Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14
Please make sure that all of your child’s uniform and spare clothes (including shoes) have their full names in.
Friday 27th April– 9am Stay and Play
Friday 25th May – Non-uniform day (toys) & Break up for half term
Friday 25th May – 9am Stay and Share
Monday 4th June – Return back to school
Friday 22nd June – Non-uniform day (bottle)
Friday 22nd June – Nursery Graduation
Friday 29th June – Sports Day
Friday 13th July – Summer Fair
Friday 20th July – End of term – 1.30pm finish
We all had such a brilliant day together as we shared our lovely classroom with our families! Whether it was with our great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunties or uncles we had smiles on our faces as we explored things together. We had lots to keep us busy, as we had challenges to make our faces using paper plates or to make Goldilock’s bed! We were all very creative!
During this topic we explored everything that makes us special and different and also things that we all have in common. We really enjoyed using the playdough to make many different facial expressions and we talked about things that make us feel these expressions.
Myself and My Name
Our first R.E topic involves exploring our names and God's love for us. During some of our work we made these beautiful name collages to help us recognise our own names. They looked amazing!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
After reading the story we decided to get into character and be more like Goldilocks! We decided to see why she enjoyed baby bear's porridge so much. We ended up having a very delicious snack as we created our very own porridge mixtures! We even began to mark make to record which ingredient we were going to add to the porridge.
Steve Anthony Book Study
We have been reading some very special books from a great author called Steve Anthony, they are Please, Mr Panda and I'll Wait, Mr Panda. We have loved joining in with the stories and learning more about why manners are so important. We have produced lots of creative things from these stories, including Mr Panda masks and doughnut collages! We hope you like them as much as we do.
Within our maths activities we have been exploring shapes to help us make characters from our stories. Below are some pictures from our study of big, medium and small bears and our work on making faces. We also began to categorise these different shapes by their size and discover their names.
We had such fun baking biscuits to recreate Mr Panda's yummy creations from our story. We enjoyed all taking part in the different aspects of making biscuits and we were very impressed in how they tasted at the end! Delicious!
Magic Moments 1
Here are the photos to celebrate everything that we have already achieved so far! We were and continue to be amazed by the talent of the class and so happy to share these moments together.
Have a look at some of the wonderfully creative child initiated activities your children have been getting up to below.
Ordering Sticks by Size
We explored the language of small, big, medium, tallest and smallest to compare and order a range of sticks by their size.
RE Baptism and Families
We acted out our own service and we used props to explore what stages were involved. We also thought about our own families and how we all belong together and look after each other.
Making Autumnal Animals
We have been studying the features and habits of different woodland creatures and have made these out of salt dough and play dough. Take a look!
Using the maths display to help us, we began to investigate the different numerals from 1-5. We matched the numeral to the correct Numicon shape and counted out this value in pegs.
During this week we looked at a book called 'Something Else' which helped us realise that everybody does look different and we still love them because they make us smile and help us have fun together. As part of our activities we used play dough to make the qualities of a good friend. We came up with many amazing things like giving hugs, sharing, playing games and smiling.
Remembrance Collective Worship and Baking
We shared a very special collective worship together thinking about how war can be a scary time for many and we explored the symbol of the poppy as it grew after the war. We decorated our own poppies and made poppy biscuits.
Mastery and Depth
Here are some examples of the tcharts we have used to organise and sort different pictures. We have used them to compare the needs of different autumnal animals as well as to think about different big and small animals.
Animals Shelter building
We applied our knowledge of big and small to construct habitats for animals of different sizes.
Collaborative Shelter Building
We worked in teams to select different materials to make warm, cosy and strong habitats for our hibernating hedgehogs!
Underwater Street Trip
We had such a fantastic trip altogether today! We made a HUGE variety of things such as reindeer food, melting snowmen biscuits, ornaments, bath bombs and slime!! On top of all of these amazing crafts we also watched a fascinating science experiment that explored how to make magnificent bubbles and launch rockets! We even squeezed in time to play in the amazing role play areas, where we could become hairdressers, builders, shopkeepers, vets, actors, chefs and many many more.
Exploring shape through Christmas trees
In groups we designed a range of Christmas trees, using larger shapes, then decorated these with the smaller shapes. We began to use positional language to describe our designs.
Magic Moments Autumn 2
For this Stay and Share session there was a special focus upon Communication and Language. We heard so many wonderful moments about the class' progress, particularly relating to their favourite stories!
Writing our names
We have been working very hard on exercising our shoulders, arms, hands and fingers to build up gross and fine motor skills. All of this hard work is definitely starting to pay off as you can see from our writing below! First we explored the shapes of the letters in the paint bags and afterwards we began working on our pencil grips and control to form our names on the boards.
The Three Little Pigs
This has been one of our favourite books yet! We loved creating artwork to represent the different houses, we also explored which characters felt happy or sad at different points in the story and how they changed and we even made maps of their village to use positional language! To finish it all off we produced some fantastic role plays to use familiar words and phrases from the story.
Through our study of fairytales and nursery rhymes we explored the concepts of more and less. In our maths groups we used numicon pegs to find out which plate would have the same, more or less. After this, we used numicon to prove the value in another way and we began to use tallies to record the quantity of each plate
Chinese New Year
We are thoroughly enjoying finding out for about such a fascinating culture. In exploring the Chinese New Year we have already tried making fans for fine motor control when folding, made shakers to help celebrate in the parade and through transient artwork we have decorated fire breathing dragons. We have also deepened our learning by using think charts to sort the Chinese zodiac animals between loud and quiet.
Chinese Spring Rolls
To immerse ourselves further into the Chinese culture, we cooked and tasted some delicious spring rolls. First we explored the different ingredients and spices using our senses, then we used mark making to record which we would select for our own recipes. We then began making our spring rolls, we found it quite tricky to roll them as the filo pastry was so thin! But after a short time in the oven we were very excited to try our new creations!
We have begun our space exploration and we are already having lots of fun finding out interesting facts and creating beautiful work along the way. Take a look at our transient artwork below that shows different space scenes...
Stay and Play
A huge thank you to everyone who could come to share this morning with their child. The class had a lovely morning sharing their environment. We hope you learned more about the different ways to encourage mark making opportunities at home!
Look at the great museums we have created in partners below! We tried to be organised and systematic when presenting our exhibits to demonstrate the many different ways we can represent just one number.
The class were set a challenge to find all possibilities. They were told that the Easter bunny is allowed to eat 2 eggs a day, with a choice of blue or yellow eggs. After this they began organising their possibilities and began to show systematic working as they explored the different combinations.
Estimating and measuring accurately using Jack's footprint
After reading Jack and the Beanstalk the class explored a range of objects using Jack's footprints as a unit of reference. First they had to record their estimates for how many footprints long or wide they thought it would be and then they measured accurately to compare the range.
The arrival of two chicks sent us very 'chirpy' in Nursery! We had a lovely afternoon giving them cuddles and producing beautiful observation drawings. The class offered insightful thoughts about how best to look after them and they were able to confidently discuss the things that they may need to stay healthy.
3D shape exploration
In groups we began to discuss the properties of 3D shapes, from this we were able to talk about how they were similar or different. Afterwards we sorted them onto a tchart labelled 'roll or not roll'. Miss Jones tried to trick us with an odd one out, but we couldn't be fooled that easily!
Look at the progress the class have made in ordering the numicon shapes! They have also gained such confidence in matching the numeral to a given quantity, showing great improvement in their number recognition.
Mini Beast Home Projects
Thank you again for the fabulous creations you have made at home! From tiny butterflies to gigantic spiders we have been overwhelmed by the variety and creativity!
After reading the story we explored ways of sorting and classifying a range of foods to investigate whether the caterpillar had eaten the right foods. We found out that some foods are healthier than others and that for some foods we have to be careful not eat too many of! After we had used a venn diagram to sort as a group, we independently sorted the foods from the story onto a tchart.
Mini Beast Hotels
We learned that animals live in habitats and that they need shelter just like we do! We began by exploring the textures and properties of a range of materials and used this knowledge to make our hotels. Afterwards we discussed our designs with the class and begun to evaluate our own and others' work to think about how we could improve our hotels.
Testing Materials - Waterproof or not Waterproof?
This week we had an important mission to help save a pirate from getting wet on his ship, because he always seems to get upset when he gets so soggy! From this we set up an investigation to test a range of materials and monitor whether they absorbed water or whether the water sat on top and slid off the material. We managed to complete our experiment and find the most suitable material to make the pirate happy and dry once again.
We were letter detectives as we were given a worksheet to identify the starting sound of a range of pictures before we set about finding and writing down the corresponding letters. We even challenged ourselves to find other objects from class that matched to some of the other letters.
Year 6's Smile Challenge
As part of their smile challenge Year 6 came and set up a wonderful teddy bear picnic! We had a beautiful afternoon sat in the sunshine with our teddies, after our picnic we played lots of different games too. On another day we also got to play 'Beat the Goalie', Niall put us through our paces but some of us managed to score!
Healthy and Active Weeks
We used the story 'Handa's Surprise' to explore many different and exotic fruits, we enjoyed tasting them, weighing them, comparing them and using them to make repeating patterns on fruit kebabs. We also began to talk about healthy and unhealthy foods, using tcharts to sort a range of foods.
A beautiful day spent celebrating the many successes we have all shared.