Nursery

OCT
18
2019

The Gruffalo

In Nursery and Reception we have been reading the story ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. All of our learning was based around the story and characters. In Nursery, the children arranged shapes to create their own Gruffalo character and we looked closely at the textures of different materials to collage the five key characters. In Reception, the children peeled, chopped and rubbed different ingredients to make their own Gruffalo crumble. The children followed a recipe and used cups (non-standard units) to measure accurately. In Forest School we used clay and other natural materials to create Gruffalo tree creatures.

We look forward to you joining us on our Autumn walk to Birchanger Woods on Monday morning.

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OCT
04
2019

Three Little Pigs

Inspired by the traditional tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ this week, Willow and Ash class had great fun building houses for the three little pigs out of sticks and leaves during their first forest school session on Friday. In fact, they were built so well that the big bad wolf (aka Miss Woodhouse) couldn’t blow their houses down! During the week the children have also been sharing their favourite stories from home with their teachers and friends which has generated lots of interesting and sometimes funny conversations!

 

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SEP
23
2019

The Dot

Nursery and Reception have settled well into their classes and are busy exploring their new environment and making friends.  They are all eating their delicious school lunches and coping with clearing their things away before going outside to all play together.  This week we have read the story ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds and the children have been creating their own artwork inspired by Vashti.

 

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JUN
21
2019

Evil Pea

Mwhahaha! Evil Pea has snuck into our classrooms and wreaked havoc with our class vegetables! Early Years have been reading a series of books –  ‘Supertato’, ‘Supertato: Veggies Assemble and ‘Supertato: Evil Pea Rules’, all authored by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet. The postman delivered a message to us from Evil Pea to say that our potato people needed to be saved from being mashed so we wrote letters to Supertato to help us save them. Everyone went on a super hero mission to solve a trail of clues where we found and saved the potato people – phew! But the pea didn’t stop there… next there was drama when the children came in to discover ‘CAUTION DO NOT CROSS’ tape and warning messages over the classroom doors. We were shocked to see crime scenes where Supertato and all of his veggie friends had been tied up and taped down over the weekend – but ‘who dunnit?!’. Everybody suspected Evil Pea was the culprit  but we didn’t have solid evidence to rule out any accomplices of these dastardly crimes, so we had PC Jones in to investigate! He took all of the children’s finger prints and compared them to those on the veggies –  the finger prints didn’t match so thankfully we were all innocent. The children finally caught the posse of Evil Peas in traps they had planned and made and everyone was relieved to stick the peas back in the freezer where they belonged…until, “Oh no!” the peas escaped again! These Evil Peas don’t seem to be trappable so perhaps we’ll have to change our tact! This week we are going to try to teach the peas how to be good and take care of our veggie friends.

 

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MAY
24
2019

Brazil

Olá amigos – we have landed in Brazil for the past two weeks, in preparation for our carnival. We have been busy practising our joining skills by making colourful masks and exciting shaker instruments to play to you. Early years have enjoyed collaborating to create our giant Brazil banner. The children have used mixed media along with printing using polystyrene tiles to create their masterpiece – we hope you liked it! The Amazon rain forest and its indigenous people have inspired our dance moves. The children have loved finding out about the country of Brazil and comparing it to England.

 

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MAY
13
2019

Walk in Birchanger Woods

On Wednesday 1st May, Nursery and Reception went on a spring walk to Birchanger Woods.  Whilst at the woods we carried out a scavenger hunt. The children had to find signs of spring – blossom, bluebells, daisies, cow parsley, ivy, sticks, catkins, buds and dandelions.  We then created some natural minibeast art.  We made a picture frame using sticks and then used natural materials to create a chosen minibeast. We also painted stones and hid them within the woods for other people to find.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the adults who supported us on our walk; a great time was had by all!

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APR
05
2019

Mummy and Me!

Last Thursday we invited our mummies in for a ‘Mummy and Me’ craft afternoon. The afternoon was a huge success and the children fully enjoyed having their mummies (and daddy!) join us. Throughout the craft-making there was a lovely atmosphere as the children made crowns, photo frames, decorated a biscuit, cut out a flower bouquet, planted a plant and designed an outfit for their mummies.

The mummies and children then rewarded themselves with biscuits and cupcakes as well as a well deserved cup of tea! We hope you had a lovely afternoon and it made your mother’s day celebrations that little bit more magical! Have a lovely Easter break and we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd April.

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MAR
25
2019

Once Upon a Time…

Nursery have recently been showing a real interest in story telling. We have been exploring story telling through a variety of different ways including mark making. They have been drawing an imaginative picture which includes different objects and characters and then making up a story based on their picture which the adult then scribed. We have now put the children’s stories into a book so they can proudly read their stories whenever they like!

Benjamin drew three bears and a wolf and enjoyed telling his story: “Once upon a time there was three bears and a bad wolf, then there came a rainbow across the sky. Then there came a very small snake with a short tongue. It surprised the wolf and the bears. The wolf was scared of the snake and ran away. The bears and the snake never saw the wolf again and they lived happily ever after. The end.”

Jimmy drew a wonderful campervan and called his story ‘My Campervan.’ “Once upon a time there was a campervan who was taking people on their holiday. The campervan parked up for the night and saw the stars. In the day he made sandcastles with the family. When they got back from the holiday they didn’t want to say goodbye so they kept the campervan forever. The end.”

Evelyn drew a picture of a spider and a rainbow and enjoyed telling her story to a small group. “Once upon a time there was a spider and a rainbow. The rainbow was magic and took the spider to fairyland. When the fairies woke up the spider wanted to fly. They took the spider on a magic bus and taught him how to fly. The spider got magic powers and stayed with the fairies and lived happily ever after. The end.”

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MAR
08
2019

Traditional Tales

Nursery are currently focusing on different traditional tales. So far we have looked at ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ We look forward to sharing ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ as well as ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ in the coming weeks.

We have been using our puppets and small world props to retell the different stories, as well as sequencing the pictures from the texts. The children have been challenging themselves to paint the different characters and in maths we have been learning how to create tallies by recording how many footsteps the big bad wolf took.

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