Nursery

MAY
11
2018

Dinosaurs have arrived!

Nursery have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about dinosaurs and playing with different dinosaur themed activities. In our roleplay area we have been dinosaur experts – looking closely at fossils and different dinosaurs through our magnifying pots and spotting different dinosaurs with our binoculars.

We practiced our cutting skills by cutting out a variety of dinosaurs and we arranged shapes to create our own dinosaur picture whilst talking about the different properties of each shape. We even made our own dinosaur counting books! We also looked at a fossil of an archaeopteryx and discussed what questions we might ask a dinosaur expert to find out more information. We came up with questions such as does it have sharp teeth? Does it eat fish? Does it have spikes to protect itself? Has it got a mouth or a beak? And does it fly?

 

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APR
27
2018

Celebrating All Things St George!

Nursery has been extremely busy learning all about the story of St George. Together we sequenced the story and then the children retold their versions to their peers. We also made swords during a forest school session by tying sticks together with string, collaged helmets with different textures, created our own shields with foil and made our own English flag. On Monday we came to school dressed in red and white and joined Reception in the afternoon for a parade around the playground – showing our parents all of our amazing creations and also performing a song which we have learnt about St George.

Throughout the week the children have shared their thoughts on who St George was Miles explained “George is a knight who fights a dragon with his sword.” Stanley told his peers “St George is a knight about England. He saves people from the dragon and he is brave and never dies.” Shifra told everyone “St George is a knight. He killed the dragon and he wears armour. He wears the flag of England. It has red and white.” Adam explains, “St George has a horse. He is the patron of England. He has the England flag. It has a red cross.”

 

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APR
25
2018

A Tiny Seed

Last week Nursery learnt all about the life-cycle of a sunflower. We planted our own sunflower seeds and spoke about what they would need to grow and what would happen to them. The children then discussed the life cycle of a sunflower between themselves with Lilah explaining, “You put the seeds in then the stem comes out. It grows and then it dies and it starts to grow again.” Lucas also told his peers, “First you put the seed in and then the stalk comes and then the head of the sunflower opens and it dies and it goes into the ground and grows more.” The children were very excited when after a few days some of the shoots were beginning to show! The children will bring their sunflowers home over the Easter holidays to continue their journey. Please do take photos of them as they grow so the children can share their sunflower’s journey with the class.

Not only did we plant our own sunflowers we also spruced up our flower beds in Nursery garden whilst looking at different bulbs. We planted daffodils, tulips and crocuses. We then discussed how we could look after our flowers. Zachary told us, “Give water for them to grow and they can shoot out. They don’t like being picked, they die and bees can’t eat it.” Ronnie explained, “You give flowers water to grow and don’t pick them because they will die and bees need them to make honey in the sun.”

 

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MAR
23
2018

Mummy and Me Craft Afternoon

Last Friday our Mummies joined us for a craft afternoon. Throughout the afternoon we made crowns for our Mummies using lots of glitter, sequins and feathers. We planted a flower, decorated biscuits with marshmallows and sprinkles and even made a lolly stick photo frame. It was lots of fun having our Mummies at school and being so creative with us!

Lucy spoke about the afternoon, “I liked making the flowers with Mummy. We have to put soil around the flower. I liked eating the biscuits too. We made one for each other and Mummy made a castle one for me and I made one with sprinkles on.”

Elspeth told us, “I liked when she made me a biscuit with icing and sprinkles and the marshmallows. I liked making the crown with Mummy. I made one with sparkles and pretty things and Mummy made a pretty one with glue sparkles and feathers on the top.”

Kitty told us her favourite part of the afternoon, “I liked making the crowns. I put glitter on them and also sparkly bits and glue. I put stickers on the photo frame, they were pink and purple and I put pom poms on there. We are going to put me and Mummy in the frame.”

 

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MAR
23
2018

A Visit from Bishop’s Stortford Fire Station

Last week Nursery and Reception had a visit from the firefighters who are based at the Bishop’s Stortford Station.

 

They showed us all of the equipment which is kept on the fire engine, teaching us the different names of the tools and explained that they had a variety of different ladders and hoses depending on the incident. They even let us sit in the back so we could experience what it is like to be in a fire engine. They then talked to us about what different rescue services they provide and talked us through the special protective equipment which they wear. We all got to try on the helmet and some of us even tried on the jacket and trousers. They then taught us what to do if our clothes ever caught fire and showed us a special fireman dance.

Florence talked about the visit, “I sat in the fire engine, it had ladders and a big steering wheel. They told us about fire alarms and when it sniffs smoke there is a problem and it goes a big beep.” Fraser told us, “They told us that there was a secret ladder in the back of the fire engine. They told us you stop, drop, roll if our clothes are on fire, it gets the fire off your clothes.” Meraj explained, “They let us hold the water hose. They have daddy hose, mummy hose and a baby hose. They have hats to keep them safe, we wore it.”

Maya explained, “They told us about fire engines and how they put the fire out with water. They had ladders, daddy, mummy and baby ladder.” Oliver told us, “They had a tank so they won’t run out of breath when they are in smoke. They had metal boots so they won’t hurt their feet in the fire.” Elliott added, “They have a special uniform to protect them. If they go in a fire they do a sweep, sweep, tap, tap to make sure they don’t fall over.” Kayden explained, “They have ladders and hoses. Dad and mummy one and a baby one. They got special clothes to keep them safe.” Blake told us, “The fan blows the smoke away. They have a boat to rescue people in the river.” Lila also told us, “They put out a fire with the hose. You stop, drop and roll because you got a fire on your tummy.”

The firefighters also explained that if you do not have a fire alarm fitted in your house then please call the Bishop’s Stortford station on 01279 696800 and they will come and fit one for you.

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MAR
09
2018

A Mexican Fiesta!

Last week Nursery joined in with the whole school Arts Week celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. We had such a busy week and enjoyed learning all about the cultural traditions.

During the week we made our own instruments and decorated them with bright colours. We then used the instruments to explore how we can make loud and quiet noises and copied different repeating rhythms. The children even had a challenge of making up their own rhythm for the class to copy!

We also looked carefully at sugar skulls and the different ways they were decorated. We then made paper plate mask and decorated our own sugar skulls using paint and cotton buds to add patterns. We made our own mini skeletons using art straws and then worked together as a team to make a class ‘larger then me’ skeleton! It was a very messy job as we used Modrock to create the body, head, arms and legs!

Each day we learnt and practiced the ‘Mexican Hat Dance’. We followed the instructions and listened carefully to the beat of the music to try and stay in time! It was a tricky dance to learn but so much fun!

On Thursday we enjoyed opening the classroom doors and showing all of the parents our creations from the week!

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FEB
05
2018

Traditional Tales

Over the past few weeks Nursery has been looking at different traditional tales. We have especially enjoyed listening to The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Each week we have loved joining in with the different activities and challenges linked with each story. We have painted pigs, bears and the big bad wolf. We have made our own shape houses, created paper plate Goldilocks, collaged the three bears and practised our cutting skills. We have especially enjoyed re telling the different stories in our role play area and using the puppets.

Kyra retold the story of The Three Little Pigs. “Once upon a time there were three little pigs who were setting off to build their own house. The big bad wolf comes and goes to the first little pig house made of straw and he huffed and he puffed and he blows the house down. He went to the next piggy house made of sticks and he huffed and he puffed and he blows the house down. Then he went to the brick house he huff and puff and couldn’t blow the house down he climbed up the chimney and the pigs put a fire on and he fell down the chimney and burnt his bottom! The End.”

Elspeth retold the story of Goldilocks and the three bears: “Goldilocks tries the big porridge and it was too salty and then tried the middle bowl. Yuck too sweet then tried the little one and ate it all up. Then she tried the big chair it was a bit too high so she tried the middle size chair, ow too low. Then she tried the little one and broke it. Then she went upstairs and tried the big bed it was too hard. Then she tried the middle bed it was too soft. Then she tried the little one it was just right and she fell asleep in it. Then the three bears came back and found her asleep. They woke her up and Goldilocks did run away.”

Kitty retold the story of Little Red Riding Hood, “Little Red Riding Hood went to see her Granny but she had big teeth, big ears and big eyes. It was the wolf pretending to be Granny. He gobbled up Granny and Little Red Riding Hood and then the woodcutter comes and shakes the Big Bad Wolf and out comes Granny and Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf runs away into the woods!”

Ask us if we can retell you one of the stories.

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JAN
22
2018

Our Stickman Forest School

Last Friday our grown-ups joined us for a Forest School session. We started by listening to the story ‘Stick Man’. We then explored the forest looking for sticks to use to create our own Stickmen, joining them together with string, clay, pipe cleaners and other materials. The children especially loved adding clay to their creations and the competition between the adults was apparent! We had a whole range of creations, varying in size and hairstyles as well as facial features. We loved showing our grown-ups all of the fun things that we like to do at Forest School. Thank you to all of the adults who were able to attend and especially for your enthusiasm through the afternoon.

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JAN
22
2018

An Early Years trip to Birchanger Woods

Last Wednesday we braved the rain and went for a walk to Birchanger Woods with our parents. We all had a spotter sheet of things to look out for and a bag to collect our woodland treasure in. We had so much fun running around the woodland with our grown-ups looking for different items. We found bark, moss, leaves, sticks, animal homes and fungi and we even spotted some spider webs! We then carefully walked back to school with our grown-ups, remembering how to cross the road safely, before sharing with our class what treasure we had found! At the end of the day the children all came together and spoke about what they had enjoyed during their trip to Birchanger Woods.

Gabriel (Ash) explained, “I liked crossing the road with Mummy. You wait for the red man to go green and then it’s safe to cross.” Charlie (Ash) explained, “I liked walking with my Mummy and friends back to school and using the traffic lights.” Beau (Willow) explained, “I liked helping Rayaan and my Mummy and Rayaan’s Mummy make a den.” Fraser (Willow) explained, “I liked my Daddy coming. He picked the holly, it had thorns.” Zander (Nursery) explained, “I liked picking up the moss on the wood. It was soft velvet.” Eloise (Nursery) explained, “I liked that I was in the woods with Mummy and my friends.”

A huge thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us on the woodland walk. The children had a lovely time and it wouldn’t have been possible to go without you!

The Early Years Team

 

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