Nursery

OCT
25
2018

Signs of autumn

Nursery has been very busy learning all about autumn and noticing the changes which happen throughout the season. During Forest School we looked at the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert. The children then went on a leaf hunt collecting leaves and other natural autumnal objects to use to create their own Leaf Man. As we collected leaves from different trees the children spoke about the signs of autumn that they had noticed. Iris told us “In Autumn the wind blows the leaves to the floor and they change colour to yellow and brown. “Kaitlyn told everyone “the leaves go orange, red and brown and red and it gets cold and dark. “Emma also told us “the sunshine doesn’t come out very much and the leaves change colour and fall off the trees. “Benjamin explains “the sun doesn’t stay out for very long. The days are shorter and shorter.”

In the classroom we have also been looking at autumn animals and what happens to them during the autumn. We have been busy making fat balls for the birds by mixing together bird seed and carefully scooping them into a cup before adding lard, we have been making lolly stick hedgehogs at the craft table and developing out fine motor skills by squeezing the correct number of pegs onto the numbered hedgehogs. Helena told the class “a squirrel hides nuts in a hole in the ground and gets them in winter and a hedgehog hibernates.” Charlie D explained “the birds fly away in autumn because it gets too cold.”

 

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OCT
12
2018

His Eyes Are Orange, His Tongue Is Black!

This week Nursery have been focusing on the well-loved story of ‘The Gruffalo’. Throughout the week we have been using the puppets to retell the story as well as having a Gruffalo tea party in the Gruffalo’s den. The children have also enjoyed making Gruffalo biscuits – selecting a green smartie for the poisonous wart on the end of his nose and using marshmallows for his terrible teeth in his terrible jaws!

The children have had the opportunity to be very creative making their own Gruffalo face by adding the correct features to a paper plate and they have worked together to collage the different characters using a variety of materials. Nursery has also enjoyed having the challenge this week of painting the mouse and gluing the correct number of triangles onto the numbered snakes! In the maths area we have been ordering the characters by size and adding the correct number of purple prickles to the corresponding Gruffalo. What a very busy week!

 

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SEP
24
2018

The Start Of Something New!

WOW! What an incredible start to Nursery we have had so far. We are so proud of how the children have settled in and it’s lovely to see so many friendships already blossoming between the children. They have adapted extremely well to the new routine and are very keen to follow all of our golden rules!

The children have loved exploring both the inside and outside areas – with the dressing up and stage area being a real hit – with performances taking place multiple times a day! They have also thoroughly enjoyed making cakes with the playdough and taking on roles as mummies and daddies in their imaginative play.

During circle time the children have spoken about why they enjoy coming to Nursery. Poppy said, “I like Nursery because of all the toys and the drawing and play house.”

Rachel told the children, “I like drawing and playing with the dolls and Sienna.”

Charlie explained, “I like playing outside with the cars and in the house.”

Bibi told the grown-ups, “I like all of the friends I have made and playing princesses play balls with them.”

Emma told everyone, “I’ve made a new friend and that’s Bibi and we play playdough together.”

We cannot wait to see what fun we have over the next few weeks!

 

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JUL
20
2018

What an Incredible Year!

We cannot quite believe that this academic year has come to an end and the children will be starting Reception in September! It has been an incredible year and the children have achieved and blossomed so much. It’s been an absolute pleasure and honour to be a part of their journey. we have been discussing and reminiscing about our favourite moments.

Lucy told the children, “I liked coming to school when it was snowing because we built a snowman.”

Kitty told her friends, “I liked sports day and doing the egg and spoon race and Mummy came and we had lunch together.”

Lily explained, “I have liked going to Forest School and making pictures of ourselves and we used sticks and Mummy came.”

Kyra told her friends, “I liked Day of the Dead and we played with the skeleton and we made a skull and skeleton.”

Elspeth told the children “I have liked playing with all of the toys and making lots of friends and playing altogether.”

Some of the teachers’ highlights include: our Christmas production, World Book Day, Dad and Grandad Stickman afternoon, Mummy and Me craft afternoon as well as joining the whole school for a royal celebration!

We wish you a fun, memorable and safe summer holidays and we look forward to seeing the children start Reception! Thank you for all of your support, enthusiasm and commitment this year; not only is it sad to see the children go but also the wonderful families and we could not have achieved so much without the support we have been shown.

 

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JUL
16
2018

New Nursery Presentation

Please find below the slides from Mrs Hinstridge’s presentation to new parents.

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JUL
16
2018

EYFS Forest School Afternoon

Last week, Nursery and Reception invited their parents in to enjoy an Early Years Forest School afternoon. Together with our parents we worked collaboratively to create an image of all the children in Early Years by combining individual self-portraits made from natural materials.

It was a lovely afternoon and the children thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore the woodland area, finding different ‘treasures’ to combine together to create their final image. A huge thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who were able to attend the afternoon and for your continued support, joining us for different events throughout the year.

Lara’s mummy commented “Lara and I had a lovely afternoon; we really enjoyed looking for things in the forest and deciding what to use to make Lara’s glasses.”

Elspeth’s mummy commented “Elspeth and I had so much fun. We enjoyed trying out different things to make her face and she thought of spelling her name out with sticks.”

Florence’s mummy commented “Great afternoon and to include grandparents is lovely. Florence really enjoyed us being able to see her in Forest School and making her portrait. Thanks for a great afternoon.”

Fraser’s parents commented, “Fraser loves Forest School. He always talks about it at home so it was great to come this afternoon and experience it with him. The self-portrait was a really nice idea too. Luckily we managed to persuade him not to use all of the pine cones he collected for his alien eyes. Lovely afternoon.”

Alba’s mummy told us “Really lovely afternoon in this fantastic weather. A lovely end to Alba’s first year at Summercroft. We really enjoyed it.”

Elliott’s mummy told us, “Lovely afternoon. Enjoyed watching all the children joining in and having fun. Elliott enjoyed collecting specific items for his self-portrait.”

 

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JUN
22
2018

Ready…Steady…Go!

Nursery and Reception have been very busy getting ready for their long awaited sports morning. We have been practising many different skills including balancing along a beam, throwing bean bags into targets, jumping over hurdles and seeing if we are able to keep a quoit on our head whilst navigating in and out of cones.

Not only have we been practising different physical skills, we have also been supporting our peers and showing great sportsmanship by cheering everyone on during our races. Violet in Ash class explained to the children, “It’s the taking part; it’s not the winning that matters.”

Thank you to all of the parents who came and supported and for those who took part in the races…we could see that some of you had definitely been practising!

The Early Years Team

 

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MAY
30
2018

We Are Happy And Healthy!

On Monday, Nursery and Reception had a special visit from Mrs Spencer-Chapman who is a paediatric nutritionist. We learnt all about what foods are best to help us grow and what foods keep our bones and organs healthy. We had to work as a team to sort the food into the correct food categories onto the healthy food plate. Mrs Spencer-Chapman taught us a handy trick on how to measure our potion sizes. You need five fists of fruit and vegetables, four handfuls of carbohydrates, three double fingers of dairy, two palms of meat or fish and one thumb of fat.

We then used fruit to create repeating pattern kebabs for our yummy snack. All of us enjoyed tasting the different fruit and making our snack. During ChIL some of us made our own healthy eating plate, practising our portion control.

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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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