Nursery 2017 - 2018

Mrs Grills

 

 

It has been lovely to welcome our first class of children into Little Saints Nursery.  They have all been superstars and have enjoyed exploring their new environment, both indoors and outdoors.  We are looking forward to getting to know each child and joining them in their learning journey.

 

 

 

                   

 

 

                   

                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week (wc 25th September) in Nursery the children have enjoyed making marks in paint using tools such as whisks, rollers, spatulas and straws.  We then went outside and made marks in the bubble puddles!  We were very excited to open a box of new wooden bricks of different shapes and sizes and the children have made some super models.

We have spent lots of time outside, blowing bubbles, making large models and creating some wonderful recipes in the mud kitchen!  We even found 2 worms and some of the children a sustained period of time creating a Wormery.  We are looking forward to seeing what the worms have done over the weekend.

We have also been learning the number rhyme ‘5 Little Ducks’, focusing on counting out how many ducks come back to the pond each time.  We have been singing along to the rhyme using a link on the Interactive board.  You may want to listen to this at home with your child, please see the link below:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFoUuFq3vHw

Here are a few pictures from the last few days:

      

        

      

  

 

     

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

    

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursery class went for a lovely walk with the Reception class on Tuesday 3rd October. First we sat and listened to the sounds around us. It was a very windy day and we found lots of leaves on the ground. We talked about the colours that we could see and how the ground felt to walk on. It was  a little bit muddy!

 

 

 

 

                                        

 

 

                                           

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week in Nursery we have had lots of fun exploring Autumn. 

We have been reading the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert and enjoyed spotting the different animals and objects created by the leaves.  We used all the treasures we had collected in our bags over the weekend to create some beautiful Autumn pictures – we have made Leaf Man, the animals from the story and our faces. 

Understanding the World: The World – Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world (30-50 months)

 

We have been learning the song ‘In the Autumn’:

 

In the Autumn, in the Autumn

Leaves fall down, leaves fall down.

Lots of red and yellow, lots of brown and orange

On the ground, on the ground.

(Tune: Freres Jacques)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Phonics we have been playing around with the Nursery Rhyme ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and have enjoyed enlivening the rhyme (Letters and Sounds – Phase 1 games) by adding voice sounds and finding different places for Incy to climb, for example up a tree, on the tap, up the steps.  We also used the website below to help us sing the rhyme:

 

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAJynCIsNUg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

 

       

 

We have created all sorts of models and vehicles using the construction resources outside.  The children worked well together to build their models and enjoyed engaging in role play once they had been made.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials – Use various construction materials.  Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials – Use various construction materials.  Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials – Use various construction materials.  Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.

Being Imaginative – Build stories around toys (30-50 months)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have continued counting, using number names in play and reciting numbers to 10 (Mathematics: Numbers 30-50 months) throughout our play. 

 

 

We have also had the school photographer in this week who has taken some lovely pictures of all the Nursery children.

We have had a busy week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Diwali

This week in Nursery we have been celebrating Diwali.  The children have been making beautiful Rangoli patterns using coloured rice, pasta, lentils and beans and have used them to decorate the Nursery.  They have made Divas (lamps) in the play dough area, adding sequins and beads, and have displayed them in the role play house where they have been preparing food for the celebrations.

Understanding the World: People and Communities – Shows interest in different ways of life. (30-50 months)

Maths: Shape, Space and Measure - Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects. (30-50 months)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have continued to enjoy exploring the environment and following their own interests as they led their own learning.  A particular highlight this week has been working with the Reception children outdoors.  They built a fire engine and, following 999 calls, they found the correct numbered houses to put the fires out.  There was lots of communication and language, turn taking, team work and bucket loads of imagination!

Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas, e.g. building up a role-play activity with other children.

Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others. (30-50 months)

                                    

Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative - Uses available resources to create props to support role-play.

Engages in imaginative role-play. (30-50 months)

 

Enjoy our photographs from this week’s fun and learning:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All things Autumn

This week in Nursery we have had great fun digging out pumpkins and making pumpkin soup in the mud kitchen.  The children enjoyed using the tweezers to pick out the pumpkin seeds, which developed their fine motor skills.  We also helped Reception to tidy up our outdoor area and planted new plants in the tubs.  One frosty morning we observed the dew on the spider webs, it looked very pretty.  The children then chalked their own spider webs on the trees.  “Why is there smoke?” asked one of the children.  We then talked about out warm breath in the cold air.

 

Understanding the World: The World (30-50 months)

  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed.
  • Talk about why things happen and how things work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been camping and, with the colder weather coming, we needed to make a fire to keep ourselves warm.  We even cooked sausages on our campfire!

 

Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative (30-50 months)

  • Engages in imaginative role play based on their first-hand experiences.
  • Uses available resources to create props to support role play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Half Term!

 

Sparks and Sparkles

 

 

This week in Nursery we enjoyed sharing our experiences of Bonfire Night and fireworks.  We talked about keeping ourselves safe and thought about words to describe the sounds of fireworks.  We then used lots of loose parts to create our own super firework pictures, using the language discussed and the colours used as they created.  Next week we are looking forward to exploring colour in more detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication and Language: Speaking (30-50 months)

  • Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.

Understanding the World: People and Communities (30-50 months)

  • Talks about significant events in their own experiences

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials (30-50 months)

  • Begin to use shapes to represent objects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have enjoyed reading the story ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ and the children wondered why the Mouse’s shadow was bigger than him, so we enjoyed investigating our shadows and found out that our shadows are bigger than ourselves.  The children had fun waving to themselves and dancing around as they observed their shadows ‘copying’ them.

 

 

 

Understanding the World: The World (30-50 months)

  • Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world
  • Can talk about the things they have observed

On Tuesday we joined with the whole school for our ‘Respect and Tolerance Day’ to celebrate the fact that we are all different, yet all still special and deserve to be treated with respect.  We brought our own teddies into school and spent the morning with Reception talking about our different bears and soft toys.  We read the bible story ‘The Lost Sheep’ to help us understand that we are all so special to God … 

The children made and decorated snowflakes to celebrate and represent our differences.

On Friday, for ‘Children in Need’ the children wore spotty clothes and we talked about children who may not be as fortunate as us or may need our help.  This linked so well with our ‘Respect and Tolerance’ day as, no matter what our circumstances are, we are all still special.  Even Pudsey Bear himself (our head teacher, Mr Currie) came to visit us!

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Managing Feelings

• Aware of own feelings, and knows that some actions and words can hurt others’ feelings.

Understanding the world: People and communities

• Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have spent lots of time outdoors this week, enjoying the very muddy kitchen and gravel areas.  They made sparkly mud soup, created mud handprint fireworks and used vehicles to make muddy, wet marks.

Literacy: Writing

• Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint.

Expressive Arts and Design: Being imaginative

• Engages in imaginative role-play based on own first-hand experiences.

• Builds stories around toys, e.g. farm animals needing rescue from an armchair ‘cliff’.

• Uses available resources to create props to support role-play.

• Captures experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we have joined in with the whole school for Design and Technology week.  Each class choose an activity that supported the work they were doing this term.  In Phonics we have been learning about Instrumental Sounds, so we decided to make our own instruments for the themed week.  We talked about the different sounds that ‘real’ instruments make, identified loud and quiet sounds/instruments and played them fast and slow.  The children then looked at and chose different materials to put inside their shakers depending on whether they wanted a quiet sound or a loud sound.  They then got themselves busy with boxes, tubes, glue, tissue paper, feathers, sequins and anything else they could find.  Once all our shakers had dried we enjoyed using them as we sang lots of songs:

 

‘Let’s all shake together, shake together

Lets all shake together, shake, shake, shake.

 Shake, shake this a-way, shake shake that a-way

Shake, shake all the day

                 Shake, shake, shake.’ 

 

 

Expressive arts and design - Exploring and using media and materials (30-50 months):

 

Sings a few familiar songs.

Beginning to move rhythmically.

Imitates movement in response to music.

Explores and learns how sounds can be changed.

Uses various construction materials.

 

Explores the different sounds of instruments (40-60 months)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

We’ve had some cold, frosty mornings and the children have enjoyed exploring the ice and frost outside, making marks in the frost.  On Thursday, we put out the Elf door and key to invite him into our classroom … Wow, he certainly came!! When we came into Nursery on Friday we discovered he had decorated our classroom and then he had fun hiding from us!! We went on an Elf hunt to find him:

 

We’re going on an Elf hunt

We’re going to find a little one

What a Christmassy day

We’re not scared.

 

 

We found him hidden in the pine cones.  I wonder where he will be hiding next week or if he will get up to any tricks??!! We can’t wait to find out!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

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