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.


STEM Week!

Nursery have thoroughly enjoyed STEM week and the problem solving and creative challenges which we have explored. We based our week around the book ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French and the different activities linked closely to the text. We began the week with a panicked phone call from Mary in the kitchen saying that no vegetables have been delivered due to the lorry not locking its doors and the produce rolling out all over the school! We came up with a solution to help Mary and got our wheelbarrows and went to find the missing vegetables.

Throughout the week we planted our own vegetables, designed our own pots to grow cress and developed our fine-motor skills by weaving baskets. We also weighed out the ingredients needed to make a rhubarb crumble. Using some of the foods from the text, we sorted the different foods and then designed a healthy eating plate. What a very busy week – I think we may all be ready for half term!



The children have loved learning all about dinosaurs. We have been looking on the computer and in non-fiction books to find out about certain dinosaurs and we have been particularly interested in learning about what dinosaurs eat and whether they are herbivores, carnivores or even omnivores!

Throughout the past few weeks the children have made their own dinosaur egg from papier-mâché , collaged large dinosaurs together using a variety of different materials whilst thinking about their texture and we finding dinosaur eggs which rhyme! We even explored what happens when we mix colours whilst making our own dotty dinosaurs and we have been busy making our own dinosaur counting books and creating different dinosaurs using shapes!

We can’t wait to show you all of the busy things we have been up to on Wednesday 6th of February at 2:30pm!



The Emperor’s Egg

Since returning from the Christmas break, Nursery have been busy learning all about penguins! We used the quality text, ‘The Emperor’s Egg’ by Martin Jenkins as a starting point to find out some factual information around emperor penguins. The children then decided that they would like to know even more and suggested looking on the computer. We looked in even more information books and also looked closely at a globe to see where Antarctica is positioned to help us become penguin experts! We then shared our knowledge and made a class mind map. Rudy told his peers “Penguins have claws so they can waddle on the ice or they would just fall.” Benjamin told the class, “The chick opens it beak and has milk from the Daddy.” Poppy told everyone “They live in Antarctica and it’s at the bottom of the earth.” Isabella also told her peers, “Emperor penguins are the biggest penguins!” Ask us what else we know!

Throughout the children’s ChIL time they painted penguins, explored ice and worked out how to rescue the penguins that were inside, fed a penguin some rhyming fish and compared different habitats!



Run, Run As Fast As You Can…

Nursery have been focusing on the story ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Last week we read the story and at the end a mystery envelope fell out of the book. It was a note from the Gingerbread Man explaining that he had left clues around the school for us to follow.

“I’ve left my friends for you to snack,
But I’ll bet you’ll never get me back!
Look for me where there are lots of books!”

“I’ve read lots of books,
But I’m gone, can’t you see?
I’m the Gingerbread Man and you can’t catch me!
Look for me by a friendly face who answers phones in a busy place”

“The Business Manager has a friendly face
And answers phones in a busy place.
Find me by the leader of our school.”

“This is Mrs Hinstridge’s office.
She’s nice, you know.
She told me not to run anymore,
But to walk, wherever I go.
Go find me where lunches are served.”

“This is the lunch hall.
Mary and her friends like us a bunch,
And always make sure we have a good lunch.
I’m getting a bit tired as you can see,
Nursery class is where I will be!”

When we arrived back in Nursery we found the Gingerbread Man and he had left us some special biscuits to enjoy. We then enjoyed a variety of different activities based around the story, including sequencing pictures, putting the correct number of buttons on the gingerbread men using finger paints, designing our own Gingerbread Man and making Gingerbread Men in the playdough.




Last week Nursery were busy learning all about Diwali. We looked at how people prepare for the festival and how it is celebrated. Throughout the week the children made their own Rangoli patterns using coloured rice, created their own Diva lamps using a recycled CD and have very carefully painted Mehndi patterns onto a hand outline using a cotton bud! Throughout the week the children were very keen to recall what they had learnt.

Elsie told everyone, “It means good luck the Rangoli. They do Diva lamps at the windows because so everyone can see.”

Aisha explained, “They decorate the door with Rangoli patterns. They give people sweets and they have fireworks and put Diva lamps on the windows.”

Rudy told the class, “They do fireworks for Diwali and they put candles in the windows. They make Rangoli patterns and they put Mehndi on their hands.”

Helena explained, “They put Rangoli patterns on the doorstep for good luck. They put Mehndi patterns on their skin. They make Diva lamps for Diwali because Diwali means row of lamps.”



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.”



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!



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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