 2020
WE WILL BE UPDATING THIS PAGE REGULARLY - WE HOPE YOU ENJOY LOOKING AT OUR PAGE.
Week commencing Monday 8th July 2019
We found Granny!!!!! Granny was found in an elevator in Hull. Her label explained that she was a soft toy travelling the country to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer. We were lucky enough to have her here at Woodlands Nursery. She will be continuing her travels on a boat to Amsterdam.
Sports Day was FANTASTIC! The children each have a certificate for taking part. They all tried their best and we are very proud of them.
Week commencing Monday 1st July 2019
WOW!!!!!!! One of our best attendance record yet! As a special treat, the children celebrated with a cake a balloons.
Lets keep this up for the rest of the term. Well done Nursery AM!
Pink Pig Farm
Week commencing Monday 24th June 2019
Do you know who are our real life superheroes?
On Monday we thought about people who help us and discussed a range of different occupations. The children were very eager to share their experiences of people who have helped them before.
We were very lucky to have Tracey come into school and talk to us about her position as a Dentist. She gave us many top tips on how to look after our teeth properly. Please ensure you read the information leaflet provided to maximise both you and your child's oral health.
In the classroom, we have changed our 'home corner' into a doctor's surgery. Needless to say how engaged the children have been this week at helping one another to get better. This role play has also provided lots of writing opportunities, with a real life purpose, for the children to enjoy.
"I'll have an appointment on Monster Monday, at 4 o'clock please!"
And finally, we have become real life FIREFIGHTERS! Can you spot the children discussing a range of equipment that firefighters need? We then were able to go on our own mission and put out a fire in the nursery playground!
Week commencing Monday 17th June 2019
AHOY THERE, MATEY! Shiver me timbers, all aboard the Jollycrossbone!!!
The pirates are in town!
A parrot had landed in our classroom with a letter from his lost owner - Pete the Pirate! He left us a pirate boat and lots of lovely story books.
Over the week we have made pirate hats; created a treasure map and done some pirate maths.
We've WALKED THE PLANK!
...And went on a TREASURE HUNT ADVENTURE!
Week commencing Monday 10th June 2019
Each week the children look forward to our 'sound' games, where they have to be able to listen and hear different sounds in words. This is the first and most important aspect of learning how to read and write! This week, we played the sound bag game where every child pulls out an object and they listen carefully to the sounds they can hear. This game is also great for building vocabulary and language skills.
Although it may be June, we have had lots of fun in the rain outside this week. Can you spot all the different ways of working together as a team?
We are also proud to share that we have celebrated 10 years of Dough Disco! Nursery took part in a live broadcast, that featured Shonette Bason, teaching the children lots of fun ways to party with their dough. Schools all over the country also took part in this event, so it was extra special when Woodlands Nursery were given a shout out!
And finally, we would like to thank all the parents/careers, who read with their children at home on a daily basis. The children love our reading celebration each Friday!
Week commencing Monday 3rd June 2019
'Please look after this bear. Thank you.'
This week we have read the story of Paddington Bear and talked about his label. We discussed the purpose of the label and suggested who may have written it. These discussions inspired the children to write their own labels for teddies in our classroom. This task used many skills! The children had to mark make/write, use a hole puncher, decide length of a string, cut and thread.
Next we received a special letter from Paddington himself! It read, "Dear Nursery, a little treat for you to enjoy. It's my favourite. Can you smell it with your nose, and taste it on you tongue?"
We had such a lovely time learning about Paddington, that we decided to bring in our own teddies for a bear picnic! Before we had our picnic, we made a list of all the things we would need.
Finally, we got all the items on the list and had a bear picnic!
The children have worked incredibly hard this week - well done!
Week commencing Monday 20th May 2019
This week we have continued to think about growth and planted our own flowers to create a flower garden in the nursery playground.
First, we had to think about what flowers need to grow: soil, sunshine and water. We left the flowers outside and cared for them each day.
Next, we thought about what was needed to plant the flowers - soil, plant pot, spades. As a team, we scooped the soil into the plant pot then patted it down. We each had a flower and added it to the pot.
We wish you a happy and safe half term. Back to school: Monday 3rd June
Week commencing Monday 13th May 2019
"FEE, FIE, FO, FUM! I SMELL THE BLOOD OF AN ENGLISHMAN!"
We have loved reading Jack and the Beanstalk. It has helped us develop our understanding of the world around us, as well as developing first concepts of size and measure. We have planted our own magic beans and predicted how many days it will take to grow and reach the castle.
We measured our height against a beanstalk to work out who is the tallest and who is the smallest child in the class! To help us work this out, we used a tape measure.
This lead us to think about how things grow, and to talk about some of the things we have observed such as plants and animals. If you didn't know already - Thursday 16th May was 'Try a Vegetable Day'. So of course in nursery, we went vegetable crazy!
We felt lots of unusual vegetables, and described the texture, smell, shape and colour. We were then lucky enough to have a huge variety of vegetables to taste on our tongue.
Week commencing Monday 6th May 2019
This week we have introduced the children to our new 'sound' friends.
At Woodlands we teach the children to read and write using a phonics scheme called Read Write Inc.
In nursery, we are beginning to teach a sound a week to the children, so that they become familiar with sounds before starting in Reception from September.
In nursery, sounds are taught in a variety of fun and practical ways to ensure your child has a love of learner and is eager to find out more.
This week we taught the sound 'm'. Phonics is taught alongside all our other early years subjects and is part of our everyday teaching.
Please see below for some pictures of our daily provision. You will see lots of different activities such as: dough, water, malleable, craft, home corner, mark making, reading, maths, construction and out door learning.
Our sound of the week next week is: 'a'
Week commencing Monday 29th April 2019
Do Dragons Exist?
Destruction has caused devastation in our classroom. Can you use the clues to work out what mysterious creature had been in our classroom and why?
After lots of investigation and problem solving, we had evidence to suggest a dragon had been and captured a princess. It was up to us to help the knight rescue her and keep her safe from the dragon. We sorted objects and explained its function and why it would be helpful on our mission. Example: I will need a helmet to protect my head. We were also able to use magic coins in our maths, to help us match numeral and quantity.
Later in the week we received a special letter from the knight who had explained he needed our help in saving the princess. We were to put together everything we had learnt and join him on his mission! The children loved getting dressed up. We discussed the importance of working together and completing the mission as a team. We had to think about prepositions, such as over, under, on top, through, up, and down, to help us complete the mission.
HURRAY, we saved the princess!
Week commencing Monday 22nd April 2019
Welcome to the Summer Term!
It has certainly been a busy year so far and we look forward to keeping busy and planning new and exciting experiances for the children. May we also thank you for all your contribution and hard work put into last term’s World Book Day and Stay and Play session. Working together for the benefit of the children is truly great. Please see below for upcoming dates and important events.
24.04.19 Back to school.
29.04.19 Topic launch: Do Dragons Exist?
16.05.19 Try a vegetable day.
22.05.19 Dentist visit to nursery children.
24.05.19 Break up.
This term our project is called, Do Dragons Exist? We will be launching this topic on 29.04.19 – look out for a crime scene inside the nursery classroom to hook children in and ignite their learning. Throughout this project the children will explore what it is like to live in a castle, and explore questions and more about the fantastical world of dragons and castles. Possible lines of inquirey include: fantasy dragons, catsles, castle people, coins and treasure.
In the early years, it is vital that children learn through play, and through fun and engaging real life experiances. We seek to teach and build upon children’s natural curiosity, by giving them the skills and problem solving abilities to prepare them not only for their time in school, but beyond academic schooling into adulthood.
Week commencing Monday 1st April 2019
This week was full of celebration and wonder.
We have tasted hot cross buns and thought about the taste, texture, smell and shape.
We thought about Spring and new life. We worked as a class to list all things which could be found in an Easter garden. We then took an adventure to the outdoor classroom and explored around to collect our items. We were able to make our very own Easter garden.
We were also very lucky to make Easter nests and took part in the community Easter Bonnet Parade. We also had a special visit from the Easter Bunny who had left eggs for us to find!
Back to school - Wednesday 24th April
Week commencing Monday 25th March 2019
This week we invited the grown ups to come along and learn with us!
Every half term you are invited to come and join us, to see and take part, in our learning at school. These sessions are to help include you in your child's learning as much as possible. So far we have done various stay and play sessions that have covered, early reading, early writing and gross/fine motor skills.
This stay and play had a particular focus around the teaching of maths in nursery, and how we introduce the beginning of mathematical thinking. Of course - we make maths as fun as possible! And the children kick started the session with a special number performance. They performed, 5 Current Buns and How Many Fingers?
Due to it being Mother's Day at the weekend, the children also sang an extremely heart warming performance of, You Are My Sunshine.
Below show more pictures of the fantastic work which was done with parents. There was card making, playdough, craft, and seed potting.
Please water your seed and help it grow.
Week commencing Monday 18th March 2019
Spring Has Sprung!
This week we welcomed Spring. We explored a range of seasonal flowers, such as daffodils, daisies and blossom. We discussed the meaning of new life and animals such as, baby chicks, lambs and frogspawn. Our new Spring themed bookshelf has allowed the children to explore the wonders of Spring further. Our bookshelf also has puppets for the children to use in their play and act out familiar stories.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, our focus story, has helped us understand more about Spring and new life. We are very lucky to have five of our own caterpillars in the nursery classroom.
Ask your child about the life cycle of a caterpillar, we are confident they will be able to explain!
We are excited to watch our own caterpillars grow and turn into beautiful butterflies.
Next, we went on a journey and felt what it is like to be a very hungry caterpillar. We had to taste all the different fruit from the story! This was very exciting and super healthy. Our student helper, Miss Willerton, did a great job with helping us try our fruit.
We then had a vote on our favourite fruit and made a chart! We could work our the biggest number (most likes) and the smallest number (least likes).
Week commencing Monday 11th March 2019
This week has seen us learn about 10 Little Dinosaurs, Shapes and Red Nose Day!
We are super busy learning all the time in Nursery.
10 Little Dinosaurs, by Mike Brownlow has allowed the children to count from 10 to 1 and back again. We had a stomping adventure using numbers, and also learnt the dinosaur stomp dance. The children have also enjoyed our new 'Dino World' along with painting their own dinosaur to make a counting display!
In children's early years, it is important they gauge an understanding of shape, space and measure. This week we also discussed 2D shapes, had a shape hunt, and played a shape matching activity. The children then produced a piece of work which required them to cut out different shapes and stick them onto paper.
What shapes can you see?
And finally, the children decorated a hat in aid of Red Nose Day, which then Miss Fuller had to wear on the school catwalk!
Woodlands Academy raised £285 in school for Comic Relief, all thanks to their charity 'Fashion Show' and donations from parents!
Well done all!
Week commencing Monday 4th March 2019
"Aliens love underpants, in every shape and size, But there are no underpants in space, so here's a big surprise..."
This week has been out of this world!
On Monster Monday, our classroom was invaded by mysterious creatures. They had 3 toes, 2 legs and left 1 Spaceship...The Aliens had landed!!! Check out the pictures below of our investigation morning. We had to work out who had been in our classroom, and most importantly, why did they leave their underpants?!
The Aliens left us a range of fiction and non-fiction texts for the children to enjoy!
This was the perfect launch to celebrate World Book Day.
This week we also learnt about Tim Peake, he wrote to us and asked if we could build our own Nursery Rocket!
We got straight to work and can not believe the results!
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!
Once we had our Nursery Rocket, we were ready to fly into World Book Day as the characters from the story, Aliens Love Underpants!
Finally, we finished the week off with lots of different learning activities. We wrote to the aliens, using our fingers in the sand, to draw a cryptic messages!
Week commencing Monday 25th February 2019
Welcome back to the Spring 2 term! We can’t believe how fast the academic year is going, and are delighted that Spring has sprung! We will be celebrating all elements of this season, including thinking about weather, blossom and spring flowers, Easter celebrations and Mother’s Day. We also have lots on, so please make a note of key dates during this term.
Dates for your diary:
05/03 Pancake Day
07/03 World Book Day
15/03 Red Nose Day
29/03 Stay and Play
AM – 10:45
PM – 2:15
03/04 Parents evening
Please see our Spring 2 newsletter for further information.
Nursery have been thinking about where we live and what makes our community special.
There is a small display in the classroom which we have discussed with the children. Each of them are able to recognise familiar places around us.
WORLD BOOK DAY - Thursday 7th March 2019
We are SO excited to launch WBD with our story of the week: Aliens Love Underpants!
Look out for a rocket ship crash landing in the Nursery classroom on Monday!
Also, please guide your child to have a look in our new, Curiosity Cube. Each week our curious cube will be filled with interesting objects. We are looking to ask the children these main questions to launch learning and capture children's natural curiosity for learning: What can you see? Have you ever seen these before? Do these objects remind you of a story? Where are these things from?
Spring 2 Nursery Newletter
Week commencing Monday 11th February 2019
Do you think birds know when it's going to snow?
We love our new display showcasing the story 'Snowballs' by Lois Ehlert. This is a familiar and loved author of the children as she too wrote 'Leaf Man'. She allows us to explore seasons in an unique way and the children certainly enjoyed making their own snow family! The text also links us to learning about snow, ice, cold, hot and melting weather. All which we use as a platform to build great vocab around the classroom. The story tells the tale of a girl who waits all year for winter. Throughout the year, she eagerly collects the 'good stuff' which is saved and stored in paper bag. When snow finally falls, she brings out the bag of good stuff and builds her own family. Look out for a: dad, mum, boy, girl, baby, cat, dog!
We couldn't resist going on a winter walk and exploring the woodland area for our own 'good stuff'! Below you can see the children collecting different items of nature to build faces and a snow family.
As this week is Valentine's Day, we are also proud to share with you the children's hand made cards and craft. We hope you like and treasure these.
Week commencing Monday 4th February 2019
Safer Internet Day 2019 - Tuesday 5th February
This week we have took part in the national Safer Internet campaign which promotes staying safe online whilst providing, tips and advice for parents, schools and children.
We know that children learn to use technology from a young age, and we are all responsible for promoting how to use technology in a healthy way - especially when it comes to being online. We used, Penguinpig and Monkeycow as our reading text to help us form discussions with the children around using the internet.
Penguinpig tells the tale of a little girl who finds a penguinpig online. She is intrigued by the animal and seeks to find it at the zoo. She leaves the house without telling an adult, she travels to the zoo alone and when she gets there, there is no penguinpig to be found, just a big grizzly bear! She runs home and tells her grown up about what she had seen on the internet.
We must be careful and not believe everything we see online! Please monitor your child's activity and help to keep them safe.
To launch Safer Internet Week, we looked at all sorts of technology old and new. The children had some very inquisitive questions and we learnt about how to use the different equipment.
This week we also hosted our half termly, Stay and Play event. The focus of this was to share with you our 'Flapper' Squiggle for Mark Making dance.
Once again, the turn out for this was amazing and we would like to thank you all for coming to this event.
We finished the afternoon with some Valentine's craft, biscuit making, colouring, maths, reading and playdough activities.
Week commencing Monday 28th January 2018
We have had an incredible week with the children exploring natural worlds and weathers! The weather was on our side too, with plenty of snow, ice, frost and fog - just what we needed to learn and be curious about the Winter season!
Alongside exploring the natural world, we used 'Snowballs' by Lois Ehlert to help us understand more about the fictional and imaginative world of winter. We certainly wish we had more snow to build our very own snow family! However, we are in the making of creating a snow family display, so keep an eye out for this in our classroom. Below are some pictures we would like to share with you from our week. As you can see, we also discussed or sorted why we need to wear specific items of clothing at different points across the year.
Week Commencing Monday 21st January 2019
This week we would like to share with you our pictures from HAT DAY!
Hats have been in the world since at least 3000 BC, as an image of a man wearing a hat of straw was discovered in a mural from that time. Since then, hats have served some incredibly diverse purposes, from simple protective wear to help those stuck out in the rain, cold, or hot sun, to indicating status and rank.
Hats have undergone an immense amount of changes, with varieties appearing all over the world in every possible culture.
Whether for the soldier protecting his skull from incoming damage, the lieutenant making sure that his troops know where to look for direction, or the dapper gentleman in the Top Hat on his way to the opera, everyone has a love and use for hats.
Hat Day is the best time for you to break out your favorite headwear, and use them to make a huge impression.
Next week, our novel study is
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Week commencing Monday 14th January 2018
"No sooner had the bears left than someone peeked in through the window - someone with bright; golden hair. Her name was Goldilocks … and she was a VERY cheeky little girl!" … "When no answer came, she pushed the door open and crept in to explore" …
The children have been able to describe main story settings, events and characters in our story of the week - Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
We have also enjoyed a sensory experience of the story and used our hands to feel and describe the texture of porridge oats before adding water to make thick sticky porridge! The children loved getting their hands dirty. Goldilocks had plenty of porridge in our classroom - that is for sure!
We have also used this text to be able to compare and contrast different textures. Daddy Bear's chair is hard, and Mummy Bear's chair is soft. We decided to sort objects found in our classroom into hard and soft. To do this we had to feel the object and describe how it felt.
Next week …
We will be continuing with Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
Week commencing Monday 7th January 2019
Happy New Year!
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and welcome you to the Spring Term!
We have been very lucky to welcome some new friends into Nursery. All the children have been so kind and caring towards our new starters which has made their transition into school life so much more comfortable! We are pleased with how settled our new starters are already!
Coming Up This Term…
Due to the success of our Read and Stay, and our Christmas Craft session, we are now holding another Stay and Play event. This is a great opportunity for you to come into school and learn with us.
Children also value the time and effort that is given to them when you stay at these events. It has been so lovely to see you all connect during these times.
15th January – Hat Day
5th February – Safe Internet Day.
7th February – Stay and Play event: (more information to follow)
AM – 10:45-11:45
PM – 2:15-3:15
14th February – Valentine’s Day
This term our topic is Fairytales.
From 14.01.19 we will be exploring Goldilocks and The Three Bears. We know the children are already familiar with this story, but are excited to explore the story deeper, and work with the children on the topic of strangers. We are also going to have a porridge tasting session!
We will also explore different mediums of the story such as – books, big books, songs, video, and puppets.
Please Be Reminded...
Session times: Morning – 8:45am – 11:45am, Afternoon – 12:15pm – 3:15pm
Children can bring in a labelled water bottle to school each day. Please ensure this contains only water as no juice or fizzy drinks are allowed. And just in case, it is always a good idea for your child to have a spare change of clothes in their schoolbag.
Week commencing Monday 17th December 2018
This week we have had lots of fun, eaten lots of chocolate, and remembered the true meaning of Christmas - family time and spreading joy.
We are super proud of our Gingerbread House - made from scratch!! It smelt delicious and tasted amazing!
The children have also been busy making Christmas crafts. Your child will bring home, a Christmas salt dough decoration; a Stickman Calendar; a kindness letter with your child's handwritten name and a keepsake photograph of your child in Santa's sleigh. We hope these are as special to you as they are to us!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!
Return to school - Tuesday 8th January
Week commencing Monday 10th December 2018
Christmas Concert week
Firstly, we would like to thank each and everyone of our Parents, Carers, Grandmas, Grandads, Aunties and Uncles, for making this day so special. Without you, our concert would not have flourished so brightly as it did!
The children have worked incredibly hard to practise their concert songs. Each child has enjoyed singing with their friends and was very excited to share their singing with the grown ups.
We sang: Christmas Pudding, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Jingle Bells and We wish You A Merry Christmas!
After our songs, each family went off to make a Christmas craft with their child. We shared mince pies and juice, then read a Christmas story.
Next week ..
Week commencing Monday 3rd December 2018
This week we were very lucky to have another visitor in school to talk to us about a special tradition that happens in Romania.
Each year on 6th December, children will polish their best pair of boots and leave them next to a fireplace or front door. When the children wake up, they will find small gifts in the boot, delivered from Saint Nicholas. Gifts can be small toys, fruit and sweets.
Traditionally, some children may receive a stick, decorated with ribbon and beads. This is given to children who are not deserving of toys and gifts in their boots.
The children enjoyed finding out about different cultures and they also received a gift of chocolate and fruit. We looked at pictures of Saint Nicholas and talked about his similarities to Santa Clause. We also looked at pictures of boots filled with gifts, and our visitor brought in a decorated stick - just so the children could see!
We also enjoyed our Story of the Week - Mog's Christmas Calamity. We went into the Atrium and sat next to the HUGE Christmas tree and Santa's sleigh. This story provokes us to think about Christmas kindness and joy. We hope the children understand the messages of sharing and helping one another.
Week commencing Monday 26th November 2018
This week was our Road Safety Week. The children have been learning all about how to keep safe near roads and what they can do to keep safe when riding a bike/scooter. We showed the children how to properly wear safety equipment such as a helmet, elbow/knee pads and high visibility jacket. They loved this practical activity and could identify the reasons why we need to use such safety measures.
We were also lucky to have members from N.E.Lincs council come into school and talk to Nursery about road safety. We are very proud of the children's participation in this. They all had great ideas to share for discussion! They enjoyed more practical activities of walking over a zebra crossing. The council also gave us a gift - Safety Sam. He is a small teddy bear wearing a safety jacket to remind the children about how to keep safe. He is in our classroom for the children to play with.
For more information on road safety, please see the link below. You will find help resources specifically for 3 - 6 year olds. Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school, and remember, never let a child cross a road on their own. Always, STOP, LOOK and LISTEN.
Week commencing Monday 19th November 2018
The weather has turned, dark, cold, and gloomy. It has also been foggy! Perfect for us to teach our story of the week, The Foggy Foggy Forest!
This book has enabled your child to explore rhyme. It is important that your child listens to stories and poems so they can show an awareness of rhyme, and recognise rhythm in spoken words.
We went on an adventure to the woodland area and explored our story whilst sat in the fog. To help us understand rhyme and rhythm, we sang the words in the book: What can this be in the foggy foggy forest?
The children particularly liked - An ogre doing yoga!!
An ogre is now in our classroom, next to our good sitting chicken!
We have recognised that many children in the class are beginning to hear initial sounds in words and certainly, the initial sound in their name.
This has lead us to play sound games and teach the sound 'm' (pronounced mmm). This is the first sound to be taught from the Read Write Inc, synthetic phonics programme. The children were engaged by our sound bag game, we found these objects that start with 'm': mirror, monkey, magicwand, magnet, mouse.
Throughout the week we hid 'm' letters around the classroom. Each day the children were very excited to show us what they had found.
Road Safety Week!
We have a very special guest coming from N.E.Lincs Council, to talk to the children about how to keep safe near roads.
Wednesday - AM children.
Thursday - PM children.
Week commencing Monday 12th November 2018
Before children are able to write, they need to be physically developed.
We are excited to share with you that this week, we have begun Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle! This is an early writing programme which uses gross motor movements to draw lines and circles.
We use our flappers to help us create lines and circles in the air. We put some funky music on to help us express our movements.
Up, Down, Side, Other side, Cross over
Ask your child to show you these movements at home! You could even take a picture to show us!
When we have finished with our flappers, we draw out the dance! Your child will hold a thick pen in each hand and draw the same movements onto paper. This supports their development of writing lines and shapes.
We would also like to thank you, for the fantastic effort that you went to for Children in Need. The children had a great day, and we were able to discuss how we can support other children less fortunate than us. The children also enjoyed our Pudsey craft, they each made a Pudsey headband and Pudsey face.
The Foggy, Foggy Forest
Week commencing Monday 5th November 2018
This week has been super busy! We’ve learnt about, Guy Fawks day, Diwali, and Remembrance Sunday as well as our book of the week, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Our classroom even has its own Café area for the children to role play scenes from the book!
BaNg, PoP, FiZz, BoOm, WhIZz, WeEeE, CrAcKlE – we love firework vocabulary!
Come and have a look at our firework display. We used brushes to manipulate different effects with paint, on black paper, then used our fingers to pinch glitter and sprinkle it onto our work. Wow.
We also wrote numbers in powder paint, this was very fun and exciting!
Diwali – The Festival of Light
Remembrance Sunday and 100th Anniversary of WW1
Our children know that each of our red poppies help us to remember the soldiers who have helped us. They took lots of care and pride when making our memorial piece.
The Snail and the Whale - check out our new under the sea, small world area.
Week commencing Monday 29th October 2018
This term we will be learning about many different things! After all, it is one of the busiest times of the year! In Nursery, we love to celebrate every occasion. This ensures we are able to meet all areas of our curriculum. We have:
Children in Need,
Road safety week,
We use our ‘story of the week’ to enhance the children’s learning. Make sure you take a look at our story board, to keep up to date with the different literature we use.
May we also remind you to ensure your child comes to school with a drinks bottle (filled with water only) and a spare change of clothes.
As part of our free flow provision, the children are able to access the playground at all times. During wet and cold days, we provide wet weather gear for the children to use. To ensure we provide a variety of learning opportunities, once a week we learn in the woodland area… your child may talk to you about the Gruffalo in the woods!
Ted, our class bear, will continue to be taken home this term. We know how eager the children are to take him home and thank you for waiting so patiently if he hasn’t been to your house yet.
Finally, we have fantastic readers in Nursery! Each Friday, the reading record box will be displayed for you to hand in your child’s reading record. This will be checked. After every 5 reads, your child will receive a sticker and prize from our treasure box! If you have any book requests for home learning, please let one of the Nursery team know, and we will try our best to accommodate you.
Winnie the Witch and Wilbur the Cat
There are some unexplained happenings in Winnie and Wilbur's house. A smashed vase, collapsing curtains, and a shattered chandelier. Could it be haunted?
Please see our Winnie and Wilbur display board for more information and pictures of spooky week!
The Tiger who Came to Tea
Week commencing Monday 15th October 2018
In our final week before half term, we continued learning about Autumn and other seasons that occur during a year. We talked about the natural word, and things we have observed such as plants and animals. We were also able to develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time. Building communication and language skills are at the heart of the foundation stage curriculum. We use fiction and non-fiction texts help us provide rich and varied vocabulary so the children are able to learn new words and use them in their play. These are the necessary skills which will support your child throughout their time in school.
From our discussions around seasons, the children used their imaginative and creative skills to create a beautiful autumn card and make a chocolate birds nest – yum! It was great fun to use the school’s D.T room to look at the shape of a chocolate bar and understand how it can change. We then mixed our melted chocolate with cereal to make a birds nest.
The children have worked incredibly hard this term, and we could not be any more proud of them! We have also welcomed lots of new friends into our nursery and are delighted to grow our classroom community. Thank you to each and every one of you who have had the chance to take Ted, our class bear, on an adventure. We are overwhelmed with the effort that parents/carers have made. It is lovely to have a journal of the children’s home learning. Ted will continue to be taken home after the holiday.
Enjoy the half term break and we will see you Monday 29th October ready for SpOoKy week!
Week Commencing Monday 8th October 2018
Where does a Leaf Man go when the wind blows?
Do you know?
…Past the chickens; over the fields of pumpkins and winter squash; through the orchards; under the spotted cows; over the prairie meadows; past the river…
We have been able to use our story of the week, Leaf Man, to help us understand about the world around us. We’ve looked very closely at the details of our autumn treasures. Conkers, pinecones, acorns and pumpkins are among some of the children’s favourite. This has also enabled us to think about the different sounds and textures that autumn brings. We sat with our eyes closed, and listened to the howl of the wind. We could also hear chirping birds and a grass cutter! We felt the crunch of the leaves in our hands and could hear the rustle of them on the ground.
The children were so immersed in the tale of Leaf Man, they even laid down on the cold ground and felt what it is like to be a leaf!
Where a Leaf Man will land, only the wind knows. So listen for a rustle in the leaves. Maybe you’ll find a Leaf Man waiting to go home with you.
Autumn craft and bird nest making.
Week Commencing Monday 1st October 2018
This week was a very exciting one in Nursery! Our class fairy left a letter telling us about a mysterious object in the outdoor classroom… something round, white, hard, smooth and sitting on top of a nest! The children used their detective skills to decipher the clues and were thrilled to discover that it was indeed an egg!
BUT… whose egg did it belong to?
There were more clues! Someone with sharp claws, two large wings, red scaly skin and breathes fire!
It was the dragon Zog from our story of the week!
Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone, flying into trees and even setting his own wing on fire! Luckily, a mysterious little girl comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises.
The children have been building their literacy and developing their vocabulary on our story walk. The children particularly enjoyed going to dragon school; just as Zog does in the story!
In the same way as the little girl Pearl in the story, the children have been fixing bumps and bruises in our new doctor surgery. We have also enjoyed singing Miss Polly had a Dolly. By participating in dramatic role-play, the children are able to gain in confidence in relation to their own medical experiences.
NEXT WEEK… our focus story will be Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.
Week Commencing Monday 24th September 2018
We would like to start by saying a great big THANK YOU to all the parents who attended our 'Stay and Read' session this week. The children have worked so hard on their performance and we know how special it is that they were able to share their work with you.
We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did... But don't worry if you couldn't make it. There will be plenty more!
This week there were some mysterious objects left in our classroom. The children became detectives and had to investigate who had left the clues. We used all our senses to think about how we could describe these clues, to help us understand where these objects came from. Can you guess who had been?
Long wavy grass. A deep cold river. Thick oozy mud. A big dark forest. A swirling, whirling snowstorm. A narrow, gloomy cave...
We're Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen is one of our favourite books in Nursery. Throughout the week the children have enjoyed lots of bear hunt related activities. They particularly liked creating their own bear to go on display in our reading area!
Some pictures from our Stay and Read
Next week ...
ZOG will be our focus story. We hope this inspires our children to be kind and help others...
Week Commencing Monday 17th September 2018
This week in Nursery we have been super busy learning all about what makes our bodies special. We have looked at all the different body parts and discussed what we can do with each part of our body. For example the children said, "I can run with my legs, I can talk with my mouth." We were so eager to show our grown ups what we had learnt, we made a body part display.
We then looked closer at the details of our body parts that feature on our face. The children used mirrors to look closely at their eyes, nose, mouth and hair. We had some great discussions about the different shapes on our face. We were able to make our 'Marvellous Me' self-portraits, that we are super proud of.
Our self-portrait paintings inspired us to use a range of mark making resources in our writing area. The children used crayons, felt tips and coloured pencils to add features to blank faces. We are lucky to have such fabulous artists in Nursery!
The children have loved learning about themselves and others in the world around them. We also hope you enjoy your child's 'First Week in Nursery' photograph letter.
Next week ...
We look forward to having the grown ups in school with us for our 'Stay and Read' sessions. These will be at 8:45am and 12:15pm on Thursday 27th September and last around 45 minutes. We also have a very special book related performance from the children! See you there!
Welcome to Nursery!
Let's introduce ourselves: we are Miss Fuller and Mrs Stanhope!
Welcome to our Nursery page. We will keep this page updated weekly with lots of information about what we have been learning and other key information!
We truly believe that Nursery is such a fun place to be and learn!
Our First Week
The children have been extremely busy already and we are lucky to have some new children join our Nursery. Our topic this term is Marvellous Me! In this project, the children will learn all about love, families, friends, and how people are the same and different.
During the school day we have lots of fun and learn in a variety of ways!
Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s: Dough Disco!
Thursday: Wakeup Shakeup!
Once a week the children will also visit the outdoor classroom where we sing songs and play games.
Please see our Nursery Timetable next to the door in our classroom for further details of our school day.
We like to learn in a variety of ways. In our classroom you will be able to find an array of different areas for the children to have fun and play.
We also have a class bear. His name is Ted. Ted is an educational bear who loves bed-time stories, brushing his teeth, playing games, writing, and drawing pictures. If your child is chosen to take Ted home for the weekend, please take some time to sit with your child and enjoy these activities. Ted will visit on a Friday, and should be returned to school with all his belongings on Monday.