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1 Corinthians 16:14
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Friday 24th May – 9am Stay and Share
Friday 24th May – Pirates Day and Dress up (toys donation) & Break up for half term
Monday 3rd June – Return back to school
Friday 21st June – Nursery Graduation
Friday 28th June – Sports Day
Friday 5th July – Non-uniform day (bottle donation)
Friday 12th July – Summer Fair
Friday 19th July – End of term – 1.30pm finish
All about me
As part of our 'Ourselves' topic, the children all studied their own faces and thought about their features and how they could use these to make different facial expressions. By looking in mirrors, they watched as their faces changed and they then talked about what emotion this revealed. Afterwards they made play dough models and began to think about times when they have experienced this emotion.
Child Initiated Activities - Autumn 1
Here are examples of some of the things the children like to explore in their continuous provision time....
All Day Farm
Today we had a very special day as we were surprised by the arrival of the farm! We got the chance to meet and stroke a horse, goat, sheep, pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and even a snake!
RE - Ourselves
We have been thinking about what makes us so special and how our names are special to us. We also been using circle time to explore why God loves us all so much.
Maths - Big and Small
We have been using the language of big and small this week. This links to our story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. When comparing sizes the class have begun to use language of big, small, bigger, smaller and even medium! To apply and extend this knowledge we have used tcharts to sort pictures of different sizes and we have also drawn our family members and considered their different heights.
We had such a lovely day sharing the Nursery with our Grandparents and other family members. It is very special to watch the children show their class off and to hear them chattering away about all their ideas and friends. Thank you to everyone who came for making it such a memorable day!
Author Study - Steve Antony
For our Literacy topic we have been exploring the work of a brilliant author, Steve Antony. Through looking at his books of 'I'll Wait Mr Panda' and 'Thank you Mr Panda' we produced lots of brilliant work. The class have made their own Mr Panda masks, decorated doughnuts, retold the story and drawn the different characters. They are really enjoying the story and these books have encouraged them to really think about why manners are so important.
The children love accessing these shape pattern sheets during continuous provision. Have a look at some of their creations...
Numicon - Autumn 1
We have just started introducing the Numicon resources to the class. They are already becoming familiar with their corresponding numerical value. As part of our investigations we have made Numicon staircases (1-5) and used the tcharts to sort between big and small numbers and to correct Miss' mistakes.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Today we made porridge and thought about what ingredients we would choose to make it just right, like Goldilocks did!
Thank you, Mr Panda - Story map
As a group we became authors, using our own drawings to represent a main character or event in the story. Afterwards we sequenced our drawings and retold the story by using familiar phrases from the book.
Mr Panda - Maths Activities
As part of our author study, we planned a range of maths tasks that were themed around the Steve Antony 'Mr Panda' books. Some of these can be seen below, on one activity the children completed a problem solving task whereby they were challenged to find all possibilities for decorating the biscuits and on another task the children decided which size of paper matched which size of present (big, medium or small).
The children really enjoyed making their ghost designs, first they explored a range of ghoulish facial expressions before chosing their favourite one. Afterwards they carefully painted the facial expression onto their own paper plates and attached the floaty bodies at the bottom.
We have been finding out more about this fascinating season by exploring the different objects, creatures and changes associated with Autumn. As part of this we have made repeated patterns, designed playdough hedgehogs, ordered sticks by their heights and learnt how to do leaf rubbings. This is just a flavour of what we have been up to so far...
RE - Belonging and Baptism
As part of our recent RE topic we have been exploring how to welcome new babies and make others feel like they belong into God's special family. Below you can see photos of the children using role-play to practise welcoming a new baby and the drawings and play dough models the children made of their family.
The children made their first ever maths museum today to show what the numbers 1-5 look like in different ways! Working in partners they explored how to organise a range of objects to ensure their counting was accurate and systematic.
Maths - Repeating Pattern Necklaces
To consolidate previous work on repeating patterns, we explored how to use 2 or 3 colours to make a pattern. The class practised saying the sequence to themselves to check for errors and they began to justify what would come next.
Maths TWIST Problem Solving
To apply their knowledge of the Numicon staircase and the numerical value of each Numicon shape we set the children a challenge to correct errors in a staircase. After locating the error, the children were encouraged to justify and convince the adult about why it was wrong. Finally they built a new staircase underneath to prove their justifications.
Making Animals Shelters for Big and Small Animals
First we sorted range of animals on a tchart to categorise them by size. Afterwards we made big and small shelter in pairs and then chose an animal to fit in either shelter.
Thank you to everyone's involvement at home, the final products whether that be a bag, t-shirt or cape looked incredible! We are so appreciative of the time, effort and creativity that has gone into making these wonderful designs. To celebrate we had our very own Nursery catwalk, complete with music, lights and beautiful little models! Enjoy looking at some of their poses below...
Christmas trees - 2D shapes
We entered into the Christmas spirit today and explored 2D shapes through constructing tree designs. Afterwards we used smaller shapes to decorate them. We began to use positional language to tell others about where we had placed the shapes onto our tree.
Underwater Street Trip
We have had the most amazing day at Underwater Street! It has been a day very well spent from making Christmas baubles, magic reindeer food and bathbombs and watching science experiments to create volcanic eruptions, bubbles that defied gravity and rocket blast offs!
RE - Christmas
As part of our topic we have been exploring the Nativity story to find out why Christmas is such a special time of year. From this we have been making links to birthday celebrations in class to help us understand what we are celebrating when we talk about birthdays. We made party hats, party food (playdoh) and cards and we have also made advent wreaths to help us count down until Jesus' birthday.
Christmas Party Day and Disco
We would just like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, enjoy the festive holidays and we cannot wait to see you again in the New Year!
As part of our 'Traditional Tales' topic, we have been exploring how to help our friends make their own crowns. To do this we had to first find out how to carefully compare and order different lengths by using comparative language of longer and shorter. After this we learnt how to measure our friend's head and to make a mark so we knew where to cut to make it 'just right'!
Three Little Pigs
The class have really enjoyed reading the 'Three Little Pigs' and became particularly animated during the role-play! This helped them to consider how the characters may have felt at different points in the story and begin to use time language to order the main events.
Experiment - Blow away or Stay in one place
Today we became the Big Bad Wolf as we tested a range of objects to see if they would blow away or stay in one place. We also began to think about why this happened by considering what type of materials stayed in the same place. We found out the that heavy materials did not move and the lighter ones did.
In class we having been investigating the properties of materials and exploring language such as rigid, flexible, hard, soft, strong, weak, heavy, light and waterproof. Today the class had a challenge to get Jack safely down from the beanstalk and escape the giant by making a parachute. After predicting which materials would make the best parachute the children were able to make their own versions using a range of materials and do an experiment to find out which was the best after all.
Chinese New Year Explorations
We have already learnt so many things about how the Chinese culture celebrates this special event. Here's some of the things we have found out:
- It is the year of the pig
- Red is a lucky colour
-The loud noises of the firecrackers scare away all the bad things
- Every household cleans to start afresh for the new year
- Children get new red outfits and money wallets
- Typically a family has 8/9 dishes as it is a lucky number
As well as learning some interesting facts we have also been busy making lots of amazing things, see our shakers, lanterns and dragon artwork below...
Finally to celebrate the new year we had a Chinese banquet. We enjoyed tasting prawn crackers, noodles, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken and we even made our very own spring rolls!!
We were set a numicon challenge below to either make the 5 or 10 shape in as many different ways as we could think of to explore the many different possibilities and recognise the the same total quantity can be split into a range of groups and still be equal.
3D shapes - Rockets
The class have been learning lots about 3D shapes and their properties. As they explored each shape they gained confidence in using language of corners, faces, sides, curved and straight. They then began to reason about whether they thought the shapes would or would not roll based on these properties. Afterwards they built a 3D rocket and drew their designs.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped at home to create such an amazing array of fantastically creative models!
Estimating the height of our space models
Throughout the year we have been exploring the use of tallies, pictures and numerical representations to record numbers 1-10 in different forms. To apply this skill the children were challenged in this week's estimation station to estimate and then measure the height of a space rocket using lego blocks. After measuring with accuracy the children recorded the actual height in two ways and compared the range in values from the estimation to the actual value by using language of more or less.
Growing - Jack and the Beanstalk
Through exploring the book 'Jack and the Beanstalk' as part of our learning topic 'Growing' we have been investigating how plants grow. We have talked about their needs and also their life cycles. From this we planted our own broad beans and reasoned about the best location for these beans to thrive, now we just have to wait and see what happens next!
We have also been sequencing the story and began to use time language to order the events. To bring the story to life we even drew the different characters and scenes to make a group story board!
Within our maths we used Jack's and the Giant's footprints as measuring tools to develop our measuring skills and estimations. First we estimated in partners how many footprints long or high we thought an object was and then we measured accurately using the footprints, we even learnt we could use our hands to keep track of the footprints.
Maths - Problem Solving - Finding all Possibilities
For the problem the Easter bunny was allowed 2 eggs as a special treat and there were 2 different colours of eggs (yellow and blue). The children were challenged to find all the different possibilities for the Easter bunny.
Habitat Explorers - RSPB
To begin our Minibeasts topic we had a very special trip from the RSPB to hunt for minibeasts and their habitats. We started by reading a story about a little ladybird, who wanted to find its home and tried out many different habitats along the way. Afterwards we explored and searched for wildlife outside using magnifying glasses to investigate each minibeast and habitat that we found.
Mini Beast Hotel
The class were independent, engaged and motivated when making a special habitat to keep their mini beasts safe. They enjoyed exploring and describing the variety of materials and were able to consider the properties and textures of the different materials before beginning their constructions. After building the hotels, the children were able to talk about how they built it and could then evaluate the habitat based on its strengths and weaknesses.
Maths with mini beasts
After looking at all of the food that the Hungry Caterpillar ate, as a class we explored ways of sharing equally. We were challenged with different sharing problems and had to prove whether it was a fair or unfair sharing situation and then reason about ways to make it equal.
Sorting and Classifying
During our mini beasts topic we have used venn diagrams in different ways to sort and classify a range of items or mini beasts. For one activity we used a venn diagram to compare two different insects, by exploring which body parts they had. During another activity from reading the Hungry Caterpillar we investigated and grouped foods into 'healthy', 'unhealthy' and 'can be both' on a venn diagram.
We had such a fun day pretending to be pirates, from walking the plank to practising our fiercest pirate growls... we realised it was very hungry work and couldn't wait to have our pirate feast!
Healthy and Active
Have a look at the amazing repeating pattern fruit kebabs we made in class and the range of sports we have been involved in during the School's Healthy and Active fortnight. Below you will also see all the fantastically healthy and wonderfully delicious puddings that the children made as part of the Healthy and Active Home Challenge. Later in the week the School Nurse then came in to teach us about how to wash our hands properly to get rid all the pesky germs and afterwards we wiggled our hips during Zumba!