Welcome to Nursery
Please ensure your child brings a bottle of plain water to nursery every day. This will be left in their individual locker and can be used throughout the day whilst they are at nursery. (Full time children may also bring juice to have at lunchtime, this will be kept in their lunch box.)
PE is on a FRIDAY. Please ensure your child comes to nursery wearing their PE kit. Please ensure all items are clearly labelled with their name.
REMINDER -no jewellery is to be worn whilst in nursery. If children come to school wearing jewellery they will be asked to remove it. If it cannot be removed you will be called to assist.
This week in Nursery we invited our familiar adults in to help us create a building. We thought about what we wanted to create and chose the best materials to be able to do this. We had lots of fun!
We have also been building with lots of differing objects, such as Weetabix, Twiglets, straws and seeing which would create the strongest structure.
Also this half term we have been reading the three little pigs story. This has lent itself well to being able to discuss different types of buildings and the materials they are made from. We have been creating houses for the pigs using different materials and testing to see if we can blow down the house using our mouths and a balloon pump.
In nursery this half term we have been reading we're going on a bear hunt story. We have made our own bears, using different methods, talked about and experimented going in, over and under apparatus with our bodies in PE. We have also taken part in a bear hunt story walk and learnt about differing types of bears and hibernation.
Due to the cold weather this half term we have also explored ice, and took part in an experiment to try and create our own ice, and then melt it again. We did this both indoors and outdoors, adding coloured water and objects each time. We also tried to create our own ice paints, this was so much fun!
In nursery we have been looking at the religion Hinduism. We have been learning about the Hindu celebration Diwali, which is the Festival of Light, and learn that Diya Lamps where lit in the hope to bring good luck. We made Diya lamps from card, paper and lots of different sized and coloured gems. We also spoke about Rangoli patterns and learnt that was a tradition when celebrating Diwali. We enjoyed learning some Indian dance moves and tasted some delicious Indian food, we tried chapatis with mango chutney and raita dip
The children did amazing at performing lots of songs at our Christmas performance. The children also enjoyed pulling a cracker, wearing a Christmas hat and hearing the joke from their Christmas cracker during Christmas lunch day!
This week we have been exploring the change in weather. We went on an ice hunt outside and looked at what had turned to ice. We talked about how the water had frozen and how to melt it.
The children have really enjoyed taking part is some Christmas activities.
We came to school in our bright coloured clothing for Road Safety week to remind everyone to “Be safe, be seen!” We spoke to the children about what road safety means to us in Nursery, and we spoke about how to keep safe when we are out and about in the community. We read a road safety book and looked at all of the ways we can keep safe, such as staying with our parents when out walking, using pedestrian crossings correctly, listening to who we are with and much more. We also spoke about bright clothing and how it is important to 'Be seen', especially as it is getting dark.
In Nursery we have touched upon Remembrance Day and explained to the children that it is a day where we remember people who have fought for our country. We watched the Poppy Day animation on CBeebies and created our own poppies to lay in our garden, remembering the people and animals in the wars.
This week in nursery we have been learning about the festival of light, Diwali. We have spoken to the children about traditions, such as lighting Diya lamps to bring good luck, having a feast with the whole family and watching fireworks as they celebrate. The children have explored creating their own Bengali patterns and Mehndi hand designs. We used the story Peppa's Diwali to talk to the children about this festival.
The children have been taking part is some lovely activities the past couple of weeks, which has sparked conversations around pumpkins, bats, fireworks and bonfires. Last week, Steve the firefighter came to talk to us about how to keep safe on Bonfire night and taught us a rule if we were in danger with fire- STOP, DROP and ROLL! The children enjoyed practicing this in Nursery.
The children who have been new to nursery this week have settled in really well, and have enjoyed exploring the nursery environment!
At the end of each half term we review the main stories that we have read and spoken about with the children. The children then get to vote for their favourite story and we created a chart to show us which story was the most popular this half term. The children voted by placing a pom pom into the cup below the book they liked the best. Our main stories are 'The Colour Monster', 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and 'The Colour Monster'.
We have been reading the book 'Goldilocks' in nursery, which has led us to talk about our own families and who lives in our house. We have also been talking about size and retelling the story in different ways.
We have been talking about what is meant by the term 'Autumn' and how is this presented to us. The children have been talking about the differing natural objects that they typically find at this time. We have explored natural objects in many ways, and have been on an Autumn walk. We collected natural objects on our walk, then came back to nursery to do some leaf rubbings. We have also spoken about Harvest, and what this means. we have explored differing fruits and vegetables, and talking about keeping our bodies healthy.
We have planted Spring flowering bulbs in our garden, and danced to Mrs Wilding playing Dingle Dangle scarecrow on the ukulele!
Over the past couple of weeks in Nursery we have been exploring colour and emotions through our story, 'The Colour Monster'. The children have become really enthused and understand which emotion each colour represents. We have had some fantastic ideas how what makes them feel a certain emotion. We created our own colour monsters too!
Continuing on from the children's interest in spiders over the last couple of weeks, the children have enjoyed creating their own spider webs with glue and glitter, as well as looking for spiders and bugs in the sand. The children have been really engrossed in their learning and loved it when a huge spider visited nursery and created a gigantic web- a web that caught 6 flies overnight!!
All of the children have had an amazing first couple of weeks at nursery, and they have all settled well. Look at all of the fun and learning that has been taking place!
The children where really interested in all of the spider webs outside, which led us to talk about spiders and why they make webs.
We also completed a tally chart, which the children had to vote for the area of nursery they liked to play in the best. As you can see the Farm and Animals won the vote!